National Music Centre opens new exhibition dedicated to Alberta artist k.d. lang

Temporary installation shows musician’s eclectic career through use of visuals including costumes and instruments.

The National Music Centre is showing k.d. lang some Big, Big Love.

On Tuesday, the local arts organization announced that it was opening up a new, temporary exhibition room dedicated to Alberta’s Angel With A Lariat in their East Village home Studio Bell.

Titled Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage, the exhibition on the fifth level of the building tells the story of the Consort-raised, now Calgary-based artist and her almost 35-year, award-winning career through the use of over 20 artifacts, including photos, instruments and costumes donated by lang.

“Working on this exhibition with NMC made me look back a bit on my life as a performance artist challenging norms, and how my evolving style became just as important as the performance itself,” said lang in a press release.

“I hope the public enjoys the exhibition as much as I’ve enjoyed performing in those pieces and playing those instruments over my career. I can’t think of a place more suited than Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, to preserve those memories and share them with my fans.”

Adam Fox, NMC’s director of programs, noted that the organization “worked closely with lang to develop the exhibition …”

He continued. “We are thrilled to celebrate the career and creativity of a true Alberta original.”

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of lang’s Grammy-winning release Ingénue. Later this month she’ll embark on a tour to celebrate that album, which includes Aug. 23 and 24 local performances at the Jubilee Auditorium.

Big, Big Love: k.d. lang on Stage runs from July 11, 2017 to June 1, 2018 at Studio Bell, and can be viewed with paid admission into the building, which, during July, will be open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.