What I Did On My Summer Vacation Part I: “Oh Canada” At the MASS MoCA

Oh Canada, Oh Canada Has come down to MASS MoCA Oh Canada, Oh Canada Visits the United States of America What’s in store? Beyond those doors? What exactly is contemporary Canadian Art? Is it: An interactive Mountie installation Or relational lacrosse? Maybe it’ll just be the Queen Serving poutine in the gallery Excerpt from the music video “Oh, Canada Oh, Canada” by The Cedar Tavern Singers aka Les Phonorealistes (Lethbridge, Alberta) “Why?” -- a typical Canadian reaction to the news that the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (otherwise known as the MASS MoCA was curating a new exhibition featuring over 60 Canadian artists and the country. And then the corollary question

Van Gogh at the National Gallery sets Attendance Records

My impressions of the packed crowds I saw at the "Van Gogh-Up Close" exhibition this summer at the National Gallery in Ottawa have been proven correct (for what's it worth). It felt like attendance was a least double from the previous summer show on Carravaggio and the Globe and Mail confirmed it today. The National Gallery reported on Tuesday that the critically acclaimed exhibition drew in a record number of visitors--the most visitors since 1997 when an exhibition of Renoir portraits was shown. Van Gogh drew in a total attendance of just over 230,000 compared to last year's numbers of 109,000 for "Carravaggio and His Followers". That explains why I had to walk through the show a few time

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