Power Lines: A Symposium on the Impact of the Woodland School & the work of Norval Morrisseau

January 19-20, 2019 9:00AM-3:00PM

 Power Lines: A Symposium on the Impact of the Woodland School of Art and the Work of Norval Morrisseau

This event is to thoughtfully investigate the impact of the Woodland School and the work of Norval Morrisseau. Leading artists, academics and art historians are coming together for one weekend to discuss, critique, relay their expertise, stories and knowledge(s) about the importance of Morrisseau and his impact on Indigenous artists historically and presently. Please join us for a weekend at beautiful Wanuskewin, a traditional gathering place. Event is catered and seats are limited.

Keynote will be presented by Dr.Carmen Robertson, Robertson is one of country’s leading experts on the work of Norval Morrisseau.

“If I was you, I would appropriate you too” Ruth Cuthand, Carmen Robertson, David Garneau
Artists and art historians will respond to the issue of appropriation and how and if it effects Indigenous artists. Some discussion will also be on the utilization of Indigenous artistic genres by non-Indigenous artists and the art market.

Norval Morrisseau and the influence of the Indian Group of Seven Faye HeavyShield, Nadia Kurd, Bonnie Devine & Michelle LaVallee
The Indian Group of Seven a play on the Canadian Group of Seven was an important advocacy group of Indigenous artists that began in 1973 with Daphne Odjig, Alex Janvier, Jackson Beardy, Eddy Cobiness, Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray and Joseph Sanchez. This panel will address the influence of this group and Morrisseau’s role within it.

The intersection between Indigenous worldview/ceremony and art: The development of the Woodland Style. Barry Ace, Maria Campbell, Peter Morin
Prior to contact, Indigenous people did not differentiate the concept of art from ceremony. After contact and the development of the term Indigenous contemporary art, how has the concept of art/ceremony changed if at all?
Woodland today…Christian Chapman, Donna Langhorne, Quill Christie Peters
The Woodland School of art formulated by Morrisseau has become widely accepted by dominant western Canada as ‘Indian art.’ How have artists resisted western notions of Indigenous art and integrated their own ideas and worldviews to disrupt and decenter those narratives?

Art Intersections
Madison Noon (Plains Cree,Swampy Cree) performing choreography in response to the work of Norval Morrisseau
Indigenous Poets Society reciting response to the work of Power Lines-the work of Norval Morrisseau

T-Shirt Screen Printing workshop in partnership with VOID Gallery, participants to the symposium will have the opportunity to learn how to screen a design onto a t-shirt and take home their work of art!

Power Lines Audio Station- located at Paved Arts in Saskatoon is an audio station featuring excerpts of interviews with Norval Morrisseau

January 18, 8 pm Paved Arts 424 20th Street West Saskatoon
Forget Winnetou! Loving in the Wrong Way a Film by D.S. Red Haircrow
“Most films about Indigenous people concentrate on European narratives or Indigenous experience in North America but there are Natives abroad and being “loved in the wrong way” in “Indian crazy” Germany has many forms.
Germany is a microcosm of struggles taking place across the world against and

Catered Event with vegetarian and non vegetarian options

*Please note that for students and the elderly (ages 65+) special rates are available to assist with any financial barriers that may exist. Please contact Felicia.gay@wanuskewin.com for more information


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