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God of Gods: A Canadian Play

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A project by:

Deanna Bowen

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God of Gods: A Canadian Play

September 4 – November 30, 2019

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Curated by Barbara Fischer

For her exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, internationally renowned, Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen revisits The God of Gods (1919), a play written and directed by Carroll Aikins (1888-1967), founder of the first national theatre in Canada and artistic director of Hart House Theatre (1927–29). Aikins’ play, staged at Hart House in 1922, projected the horrors of war into a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet — using ‘native’ motifs. Deanna Bowen’s film is a conversation by Indigenous artists and writers John G. Hampton, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, Archer Pechawis, and cheyanne turions.

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. Her broader artistic/educational practice examines history, historical writing and the ways in which artistic and technological advancements impact individual and collective authorship.

Produced on the occasion of the Hart House Centennial.

Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Exhibition Brochure
Bibliographic Resources
Selected Biographies
Media Coverage

Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6-8pm

Deanna Bowen and Maya Wilson-Sanchez in Conversation

On mining the archive for the play The God of Gods.
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 3pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Deanna Bowen Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Deanna Bowen and Jill Carter in Conversation

Deanna Bowen, artist God of Gods: A Canadian Play, and Jill Carter, curator and director Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods” discuss process-based work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Drop-In Tours

Tuesdays, 2pm

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

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