Conversations About Indigenous Visual Culture Wampum: Language and Symbol

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Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Saturday February 8th, 2014

12 noon to 5 pm
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Room 230, 2nd Floor

Presented by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

Considering the visual language, materials and agreements encoded in wampum, this talk brings together historians, curators and artists for a discussion of treaties between Indigenous nations.

Alan Ojiig Corbiere is an Ojibwe Anishnaabe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. He earned his Masters of Environmental Studies at York University where he focused on Anishnaabe narratives and their role in Anishnaabe language revitalization. He served five years as the Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation which included roles as the Curator, Historian and Cultural programmer. During his time at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, he extensively researched the Anishinaabe material culture, history and art. Alan has recorded numerous elders and has conducted archival research in his efforts to synthesis an Anishnaabe cultural history. He is currently the Program Coordinator for the Anishinaabemowin Revitalization Program at Lakeview Elementary School in M'Chigeeng.

Rick Hill (Tuscarora) is an artist, writer and curator who lives at the Six Nations Community of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, Rick has served as the Manager of the Indian Art Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM; and the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource Center. Currently he is the Coordinator for the Joint Stewardship Board at Six Nations to develop an environmental interpretation centre and is the manager of the Six Nations Virtual Archives Project.

Bonnie Devine, a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Ontario (Ojibwa) is an installation artist, curator, writer and educator. History and narrative have been and remain a compelling focus of her work. They inform her art practice, teaching career, and her work as an independent curator. Her art is about the stories of the Anishinaabek- the voices that tell them, the bodies that carry them and the land that birthed them. Devine’s drawings, videos, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor and the Founding Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University. She lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

AGO First Thursdays

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Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:30am

With OCAD U 2013 and 2014 Scultpure/Installation Medal Winners Shannon Lea Doyle and Alex Beriault

On September 4, Toronto’s most popular cultural night returns with a special celebration of the exhibition Alex Colville. Join us and headliner Bry Webb, frontman of the newly reunited band The Constantines, to celebrate this extraordinary exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by the internationally renowned Canadian icon, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date.

Experience one-night-only artist projects and performances, stimulating tours and talks, as well as an interactive opportunity to engage with Colville’s oddly familiar scenes in surprising ways. The night will feature performances from contemporary dancer Katie Ewald, musician/artist Tor Lukasik-Foss, as well artists Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle who will present a three hour durational performance. Want some expert, on-the-spot info on Colville? The night will also feature Pop-up speakers including the exhibition’s curator Andrew Hunter, artist Simone Jones, academic Amy Lavander Harris and AGO Associate Curator Georgiana Uhlyarik.

In addition to Bry, the musical lineup also includes The Weather Station, result of our partnership with SappyFest, the beloved music festival in Colville’s adopted hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, as well as DJ Leon Taheny.

Plus, one of the most talked about destinations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Grolsch Open House, brings its creative spirit to AGO First Thursdays. Featuring a performance by River Tiber, this dynamic Grolsch Open House teaser will take place in AGO's Galleria Italia, and will also include a DJ and interactive art-making.

Of course, it wouldn't be a First Thursday without amazing music from local DJs, the Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, delicious food and drinks, and a few creative surprises!

Tickets for the September First Thursday are on sale now. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

Party-goers can also purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages for Alex Colville and September’s First Thursday. The exhibition will be open until 10 pm, with the last entry at 9:30 pm. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets in advance.

Image: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm, Purchased 1966, National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954) © A.C.Fine Art Inc.

AGO First Thursdays Media Partner: NOW Magazine
AGO First Thursdays Supporting Sponsor: JOE Fresh
AGO First Thursdays Official Beer Partner: Grolsch Beer

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Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) 317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
$10-$15 Admission (19+ Cash Bar)