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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Open from Tuesday to
Sunday, 12 pm → 6 pm

Admission always free
15 Apr 21until18 Jul 21

Deanna Bowen

A Harlem Nocturne

Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff

An image depicting Benesh notation dance scores. The scores are white on a solid black background and resemble sheet music. “Farm Duet.” is written above the score on the top left.

Deanna Bowen, Gibson Notations 3, 2019. Courtesy the artist

Produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery and presented to Vancouver audiences in spring 2019, the solo exhibition of Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen will continue its national tour in Banff this spring at Walter Phillips Gallery. This iteration of the touring exhibition at Banff Centre will mark the artist’s first solo exhibition in Alberta.


Deanna Bowen is a descendant of two Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneer families from Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. She makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time. In recent years, her work has involved close examination of her family’s migration and their connections to Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Black Strathcona, the “All-Black” towns of Oklahoma, the Kansas Exoduster migrations and the Ku Klux Klan in Canada and the US. Bowen is a recipient of numerous awards including a 2020 Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts, a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her writing, interviews and art works have been published in Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, The Black Prairie Archives, and Transition Magazine. Bowen is editor of the 2019 publication Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada.

This exhibition tour is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.