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Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1961-1980

Chronology / Timeline of Events

The exhibition and research project Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980 is the result of a major collaboration between curators, writers, researchers and partner organizations across the country, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery and Halifax INK.

From its inception, it was clear that the project required local knowledge and expertise specific to particular cities and/or regions in Canada, and that only a larger team would be able to adequately access archives and resources to conduct the necessary primary research. More importantly, in order to share the research amongst the curatorial team – Grant Arnold, Catherine Crowston, Barbara Fischer, Michèle Thériault and Vincent Bonin, and Jayne Wark – we conceived of a web-based database that would not only serve as a tool for information-sharing throughout the development of the exhibition; it also would allow for an open-ended and flexible platform, able to receive new information even after the exhibition would be concluded. Most importantly, it could make this research available as an educational resource to a much greater number of young scholars, researchers, and a broader public not only in Canada but also further afield.

The research database currently comprises over 1,000 records, including hundreds of photographs, press clippings, and catalog excerpts. It will be supplemented over time by video recordings from the international conference as well as audio interviews with artists, writers and curators, amongst others. Developed in many distinct phases over several years, the research was supervised by the curatorial team.

Grant Arnold, Vancouver Art Gallery
Catherine Crowston, Art Gallery of Alberta
Barbara Fischer, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto
Michèle Thériault and Vincent Bonin, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Jayne Wark, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Project Management:
Barbara Fischer, Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Website Design and Technical Development:
Bill Kirby, Director, Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art

Bill Wood, Critic and Art Historian, Vancouver

Database Development (first phase) :
Pamela Clark, Art Gallery of Alberta

Research Coordinator:
Sharla Sava, Assistant Professor Adjunct, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

Principal Researcher:
Adam Welch, Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, University of Toronto

Heather Anderson
Meghan Bissonnette
Joanne Bristol
Geneviève Beacute;dard
Jordan Strom
Marilou St-Pierre
Jacob Korczynski
Heather Diack
David Court
Christopher Régimbal

Research Assistants:
Liz Gomez, Renée Gruszecki, Yuliya Kalinichenko, Joni Low, Laura Matwichuk, Bonny Poon, Trevor Stark, Leah Turner, Ulli Walker, and Jenna Winter

Curatorial Assistant:
Christopher Régimbal, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Rebecca Gimmi, Programme Coordinator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Copy Editing/Proofreading:
Lin Gibson, Sky Godden and Mark Mann

The Online Exhibition and Research Database project Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1961-1980 was organized by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, University of Toronto, in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.

The Canada-wide research project was realized through major support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. Special support for the realization of the online project was provided by the Museums and Technology Fund of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Ontario and the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

Comments and feedback are welcome.
Contact: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto

Key Institutions
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Art Metropole
A Space
Parachute Centre
UBC Fine Arts Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery
Video Inn
Western Front

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