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On Sunday, July 1, 2018 the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) launched the new J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art. To celebrate the Centre’s re-opening on Canada Day, the public was invited to gather under Robert Houle’s installation Seven Grandfathers (2014). The celebration kicked off with opening remarks by Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation elder Garry Sault, a short performance by the Spirit Wind Women’s Hand Drum Group and an introduction by Wanda Nanibush, AGO Curator of Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art. On Level 2 Cree musician and playwright Cliff Cardinal and Anishinaabe musician and artist Dave Deleary performed. Ace’s trinity suite (2015): Bandolier for Niibwa Ndanwendaagan (My Relatives); Bandolier for Manidoo-minising (Manitoulin Island); Bandolier for Charlie (In Memoriam) are now included in the new Centre.
In the news:
TORONTO STAR: AGO’s new J.S. McLean centre reveals a broad and unapologetic take on Canadian Art
THE ART NEWSPAPER: Indigenous art leads the conversation at the Canadian Gallery
NEW YORK TIMES: A Canadian Museum Promotes Indigenous Art. But Don’t Call It ‘Indian.’