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New AGO Exhibition Explores Toronto’s 70s and 80s Art Scene

New AGO Exhibition Explores Toronto’s 70s and 80s Art Scene

Posted by PanamericanWorld on September 04, 2016

Just in time for sweater season, there’s a new, cool art exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

And it’s all about Toronto.

The complicated time period before most of us were born or were too young to remember was characterized by headlines about everything from the Spadina Expressway protests and bathhouse raids to fights over pay equity, multiculturalism and social housing.

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The 70s and 80s also saw the emergence of a new generation of Toronto artists who – amidst the unrest and Toronto’s growing international status – pushed the boundaries of sculpture, painting and photography and new art forms like video, installation and performance.

Initiated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Frederik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, and curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art, the exhibition draws heavily from the AGO collection and features more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives.

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The exhibition will be accompanied by a live performance series, a film and video festival, and satellite.

“In the tension between these two works—one a critique of the art world’s star system, and the other a deeply personal, politicized performance—we see how substantially things changed in only two decades,” says Nanibush.

“Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, issues of democracy, race, gender, sexuality, and colonialism made real headway in exploding the traditional art historical categories. In this period we see not only a plurality of voices emerging but the very definition of artistic practice expanding, encompassing publishing, theatre, performance and identity politics.”

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Featured artists and collectives include Michael Snow, Joanne Tod, the Clichettes, Duke Redbird, Barbara Astman, Robin Collyer, Robert Houle, Carol Conde and Carl Beveridge, June Clarke, Ato Seitu, and Lillian Allen.

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