Feb 012014
 

Brian Jungen, Blanket No. 9, 2008 O’Brian Collection Photo: Karen Duffek

The Satellite Gallery at 560 Seymour Street in Vancouver is having an exhibition, Cindy Sherman meets Dzunuk’wa, from February 14 to March 29, 2014, the diverse collection of Vancouver collectors Michael and Inna O’Brian.

“Just as New York artist Cindy Sherman’s untitled portrait of vanity and the grotesque comes face to face with Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick’s mask of Dzunuk’wa, the Giant of the Woods, artworks in the exhibition are presented as a series of conversations, from intimate to confrontational,” explain the curators. The art of BC First Nations is of particular interest to the collectors; work by Beau Dick, Dean and Shawn Hunt, Brian Jungen, Rufus Moody Micahael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun are in the show.

A related “Gallery Hop!” has been organized for Saturday, February 22 from 1 to 4 pm, beginning at the Audain Gallery at 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

http://www.satellitegallery.ca

 

Feb 012014
 

Preston Singletary, In the Beginning Stonington Gallery, Thinking of Raven

The Stonington Gallery in Seattle has organized a group exhibition, Thinking of Raven, a creative exploration of the character and meaning of a central figure in the aboriginal culture of the Pacific Northwest.

The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, February 6, at 6-8 pm. and runs to February 28, 2014. http://www.stoningtongallery.com

 

Feb 012014
 

second-look

A number of fine exhibitions of Northwest coast art close in February 2014, and deserve close attention, i.e. second and third visits.

Charles Edenshaw at the Vancouver Art Gallery is on until February 2, 2014. On Saturday February 1, the last public tour of the show will be led by artist and educator Raymond Boisjoly. Boisjoly brings an innovative perspective to Edenshaw’s work, as an artist deeply interested in current issues of identity and representation. The first edition of the fine catalogue published for the exhibition, all 4000 copies, was sold out within two months.

http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/ Charles Edenshaw will be shown at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from March 7 to May 25 2014, and near Toronto at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection from June 27 to September 21, 2014.

Robert Davidson’s exhibition Abstract Impulse is at the Seattle Art Museum until February 16, 2014. It will travel to the Museum of the American Indian Heye Center in New York in 2014.

Davidson will be giving a talk at 7 pm on February 5, 2014 in the Plestcheeff Audition of the SAM. https://www.seattleartmuseum.org

The large exhibition of Brian Jungen’s work at the Kunstverein in Bonn, Germany, presented in co-operation with the Kunstverein Hannover, closes on February 2 2014. (See The Beat June 2013) http://www.bonner-kunstverein.de/

RezErect: Native Erotica at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver closes on February 16, 2014. http://www.billreidgallery.ca/

Mar 042012
 
Gwaii Edenshaw, One Monster for Another  Photo: Rod Serrat-Cave, Petley Jones Gallery

Gwaii Edenshaw, One Monster for Another. Photo: Rod Serrat-Cave, Petley Jones Gallery

The Petley Jones Gallery in Vancouver will open Sounds Good on Paper, an exhibition of work by Haida artist Gwaii Edenshaw, on March 29 at 6:30 pm. The Gallery is at 1554 West 6th Avenue; the show runs until April 21 2012.

At the age of nineteen, Gwaai produced his first totem under the direction of his father, Guujaaw, a noted carver and leader of the Haida Nation. Since then he has created several others, both with his father and with his artist brother, Jaalen. Preliminary drawings for the Two Brothers pole in Jasper Alberta, carved by Gwaai and Jaalen, are included in Sounds Good on Paper. For an image of the pole, see The Beat August 2011. Gwaii is a founding member of the Q’altsi’da Kaa performers. Their inaugural project, Sounding Gambling Sticks, is a play performed entirely in the Haida language.

The exhibition at Petley Jones Gallery features over a dozen paper works and related jewellery pieces. There will be an exhibition catalogue. See http://www.petleyjones.com

An update: the old Jasper pole, in perilous condition now after 130 year of exposure, and returned to Haida Gwaii in July 2010, was moved into the Youth Centre Longhouse in February 2012. Haida young people will be giving tours of totem poles in Old Massett.

