Curated by Sarah E.K. Smith

Artist group General Idea—comprised of AA Bronson, Felix Partz, and Jorge Zontal—pushed the boundaries of Canadian art during the 1970s and 80s. Working and living together for twenty-five years, General Idea created internationally acclaimed conceptual art projects, making bold statements about queer identity, commerce, consumption and the media. The group’s artistic statements about queer identity were ahead of their time and the significance and activist dimension of many of their works cannot be understated. For more on General Idea read Sarah E.K. Smith’s General Idea: Life & Work.


Sarah E.K. Smith is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where she is affiliated with the Transnational Studies Initiative. Her research focuses on contemporary art, with specific interest in socially and politically engaged art in Canada. Smith works as an independent curator and has held the position of Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston. Major curatorial projects include I’m Not Myself At All: Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, 2015.

  • The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant

    The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant 1971

  • FILE Megazine “Glamour Issue”

    FILE Megazine “Glamour Issue” 1975

  • Showcard Series

    Showcard Series 1975–79

  • Pilot

    Pilot 1977

  • Test Tube

    Test Tube 1979

  • Nazi Milk

    Nazi Milk 1979

  • The Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion

    The Boutique from the 1984 Miss General Idea Pavillion 1980

  • Cornucopia

    Cornucopia 1982

  • Mondo Cane Kama Sutra

    Mondo Cane Kama Sutra 1984

  • Shut the Fuck Up

    Shut the Fuck Up 1985

  • AIDS

    AIDS 1987

  • Fin de siècle

    Fin de siècle 1990

  • One Year of AZT

    One Year of AZT 1991

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