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Contemporary Art Gallery

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

Admission always free
21 Oct 20·4:00 PMuntil5:00 PM


Deanna Bowen

Online via Zoom

A black and white image of a film frame depicting an unlit neon sign and street light at night. The neon sign reads “DANC BLUE SKY.” Black circles cover the surface of the image.

Presented by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, join Deanna Bowen for a discussion of the artist’s large-scale public artwork, Night Prowl (2019), which features the extinguished neon light of the Blue Sky dance club, a hub of Black nightlife in 1950s Vancouver. Night Prowl is an extension of Bowen’s recent work mapping the history of a Black entertainment community in Vancouver, much of which has been erased from the city’s physical fabric and collective memory, but continues to exist as traces in archives. Bowen will be joined by CAG Acting Associate Curator Julia Lamare.


Deanna Bowen is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited across North America, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Royal Ontario Museum of Art, Toronto; the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has received several awards in support of her artistic practice including Canada Council New Chapter and Ontario Arts Council Media Arts production grants, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize.