CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: URBAN SHAMAN: Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Keesic Douglas, Blanket 2, 2009




Keesic Douglas
Jan 28 - March 19, 2011
Location: 203–290 McDermot Ave

Important Dates:
Exhibition - January 28 - March 19
Opening Reception - Friday, January 28 at 8pm
Close Encounters Closing Reception at Urban Shaman - May 7 (Including a preview of Frontrunners)

The close encounters between the Canadian fur trade, First Nations people and the Hudson Bay Company are explored by Artist Keesic Douglas.

 Keesic Douglas navigates through the constructed image of “Indian” with a mixed media installation that includes documentation of the artist performing a canoe voyage up the Humber River to the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) store. Upon destination Douglas attempts to trade the famous HBC blanket for the return of his great grandfather’s pelts. His act parodies the fur trade in Canada, a history that led to the exploration of the country and the formation of the oldest Canadian company but at the destruction and expense of First Nations cultures.

Special Events:
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery 300 Memorial Boulevard.
A special film screening and Q & A with James Luna and Chris Eyre, coordinated by Urban Shaman in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and Plug In ICA at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

James Luna and Chris Eyre
Bringing It All Back Home

A documentary film by Chris Eyre about the performance work of James Luna. Following the screening is a Q&A by the artist, James Luna and the Film Director, Chris Eyre.

Opened by film:
Razelle Benally (Institute of American Indian Art’s alumni)
The Humble

The Humble is a documentary about the Santa Fe based art collective formed by young Native artists (and incidentally, IAIA students) including Cannupa Hanska Luger, Micah Wesley, Rose Simpson and Doug Miles.

Curated by Cathy Mattes
May 28 – July 17, 2011
May 28th: Opening Reception– Plug In ICA

Frontrunners will focus on the role of the Professional Native Artists Inc.’s impact within Manitoba. Their story, and the context and time it happened, is a starting point for discussing the history of artistic and political action within Winnipeg by artists of Aboriginal ancestry, and the effective role Urban Shaman Gallery has, and continues to play. Professional Native Artists Inc. laid the foundation for Urban Shaman and many Aboriginal artists in Manitoba– they were the frontrunners.

Exhibition Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, noon to 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Keesic Douglas Blanket 1,  2009

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