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Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated by lessLIE

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

In this exhibition the theme of perpetuation unifies the work of five contemporary Coast Salish artists who live and work in this region. The word perpetuation is meant to suggest a continuum of ideas and processes, which come from distinctive traditions that have existed over millennia. Perpetuation also infers some of the challenges that contemporary Coast Salish artists continue to face in the contexts of colonialism and assimilation as well as the dominance of other Indigenous traditions, which were often favoured by the art world, in both commercial and educational contexts. It is only in the last three decades that Coast Salish art has become more readily recognized by a wider audience as distinct from other Northwest Coast traditions.

This exhibition presents a wide range of art forms and ideas, and visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and stylistic elements that unify and inspire these contemporary artists in their own artistic practices. Artists featured are Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

Curator's Talk | Perpetual Salish

With curator lessLIE

Saturday September 27, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Celebrate Culture Days at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

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Salish Reflection: Coast Salish Art and Artists on Campus

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated in collaboration by Caroline Riedel, Justine Auben Drummond & Dr. Andrea Walsh

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street | Small Gallery

This exhibition honours Coast Salish artists Chris Paul, Maynard Johnny Jr., and knitters May Sam and the Olsen family (Adam, Joni, and their mother Sylvia) who were part of the University of Victoria's Artist in Residence Program through the Department of Anthropology between 2011 and 2013. During their 3 month residency they taught students about their own artistic practices as well as aspects of Coast Salish history and contemporary culture. The exhibit illustrates the teaching methodology and experience of students and artists in collaboration along with examples of the artists' work.

The Artist in Residence Program is facilitated by Dr. Andrea Walsh, who teaches the Anthropology of Art, and the program is supported by donors George and Christiane Smyth.

Image: Conservation, Chris Paul

Money, Sovereignty and Power

Money, Sovereignty and Power:
The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920

August 22, 2014 to November 3, 2014

Curated by Professor Bohdan Kordan (Director, Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan) and with the support of the Department of Slavic Studies.

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

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In the wake of the Great War, from the detritus of imperial collapse there emerged a new political order of nation-states. Amongst the newly established entities there appeared an independent, sovereign Ukraine. From the outset, Ukraine was the object of invasion and its survival was in doubt. Nevertheless, in the search for legitimacy, extraordinary efforts were made to affirm the state's sovereign, national character. This was to be accomplished by consciously connecting with Ukraine's historical past both to invoke precedence and encourage a narrative of political continuity. The symbols introduced in the currency of Ukraine during this revolutionary period were examples of this process. The exhibit "Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine" documents this process, describing the use of symbols in the currency produced by various successive governments during the period of the Ukrainian Revolution.


Reception Meet guest curator Dr. Bohdan S. Kordan | Friday, September 5th, 2:30 pm | McPherson Library, University of Victoria | Room 027

Requiem

Natural | Supernatural

Nuu-chah-nulth Serigraph Prints from the University of Victoria's Permanent Collection

June 16, 2014 to May 31, 2015

Curated by Allison Grey Noble and Caroline Riedel

First Peoples House

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This exhibition of serigraph prints by artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulates knowledges of histories and stories that are important to the people of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations. These prints are from the university's permanent collection and originate from the print making studio of Vincent Rickard, who worked with these artists in the 1980s and 1990s. Rickard and donors George and Christiane Smyth have given the university nearly 3,000 contemporary Northwest Coast prints, making UVic's collection the most comprehensive in Canada.

Image: Supernatural, Joe David (Nuu-chah-nulth)

Upcoming

Requiem

The Arts of World War I

November 7, 2014 to March 2, 2015

Curated by Marcus Milwright and Allan Antliff (Department of History in Art)

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre McPherson Library)

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To mark the centenary of the commencement of the war, this exhibition focuses on the visual and material culture of World War I. The approach taken will be cross-cultural, considering the visual manifestations of the war in the theatres of conflict in Europe and the Middle East as well as the production and consumption of art and literature in Canada between 1914 and 1918. The exhibition will present books, prints, and objects dating to the period of the "Great War" drawn from the Legacy Art Galleries, the McPherson Library (Special Collections and Archives), and private collections in Victoria. The display will also feature examples of "trench art" from Europe and the Middle East. This term is employed to describe objects made by soldiers in times of conflict as well as those fashioned out of spent artillery shells and other military equipment by civilian artisans after the cessation of hostilities. A series of lectures will be arranged to coincide with the display. These will be given by UVic faculty and post-doctoral researchers.

