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

Nov 012011
 
Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011  Marianne Nicolson

Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011 Marianne Nicolson

Open Space in Victoria is presenting A Travelling Exhibition, work by eleven indigenous artists from across Canada, until August 25 2012. Featured artists are Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson, and Tania Willard, Lindsay Delaronde, Sandra Semchuk & James Nicholas, Emilio Portal, Neal Mcleod, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Cathi Charles Wherry and others. The exhibition is time-based, with the premise of extending the show into cultural time, one work at a time, each shown for one month.

Curator Peter Morin of the Tahltan nation is interested in applying Indigenous cultural values in his approach to this exhibition. Two questions inspire his curatorial work:

When you meet me on the land, how will we share our stories?, and

When you meet me on the land, how will time give space for our stories?

The public is invited to a curatorial talk by Peter Morin at 7:30 on November 8 2011, at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria.

An ongoing record of the exhibition is at:

http://aboriginalcuratorinresidence.blogspot.com

Aug 052011
 

Tahltan artist Peter Morin’s installation Circle which closed recently at the Satellite Gallery in Vancouver will travel to the Marvin Francis Media Arts Gallery at the Urban Shaman in Winnipeg. It will open on July 29, until October 1 2011. Daina Warren, who attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and was an associate curator and administrator of Vancouver’s Grunt Gallery, before a residency at the National Gallery of Canada, begins with the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg on August 1 2011 as co-director. See http://www.urbanshaman.org

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

May 062011
 
Clan Place Settings at  Peter Morin’s Museum 2011  Satellite Gallery  Photo: Ann Cameron

Clan Place Settings at Peter Morin’s Museum 2011 Satellite Gallery Photo: Ann Cameron

The Satellite Gallery at 560 Seymour Street in Vancouver was the scene of a tea party performance, hosted by the artist. Peter Morin’s Museum uses the gallery space to honour his family, and the Tahltan nation as part of an ancient and ever-evolving culture. The objects, many from Morin’s mother’s home, and his wonderfully expressive notes and labels created for and during the exhibition, invite the guests to enter into the family’s world and “way of knowing”. Other events will be on May 29 and June 30. The installation and performances are presented by the Museum of Anthropology at this downtown Vancouver location. For updates on performances, see

http://www.satellitegallery.ca/

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
 

Peter Morin -- Photo from MOA Exhibits page

Peter Morin -- Photo from MOA Exhibits page

An exhibition by Peter Morin, a “revolving installation,” will open at the Satellite Gallery, a University of British Columbia space in downtown Vancouver at 560 Seymour Street. Morin’s knowledge of his Tahltan customs began in his cousin’s cabin, which he re-creates within the space of an urban gallery. Peter Morin’s Museum runs from April 20 to July 3 2011, with an artist performance and tea party on April 30 1-4 pm. See http://www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits/upcoming_exhibits.php