Made in Calgary: The 1990s

February 8 - May 4, 2014

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Guest curator Nancy Tousley brings the twentieth century to a close in the fourth installment of Glenbow's Made in Calgary series with Made in Calgary: The 1990s.

The 1990s in Calgary was an exhilarating, challenging and sometimes turbulent decade for the visual arts. Artists looked beyond the near horizon to explore expanding fields in painting, sculpture and new media, and experimented with form and materials in ways that suggested the ongoing influence of conceptual art. This exhibition places an emphasis on two avenues of exploration prevalent during the decade: installation art and multipart art works that enlarge an image, idea or subject, sometimes to epic proportions. Issues that engaged the international art world at the time - identity, gender, race, feminism, representation - increasingly won the attention of artists in Calgary who addressed and incorporated them from individual points of view.

Featuring over 100 works by 55 artists - Rita McKeough, Chris Cran, John Will, Faye Heavyshield, and Allan Dunning, among many others - Made in Calgary: The 1990s reflects this exciting time which saw local artists continuing to redefine both their own art and the city's place in the global art scene.

Made in Calgary is a multi-season exhibition series explores the character of Calgary's artistic community from 1960 to 2010. Each exhibition reflects the contributions of individual artists in the context of the social and cultural factors that influenced their worked.

Glenbow is pleased to have partnered with Contemporary Calgary to continue the Made in Calgary: The 1990s series in their gallery space, located one block away on Stephen Avenue Mall at 117 - 8 Avenue S.W. (Contemporary Calgary is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and statutory holidays. Call 403- 770-1350 for more information.)

About Nancy Tousley

Nancy Tousley is an award-winning senior art critic, arts journalist and independent curator, who received the Governor General's Award for Visual and Media Arts for outstanding contribution in 2011.

Tousley was art critic of the Calgary Herald for more than 30 years and the first Critic-in-Residence at the Alberta College of Art & Design. She has been a contributing editor to Canadian Art magazine since 1986. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Artscanada, Vanguard, Parachute, Border Crossings and Canadian Art since the early 1970s, and in more than 30 public art gallery and museum catalogues.

Tousley is also an accomplished curator, having organized exhibitions for the Brooklyn Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of York University, among others.

Her work has been recognized with many prestigious awards including the Board of Governors of the Alberta College of Art and Design's Award of Excellence (1997), the Ontario Association of Art Galleries award for best curatorial writing on contemporary art (1999 and 2001), the Canadian Museums Association's award for outstanding achievement in arts journalism (2002) and the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art (2009). 

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