• By: Chloë Hayes

Moving the Museum – A renewed focus on Indigenous + Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Published by: Goose Lane Editions with Art Gallery of Ontario
Hardcover: 9781773102023   
Price: $45

Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 reproductions, Moving the Museum: Indigenous + Canadian Art at the AGO documents the reopening of the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art with a renewed focus on the AGO’s Indigenous art collection.

The volume reflects the nation-to-nation treaty relationship that is the foundation of Canada, asking questions, discovering truths, and leading conversations that address the weight of history and colonialism.

The album features the work of First Nations artists – including Carl Beam, Rebecca Belmore, and Kent Monkman – along with work by Inuit artists Shuvinai Ashoona and Annie Pootoogook. Canadian artists include Lawren Harris, Kazuo Nakamura, Joyce Wieland, and many others. Drawing from stories about our origins and identities, the featured artists and essayists invite readers to engage with issues of land, water, transformation, and sovereignty and to contemplate the historic and future representation of Indigenous and Canadian art in museums.

About the authors

Wanda Nanibush is the Curator of Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has held the post of Aboriginal Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, Executive Director of ANDPVA, strategic planning for CCA and has been published widely in magazines, books and journals. She holds a master’s degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto, where she has also taught graduate courses.

Georgiana Uhlyarik is the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has held many curatorial roles before joining the AGO in 2002, at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Power Plant and the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation. She earned an honours bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in art history from York University.