Exciting Events Celebrate Final Weeks of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE at WAG

Tours, talks, and films highlight Indigenous artists and activists

Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 28, 2018: Time is running out to experience the epic INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG). On view until April 22, the WAG’s largest-ever display of contemporary Indigenous art brings together some of the best artists from across Canada who are pushing boundaries with their work. The powerful show is activating the Gallery with programming throughout April that highlights the artists and explores topics affecting the community.

April 4, 12-1pm • Art for Lunch Screening Totem: The Return of the G'psgolox Pole traces the journey of the Haisla people to reclaim the G'psgolox totem pole that went missing from their British Columbia village in 1929. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. FREE with Gallery admission.

April 6, 7:30pm • Friday Night Conversational tour of INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE with an inspiring 45-minute guided tour. FREE with Gallery admission.

April 7, 1:30-5pm • Curator’s Tour with Jaimie Isaac and Dr. Julie Nagam (1:30-2:30pm), followed by the Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith (3:00-5:00pm), presented in partnership with the University of Winnipeg. Author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, Smith is a visiting scholar from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. FREE entry for tour and lecture.

April 19, 7pm • Decolonizing Lens Film & Panel Night in response to the social and political climate and injustices related to the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases. CBC moderators Leonard Monkman and Ismaila Alfa with local Indigenous artists and community organizers, will share short films and discuss. Q&A to follow. Doors open and reception at 6pm. FREE entry, does not include Gallery admission. Organized by Kaila Johnston (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation) and Jocelyn Thorpe (University of Manitoba).

• Selected by Canadian Art as a 2017 top pick, INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE has been receiving overwhelming response from critics and visitors alike. Check out how Grade 4/5 students from Sister MacNamara School interpret some of the pieces in the show in this video by CBC Manitoba.
• It is the largest contemporary Indigenous show in Canadian history curated solely by Indigenous curators, covering over 17,000 square feet.
• 29 artists represent the vast Indigenous territories and nations across Canada, such as Anishinaabe, Dene, Cree, Mi’kmaw, Métis, Inuit, Innu, Tahltan, Hunkpapa Lakota, Haudenosaunee, Wuikinuxv, and Klahoose.
• An exciting variety of media and practices blur the lines between traditional and contemporary: tufting, tattooing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, sound, beading, film, and performance.
• 12 commissioned pieces include site-specific interventions that respond to the design of the WAG building. View mini-documentaries on these artists created by CBC Arts and CBC Indigenous here.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and holds the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

Participating artists include:
Barry Ace, KC Adams, Joi T. Arcand, Dee Barsy, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Jordan Bennett, Heather Campbell, Bruno Canadien, Hannah Claus, Dana Claxton, Dayna Danger, Earthline Tattoo Collective, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Tsema Igharas, Ursula Johnson, Casey Koyczan, Kenneth Lavallee, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Amy Malbeuf, Kent Monkman, Caroline Monnet, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, Frank Shebageget, Amanda Strong, Joseph Tisiga, Couzyn van Heuvelen, Isabella Weetaluktuk, and Linus Woods.

The WAG is grateful to Title Sponsor BMO Financial Group, whose support commemorates the company’s 200th anniversary in 2017, as well as Programming Supporter Barry Appleton and the Appleton Charitable Foundation; Exhibition Sponsors Friesens, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Media Sponsor CBC Indigenous and CBC Manitoba; and Partner Wall-to-Wall Mural Festival and Synonym Arts Consultation.

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Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media & Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Breaking ground in 2018, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit wag.ca

Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $709 billion as of July 31, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.



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