For more on the pole’s story, see http://www.haidanation.ca/Pages/Haida_Laas/PDF/Newsletters/July_2011_LR.pdf

Mar 042012
 
Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011  Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011 Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Beat Nation: art, hip hop and aboriginal culture continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery until June 3 2012. The exhibition has work from more than 20 North American aboriginal artists, work created in contemporary idiom informed in some way by a First Nations background. Included are Shawn Hunt, Dana Claxton, Sonny Assu, Nicholas Galanin and Skeena Reece.

On April 3 2012 a panel Unlikely Architectures: Contested Territories “explores the city as a space of overlapping histories and territories.” See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

The exhibition opened with an explosive Kickoff on February 24 2012, much enhanced by high energy creative performances.

A search on You Tube will bring up some video clips of brilliant dance and music routines.

See CBC’s site http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/03/01/beat-nation-gallery.html?cmp=rss

Mar 042012
 
Roy Vickers, II Timothy 2:11, 1976  Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon, Perspectives

Roy Vickers, II Timothy 2:11, 1976 Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon, Perspectives

The National Museum of Civilization in Ottawa currently has an exhibition God(s): A User’s Guide, running until September 3 2012. The work by Tsimshian artist Roy Vickers (illustrated above) is displayed in the context of world religions and spirituality, alongside Islamic calligraphy, and a Jewish Torah Ark constructed in a folk-art style. See http://civilization.ca


Feb 092012
 
Skeena Reece in Beat Nation at Vancouver Art Gallery  Photo: Sebastian Kriete

Skeena Reece in Beat Nation at Vancouver Art Gallery Photo: Sebastian Kriete

On March 18 2011, a group of artists from Vancouver’s grunt gallery performed at the Vancouver Art Gallery during one of their FUSE events. The project was called Beat Nation: Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture, and curated by artists Skeena Reece and Tania Willard.

In fact, the artists and their work was so dynamic that the VAG is presenting a new, larger exhibition, Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture, and related events, beginning with an opening event on Friday February 24 2012 at 8:30 in a FUSE evening, Beat Nation/Lights Out! The show runs until June 3 2012. A work by performance artist Skeena Reece will be part of the evening’s events.

Associate curators Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard will give a tour of the exhibition the next day, February 25, at 2 pm. On Tuesday April 17 at 7 pm artists from Beat Nation will give a visual and auditory tour of the exhibition.

The VAG comments: “As aboriginal identity and culture continue to shift and transform, and older traditions find renewed meaning in new forms of expression, one thing remains constant: a commitment to politics, to storytelling, to Aboriginal languages, to the land and rights, whether it be with drums skins or turntables, natural pigments or spray paint, ceremonial dancing or break dancing.”

See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca

Feb 092012
 
Talking Stick Festival: Younger Members of the Git Hayetsk Dancers  Photo: Chris Randle

Talking Stick Festival: Younger Members of the Git Hayetsk Dancers Photo: Chris Randle

The 11th Annual Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver brings together rich performances by the best First Nations performers and artists, in Vancouver from February 20 to March 4 2012.

The Gala Opening Exhibit and Celebration is on Monday February 20 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Three dynamic theatre pieces are in the festival this year: Metis Mutt by Sheldon Elter, Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created by a Drunken God February 23 to 25, and Monique Mojica’s Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way at the Roundhouse.

The Talking Stick art exhibition at the Roundhouse in Yaletown includes work by Rebecca Belmore, Lance Cardinal, Peter Morin, Charlene Vickers and Rick Harry Xwalacktun.

There are many more events. See http://www.fullcircle.ca

Dec 072011
 
The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Photo: http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe. Photo: http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

 The Squamish Nation has partnered with the Vancouver Maritime Museum at 1905 Ogden Avenue, near Kitsilano Beach, in Vancouver; the exhibition Chatwilh : The Craft and Culture of the Squamish Canoe will run until May 21 2012.

http://www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com

Nov 012011
 
Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist  Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa  Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

 The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened a strong exhibition of exceptional British Columbian and Mexican artwork from the impressive art collection of developer and philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa. Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection has a richly illustrated 160 page catalogue.

The exhibition closes on January 29 2012.

There are a large number of exceptionally fine works by historical, many anonymous, First Nations artists, beautifully displayed, such as the Gitk’san Portrait Mask above.

A recent Model Pole in yellow cedar by Haida artist Jim Hart shows how creative and powerful art created within traditional boundaries can be. Audain also collects contemporary First Nations work in less traditional modes, such as works by Brian Jungen’s Variant 1 2002, an assemblage of Jordan running shoes. Seldom does one see such a discriminating selection.

