Mark your calendars for May 27, 2012. That’s when the largest survey of contemporary Canadian art ever produced outside Canada opens at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Nestled in a renovated factory complex in the Berkshires, not far from the Clark Art Institute and the Tanglewood Music Festival, the nearly year-long exhibition will showcase more than 60 artists. Spanning multiple generations, working media and geography, the list is the result of more than 400 studio visits by MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish, who spent parts of the last three years criss-crossing Canada.
In its press release, the gallery notes that while “’Oh, Canada’ will ask questions such as ‘What are some of the distinguishing characteristics of art made in the country?’ its aim is not to present a merely nationalistic show. Rather, the goal is to encourage a dialogue about contemporary art made in Canada (one touching on issues of craft/making, conceptualism, humor and identity).”
The 61 participating artists (including four artist duos) are:
Kim Adams, Gisele Amantea, Shuvinai Ashoona, Amalie Atkins, Nicolas Baier, Daniel Barrow, Dean Baldwin, Rebecca Belmore, Patrick Bernatchez, BGL, Valérie Blass, Shary Boyle, Bill Burns, Eric Cameron, Cedar Tavern Singers AKA Les Phonoréalistes, Janice Wright Cheney, Douglas Coupland, Ruth Cuthand, Dave and Jenn, Michel de Broin, Wally Dion, Mario Doucette, Marcel Dzama, Brendan Fernandes, Michael Fernandes, Eryn Foster, Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob, Hadley + Maxwell, David Harper, David Hoffos, Kristan Horton, Terrance Houle, Allison Hrabluik, Sarah Anne Johnson, Garry Neill Kennedy, Wanda Koop, Diane Landry, Micah Lexier, Craig Leonard, Myfanwy MacLeod, Kelly Mark, Luanne Martineau, Rita McKeough, Divya Mehra, Chris Millar, Kent Monkman, Kim Morgan, Andrea Mortson, Clint Neufeld, Graeme Patterson, Ed Pien, Annie Pootoogook, Ned Pratt, Michael Snow, Charles Stankievech, Joseph Tisiga, Hans Wendt, Janet Werner, Mitchell Wiebe, John Will and Étienne Zack.
This article was updated on May 15, 2012. The original item incorrectly stated that Ron Terada would be included in “Oh, Canada.”