A remarkable thing happened in Calgary: When the four institutions involved in the Calgary iteration of Oh, Canada: Contemporary Art from North North America put in their requests, there was no overlap in their selections. 'There was zero conflict,' Esker Foundation director/curator Naomi Potter says. 'Everyone came with a particular curatorial vision based on the original exhibition, which was kind of amazing.'
Oh, Canada was organized by and first mounted at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and then travelled to Atlantic Canada. The Calgary show, opening Jan. 31 and closing April 26, marks the first time the exhibition has been installed in four venues in the same city.
Much of the work that deals with craft has landed at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, the Glenbow is showing work that deals at some level with history, Nickle Galleries has a lot of media-based work, and the Esker has installed mostly sculptural work, including Kim Adams's Optic Nerve.