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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street
Vancouver, Canada
Closed for installation
until June 7, 2024

Admission always free
3 Sep 21until7 Nov 21

Deanna Bowen

A Harlem Nocturne

Thames Art Gallery, Chatam-Kent

A black and white image of two newspaper pages side by side. The image has been inverted so that the papers appear black with white text, and the images appear ghostly.

Deanna Bowen, Vancouver blacks fighting mad at discos, Jan 17, 1979, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery and presented to Vancouver audiences in spring 2019, the solo exhibition of Montreal-based artist Deanna Bowen will continue its national tour in Chatham-Kent this fall at the Thames Art Gallery.


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.