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Black Gold (PDF 1.3 MB) - Art Gallery of Alberta

Black Gold (PDF 1.3 MB) - Art Gallery of Alberta

Black Gold (PDF 1.3 MB) - Art Gallery of

Black Gold Formula for success. Rise early, work hard, strike oil. Jean Paul Getty The political, economic and social history of Alberta is a narrative intimately connected to its natural resources. Euro-Canadian exploration and settlement of what is now the province of Alberta was initially instigated by the demands of the fur trade. In the decades before and after World War 1 a large portion of the region was opened to agriculture and for the first half of the twentieth century farming was the primary economic activity in the province. In 1913/1914, however, a discovery in southern Alberta heralded the beginnings of a new era for the province. On May 14, 1914, the Calgary Petroleum Products Company struck gas in Turner Valley with Dingman Well No. 1. This discovery began a fervor of oil and gas activity in the region that would last for almost three decades and ushered in the petroleum industry throughout the rest of the province. Inspired by the centenary of the Turner Valley discoveries the exhibition Black Gold invites viewers to consider the history and importance of, and challenges presented by, the oil industry in Alberta. Featuring the artwork of contemporary artists whose creative expressions have been stimulated by this industry, this exhibition traces the development of the oil industry from its infancy in Turner Valley through to the ongoing development of the Athabasca Oil Sands. The art works presented reflect on the impacts this enterprise has had on the development of the province and the lives of Albertans since 1913. The exhibition Black Gold features the work of artists Paul Bernhardt, Bruno Canadien, Steven Dixon, Judith E. Hall, Leya Russell and Justin Wayne Shaw. Through their works these artists shine a spotlight on the oil industry in Alberta, presenting personal perceptions concerning this development and inviting reflection on the diverse and complex environmental and social issues associated with the extraction and use of ‘black gold’. The exhibition Black Gold was curated by Shane Golby and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. The AFA Travelling Exhibition Program is financially supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program Travelling Exhibition Program 2013-2015 Seasons The Art Gallery of Alberta is pleased to present this travelling exhibition for the 2013-2015 seasons. Currently the Art Gallery of Alberta serves approximately 60 venues in over 35 communities. Exhibitions on tour from the Art Gallery of Alberta easily adapt to space requirements of smaller venues: schools, libraries, museums, health care centres and other community facilities. The exhibitions are organized in such a manner as to make unpacking, packing, hanging and shipping as easy as possible. Along with the exhibition each venue receives an Educational Interpretive Guide. These materials enable teachers to use the exhibition within the school curriculum. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection is the primary source of works featured in the travelling exhibitions. Other sources for exhibitions may include community partners, archives, private collections and loans from artists. Each year we welcome new venues to enrich their community art through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program. Our Thanks The artists: Paul Bernhardt Bruno Canadien Steven Dixon Contact Judith E. Hall Leya Russell Justin Wayne Shaw The Alberta Foundation for the Arts The Provincial Archives of Alberta and to the many individuals, organizations and communities who contribute to the success of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program each year. Shane Golby, Manager/Curator AFA Travelling Exhibition Program Region 2 Art Gallery of Alberta/CSF 10550-107 Street Edmonton, AB T5H 2Y6 T: 780.428.3830 F: 780.421.0479 shane.golby@youraga.ca The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program Black Gold Not only had oil...put chicken on every Albertan’s table but it had saved every Canadian’s bacon. James G. MacGregor COVER IMAGES: Top image: Judith E. Hall, Near Hartell, (detail), 1992, Acrylic on canvas, Collection of the artist Bottom Image: Leya Russell, Mildred Lake 38, 2012, Unique print on paper, Collection of the artist

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