Conversation with Robert Houle
Saturday, September 14
Free with admission. RSVP required.
About the event
Saulteaux artist Robert Houle and McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy will engage in conversation about the artist’s personal experience in the residential school system, the politics of cultural suppression and the resilience of the Indigenous community in the face of adversity. They will be joined by Deborah Chansonneuve, who brings over two decades experience working with residential school survivors and their families. Feeling a deep affinity for Robert’s art forged over many years, Chansonneuve will help to frame his experience in the context of individual and collective resistance.
Read more about the exhibition, Robert Houle: Histories.
The conversation will be followed by guitarist David DeLeary’s performance inspired directly by Robert Houle’s art and will take place in the exhibition space. DeLeary is an Ojibwe from the Walpole Island First Nation Reserve and an innovative composer, producer and performer. Combining a solid background in contemporary pop music, intertribal music, computerized sound design and classical composition, David’s own work brings all these sensibilities to projects ranging from alternative rock productions to theatrical sound design and television scoring.