“Salon style” refers to a method of hanging paintings from floor to ceiling, originating in the 1670s at the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, in Paris. The style was named after the room in the Louvre where the Académie’s annual exhibitions were held – the Salon Carré. These were prestigious events for artists, while also allowing visitors to engage in discussions and criticism of the works.
This style of exhibition became popular throughout Europe and, later, in North America. In Canada, the Art Association of Montreal (1860), the Ontario Society of Artists (1872) and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1880) all followed this European model of hanging works until the early 1900s, when modernist trends began favouring more generously spaced installations.
Working with flexible birch bark (wigwas), Indigenous builders produce strong, beautiful canoes with designs that emerge as much from the properties of their material as from their own visions. This canoe features a moose as well as ancient water symbols along its gunwale. Made with this rot-resistant bark, root (widab) and pine gum (pigiw), the vessel is light, sturdy and built to last. Birch bark is also used as a medicine by the Anishnaabe people.
Wìgwàs kawìn ànimàsokakego kì òjiton kego chìmàn mamawe wadab, pigiw, mitigog. Anishinabe ki-kage ojitonawan kakina ogî
kenindanawan maya-eyi wìgwàs, ki-chìmankeg.
Chìmàn nangan kì òjiton mamawe kijikà. Anokì winìwag ogî màzinibiyàhnàwà kego kikendagoziwàdj eji-odewidj.