Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art
The first in-depth museum show of its kind, Baja to Vancouver (B2V) surveys recent art from the western edge of the United States, Canada, and Baja California, Mexico. Unlike a regional biennial, B2V is organized as a focused survey, gathering together representational artworks that engage with this region's social, cultural, and physical landscapes.
The thirty-three artists in this exhibition use popular forms and genres—landscape and portraiture, vernacular signage and music videos. Deceptively casual in appearance, their work thoughtfully reinterprets myths and reexamines cliches related to West Coast cultures, from the First Nations tribes of British Columbia to the contemporary youth tribes of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Roman de Salvo
Marcos Ramirez ERRE
Tour support provided by the Peter Norton Family Foundation and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada. Generous lead support for the CCA presentation of B2V is provided by Judy and Bill Timken. Additional generous support provided by City National Bank, Simon and Kimberly Blattner, Tony and Celeste Meier, Charlotte and David Winton, and Mary and Harold Zlot.
Seattle Art Museum
9 October 2003-4 January 2004
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
23 January-16 May 2004
Vancouver Art Gallery
5 June-6 September 2004
CCA Wattis Institute for Contmporary Arts
6 October 2004-10 January 2005