May 15, 2014 DAVID GARNEAU
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff June 15 to October 19, 2014
"Indigenous Ingenuity" highlights the immense depth, diversity and richness of contemporary Canadian native art and juxtaposes the work with historic artifacts from the Whyte Museum collections to highlight materials, techniques and motifs used by Indigenous peoples.
Well known artists in the exhibition are members of the Indian Group of Seven, including Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau CM, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Carl Ray, Joseph Sanchez and Alex Janvier, who is considered the pioneer of contemporary aboriginal art in Canada. Others who have or continue to contribute substantially to the art world are Carl Beam, Kent Monkman, George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Jeffrey Thomas and David Garneau to mention a few. Painting, sculpture, installations, audio visual and performance encompass and enchant this eclectic view.
A portion of the exhibition will honour the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942-2009). Cardinal-Schubert’s artistic practice addressed political and social injustices yet her works are lyrical invocations of native culture. A painter, installation artist, writer, curator, poet, lecturer, mentor and director of video and native theatre, Cardinal-Schubert is recognized nationally and internationally for her artistic achievements and advancement of indigenous art in Canada.
(Image: Grey Line II, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20", $ 800.)