MICHAEL BELMORE AND A.J. CASSON: Confluences and Tributaries

 Justin WonnacottMichael Belmore "Settlement" (détail), 2009, copper and river rock, courtesy of the Woodstock Art Gallery. Gift of Michael Belmore. Accession 2013.08.001. Photo: Justin Wonnacott

MICHAEL BELMORE and A.J. CASSON

Nkweshkdaadiimgak Miinwaa Bakeziibiisan
Confluences and Tributaries

October 11, 2018 – March 17, 2019
Opening Reception: October 17, 2018

This exhibition will coalesce the work of two artists from different cultural and generational backgrounds, to bring together the story of the Ontario landscape and the histories which go beyond its beauty. Michael Belmore will assert an Indigenous, Anishinaabe world view, re-affirming Native ways of knowing into the stories we tell and images we show of the mountains, lakes and rivers which make up the land now geographically defined as Canada. The places depicted in A.J. Casson's oeuvre are places which, historically, bore spiritual and cultural importance to the various Anishinaabe peoples of the region. Many of these sites are marked with the experiences, legends and knowledge of generations of Anishinaabeg through the pictographs (rock art) which still inhabit these landscapes.

CURATOR
Wahsontiio Cross

This exhibition marks the first in OAG’s Firestone Reverb series, where contemporary artists are invited to respond to selections drawn from the Firestone Collection of Canadian Art by putting new work into conversation with this respected collection of historical art.


Free Public Tours
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 Tim Wickens.A.J. Casson, « Sunset Lake, Kashagawigamog », v. 1933, huile sur toile sur panneau. Collection Firestone d'art canadien, Gallery d'art d'Ottawa. Don à la Ville d’Ottawa par la Fondation du patrimoine de l’Ontario.. Photo : Tim Wickens.