The CBC’s website has a Photo Gallery of some of the pieces on view at the VAG exhibition at http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/10/27/photo-gallery-audain.html

Jun 032011
 
Bill Reid, Necklace.  Courtesy of Donald Ellis and Equinox Gallery

Bill Reid, Necklace. Courtesy of Donald Ellis and Equinox Gallery

The Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, in collaboration with Donald Ellis Gallery, is presenting a third collaborative exhibition Inside Passage: Exploring the Artistic Practices of the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast. Works include a gold necklace by Bill Reid (above), several works by Charles Edenshaw, a Chilkat blanket formerly in the collection of artist Donald Judd, and a group of 19th century argillite carvings. The exhibition opens with a reception for the public on Saturday June 25 from 2 to 4 pm. The show closes on July 20 2011. http://www.equinoxgallery.com

Jun 032011
 
Cumshewa, Haida, Haida Gwaii, 1968. Photo: Adelaide de Menil

Cumshewa, Haida, Haida Gwaii, 1968. Photo: Adelaide de Menil

Revisiting the Silence continues at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art at 639 Hornby Street, just a block from the Vancouver Art Gallery. This exhibition of photographs by Adelaide de Menil of the ancient poles and forests of the Northwest coast was curated by Peter Morin. We see the last standing place for many of the older poles before their removal by museums or their return to the earth.

The curator of the show, Tahltan artist Peter Morin, will be speaking on Sunday June 5 at 3 pm, on his curatorial approach. Revisiting the Silence has been extended to June 12 2011.

The next featured exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery is Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe, from June 22 through October 23 2011. Photographs by Phil Hersee and Robert Semeniuk portray the revival of canoe culture along the western coast. See http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Jun 032011
 
2010 YVR Winner Latham Mack & Rita Beiks at 2011 YVR Art Awards

2010 YVR Winner Latham Mack & Rita Beiks at 2011 YVR Art Awards

Northern Exposure 2011, an exhibition of work by the students and faculty of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Community College, is at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver’s Gastown area until June 28 2011.

The exhibition coincides with the presentation of YVR Art Foundation to First Nations artists. The YVR Art Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to aboriginal artists 25 and under in British Columbia each year. The program aims to assist selected aboriginal artists with their early artistic development by giving them an opportunity to use the scholarship to attend art school, or to work with a mentor or an elder. Their completed artwork is displayed at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), for one year.

Congratulations to winners Cherish Alexander (Tsimshian), James Harry (Squamish), Bryan Joe (Cowichan), Cody Lecoy (Penticton / Esquimalt) and J. Hjalmer Wenstob (Tla-o-qui-aht).

Jun 032011
 
Jay Simeon Silver Box

Jay Simeon Silver Box

The Lattimer Gallery in Vancouver is celebrating an important anniversary this month, with an exhibition called Silver: Celebrating Twenty-five Years. Already online at http://www.lattimergallery.com/, the show will run from June 9 to 30 2011. You are invited to a reception on Thursday June 9 5 to 8 pm. The gallery opened 25 years ago as the Leona Lattimer Gallery during Expo ’86 and is now run by the founder’s grandson Peter. Twenty-five artists have created special work around the theme of silver: Sharifah Marsden a pendant and bracelet, Phil Gray a mask Mountain Goats of Temlaxam, and Jay Simeon a sterling silver box. Master artists’ work included are a pin/pendant by Bill Reid Thunderbird and Killerwhale, and Earl Muldon’s gold bracelet Killerwhale and Bear.

Jun 032011
 

The exhibition Klee Wyk: Artists on the Nisqually Flats (1953-1961) is at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma Washington until January 30 2012. Inspired by their Indian ancestors, the Klee Wyk artists used Northwest Coast Indian motifs in design work that was sold to the public and installed in public buildings.

Curator Maria Pascualy will give a lecture The Uses and Abuses of Northwest Coast Indian Art on June 13 2011 at noon at the museum.

