Joice Hall, "Summer Garden," 1979, Collection of Glenbow Museum.
Organized by Glenbow Museum; Curated by Ron Moppett.
In the 1970s Calgary grew up, way up.
Thanks to a petroleum-fueled economic boom, the city saw unprecedented change. In the span of a decade, the province’s population increased by a third, and our city’s skyline scaled new heights, superseding even Chicago and New York in the annual amount of construction permits issued.
Calgary’s burgeoning local art scene mirrored the city’s ambition and growth. The 1970s saw the opening of a new building for the Alberta College of Art, a new arts department at the University of Calgary, and a new home for Glenbow Museum.
An adventurous spirit resonates through the works on display in Made in Calgary: The 1970s, revealing an artistic community in full embrace of many new avenues of expression.
Made in Calgary is a five-part exhibition series that explores the character of Calgary’s artistic community from1960 to 2000. Each exhibition will reflect the contributions of individual artists in the context of the social and cultural factors that influenced their work.