Indigenous Art Today: Lindsay Nixon & Ryan Rice
Sunday, December 3, 2017
199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)
Lindsay Nixon, Indigenous editor-at-large at Canadian Art Magazine, in conversation with Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD U and curator of raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), offer a lively dialogue and their perspectives on critical issues facing Indigenous art today.
Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, award nominated writer and self-loathing art history grad student. They currently hold the position of Indigenous Editor at Large for Canadian Art, and are the editor of mâmawi-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism and literature journal. Nixon’s writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, Mice, esse, The Inuit Art Quarterly and other publications. Their forthcoming creative non-fiction collection, tentatively titled nîtisânak, is to be released in spring 2018 through Metonymy Press. Nixon currently resides in Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyaang, unceded Haudenosaunee and Anishinabe territories (Montreal, QC), where they co-founded the Black Indigenous Harm Reduction Alliance and Critical Sass Press.
Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka, is an independent curator and the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University. His curatorial career spans 20 years in museums and galleries. Rice served as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and also held curatorial positions at the Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, ON), named curatorial fellowships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), and Aboriginal Curator-In-Residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery. He received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rice’s writing on contemporary Onkwehonwe art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. Some of his exhibitions include raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015), ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, FLYING STILL: CARL BEAM 1943-2005, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, Hochelaga Revisited, Soul Sister: Reimagining Kateri Tekakwitha, Counting Coup, and Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists. Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and currently sits on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Education Council, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Native American Arts Studies Association board.
raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000 - 2015)
Curated by Ryan Rice, Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture, OCAD U
Barry Ace, Sonny Assu, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Christian Chapman, Dana Claxton, Ruth Cuthand, Wally Dion, David Garneau, Tanya Harnett, Faye HeavyShield, Greg A. Hill, Mark Igloliorte, Jimmy Iqaluq, Elisapee Ishulutaq, Alex Janvier, Piona Keyuakjuk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Rachelle Lafond, Jim Logan, Kayley Mackay, Qavavau Manumie, Ohotaq Mikkigak, Lisa Myers, Nadia Myre, Marianne Nicolson, Lionel Peyachew, Tim Pitsiulak, Annie Pootoogook, Barry Pottle, Pitaloosie Saila and Tania Willard.
raise a flag presents selected works from a national heritage collection representing First Nations, Inuit and Métis art. Housed in Ottawa, managed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Indigenous Art Collection is one of the most important and comprehensive art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada and beyond. In light of and in tandem with Canada’s 150 commemorations, raise a flag represents alternative discourses and uncovers missing narratives from the framework of a national identity. The works in raise a flag focus on recent acquisitions, obtained from 2000 to 2015, which chronicle recent significant national narratives reflecting upon Canadian heritage, diversity and collective memory.
Onsite Gallery, located at 199 Richmond St. W., is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. On view at the gallery are two inaugural exhibitions in our new expanded space: raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015)and For This Land: Inside Elemental.