The INVC Uncover Recover Project is a collaboration between OCAD U and the Royal Ontario Museum sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. The project invited nine Indigenous Visual Culture students into the archive and collection of the Royal Ontario Museum to examine, analyze, research, and activate examples of Indigenous art and material culture that are housed there. On March 28th the students will present their responses to the objects they’ve chosen from the museum’s collection. Their digital works-in-progress will include imagery, gaming, storytelling and critical commentary. The entire project when completed will be hosted on the ROM website in the summer of 2018.
The students’ presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Dr. Ruth Phillips, Alan Corbiere, Dr. Shawon Kinew, John Moses and Dr. Mark Engstrom.
Dr. Ruth Phillips is Canada Research Chair and Professor of Art History at Carleton University whose research focuses on the Indigenous arts of North America and critical museology. Alan Corbiere is an Anishinaabe art historian and past Director of the Ojibwe Cultura Centre, who co-curated “Anishinaabeg: Art & Power” at the Royal Ontario Museum in 2017. Dr. Shawon Kinew is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center and a lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. John Moses is the Supervisor of Repatriation at the Canadian Museum of History, in Gatineau Quebec, and is currently completing doctoral work in cultural mediations. Dr. Mark Engstrom is the Deputy Director, Collections and Research at the Royal Ontario Museum.
In this era of Truth and Reconciliation, is there potential for institutional reform in the ways that museums handle, display, and grant community members access to the Indigenous items in their possession?
Join us for an open and searching discussion about the current state of affairs in the museum, in art history, and in critical studies regarding the care and handling of Indigenous objects and their enduring importance to Indigenous populations.