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Slavery, Race & Representation: Charmaine A. Nelson & Andrew Hunter in Conversation

Saturday, April 7
2 – 3:30 pm
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough
Space limited, registration recommended: https://nelson-hunter-conversation.eventbrite.ca

Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St.) at 1 pm, to return at 4:30 pm

Charmaine A. Nelson – currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-18) – will present her recent research on fugitive slaves in Canada and discuss its role in understanding the experiences of Black communities in the 18th and 19th centuries, living in the regions that became Canada. This will be followed by a conversation between Nelson and Andrew Hunter, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph, around the visual culture of slavery, race and representation and how it is being addressed by galleries and museums in Canada.

Presented in conjunction with the Doris McCarthy Gallery exhibition Graham Fagen: The Slave’s Lament – this program marks the last day of the exhibition, closing April 7, 2018.


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Fugitive slave advertisement from the Quebec Gazette, 22 May 1794. Image source: BANQ, Montreal.

Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester (UK) in 2001. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial and black feminist scholarship, Transatlantic Slavery Studies and Black Diaspora Studies. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Nelson has published six books including the edited book Ebony Roots, Northern Soil: Perspectives on Blackness in Canada (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010), and the single-authored books The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (London: Routledge, 2016). She has garnered several prestigious fellowships and appointments including a Caird Senior Research Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, UK (2007) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, University of California – Santa Barbara (2010). In 2016, she was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Currently, she is the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-18).

Andrew Hunter is an accomplished curator, artist, writer, educator, community researcher and advocate. He recently became the Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph. From 2013 to 2017 he was the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario where he co-curated, with Anique Jordan, the acclaimed exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, a critical reflection on Canada’s sesquicentennial featuring over 40 contemporary artists. Hunter has held curatorial positions across Canada and, as an independent artist and curator he has produced exhibitions and publications in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, China and Croatia. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax), Hunter is known for his innovative narrative-based museum interventions and his ongoing creative research performance Professor William Starling’s Perambulations of Inquiry. With Lisa Hirmer, he founded the international creative research project DodoLab and has been Adjunct Faculty at the Ontario College of Art and Design University and at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Hunter’s curatorial work emphasizes inter-disciplinarity, collaboration and narrative and he is committed to the museum as a truly publicly engaged institution of community learning and progressive thought. His first projects at AGG are 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact (with Shauna McCabe, AGG Director) and an expansive series of radio and podcast interviews with Black artists, scholars and activists produced with Nigerian/Canadian writer, curator and artist Liz Ikirako. Hunter’s upcoming exhibition and publication projects include The Drive (on colonial legacies of resource extraction in Canada) as well as projects with senior Indigenous artists Bonnie Devine (Anisshinaabe/Serpent River First Nation), Shelley Niro (Haudenosaunee/Mohawk) and Jeff Thomas (Haudenosaunee/Mohawk). Hunter is 2nd generation Canadian and lives in Hamilton, Ontario, the city his grandparents emigrated to from Birmingham, England and Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1920s.


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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Graham Fagen
The Slave's Lament
February 10 - April 7, 2018
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

Curated by Louise Déry
Organized and circulated by Galerie de l’UQAM

The exhibition The Slave’s Lament presents works by the multidisciplinary artist Graham Fagen, wherein he collaborates with reggae artist Ghetto Priest, and members of the Scottish Ensemble. Comprised of a large-scale multi-channel video installation, drawings, and landscape photographs, the exhibition explores issues of colonialism and complicity. Bringing to light less-known histories in the life of Scottish poet Robert Burns, Fagen and Ghetto Priest’s collaboration questions ideas of nationalism and identity through addressing Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. Together, these artists offer a pertinent examination of cultural and social heritage, and by implication, possible futures through artistic communication.


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Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
416.287.7007
dmg@utsc.utoronto.ca
www.utsc.utoronto.ca/dmg

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 11 am to 8 pm; Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.
Admission is free. Open to the public. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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