BC Scene

The arts and culture of British Columbia come to Ottawa/Gatineau

April 21 to May 3, 2009


April 17 - August 30, 2009

National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

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Gareth Moore Uncertain Pilgrimage; Smugglers Shoes, 2006-2007 [photo: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Catriona Jeffries Gallery]


Always on the move, the experience of new lands, and travel as a state of being – can an industrial society truly understand the lives of nomads? The National Gallery of Canada’s thematic exhibition, Nomads, focuses on works by Vancouver-based artists whose practices manifest different interpretations of nomadism, a way of life that involves moving from one place to another without settling down in a particular location.

Featuring the work of Gareth Moore, Geoffrey Farmer, Myfanwy MacLeod, Hadley + Maxwell, and Althea Thauberger, the show shifts our expectations of the art object and questions preconceived notions of authorship, authenticity and museum display.

Also on display during BC Scene will be a selection of works by other prominent British Columbia artists, such as Rodney Graham, Ian Wallace, Vikky Alexander and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, drawn from the National Gallery of Canada’s collection.

About the Scene

Imagine 600 artists from B.C. representing all disciplines, performing in the national spotlight on the stages of Ottawa/Gatineau: that's BC Scene, presented by the National Arts Centre, spring 2009.

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