See the museum website at http://www.wshs.org/

Jun 032011
 

Plan to visit the Seattle Art Museum this summer to see the exhibition Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves. (See The Beat September 2010.) The show closes on August 14 2011. Visiting New York? See the excellent exhibition at the Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire and Shadows. See http://www.nmai.si.edu

May 062011
 
From the exhibition The Power of Giving  Collection: U’mista Centre, Alert Bay  Photo: Sharon Grainger

From the exhibition The Power of Giving Collection: U’mista Centre, Alert Bay Photo: Sharon Grainger

The German exhibition of cultural objects from the U’mista Centre opens on May 6 at the Lipsiusbau in Dresden. Kwakwaka’wakw artist Corinne Hunt (designer of the 2010 Olympic Games medals) has designed the installation of the exhibition in Dresden, and a sculpture in an adjacent park. The objects have special Canadian historical significance because in 1922 they were brutally seized by the government attempting to enforce the infamous ban of the potlatch. Since then the Kwakwaka’wakw nation has repatriated most of the objects taken.For information about the exhibition in Dresden, see: http://www.skd.museum/en/special-exhibitions/the-power-of-giving/index.html

May 062011
 
U’mista Centre The Power of Giving  Photo: Ann Cameron

U’mista Centre The Power of Giving Photo: Ann Cameron

The Beat has carried a number of stories related to the exchange of exhibitions between the U’mista Centre in Alert Bay British Columbia, and the Dresden Museums in Germany. The Power of Giving opened on April 19 in Alert Bay, and the German visitors were warmly welcomed by the Kwakwaka’wakw community in the Big House.

For a review of the Alert Bay exhibition, see http://www.vancouversun.com/life/first+nations+Germany+swap+treasures/4652839/story.html

For information about the U’mista Centre, included visitor information, see http://www.umista.org/


Apr 062011
 

Peter Morin, curator of Revisiting the Silence.  Photo: Anne Seymour

Peter Morin, curator of Revisiting the Silence. Photo: Anne Seymour

The March opening of the exhibition of photographs by Adelaide de Menil at the Bill Reid Gallery, Revisiting the Silence, was well-reviewed and well-attended. (See The Beat March 2011). The show continues until June 5 2011.

Curator Peter Morin gave a thoughtful talk at the launch which eloquently expressed his experiences as he selected the photographs of the coastal villages and forests of the indigenous inhabitants.

http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Apr 062011
 

Photo: David Campion

Photo: David Campion

Man Turned to Stone: T’xwelatse is an exhibition at The Reach Gallery and Museum in Abbotsford BC, April 14 to May 29 2011.

T’xwelatse is an ancient stone ancestor of the Chilliwack people. The exhibition includes a large photographic installation by photographer David Campoin depicting the human and geographic context of Stone T’xwelatse.

The opening reception on April 14 includes the premier performance of The T’xwelatse Story by the Semoya Dance Group. The Dance Group will perform The Story again on Saturday April 16 at 1 pm.

A panel discussion on the story of T’xwelatse will follow on Saturday.

More information at http://www.thereach.ca

Apr 062011
 
Carl Beam (1943-2005)

Carl Beam (1943-2005)

An exhibition of the work of Anishinaabe artist Carl Beam is at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver from April 8 to May 29 2011. Beam’s work Greg Hill, the Audain Curator of Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada will speak on his own role as curator of the exhibition on Sunday April 10 at 1 pm and Tuesday April 12 at 7 pm. A documentary film Aakideh about Beam’s art and his life will be shown Saturday April 16 at 1 pm, and Tuesday April 26 at 7 pm.

In 1986 Beam was the first aboriginal artist to have his work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as “contemporary art”. A master and innovator of many media, Beam graduated from the University of Victoria in 1974, and pursued a distinguished career in the southwest United States and in Canada. He died in 2005.

Apr 062011
 
We were free, because the masks had been taken... (Agnes Alfred, at Alert Bay, June 20 1975)

We were free, because the masks had been taken... (Agnes Alfred, at Alert Bay, June 20 1975)

On April 21, the U’mista Centre in Alert Bay opens the exhibition from Dresden, Germany The Power of Giving: Gifts in the Saxon Rulers’ Court in Dresden and the Kwakwaka’wakw Big House. On May 7 2011 the reciprocal exhibition The Power of Giving- The Potlatch in Kwakwaka’wakw Big House from the Canadian Northwest Coast opens at the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden. More information in The Beat March 2011, or see http://www.umista.org/

 

Mar 162011
 

Imaginary Indian (right) and Raven and the First Immigrant, works by Nicholas Galanin on view at the Trench Gallery. Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG

Imaginary Indian (right) and Raven and the First Immigrant, works by Nicholas Galanin on view at the Trench Gallery. Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG

Tlingit artist Nicholas Galanin’s show New Culture, conceptual work from the last five years, is at the Trench Gallery in Vancouver until April 9 2011. The gallery is at #102-148 Alexander Street. See http://www.trenchgallery.com

Mar 162011
 

Haida Mask, 1800-1850  Photo: McCord Museum

Haida Mask, 1800-1850 Photo: McCord Museum

The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is exhibiting Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, 80 historic objects from the collection of the McCord Museum in Montreal, and more recent work by Robert Davidson, who curated the show. It continues until June 5 2011. Davidson will give a talk on Wednesday March 16 at 6 pm.

