Exhibition Information & Reviews

   


 

Orillia Museum of Art and History
November 6th 2021 to April 16th 2022

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S WOODLAND STYLE ART

   


 

Leslie Grove Gallery
1158 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario
August 4 to August 22, 2021

CBC News

   

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We Are Still Here! challenges stereotypes surrounding Indigenous peoples
 - The Auroran, May 2nd 2019

 

We Are Still Here! sparks dialogue on contemporary Indigenous Issues 
The Auroran, June 6th 2019

Regarding It's a Good Day to Be...

Of special note, I also want to acknowledge this years solo exhibition artist Deron Ahsen:nase Douglas. His portrait paintings are lively, nuanced and full of character (kind of like the artist himself)... The exhibition is in many ways a response to the prevalence of "trauma art" found throughout the Indigenous contemporary art world. This kind of work of course is vital and important to present very real issues and concerns, equally needed is an alternative view that broadens the scope of what it means to be Indigenous. In a way Douglas is subverting expectations with his presentation of paintings that illustrate our more humerous nature through the personalities depicted in his portraits of his Indigenous friends and family.

Naomi Johnson - Artistic Director - Woodland Cultural Centre, 2019

 

 

 

Standing in this Place - Review by Dr. Debbie Donsky - May 28, 2017


After the 2017 First Nations Art Show, the Woodland Cultural Centre aquired Wendigo Triptyck for their permanent collection for placement within the museum’s Residential School exhibit. This has a great deal of significance for me personally because my Auntie attended the "Mush Hole" for a number of years starting in 1932.

While being shown the piece was well received by all as groups gathered around to view.

The Collections Registrar had this to say about the painting: "...it inspires a good representation of what a child might have felt going to a residential school. I am absolutely delighted to be able to put it in the museum..."

The Executive Director also had these kind words to say about the piece: "[Wendigo Triptych] will be displayed as part of the permanent exhibition area showcasing artifacts from the Mohawk Institute found during the recent renovations to the building. "Wendigo" is a timely work which perfectly embodies the terror, isolation, loneliness, and cultural depravations experienced by the Indigenous children brought to the Mohawk Institute Residential School."

I am deeply honored & grateful for these kind words. Niawen'ko:wa