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Gerald McMaster In Conversation with John G. Hampton

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Indigenizing the (Art) Museum: Gerald McMaster In Conversation with John G. Hampton

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Thursday, May 20th at 1:00PM(EDT) on Zoom.

How are museums Indigenizing their collections?
Who are the curators shaping the future of (Art) museums?
What are the new practices defining digital curatorial spaces?

Please join Onsite Gallery and Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge for an exciting virtual In-Conversation event featuring John G. Hampton as part of the Indigenizing the (Art) Museum series with Gerald McMaster.

This event is one of the many planned for Spring 2021 as part of The Indigenizing the (Art) Museum series where each week we will engage with a different curator from (art) museums around the world.

The Indigenizing the Museum Virtual Series was developed as a way to increase Indigenous community and institutional awareness of and involvement in Indigenous-led digital projects, resources, and knowledge building tools, including the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art.

This series is hosted with Indigenous protocols in mind and with the aim of addressing questions around Indigenous curation, ceremony, and research in digital spaces.

Join Wapatah and Onsite Gallery for an engaging conversation that fosters global Indigeneity and sustainable scholarship of Indigenous cultural heritage at OCAD University and beyond.

About the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art

The VPIA is a custom digital platform currently in development by Wapatah and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University, designed to facilitate Indigenous access and contributions to thematic-specific Indigenous artworks in museum and gallery collections around the world. Using a wiki-style approach, the VPIA allows institutional artwork records to be transformed into living documents through the integration of Indigenous knowledge, language, and protocols.

Gerald McMaster

Gerald McMaster, O.C., is one of Canada’s most revered and esteemed academics. He is a curator, artist, and author, and is currently professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University where he leads a team of researchers at the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. McMaster served as the curator for the 1995 Venice Biennale, artistic director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, and curator for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of the Siksika First Nation.

John G. Hampton

John G. Hampton (they/them or he/him) is a curator, artist, and administrator who joined the MacKenzie team as Director of Programs in October 2018. He holds a Masters of Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Regina. John is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, the United States, and Canada, and grew up in Regina. In addition to his role at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Hampton holds an adjunct curator appointment at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, adjunct professorship at the University of Regina, and is the co-chair of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective board of directors.

This series is developed as part of Wapatah's Global Indigeneity outreach initiatives and led by Brittany Bergin, Natalja Chestopalova, Mariah Meawasige, and Lisa Smith of Onsite Gallery.

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