Monday, April 16, 2007


Capital Modern: Edmonton Architecture and Urban Design 1940 - 1969

Like many cities across North America, Edmonton, Alberta has a wealth of modern architecture that is under-appreciated, yet significant. In fact, Edmonton was a leader in modern building during the period from post-World War II to the 1970s due to the oil boom that spurred development and created a desire to be progressive. The exhibition highlights modern design from the small scale of furniture, art, single family homes to the urban planning scale. A series of archival photographs, drawings and models, as well as new photography by James Dow will show how Edmonton led the nation at the time.

The opening of the exhibition will be preceded by a symposium on Making the Modern with speakers that include Kenneth Frampton, John Patkau, Fred Valentine, Brian MacKay-Lyons, Brigitte Shim, and Trevor Boddy.

The exhibition takes place at the Art Gallery of Alberta, located at Enterprise Square, #100 - 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta. Phone: 780-422-6223 for more information.

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