Vivian Lindoe, "Summer," 1970. Collection of Glenbow Museum.
Made in Calgary is a five-part exhibition series that will explore the character of Calgary's artistic community from 1960 to 2000. Each exhibition will reflect the contributions of individual artists in the context of the social and cultural factors that influenced their work.
At the beginning of the Sixties, Calgary had a population of close to a quarter-million people; by the end of the decade its population was approaching 400,000. The city's visual arts community was a multi-generational one where connections ran deep between its senior artists, many of whom were born before 1918, and a younger generation. Joining this cadre of artists were the newcomers who brought new influences and approaches to the making of art in the city.
The first installment of Made in Calgary, which includes works drawn from Glenbow's collection, other public collections such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Nickle Arts Museum, The City of Calgary's collection and the Art Gallery of Alberta as well as private collections, begins to unveil the uniqueness of the visual arts community in our city.
The curator of this exhibition is independent writer and curator, Mary-Beth Laviolette.