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God of Gods: A Canadian Play

Table Reading of God of Gods

A project by:

Deanna Bowen

Production Still from Gods of Gods
Programme for God of Gods including a mini booklet and drawings of Indigenous characters
group of 7 vintage photo

God of Gods: A Canadian Play

September 4 – November 30, 2019

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Curated by Barbara Fischer with Inaugural
Curatorial Resident Maya Wilson-Sanchez

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, and Archer Pechawis, with 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.

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 Lynda Jessup in Conversation

Deanna Bowen, artist God of Gods: A Canadian Play, and Lynda Jessup, Director of the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI), discuss process-based work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Drop-In Tours

Tuesdays, 2pm

Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Exhibition Brochure
Bibliographic Resources
Selected Biographies
Media Coverage

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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