Capitol Modern: Edmonton Architecture and Urban Design 1945 1969 at the Art Gallery of Alberta

Like many cities across Canada, Edmonton has a wealth of modern architecture that is underappreciated, 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.

This exhibition takes place at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton from June 9th to August 26th, 2007, and highlights modern design from the small scale of furniture, art and single-family homes right up to the city urban planning scale. A series of archival photographs, drawings and models as well as new photography from James Dow will show how Edmonton led the nation at the time.

An accompanying symposium precedes the show at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton on June 7th-8th, 2007 features the following speakers: Nigel Dancey (Foster and Partners, London); John Patkau (Patkau Architects, Vancouver); Fred Valentine (Stantec Architecture, Calgary); with moderator Trevor Boddy.

Sponsors of the exhibition are the Art Gallery of Alberta and the Canada Council for the Arts.