Brian Jungen’s exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta continues until May 8 2011. See http://www.youraga.ca/

Mar 162011
 

Image of Robert Davidson’s “Sara’s Birth Announcement” From CoghlanArt.com

Image of Robert Davidson’s “Sara’s Birth Announcement” From CoghlanArt.com

A survey of Robert Davidson’s serigraph prints in the exhibition Eagle Transforming will be exhibited at the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George until April 3 2011. For more information, see http://www.tworiversartgallery.com

Mar 162011
 
Antique Masks

Antique Masks

Mayberry Fine Art and the Pegasus Gallery are co-sponsoring an exhibition Unmasked: Treasures of the Pacific Northwest from March 5 to 26 2011 at 110 Yorkville Avenue in Toronto. Historic works, from the 1840’s to the 1950’s, and contemporary work by Tony Hunt, Robert Davidson, Rande Cook and Richard Hunt, will be shown. Fifteen components of Chief Tony Hunt’s ceremonial regalia will be included in the show. For more information see

http://www.mayberryfineart.com/unmasked/

Jan 072011
 

Damara Jacobs, co-curator of Entwined Histories  Behind are portraits of her ancestors drawn by Maisie Hurley

Damara Jacobs, co-curator of Entwined Histories Behind are portraits of her ancestors drawn by Maisie Hurley

The North Vancouver Museum & Archives opens an exhibition to honour an outstanding advocate of aboriginal rights, Maisie Hurley (1887-1964). Maisie Hurley was the founder of Canada’s first aboriginal newspaper the Native Voice. Her husband Tom Hurley was a criminal attorney who worked towards justice for First Nations people. The Hurleys were an inspiration to Thomas Berger QC who spoke about their influence in North Vancouver in December. The show is presented jointly with the Squamish nation, and is called Entwined Histories: Gifts from the Maisie Hurley Collection, Txwnch7ám’new’as kwis eslhílhkw’iws. It will be at the museum from January 25, 2011 to November 6, 2011. Work by Maisie Hurley, photographs and First Nations objects that she owned are in the tribute exhibition. For more information, see http://www.northvanmuseum.ca

Jan 072011
 

Mask, attrib. to Simeon Stilthda (c. 1799-1889), Haida  Photo: Denis Finnin, courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Mask, attrib. to Simeon Stilthda (c. 1799-1889), Haida Photo: Denis Finnin, courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Also in New York City at the Focus Gallery at the Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, an exhibition curated by Aaron Glass and his students at the Bard Center will be held from January 26 to April 17 2011 (see object above). Objects of Exchange” uses the material culture of the period as visual evidence of historical change and shifting intercultural relations. Drawing on a wide variety of objects from the remarkable collection of the American Museum of Natural History-ranging from decorated clothing and containers, to ceremonial masks and trade goods-this exhibit reveals the artistic traces of dynamic Indigenous activity whereby objects were altered, repurposed, and adapted to meet the challenges of the time.” For more information, see http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-at-bgc/focus-gallery.html

Jan 062011
 

Signed Without Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver has been extraordinarily popular: attendance in November, when the show opened, increased by 30%. MOA’s attendance this year has increased by an impressive 17%.

The spirit of the opening ceremony in November is captured in some video clips on YouTube at:

The exhibition will run to September 30 2011.

See http://www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits/

Dec 042010
 
Du Corps aux Etoiles

Du Corps aux Etoiles

A sculpture created in the late 1800’s by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Chief Charles James Yaakuttas or Yakuglas is currently in an exhibition in Switzerland. The Bodmeriana Library in Geneva has organized Du Corps aux Etoiles, showing until January 30 2011, on the theme of ancient medicine. Charlie James’ sculpture, lent from a private collection, is considered “of shamanic significance”.

See http://www.fondationbodmer.org/

Dec 042010
 
Dress by Lisa Telford: Pocha Haida, 2009. Photo by Kenji Nagai.