Image: On the March, Sketchbook page signed "J.M." 1917-1918
University of Victoria Archives

Events

sovereignty&power

Reception

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

Free & open to the public | all are welcome

Join Us in celebration of:

Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Art from the Salish Weave Collection & Salish Reflection: Coast Salish Art and Artists on Campus

Light refreshments will be served

Maynard Johnny Jr. lessLIE John Marston Adam Olsen Joni Olsen Sylvia Olsen Chris Paul May Sam Susan Point Dylan Thomas

sovereignty&power

Reception

Friday, September 5, 2014 | 2:30 pm

McPherson Library, University of Victoria | Room 027

Meet guest curator Dr. Bohdan S. Kordan | Money, Sovereignty and Power: The Paper Currency of Revolutionary Ukraine, 1917-1920.

For more information on this exhibition click here

LessLIE

Curator's Talk | Perpetual Salish

With curator lessLIE

Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Celebrate Culture Days at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

About the curator:

lessLIE is the decolonized name of Leslie Robert Sam, a Coast Salish artist from the Cowichan tribes. He works in a variety of media, but is best known for his serigraph prints. His artwork draws on traditional iconographic elements and often adds contemporary titles or text infused with humour and irony. While working on his undergraduate degree in 1995 lessLIE began studying Coast Salish art and continued this focus with graduate work at the University of Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from Malaspina University-College and has done graduate work in Interdisciplinary Studies at UVic. He recently branched into curatorial work including guest curating, writing and lectures and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

About the exhibition:

Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

In this exhibition the theme of perpetuation unifies the work of five contemporary Coast Salish artists who live and work in this region. The word perpetuation is meant to suggest a continuum of ideas and processes, which come from distinctive traditions that have existed over millennia. Perpetuation also infers some of the challenges that contemporary Coast Salish artists continue to face in the contexts of colonialism and assimilation as well as the dominance of other Indigenous traditions, which were often favoured by the art world, in both commercial and educational contexts. It is only in the last three decades that Coast Salish art has become more readily recognized by a wider audience as distinct from other Northwest Coast traditions.

This exhibition presents a wide range of art forms and ideas, and visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and stylistic elements that unify and inspire these contemporary artists in their own artistic practices. Artists featured are Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

School Tours

Perpetual Salish School Tours

Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

From October, 2014 - December, 2014


1 hour tour with hands-on art for Grade 4 students

This elementary school program provides a cross-curricular exploration of contemporary Coast Salish artwork from the extensive Salish Weave Collection loaned to the University of Victoria's Legacy Art Gallery by George and Christiane Smyth. Meeting the grade four Prescribed Learning Outcomes for Social Studies, this program will allow students to examine and discuss the history and unique cultural characteristics of this extraordinary art which has evolved through hundreds of generations of Salish First Peoples.

- Curated by Coast Salish artist lessLIE.

What: One hour guided tour, including a hands-on art project, for Grade Four students With follow up package for teachers to take back to the classroom

When: Wednesday a.m., Thursday p.m. or Friday a.m. | Oct. 1st through Dec. 5th 2014 Program starts at 9:30 am Wed & Fri, 1:30 on Thurs & lasts for approximately 1 hour

Where: UVic Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street at Broad

Cost: Free!

Booking Contact:

Katie Hughes | khughes@uvic.ca | 250.721.6562 | Wed Sat | 9:30-4

Locations

thumbnail of Lynne van LuvenLegacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

Wed - Sat | 10 am - 4 pm
The Legacy Downtown is the University of Victoria's primary gallery space.

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thumbnail of Lynne van LuvenLegacy Maltwood at the Mearns Centre - McPherson Library
Located on the lower level of the McPherson library, adjacent to Archives and Special Collections.

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