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

Cultural Trio Salutes the Sixties

Ottawa/Gatineau - December 13, 2004

Les années 60 en vedette dans trois musées 
Three of Canada’s top cultural institutions will salute the Sixties in 2005. The defining decade of the Baby Boom will be featured in special exhibitions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, all located within the National Capital Region.  Each exhibition has its own take on the 1960s, but they all confirm a basic truth: it was a time of exceptional creativity and cultural change.

“The Sixties are synonymous with experimentation and the emergence of new voices, new ideas and new forms of artistic expression,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “These exhibitions reflect that spirit of change and adventure.”

“It was a decade of testing limits and pushing boundaries, and of Canada’s coming of age,” says Dr. Victor Rabinovitch, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. “Nowhere is that more evident than in the work of Canadian designers, craftspeople, artists and photographers.” 

The range and abundance of artistic expression in Canada during the 1960s will be in evidence at the National Gallery of Canada from February 4 to April 24, 2005. Its exhibition The Sixties in Canada will capture the vibrant spirit of the decade with more than 80 works representing a broad spectrum of movements and media, including Neo-Dada, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual and Kinetic Art, large-format paintings, and experimental films. Some of the movements proved more enduring than others, but all are reflective of the times.
The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography will present The Sixties: Photography in Question, from January 22 to April 24, 2005. It, too, captures the spirit of innovation and socio-cultural awakening that are the hallmarks of the 1960s. When the decade began, photography was generally regarded as a simple, practical tool. By the time the decade had ended, it was recognized as an art form. The images chosen for this exhibition demonstrate the richness and diversity of Sixties’ photographic practice, with a focus on the humanistic approach, along with documentary and social commentary.

Cool ’60s Design, presented at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, will run from February 25 to November 27, 2005. It will illustrate how Canadian designers and craftspeople were influenced by the powerful winds of change that were blowing internationally and domestically in the 1960s. Of particular note, the exhibition recalls Canada’s singular quest for a new national identity, epitomized by the adoption of the Maple Leaf flag and the staging of Expo ’67. In addition, it will look at Canadians’ growing interest in defining their personal identities.

In addition, from January 5 until April 29, the National Gallery Library and Archives will present The Sixties at the National Gallery of Canada, 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.

Special discount

For the benefit of those who wish to visit more than one of these exhibitions, all three museums 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.

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