Dress by Lisa Telford: Pocha Haida, 2009. Photo by Kenji Nagai.

The exhibition Time Warp: Contemporary Textiles of the Northwest Coast continues at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver until January 16 2011. It has been exceptionally well-attended and the gallery is exploring the possibility of touring the exhibition.

Dec 042010
 
Left: William White, Thunderbird Apron 2006. Collection: Chief William Wasden Jr. Waxawidi. Photo by Ken Nagai. Right: Artist William White. Photo by Ann Seymour.

Left: William White, Thunderbird Apron 2006. Collection: Chief William Wasden Jr. Waxawidi. Photo by Ken Nagai. Right: Artist William White. Photo by Ann Seymour.

On Saturday December 4 2010, noted Tsimshian weaver and teacher William White will present a program Gender and Weaving, from 1 to 2:30 pm. White challenges the gender bias of traditional attitudes to weaving. See http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Dec 042010
 

Connie Watts. Photo from http://www.nativeonline.com/connie.htm

Connie Watts. Photo from http://www.nativeonline.com/connie.htm

On Vancouver Island, the city of Parksville is unveiling a public sculpture by Connie Watts on December 12 2010. Watts, whose ancestry is Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan, and Kwakwaka’wakw, is the creator of one of the favourite sculptures in Vancouver International Airport Hetux, the airborne thunderbird at the Canadian Arrivals area.

The new 14-foot sculpture is The Kinship of Play, and depicts a bear, raven and seal.

At the same time, an exhibition of Watts’ work, Playing with Form & Time, pieces including carvings, glass work, ink drawings, prints, and sculptures, is being held until December 17 at the McMillan Art Centre in Parksville. See http://www.conniewatts.com

Dec 042010
 
Brian Jungen 3 Pieces. Photo from http://artliteraturenow.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/brian-jungen-getting-there-catriona-jeffries-gallery/

Brian Jungen 3 Pieces. Photo from http://artliteraturenow.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/brian-jungen-getting-there-catriona-jeffries-gallery/

Artist Brian Jungen is creating new sculptural works at the Catriona Jeffries Gallery in Vancouver. The works will be created over a two-month “progression of exhibition making.” The gallery will be closed for two “installation periods”, November 30 to December 5 2010, and again from December 20 to January 3 2011. In late November the gallery had several chest freezers with animal skins stretched in wooden frames atop them. Photographs of the emerging works can be viewed at:

http://artliteraturenow.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/brian-jungen-getting-there-catriona-jeffries-gallery/

Dec 042010
 

Untitled. Photo from http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/cura/projects/robert_aller/images/03.jpg

Untitled. Photo from http://www.maltwood.uvic.ca/cura/projects/robert_aller/images/03.jpg

Work by Tseshaht artist and cultural leader George Clutesi (1905-1988) is part of an exhibit at the Alberni Valley Museum. The Tseshaht winter village in Hisheenqu’as Living Together: Alberni and the Birth of the Forest Industry will include two Clutesi paintings on loan from the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver until 2011. For more about the Port Alberni museum, see http://www.alberniheritage.com/.

George Clutesi information is at http://www.tseshaht.com under Tradition & History>Influential Figures.

Dec 042010
 
AHTSIK NATIVE ART GALLERY GROUP ART SHOW: Ancient Sounds of the Northwest Coast. Photo from http://www.alberni.ca/

AHTSIK NATIVE ART GALLERY GROUP ART SHOW: Ancient Sounds of the Northwest Coast. Photo from http://www.alberni.ca/

The Ahtsik Native Art Gallery in Port Alberni has a show Ancient Sounds of the Northwest Coast until February 6 2011. The works displayed include rattles, drums, whistles and clappers, all traditionally used to make sounds in the dramatic ceremonies of the west coast First Nations. Participating artists include Nuu-chah-nulths Gordon and Wayne Dick, and Patrick Amos; Haidas Gary Minaker-Russ and Alex Spence; Jorge Lewis (Coast Salish); Erich Glendale, Raymond Shaw and Chris Cook III of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation; and Ray Sim and Dorothy Jarvis of the Tsimshian nation.

See http://www.gordondick.ca/

Nov 302010
 

The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver has two exhibitions of special interest in November: Signed without Signature: Works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw, November 25 2010 to October 2 2011, and Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, through to January 23 2010. The latter concentrates on photographs of African objects by American artist Man Ray (1890-1976). Of particular interest to those who have a passion for any art, it provokes the viewer to think about the representation, reception, and perception of art as mediated by the camera lens, and as influenced by the context in which they will be presented. Contemporary movies are projected in the gallery. Related events are listed at http://www.moa.ubc.ca/events/.

