This is Paradise

 

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This is Paradise | Place as a state of mind
The Cameron Public House and 1980’s Toronto
Jun 25, 2011 – Aug 21, 2011

John Abrams, Stephen Andrews, Isaac Applebaum, Rebecca Baird, Napoleon Brousseau, Brian Burnett, Derek Caines, Pauline Choi, Barbara Cole, Cathy Daley, Tom Dean, Reid Diamond, Lynn Donoghue, Andy Fabo, Elinor Rose Galbraith & John Scott, Eldon Garnet, General Idea, Oliver Girling, Sybil Goldstein, Matt Harley, Hummers (Deanne Taylor, Janet Burke, Jennifer Dean, Alan Bridle),Tim Jocelyn, Rae Johnson, Peter MacCallum, Tanya Mars, HP Marti, Michael Merrill, Handsome Ned (Robin Masyk), Andrew James Paterson & Alan Fox, Evan Penny, Randy & Berenicci, John Scott, Joanne Tod, Rene Van Halm, Video Cabaret (Deanne Taylor & Michael Hollingsworth), Julie Voyce, Lorne Wagman, George Whiteside, Tony Wilson

Opening reception: June 24, 8-11 pm

Curated by Rae Johnson and Herb Tookey.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

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THIS IS PARADISE will present a selection of groundbreaking visual art, fashion, performance, music and theatre created by artists whose playground, sometime-home, laboratory, stage, gallery and canvas was the infamous Cameron Public House of the Queen Street West art scene of 1980’s Toronto. Audacious paintings and objects, mind-warping video, music and theatre come back to Queen Street West to play. The exhibition will recreate a moment in time, and reflect the stories behind the pictures and music from an historic decade marked by triumph and tragedy.

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This is Paradise | From the National Gallery of Canada Collection

Jun 25, 2011 – Aug 21, 2011

Susan Britton, David Buchan, Tom Dean, General Idea, Tanya Mars, Sandra Meigs, John Scott, Joanne Tod

Curated by Rae Johnson, Guest Curator, and Jonathan Shaughnessy, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

Opening reception: June 24, 8-11 pm

The Trudeau years in Canada, 1968 to 1984, saw the coming of age of the children of the cold war television-generation and its overwhelming rejection of post war art dominated by Abstraction. A new paradigm erupted, where television could become art and ironic media-inspired images, pseudo artifacts and cartoonish drawings replaced minimalist canvases on the walls of art galleries. The exhibition includes seminal work by artists from the period: Susan Britton, David Buchan, Tom Dean, General Idea, Tanya Mars, Sandra Meigs, John Scott, and Joanne Tod.

www.mocca.ca/exhibition/paradise