Shelley Niro: A Good, Long Look & Outdoor Screenings
June 10 – August 21, 2021
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Opening Reception: June 10, 7:30 PM CT
Lunch & Look: June 11, 1:00 PM CT
Outdoor Screenings @ Brandon University: August 13 & 14, 8:30PM CT
“The more you have something, the more you look at it, the more you think about it, you can develop layers of your own knowledge and put it into the work. … It’s very multilayered and sometimes I don’t totally understand what I’m doing until it gets done. Sometimes maybe a year or two later, I think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what was going on.’”
– Shelley Niro (Personal communication), May 7, 2021.
Shelley Niro is a collector of objects and impressions. The exhibition A Good, Long Look includes both old and new work, tracking Niro’s focused gaze as she reconstructs lost or misremembered histories of her Mohawk ancestry.
Spanning decades of Niro’s career, the photographs, paintings, and sketches included in A Good, Long Look comprise a reconstruction of histories, moving easily from the past of decades to the past of millennia. In each object, Niro probes the life and intention that went into its making, finding the agency in the brachiopod who left a mineral trace, the toy maker who sculpted a story into plastic warriors, and the three or more men who contributed their physical beauty to a tribute to their own demise.
Lunch & Look: Friday, June 11, 1 PM Central / 2 PM Eastern
Join Shelley Niro on a virtual tour of A Good, Long Look. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions of the artist as well as Lucie Lederhendler, the curator of the AGSM.
Outdoor screenings: August 13 – 14, 8:30 PM Central
Brandon University campus.
Brandon University and the AGSM are happy to invite the community to share a collective viewing experience, featuring two films by Shelley Niro. Aligning to provincial health and safety protocols, visitors may watch from within their vehicles or under the stars. This event was made possible with the generous support of the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation.
Shelley Niro is a member of the Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve. Working in photography, painting, sculpture and film, Niro frequently utilizes parody and appropriation in her works to challenge stereotypical images of Aboriginal peoples, and women in particular. Often humorous and playful, her works address the challenges faced in contemporary Indigenous North American society. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Niro received her Master of Fine Art from the University of Western Ontario. Niro’s work has been broadly exhibited in galleries across Canada and can be found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Canadian Museum of History, and Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Her award-winning films have been screened in festivals worldwide, and she presented work at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Shelley Niro lives in Brantford, Ontario.
About the AGSM:
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba has been proudly serving Brandon and its surrounding region for over 100 years. Founded in 1907 as the Brandon Art Club, the AGSM is Manitoba’s oldest centre for visual art and one of Canada’s first. The AGSM offers year round exhibitions in our Main and Community galleries featuring artwork from leading local, provincial, and national artists that often addresses the specifics of this place and encourages new understandings of our community.
As per provincial guidelines, the AGSM is currently closed to the public. Our status will be updated on our website as circumstances change. This venue is partially accessible. There is an elevator on the ground floor of the Town Centre mall to enter the AGSM building, which is located on the second floor of the mall. There is also an automated entrance into the Gallery’s building from the Town Centre parkade, which is an accessible parking lot. Once in the Gallery building, there are two large doorways to enter the AGSM; a front desk attendant is on hand during open hours to assist anyone who requires support to enter the gallery. There are two gender neutral washrooms on-site; their entrances are not accessible.