September 11 – November 28, 2010

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 - 1980

Grant Arnold, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault, Vincent Bonin & Jayne Wark

Co-presented at the University of Toronto Galleries: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre (St. George), Blackwood Gallery (U of T Mississauga) and Doris McCarthy Gallery (U of T Scarborough)

Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980 is the first major exhibition in Canada to track the influence and diversity of Conceptual Art in works produced across the country, bearing witness to the significance of the intensely artist-driven involvement in the emergence of this global phenomenon. As demonstrated by the works in this exhibition, Conceptual Art was taken up across the country in complex, rigorous and diverse manifestations with its premises enacted, hybridized and inflected by the particular local and geographic needs and interests of individual artists, collectives and art communities. Presenting works by over seventy Canadian and international artists, the exhibition also offers a glimpse of some of the movement’s most energetic institutions in the form of the artist-run centres and networks.

Concerned with language, body, place and geography—all constitutive elements and primary interests of Conceptual Art internationally—Traffic is organized around urban and regional centres in Canada but seeks to capture the effervescent, and often contentious, lines of traffic between them.

Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) and Halifax, Ink. Financially supported by the Museums Assistance program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada


Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto/London/Guelph exhibitions)

Vito Acconci, Robert Bowers, Colin Campbell, Ian Carr-Harris, Robin Collyer, Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge, Stephen Cruise, Greg Curnoe, Robert Fones, General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal ), Noel Harding, Joseph Kosuth, Suzy Lake, Gordon Lebredt, Arnaud Maggs, Robin McKenzie, John McEwen, Ian Murray, Dennis Oppenheim, Andy Patton, Martha Rosler, Tom Sherman, Rebecca Singleton, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, John Watt, Joyce Wieland.

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Montreal exhibition)
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle

Tim Clark, Gary Coward, Tom Dean, Jean-Marie Delavalle, Charles Gagnon, Yves Gaucher, Raymond Gervais, John Heward (in collaboration with Alex Neuman), Michèle Lalonde, Suzy Lake, Gunter Nolte, Rober Racine, Françoise Sullivan, David Tomas, Serge Tousignant, Bill Vazan with Ian Wallace, Bill Vazan, Robert Walker, Irene F. Whittome, Joyce Wieland.

Blackwood Gallery (Halifax exhibition)
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Road North

Vito Acconci, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Bruce Barber, Wallace Branen, James Lee Byars, Eric Cameron, Ian Carr-Harris, Sylvain Cousineau and Francis Coutelier, Greg Curnoe, Jan Dibbets, Graham Dube, Gerald Ferguson, Michael Fernandes, Dan Graham, John Greer, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Richards Jarden, Donald Judd, Pat Kelly, Garry Neill Kennedy, Joseph Kosuth, Les Levine, Sol LeWitt, Lee Lozano, Allan MacKay and Lionel Simons, Brian MacNevin, Barry MacPherson, Albert McNamara, Ian Murray, N.E. Thing Co., Denis Oppenheim, Bruce Parsons, Harold Pearse, Yvonne Rainer, Ellison Robertson, Michael Snow, Theodore Wan, Douglas Waterman, Lawrence Weiner, Joyce Wieland, Martha Wilson, Jon Young, Tim Zuck.

University of Toronto Art Centre (Vancouver / Prairies/Toronto exhibitions)
University College, University of Toronto
15 King’s College Circle

Vancouver: Tom Burrows, Michael de Courcy, Christos Dikeakos, Dean Ellis, Rodney Graham, Image Bank (Michael Morris and Vincent Trasov), Bill Jones, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kleyn, Glenn Lewis, Ken Lum, Duane Lunden, N.E. Thing Co., Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Theodore Wan.

Prairies: Marcella Bienvenue, Kenneth Coutts-Smith, Max Dean, Brian Dyson, Jeff Funnell, Hans Haacke, Gordon Lebredt, Don Mabie, N.E. Thing Co., Dennis Oppenheim, Clive Robertson, Jeffrey Spalding, Paul Woodrow

Toronto: Les Levine, Vera Frenkel, General Idea