Cross-Border Dialogues: heather ahtone and Ryan Rice

Cross-Border Dialogues
heather ahtone and Ryan Rice

Thursday, February 29, 2024 | 6:30 – 8 pm ET
Free | Online | Zoom
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Join us on Thursday, February 29, for the next iteration of Cross-Border Dialogues, a series organized and moderated by Sally Frater, featuring curators heather atone and Ryan Rice who will discuss considerations and intersections of programming, mentorship, and community and how these matters inform their approach to curatorial practice.

Cross-Border Dialogues is a series of conversations between arts programmers based in Canada and the United States, addressing a range of topics including the philosophies that inform their work, their methods for engagement, and the role of pedagogy and community outreach in their respective practices.

Cross-Border Dialogues is presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Guelph Community Foundation.

heather ahtone, PhD, is Director of Curatorial Affairs at First Americans Museum (FAM) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and descendant of strong Choctaw women. She has worked in the Native arts community since 1993, and is recognized as a curator, arts writer, and researcher who has produced numerous exhibitions and exhibition catalogues. She is known for innovatively working with Indigenous communities. customary cultural knowledge, and contemporary art. She serves on numerous advisory boards and in professional capacities that advocate on behalf of Indigenous knowledge, museum practice, and scholarship in the field, including current service on the American Art Journal editorial board and as President for the Native American Art Studies Association. She has undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing and Printmaking and completed her education with a doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Art History, Anthropology, Native American Studies).

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is a curator, critic and creative consultant based in Toronto. His institutional and independent curatorial career spans 30 years in community, museums, artist run centres, public spaces and galleries. Rice focuses his extensive curatorial research and writing on contemporary and Onkwehón:we art. In 2023, he co-curated the 2023 Bonavista Biennale (Newfoundland and Labrador) and he was appointed to OCAD University’s Onsite Gallery as the Executive Director alongside his Curator, Indigenous Art post. He consistently contributes to multiple communities to advance leadership and organizational experiences in the arts and culture sector.

Sally Frater is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean. Curatorially she is interested in decolonial praxis, space and place, Black and Caribbean diasporas, photography, art of the everyday, and issues of equity and representation in museological spaces. She has curated solo and group exhibitions for institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, the Ulrich Museum of Art, Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto, Project Row Houses, and Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice. She is the senior curator/curatorial manager at the Remai Modern in Saskatoon, SK.

To register for upcoming conversations and view recordings of past discussions, visit: Cross-Border Dialogues online >

Coming up:

Michelle Jacques (Director of Exhibitions and Collections/Chief Curator, Remai Modern, Saskatoon) and Kimberli Gant (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn)
Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 pm ET on zoom

Tamara Toledo (Director/Curator, Sur Gallery, Toronto) and Marcela Guerrero (DeMartini Family Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)
Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 pm ET on zoom

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