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Early Days: Indigenous Art
at the McMichael

November 28, 2020 – August 15, 2021

About the Exhibition

From its beginnings, the McMichael has had a long and proud history of collecting Indigenous art, now with more than 1,500 works ranging from eighteenth-century ceremonial regalia, through to items made for trade with settlers, to works by the vanguard of artists coming of age in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s — among them Robert Houle, Carl Beam, Norval Morrisseau, Alex Janvier, Greg Staats, Faye HeavyShield and Shelly Niro — and onward to leading contemporary artists like Kent Monkman, Meryl McMaster and Rebecca Belmore. The McMichael also holds the West Baffin Eskimo Co-op’s landmark collection of original drawings from Cape Dorset (Kinngait) dating back to the 1950s, to be displayed alongside our deep holdings in Inuit drawings, prints, textiles, and sculpture. Early Days: Indigenous Art at the McMichael will gather the remarkable artworks together, and the stories that go with them, in an six-month celebration of these powerful legacies. The show will also include recent acquisitions reflecting the diversity and vitality of Indigenous art in Canada today.

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Exhibition Publication

at the Gallery Shop

Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007), Shaman and Disciples, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 180.5 x 211.5 cm, Purchase 1979, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Dana Claxton (b. 1959), Headdress—Shadae, 2018, LED firebox with transmounted lightjet chromogenic transparency, 152.4 × 101.6 cm, Purchase 2020, BMO Financial Group, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2020.5

Nisga’a Face Mask

Nisga’a, Face Mask, 1850, wood with paint and abalone inlay, 22.5 x 20.8 x 11.3 cm, Purchase 1979, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (b. 1957), New Climate Landscape (Northwest Coast Climate Change), 2019, acrylic on canvas , 193 x 243.8 cm , Purchase 2020, BMO Financial Group, Image courtesy of Sarah Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 2020.10


November 28, 2020
August 15, 2021
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