Made in Calgary: The 1960s
February 23 – April 28, 2013
This exhibition is the first installment of a year-long celebration of artists who have lived, worked and created in Calgary over the last 50 years. Independent writer and curator Mary Beth LaViolette has curated Made In Calgary: The 1960s as a rich showcase of works depicting a period of intense artistic and cultural change in the city.
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.
Together, these communities would create a rich art scene – a scene that was current, in touch with developments in the Canadian and international art worlds, and in tune with the cultural and social ferment that defines the decade. Its members would exhibit beyond the provincial borders, winning the attention of a wider audience.
Organized into three separate themes – Couples, Newcomers, and Friends and Colleagues — Made in Calgary: The 1960s surveys the decade through paintings, original prints, sculpture, ceramics and textile art created by local artists. Works by Marion Nicoll, W.L. Stevenson, Janet Mitchell, John Hall, Luke Lindoe, Greg Arnold and many others resonate with the artistic and cultural flavour of the Sixties in Calgary.
The exhibit also examines the efforts of the Glenbow Foundation (Glenbow’s predecessor) to support the visual arts in Calgary in that period by encouraging and supporting the development of artists such as Gerald Tailfeathers, Annora Brown and Alex Janvier.
This 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.