September 14, 2017 to February 11, 2018
Opening reception: September 14, 2017 at 7 pm
Building on 40 years of creative collaborations with Indigenous artists, communities, and organizations, the Art Gallery of Guelph presents 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact, an exhibition that provides a platform for diverse Indigenous narratives that imagine new social futures. 150 Acts coincides with Canada’s sesquicentennial, an essential moment of national reflection and an opportunity to query the relationship of nationhood itself to Canada’s Indigeneity.
Throughout, the exhibition recognizes art practices as simultaneously personal, conceptual, cultural, political, and social acts – and as meaningful responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. From installation, film, new media, and performance to practices framed by traditional beadwork, textile, sculpture, drawing, and painting, the artworks explore both socio-cultural and physical terrain while mapping wholly new geographies through language, storytelling, and the land itself.
Foundational pieces from the AGG’s Indigenous collections are complemented by new art practices from across Canada, including site-specific work commissioned by Partners in Art for LandMarks2017/Repères2017, underscoring evolving Indigenous methodologies that have transformed the public sphere with a consistent and profound sense of social justice. Featured artists include KC Adams, Pitseolak Ashoona, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Carl Beam, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Bonnie Devine, Etidlooie Etidlooie, Geoff Greene, Maureen Gruben, Alex Janvier, Janet Kigusiuq, Thomassie Kudluk, Myra Kukiiyaut, Cheryl L’Hirondelle & Camille Turner, Victoria Mamnguqsualuk, Kavavow Mannomee, Ken Maracle, Michael Massie, Neal McLeod, Norval Morrisseau, Shelley Niro, William Noah, Jessie Oonark, Susan Point, Annie Pootoogook, Kananginak Pootoogook, Nancy Pukingrnak Aupaluktuq, Victor Reece, Arthur Renwick, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Don Russell, Ruth Annaqtuusi Tulurialik, Marion Tuu’luq, Art Wilson (‘Wii Muk’wilixw), Wayne Young, and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun.
Compelled by the powerful historical and geographical dynamics embodied in our relationship to the lands upon which we live, work, and create, 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact provides a vital opportunity to re-narrate landscape through art practices that actively engage our collective histories and possible futures.
150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact is made possible through the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. The Art Gallery of Guelph is also grateful for the partnership and support of Partners in Art.
image (detail): Neal McLeod, kimosôminawak ohci kâ-kî-mâyahkamikahk / our grandfathers from 1885, 2017, acrylic on canvas (unstretched), 207 x 143 cm. Collection of the artist.