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Are we past the age of an aboriginal art show? (Audio)

September 9th, 2009

Exhibition curators Gerald McMaster and Joe Baker, Globe and Mail art critic Sarah Milroy, and professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture Salah Hassan discuss the exhibition Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World.

The provocative question – "Are we past the age of an aboriginal art show" – was posed by the Globe and Mail’s art critic, Sarah Milroy, as a lead in to her review of Remix. While this question caused quite a commotion within the Aboriginal art community, it remains a key issue for present and future practice.

Indeed, are we past the age of an aboriginal art show, or any exhibition organized around identity? Are the issues and problematics that gave rise to a host of identity-based exhibition in the 1990s now completely resolved? Can an exhibition that considers hydridized identity formation be something other than an essentialist trap?

Joe Baker is formerly curator at the Heard Museum and now the Director for Community Engagement, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He is also the co-curator of Remix.

Sarah Milroy is former editor of Canadian Art magazine who has written widely on Canadian art and is currently the art critic for the Globe and Mail.

Salah Hassan is the editor of NHK: Journal of Contemporary African Art; Professor and Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center;professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture,Department of History of Art and Visual Culture, Cornell University.

Gerald McMaster will be the moderator. He is curator of Canadian art, Art Gallery of Ontario, and co-curator of Remix.

Presented in collaboration with Planet IndigenUs, an international, multi-disciplinary contemporary art festival celebrating innovation, adaptability and evolution of indigenous identity.

Recorded: Sunday, August 23 2009
Duration: 1:04:19

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