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Game On!
Art and Hockey

January 21 - March 5, 2013

video still, Graeme Patterson

Graeme Patterson, video still from Lafleche vs. Woodrow 1972, 2006,
stop-motion animation, digital video, 04:03 min.

In the fall of 2009, I was passing through Toronto and happened to see Arena: The Art of Hockey, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.  By coincidence, I had just installed a group of my own hockey-themed paintings in a solo exhibition in Michigan.  Based on the traditional team colors of the 1942-43 “Original Six” National Hockey League teams, the minimalist paintings on aluminum were a tribute to the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.

Shortly after returning home, I proposed a hockey-themed exhibition at St. Lawrence University,  a school with a rich hockey tradition through its NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs.  Also, with the University’s proximity to Canada, hockey has always been a major sport in the Canton community and surrounding area.

On display during the height of the hockey season, Game On! Art and Hockey includes paintings, drawings, videos and photographs by selected artists from Arena and by other contemporary artists.  In addition, a hallway gallery exhibition features photographs and items from the Owen D. Young Library’s Special Collections, the Canton Town and Village Historian, and other local collections that tell the stories of hockey and ice-skating in the North Country.

Kasarian Dane, curator
Associate professor of art & art history

image of varsity senior

Varsity senior, 1956-57

The exhibition includes artworks in a variety of media by Scott Conarroe, Kasarian Dane, Siobhan Doherty, Davida Kidd, Craig Le Blanc, Laura Millard, Martin Parr, Graeme Patterson, Robyn Thomas, and Andy Warhol.

7 News/Fox 28 in Watertown interviewed Kasarian Dane in a recent story about the exhbiition.


David E. Little is director and curator of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  In 2012, he organized The Sports Show at the MIA, and his essay “How Sports Became The Sports Show: From the Beginnings of Photography to the Digital Age” appears in the exhibition catalog.