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ONLINE ONLY—Under the Museum, Under the University, Under the City: The Land Artist Roundtable

Due to unforeseen circumstances and an abundance of caution, the artist roundtable scheduled for March 30 will now be held online only and no longer in-person.

The in-person closing celebration for Nations by Artists scheduled to take place after the roundtable has also been cancelled. The exhibition remains open during gallery hours until Saturday, April 2.

A program of
Nations by Artists

Wednesday, March 30, 4pm–6pm
Online on Zoom and on Art Museum’s YouTube channel
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This roundtable brings together Toronto- and New York-based artists and activists Decolonize This Place, Alan Michelson, Susan Blight, Jolene Rickard, and Maria Hupfield in a discussion about artist-led strategies for reclaiming suppressed histories and relations on stolen land. The panel will explore the overlap between art-making, public space intervention, and the archive, starting the conversation in the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe sovereignties in Tkaronto / Gichi Kiiwenging (Toronto), and drawing connections to the global context of colonialism. Moderated by Nations by Artists co-curators Mikinaak Migwans and Sarah Robayo Sheridan.

Nations by Artists is open during regular gallery hours. Take home copies of artist-produced posters, books, zines, and other ephemera and see the exhibition before it closes on Saturday, April 2.

This event is co-presented by the Art Museum; the Department of Art History; and The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Proseminar Speaker Series MVS.

About the Speakers

Decolonize This Place (DTP) is an action-oriented collective based in New York City that uses cultural institutions as platforms to amplify the demands of decolonial social movements. Facilitated by MTL+, DTP consists of over 30 collaborators, grassroots groups, and art collectives that seek to resist, unsettle, and reclaim the city. Their contribution to the Nations by Artists exhibition is an in-gallery movement space with materials for study and action. For this conversation, we welcome five MTL+ facilitators: Amin Husain, Nitasha Dhillon, Amy Weng, Marz Saffore, and Crystal Hans. Decolonize This Place joins the roundtable as guests of the Department of Art History, University of Toronto.

Alan Michelson is an internationally recognized New York-based artist, curator, writer, lecturer, and Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. His socially engaged, site-specific art practice is grounded in local contexts and informed by the retrieval of repressed histories. Sourcing from both Indigenous and western culture, he works across painting, sculpture, photography, sound, video, glass, and stone. His work Blanket Refusal in the Nations by Artists exhibition brings the spirit of the original treaties back into the frame of Haudenosaunee-settler relations, and demonstrates the continuities between wampum and the written word.

Susan Blight (Anishinaabe, Couchiching First Nation) is an interdisciplinary artist working with public art, site-specific intervention, photography, film, and social practice. Her solo and collaborative work engages questions of personal and cultural identity and its relationship to space. As part of the The Ogimaa Mikana Project, she worked to restore Anishinaabemowin place-names to the streets, avenues, roads, paths, and trails of Gichi Kiiwenging (Toronto). For the Tree Protection Zone project on Hart House Commons, Blight made one of the construction hoardings into an experiment in public space intervention using biodegradable stickers and the Anishinaabemowin language. Blight is Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University and an assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora Nation) is an artist, curator, and associate professor of the History of Art and Visual Studies and director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant and is conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia toward a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty. Her family history, as well as her scholarship and art, is tied to a deep legacy of Haudenosaunee traditional governance and a longstanding (and ongoing) practice of anticolonial resistance.

Moderated by Nations by Artists co-curators Mikinaak Migwans and Sarah Robayo Sheridan.

Co-presented with the Department of Art History and The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Proseminar Speaker Series MVS.

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Title Image: Courtesy of MTL+.
Page Image: Photo by Jamie Magnusson.

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