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Contemporary Art Gallery

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

Admission always free
16 Jan 20until9 May 20

Deanna Bowen

A Harlem Nocturne

McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton

An image, with a black background and white text and lines showing a section of an architectural plan for a neighbourhood. Handwritten text in the centre reads “CULLODEN COURT SHEL.”

Deanna Bowen, Culloden Court: A Case Study (after Muddu Gopal Rao Patti, Oct 1972), 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 begin its multi-venue national tour at McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario.


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.