Indigenizing the (Art) Museum: Gerald McMaster In Conversation with Patricia Norby

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Square bag with short rectangular flap decorated on one side with quillwork in a geometric design with human figures and edged with metal tubes (detail), Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Photograph by Dr. Gerald McMaster.

Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge and Onsite Gallery Present:

Indigenizing the (Art) Museum: A Virtual In-Conversation Series with Gerald McMaster

Developed as a way to increase Indigenous community and institutional awareness of and involvement in Indigenous-led digital projects, resources, curatorial initiatives, and knowledge-building tools, this series is hosted with Indigenous protocols in mind.

The Indigenizing the (Art) Museum virtual series is hosted in collaboration with Wapatah Centre for Indigenonus Visual Knowledge and as part of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art project. Building upon four roundtable discussions that took place in summer 2020, the curators behind the collections and archives will examine the shifting dialogue around Indigenous art while reflecting on their own curatorial expertise and practices.

This virtual series is developed as part of Wapatah’s Global Indigeneity outreach initiatives and led by Brittany Bergin, Natalja Chestopalova, Mariah Meawasige, and Lisa Deanne Smith of Onsite Gallery.

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Upcoming Event:

Thursday, May 6th at 1PM (EDT)
Gerald McMaster In Conversation with Patricia Marroquin Norby, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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This event is one of many planned for Spring 2021 as part of the Indigenizing the (Art) Museum project and the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art. Each week this Spring, we will engage with a different curator from (art) museums around the world, with the aim of addressing questions around Indigenous curation, ceremony, and research in digital spaces.

Biographies:

Gerald McMaster, O.C., is one of Canada’s most revered and esteemed academics. He is a curator, artist, and author, and is currently professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University where he leads a team of researchers at the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. McMaster served as the curator for the 1995 Venice Biennale, artistic director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, and curator for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of the Siksika First Nation.

Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha) is the Associate Curator of Native American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, with a specialization in Native American art history and visual culture, as well as an MFA in printmaking and photography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Norby also brings extensive teaching experience to The Met, including a position as Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she taught historical and contemporary Native American art history and culture at graduate and undergraduate levels.


Series Schedule:

Thursday, May 13th at 1PM EDT
Gerald McMaster In Conversation with Kathleen Ash-Milby, Curator of Native American Art at the Portland Art Museum

Thursday, May 20th at 1PM EDT
Gerald McMaster In Conversation with John G. Hampton, Executive Director and CEO at the Mackenzie Art Gallery

Thursday, June 3rd at 1PM EDT
Gerald McMaster In Conversation with Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art at the McMaster Museum of Art

Thursday, June 10th at 1PM EDT
Gerald McMaster In Conversation with Tarah Hogue, Inaugural Curator of Indigenous Art at the Remai Modern

The Indigenizing the (Art) Museum virtual series will culminate in a Celebration of National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21, 2021. Hosted in partnership with Onsite Gallery, this event will feature Indigenous Knowledge Holders and performers, embodying the four directions and grounded in the sacred practices and ways of seeing.

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Contact Information:

Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge
Instagram: @wapatah.ocadu

Natalja Chestopalova, Project Coordinator
nchestopalova@ocadu.ca
Brittany Pitseolak Bergin, Research Assistant
Bbergin@faculty.ocadu.ca

Onsite Gallery
Instagram: @onsite_at_ocadu
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