Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery gets groovy with The Sixties in Canada

Ottawa, Canada - February 2, 2005


National Gallery gets groovy with The Sixties in Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is having a flashback. Its latest exhibition, The Sixties in Canada, is a trip back in time to a decade of unprecedented experimentation, when artists tested the limits and pushed the boundaries of artistic expression. The exhibition is on view from 4 February until 24 April 2005.

“During the 1960s, Canada underwent enormous political, economic, social and cultural changes that manifested themselves in an explosion of artistic creativity,” says the National Gallery’s Denise Leclerc, curator of the exhibition. “The Sixties in Canada transports us back to this collective awakening and evolution of Canadian society.”

The Sixties in Canada charts the emergence of pop art, minimalism, kinetic and conceptual art through some 80 works by well-known figures like Jack Bush, Michael Snow, Claude Tousignant and Joyce Wieland, along with no less influential artists such as N.E. Thing Co., Gary Neill Kennedy and Roy Kiyioka. Visitors to the exhibition will rediscover the artists who challenged and dissolved the boundaries between artistic disciplines in a way that reflected the societal upheavals of the time.

“Whether or not you remember the Sixties, these works have an undeniable power,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery. “They are icons of a watershed period in Canadian history.”

The National Gallery is offering a Bell Audioguide and a full-colour catalogue to enhance the experience, along with a full schedule of Meet the Artist and Meet the Curator events, film series, workshops and more.

The Sixties in Canada, organized by the National Gallery of Canada, is one of several area exhibitions that pay tribute to the Sixties this year. The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography (CMCP), an affiliate of the Gallery, presents The Sixties: Photography in Question until April 24. The Sixties at the National Gallery of Canada, on view until April 29 at the National Gallery Library, is a selection of exhibition catalogues, invitations, press releases, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document significant people and events at the National Gallery during the 1960s. The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, meanwhile, is presenting Cool ’60s Design from 25 February to 27 November.

Le Hibou is back!
The legendary Café Le Hibou on Sussex Drive was the heart of Ottawa’s music scene from 1960 to 1974. The National Gallery is re-creating that coffee-house atmosphere for a concert series featuring some of the musicians who held court at Le Hibou in the 1960s. They include Bill Stevenson on 7 April, Robert Paquette on 14 April, and Nev and Pete (Neville Wells and Peter Hodgson, a.k.a. Sneezy Waters) on 21 April. Admission: $30 (Friends $25). Information and registration: (613) 998-8888.

Cool offer!
The National Gallery of Canada, CMCP and the Museum of Civilization are offering a special discount: Buy an adult ticket for one show at the regular price, and get a $2 discount on your admission to one of the other two shows. This offer applies only to the Sixties exhibitions. Some restrictions may apply.


Anouk Hoedeman
Senior Media and Public Relations Officer
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