Indigenous Objects and the Museum: Reclamation and Futurity

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

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.

Venue & Address: 
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W

Indigenous Methods & Knowledge Workshop with Kevin Myran

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Kevin Myran is the coordinator at the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre and runs “Little Embers,” a program which educates students on Anishnawbe culture and perspectives through the art and experience of storytelling. Drumming and storytelling will support the student creative process by deepening their self-awareness and connection to their own artistic voice, while fostering respect for ritual and community. Kevin is from the Dakota First Nation of Birdtail Manitoba. He is the father of seven children, and he has one grandchild. Kevin is a First Nations drummer, dancer, and pipe carrier.

Venue & Address: 
RM 510, 205 Richmond St. W.
Monday, September 18th 4:00-5:00pm, RM 510, 205 Richmond St. W. Kevin Myran is the coordinator at the Toronto Council Fire Nativ

Dr. Gerald McMaster

Dr. Gerald McMaster has over 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. His early interests concerned the lack of representation of Indigenous artists in art museums, and raising concern to how culturally sensitive objects were displayed and represented in ethnology museums. His experience as an artist and curator include conducting research, collecting art, and producing exhibitions.