June 8 – August 19, 2017
Rhéanne Chartrand, Aboriginal Curatorial Resident, McMaster Museum of Art
Joi Arcand, Sonny Assu, Jason Baerg, Jordan Bennett, Christian Chapman, Amy Malbeuf, Meryl McMaster, and Bear Witness aka Ehren Thomas
Coyote School presents contemporary works by eight mid-career Indigenous artists who acknowledge the influence of senior Indigenous artists on the development of their own artistic practice. Through their visual and verbal stories, we learn that influence comes in many forms; through familial and kinship bonds, through formal and informal mentorships, and through artistic inspiration. Whether literal and visible or conceptual and covert, the influence of senior Indigenous artists on current and future generations of Indigenous artists is not taken for granted, but rather, held up, acknowledged, and honoured.
As Tricksters in training, this exhibition asserts that these eight artists continue to push the boundaries of the institutional spaces carved out for them by senior Indigenous artists by committing their own acts of survivance in ways that further disrupt and subvert colonial narratives. These artists continue to claim space(s) to negotiate Indigenous futurities by (re-)presenting Indigenous identity and (re-)imagining Indigenous creative potentialities in new and provocative ways.
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Opening Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6 – 8 pm
6:30 pm Opening Remarks by Elders and the exhibition Curator
7 pm Musical Performance by Jeremy Dutcher, an operatic tenor and composer who blends his Wolastoq First Nation roots into his music
Admission is Free. Light Refreshments will be served.
Coyote School is on view June 8 – August 19, 2017.
Coyote School is the second curatorial project of Rhéanne Chartrand, Aboriginal Curatorial Resident, to be presented at McMaster Museum of Art. The first, Unapologetic: Acts of Survivance, presented earlier this year, included works from the 1980s by eleven foundational contemporary Indigenous artists. Together, Coyote School and Unapologetic: Acts of Survivance foreground continuity in Indigenous art and honour the interpersonal relationships that buttress the Indigenous art community.
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About the Curator
Rhéanne Chartrand (MMSt, Hons. BA) is a Métis curator and creative producer based in Toronto, Ontario. She has spent the past six years creating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary exhibitions, showcases, and festivals for organizations such as Harbourfront Centre, OCAD University, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Aboriginal Pavilion at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, and the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, DC). Currently, Chartrand serves as the Curator of Indigenous Art at McMaster Museum of Art located in Hamilton, Ontario.
Unapologetic is the first of two interrelated exhibitions of Indigenous art curated by Rhéanne Chartrand. The second exhibition, Coyote School, will be on display from June 09 to August 26, 2017 and will feature works by emerging and mid-career Indigenous artists who cite influence via artistic inspiration, mentorship or familial connection to the eleven artists presented in Unapologetic. The intent of Coyote School is to acknowledge and respect the contributions that senior Indigenous artists have made to personal and collective Indigenous artistic practices.