Among them is When the Real Meets the Imagined: Northwest Coast Art and the Surrealists, on November 23 at 7 pm at MOA, by Marie Mauze of the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale in Paris. This talk is an opportunity to learn about the interest of the French surrealists in the art of the First Nations of our Pacific coast from the early 1920’s on.

Thunderbird – Hiilang nga xidid by Charles Edenshaw, ca 1890  Collection: MOA  Digital Scan: Bill McLennan

Thunderbird – Hiilang nga xidid by Charles Edenshaw, ca 1890 Collection: MOA Digital Scan: Bill McLennan

The MOA exhibition of works by Charles and Isabella Edenshaw includes work never before displayed in public. Many are new to Vancouver and others rarely seen. An opening reception, with everyone welcome, is at 7 pm on November 25 2010.

A talk and tour by Curator Bill McLennan on Tuesday November 30 at 7 pm will explain why certain works have been attributed to the Edenshaws (or not), and how their influence lives on.

The exhibition will be in the Museum’s Gallery 3, newly renamed the O’Brian Gallery in honour of the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation’s $1 million gift to the museum.

Nov 292010
 

In Maple Ridge, a suburb 45 km to the northeast of Vancouver, the Maple Ridge Art Gallery is showing Transformation Tales: Stories Related through the Art of the Northwest Coast, through November 13 2010. The exhibition includes work by Wayne Alfred, Tim Paul, Henry Speck, Lyle Wilson and local artists Quentin Harris, Tracey Littlewood and Lisa Shepherd.

Transformation Tales at Maple Ridge  Photo by Ann Cameron

Transformation Tales at Maple Ridge Photo by Ann Cameron

The Maple Ridge Gallery is at the ACT Arts Centre, Memorial Peace Park, near the Haney Place Mall, just off the Lougheed Highway.

Nov 182010
 

Artists Michelle Sound Perich and Lois Klassen, with curatorial assistance by Frederick Cummings, present a collaborative installation, Fancy Dancing, in which tradition, image and material offer the promise of an event. The show is from November 5 to 14 2010 at the 1612 Gallery at 1612 West 3rd Avenue in Vancouver. http://www.1612gallery.com

Mar 062010
 

Peter Morin, a First Nations visual and performance artist in Victoria, is organizing A Memory Talking Stick an exhibition and ceremony to take place in June 2010. This project is a cultural program to “create a contemporary ceremony to create a physical memory of a new set of stories of our continued connection to cultural values and practice”. It is a joint project of Open Space artist-run centre and Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services. Anyone interested in creating work can drop in at Open Space at 510 Fort Street in Victoria to meet with Peter any Thursday or Friday, 9 to 5, until June.?

Mar 062010
 

This is the last week at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria for S’abadeb: The Gifts, an exhibition originating at the Seattle Art Museum, about Coast Salish art and culture. It closes on March 8 2010. More information at http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

The Royal British Columbia Museum is planning an expansion and renovation, particularly to its office, archival and storage space. Plans announced in February include the demolition of the Fannin Building and the BC Archives. The collections and archives would be housed in a new 14-storey, two-tower structure behind the present museum building. Presentations on the plans and related zoning changes are displayed on the museum’s third floor from March 7 2010.

Mar 062010
 

In Toronto, First Nations artists Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell are exhibiting at the Ontario College of Art & Design March 4 to 13 2010. Past Now is an exhibition concerned with the life of images. Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell (Nisga’a) “enter into a dialogue with meaning in visual representations of Aboriginal identity. Their works rupture stereotypes embedded in historical iconography to challenge the legacy of these images.” For more information, see

http://apache.ocad.ca/events_calendar/eventdetail.php?id=2099

Jan 282010
 

At the Washington State History Museum in Olympia, an exhibition opens on January 23 2010 Giants in the Forest: The Search for Sasquatch. The Sasquatch is a mysterious legendary human-like creature believed by some European and First Nations peoples to live in the forests of the Northwest. The curators will be at a behind-the – scenes tour of the exhibition material on January 17 at 6:30 pm. See http://wshs.pmailus.com/pmailweb/ct?d=KgslGAGhACgAAARJAANxmg