Three heads were better than one: AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal. As members of General Idea (1969–1994), this trio – who thought of themselves more like a rock band than as an artist collective – have had a huge impact on the international contemporary art world.

The forthcoming exhibition General Idea (3 June–20 November 2022) at the National Gallery of Canada will cover the group’s twenty-five years of collaboration. It will include more than two hundred works, revealing the breadth of General Idea’s practice. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major publication – the most comprehensive source on the group’s work to date.

In conjunction with the exhibition and the launch of the publication, the National Gallery of Canada is organizing a symposium centred on General Idea’s life and work. We invite established and emerging scholars, art historians, curators, artists, and architects to submit proposals for 20-30 minute presentations (in either English or French) on themes such as:

– From The Loving Couch Press to Rochdale College: hippie communes, artist collectives, and queer communities
– Experiential and experimental living: GI and the early underground scene in Toronto (Theatre Passe Muraille and Coach House Press)
– The women behind Miss General Idea: GI and gender
– Correspondence, networks, and virality
– and more (see website).

Please send a 300-word abstract and CV to Philip Monk, Chair, and Adam Welch, Associate Curator, National Gallery of Canada, at

We welcome abstracts and presentations in both English and French. Panelists will receive a CAD 500 honorarium, round-trip travel to Ottawa, two nights’ accommodation, and per diem.

Deadline for abstracts: 25 March 2022