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CUAG: Conversation on Directions in Indigenous Curation
7:00 PM on Monday Feb. 4th
Carleton University Art Gallery - St. Patrick's Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr.
Price: FREE

Carleton University Art Gallery invites you to a kitchen table conversation moderated by Dr. Carmen Robertson, Canada Research Chair in North American Art and Material Culture at Carleton University. Dr. Robertson has invited three First Nations curators to discuss their practices and the projects they feel are shaping directions in curation today.

Lee-Ann Martin will discuss her recent curatorial project Resilience, a national billboard project that coincided with Canada 150, Michelle LaVallee will discuss her pivotal exhibition Seven: Professional Native Indian Artists, Inc., and emerging curator Danielle Printup will discuss her exhibition Inaabiwin, which will be on view at the Ottawa Art Gallery in the fall of 2019.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for purchase at the tunnel entrance from 6:40 to 7:00 p.m. Please see the visiting page for directions

Michelle LaVallee is the director of the Indigenous Art Centre at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. She was the curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina (2007-17), and has curated exhibitions for such galleries as A Space Gallery (Toronto), Gallery 101 (Ottawa), and The Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo). Her curatorial work has explored the colonial relations that have shaped historical and contemporary culture through exhibitions including: Moving Forward, Never Forgetting (2015); 13 Coyotes: Edward Poitras (2012); Blow Your House In: Vernon Ah Kee (2009); and Miss Chief: Shadow Catcher – Kent Monkman (2008).

Lee-Ann Martin is the former Curator of Contemporary Aboriginal Art at the Canadian Museum of History. She has held the positions of head curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery (1998–2000), First Peoples equity coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts (1994–98) and curatorial fellow at the Walter Phillips Gallery (2001-03). In 1992, Martin co-curated, with Gerald McMaster, the internationally travelling exhibition INDIGENA: Perspectives of Indigenous Peoples on 500 Years. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published essays on critical issues in contemporary First Nations art in Canada. She holds a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto.

Danielle Printup is an Ongwehonwe, Anishnabe-kwe from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, QC, with maternal roots in Ohsweken, ON. She has a BA in Art History (2012) from the University of Guelph and interned at the National Gallery of Canada before completing the Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices at the Canadian Museum of History. Danielle has worked at Galerie SAW Gallery, the Indigenous Art Centre and the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Program. She is currently the Programs Assistant at Carleton University Art Gallery.

Dr. Carmen Robertson is the Canada Research Chair in North American Art and Material Culture in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, jointly appointed between the School for Studies in Art and Culture, the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture. A Scots-Lakota professor of art history, her research centers around contemporary Indigenous arts and constructions of Indigeneity in popular culture. In 2016, Robertson published Norval Morrisseau: Art and Life and Mythologizing Norval Morrisseau: Art and the Colonial Narrative in the Canadian Media. She is a member of the board of governors for the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society.