Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is currently on view on Level 4 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. Inside, visitors will find three pieces on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): copper skulls from Michigan, a meteorite fragment from Springwater, Saskatchewan, and an impact shatter cone found in Sudbury, Ontario. Some of these pieces are billions of years old!
Curated by Andrew Hunter (the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) with Quill Christie-Peters (artist and youth educator), Anique Jordan (Exhibition Co-curator) and Laura Robb (AGO Interpretive Planner), Every. Now. Then. explores three urgent questions through the eyes of a number of Canadian artists: where has Canada come from, what it is now, and where is it going?
“The inclusion of geological objects in the show is part of a deliberate attempt to speak to the idea that Canada or the earth, in this instance, can and should be marked by a specific beginning, one that is much older than the 150 years that we are marking this year,” says Anique. “They are intended to encourage the audience to think about time through multiple lenses: geological, spiritual, cultural and perhaps political.”
Watch this video for more information on the Springwater meteorite, on view now in Every. Now. Then.
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