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Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes

Before and After the Horizon is co-organized by the AGO and the National Museum of the American Indian. It is curated by David Penney (NMAI) and Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree/Sisika First Nation). To celebrate this important exhibition, Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art,has organized a series of complementary interventions and installations to extend the dialogue into the AGO’s own collection of Canadian art.

Organized thematically, Before and After the Horizon explores six concepts of shared relevance to Anishinaabe people:

  • place, the traditional Anishinaabe home in the Great Lakes region;
  • cosmos, traditional spirituality and the Anishinaabe conception of their place in the universe;
  • church, Anishinaabe relations with Christianity;
  • contested space, the Great Lakes region as a point of contact and engagement between Anishinaabe people and the outside world;
  • cottager colonialism, Anishinaabe relations with vacation visitors to the Great Lakes region; and
  • many worlds, the multiple cultural influences characteristic of the Anishinaabe experience today.

Photo Credit:

Blake Debassige (Ojibwa), b. 1956, One Who Lives under the Water, ca.1978. Acrylic on canvas, 127 x 96.5 cm. On loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

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