Aboriginal Expressions: National Capital Commission Confederation Boulevard Banners 2013
29 May – 13 September
An exhibition of the 11 artworks from the AANDC’s Aboriginal Art Collection that are also featured on the National Capital Commission’s 2013 Confederation Boulevard banners. Website.
24 June – 15 September
Features six contemporary Aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada's long history of colonization in daring and innovative ways. Website.
24 July – 28 July at various locations
The Asinabka Festival highlights films and videos that examine, support, educate and promote Indigenous issues in Canada and internationally. Film screening on July 25, 2013, in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada. Website.
26 April – 19 May (Performance on 17 May at 7 pm)
Emerging Mohawk artist Victoria Ransom addresses issues of identity, history and decolonization in an installation work. Website.
Indigenous and Urban
27 June to 2 September
Live. Engaging. Diverse. Inspired and challenged by contemporary urban life, Canadian Indigenous artists address issues of identity and stereotypes through humorous and thought-provoking works. Indigenous and Urban is a summer-long program featuring visual and media arts, music, dance, film, readings and interactive workshops. Website.
Mary Anne Barkhouse Sculpture
From June 27
Come see the new outdoor sculpture created by Mary Anne Barkhouse of the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation for the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The sculpture of a life-size copper canoe and bronze wolf will be installed outside in the pond adjacent to the Grand Hall.
Rebecca Belmore: What is Said and What is Done
18 June – 1 September
Commencing with the evocation of a historic event – the 1819 capture of Beothuk woman Demasduit by English settlers – this exhibition presents recent works by Belmore that reflect on the traumatic history of contact between Indigenous and European settler populations. Website.
The Past is Present: Memory and Continuity in the Tyler/Brooks Collection of Inuit Art
18 June – 11 August
This exhibition reflects the collectors’ holistic vision by presenting prints and sculptures informed and contextualized by Inuit oral histories, texts and recordings drawn from their archive.
IN/digitized: Indigenous Culture in a Digital World
SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
23 May – 31 May
An installation of new works by the 007 Collective featuring guest artist Robert Houle. The 007 Collective are Barry Ace, Rosalie Favell, Ron Noganosh, Frank Shebageget, Ariel Smith, Ehren “Bear Witness” Thomas and Leo Yerxa. Website.
Jason Baerg and Christian Chapman
In-Digital, 28 June – 10 August
This exhibition of works by Jason Baerg and Christian Chapman is the visual art component of the Asinabka Festival. Website.
30 August – 11 October
This exhibition looks at the presentation and manipulation of identity and narrative beyond the single-point-of-view identity politics paradigm.
Dempsey Bob Clan Unity
17 May – 2 September
Located in the NAC foyer, this masterful, red cedar panel carved on two sides relates to trade and the sharing of goods and ideas. Website
Jessie Oonark: Wall Hanging (Untitled)
17 May – 2 September
Located in the NAC foyer, this enormous wall hanging of Inuit legends and traditions is considered to be Oonark’s greatest creation and one of the most important works of Inuit art. On loan from Jean and William Teron.
In the Flesh
21 June – 8 September
This exhibition explores the significance of animals as indigenous to a collective narrative. Works by Lance Belanger, Dana Claxton, Brad Isaacs and Meryl McMaster investigate past colonial practices, current museology and the construction of history, nature and identity. Website.
Sakahàn Workshops at OSA
OSA is offering a series of studio-based workshops and demonstrations by artists participating in the Sakahàn exhibition. The workshops are open to all. Watch the OSA website for details. Website.
7 June – 13 July
Joar Nango is an architect and artist of Sámi descent based in Oslo, Norway. He is inspired by the creative simplicity and do-it-yourself mentality that exists within northern rural environments. He also works collaboratively on projects that intersect art, design and architecture. Website.
Contain that Force: 7 Solo Acts
Friday 24 May, 7:30–10:30 pm
For her performance at SAW Video, artist Maria Hupfield presents Contain that Force: 7 Solo Acts; a new project comprising video projection and live performance. Contain that Force: 7 Solo Acts features objects that Maria solicited from seven artists to be utilized in this project. Activating these objects through performance, she will form a new compendium of personal and historical narratives that intersect Native American performance and art. Website.
Jeff Kahm - Paradigm
July 5 to August 2, 2013
Urban Shaman Main Gallery
In VERNACULAR, artist Jeff Kahm explores geometric structures like stripes as an effective vehicle for exploring compositional variations. Kahm culls examples from all cultures to show that these forms played a major role in the geometric styles and development of aesthetics of early history and it is precisely in their use as symbols that geometric configurations persist. Various Indigenous cultures used abstract and geometric motifs not only for visual aesthetics (as a visual language) but to create meaning – meanings that symbolically represented the physical and social world. Not surprisingly, stripes continue to be one of the most popular vehicles for color used by many contemporary artists. In essence, Kahm’s work is a fusion of Indigenous motifs combined with codes of modernist practices. The construction of his paintings, including scale and application of color and texture, are intentional and contributes to the overall immediacy and presence of the work. Website.
David Garneau - Hoop Dancers
July 5 to August 2, 2013
Urban Shaman Marvin Francis Media Gallery
“I love everything about the visual arts and these enthusiasms are reflected in my various practices. I paint and draw and have made several videos and performance art pieces. I am a critical arts writer, editor, and curator. I teach painting, drawing and criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I am interested in visuality and representation, but in the studio work, writing and curation, I tend to focus on ideas about nature and culture, masculinity, and ethnicity-especially Métis heritage.” Website