The Writing on the Wall: The Works of Joane Cardinal Schubert
February 2019 - April 2019
THE WRITING ON THE WALL: WORKS OF DR. JOANE CARDINAL-SCHUBERT, R.C.A.Organized and circulated by Nickle Galleries with financial assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Canada Council for the Arts. Curated by Lindsey V. Sharman.
FEB 1st-April 18, 2019
The Writing on the Wall: Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert RCA will be a non-linear retrospective looking at recurring elements that cross the artist’s career. The exhibition itself reflects the cyclical nature of Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s work. The exhibition will include 60 pivotal pieces of the artist’s oeuvre in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramic, and installation. The works are drawn from collections from across Canada including, Glenbow, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the City of Calgary, Kamloops Art Gallery and Thunder Bay Art Gallery. The exhibition will also feature works from many private collections negotiated through the artist’s commercial gallery. The artist’s son and widow will also recreate several of her installation pieces.
Although never claiming to be political and rejecting a feminist label, her work recognizes the personal lived life of an indigenous Canadian woman is political. Her work is reactionary, each piece the product of contemplation on injustices she observed. During her time in the physical realm, Cardinal-Schubert supported and mentored those who struggled with the legacies of colonial histories and educated those who were unaware of how this system affected them. Her work continues to reach and speak to those on both sides of a colonial history simultaneously.
A corresponding catalogue has been created to highlighting the lasting relevance, showing her work is topical even years after her death. The publication looks at her influence pan-culturally in Canada. The publication tells the story of Joane Cardinal-Schubert in several ways and features contributions from Mike Schubert, the artist’s widow; David Garneau; Monique Westra; Tanya Harnett; Alisdair MacRae; a re-print of an interview between the artist and Gerald McMaster on the event of the artist’s 20 year retrospective with the Muttart Gallery; and an afterword by Candice Hopkins.
THIS EXHIBITION IS SHARED WITH KAG/COLLEGE ART GALLERIES & Wanuskewin Galleries
KAG/COLLEGE ART GALLERIES OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, FEB 1st at 7 pm
OPENING RECEPTION AT WANUSKEWIN ON SATURDAY, FEB 2nd at 1-4 pm