Na­tional Gallery Spot­light: Cana­dian and Indige­nous art & iconic photography

Where Ottawa - - CONTENTS - BY NI­COLE BAYES-FLEM­ING AND CHRIS LACK­NER

Leonardo da Vinci said “the artist sees what oth­ers only catch a glimpse of.” By that stan­dard, there’s no bet­ter place to see Canada this sum­mer than at the Na­tional Gallery and Cana­dian His­tory Mu­seum. Flag-wav­ing ex­hi­bi­tions an­chor the sum­mer sea­son, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Gallery’s Cana­dian and Indige­nous Art: 1968 to Present (un­til April 2018), Cana­dian and Indige­nous Art: From Time Im­memo­rial to 1967 (un­til June 2018), and Photography in Canada: 1960-2000 (un­til Sept. 17). Mean­while, the His­tory Mu­seum presents Snap­shots of Canada (un­til Oct. 2). Wit­ness larger-than-life mo­ments like Paul Hen­der­son’s fa­mous goal in the 1972 Sum­mit Se­ries, and Terry Fox’s courageous run.

An­drea Ku­nard, as­so­ciate cu­ra­tor of pho­to­graphs:

“We have re­ally fan­tas­tic artists in this coun­try. … I don’t see photography in Canada as be­ing just one thing, so there’s doc­u­men­tary photography, there’s con­cep­tual uses of photography, there’s fem­i­nist uses, land­scape photography, photography of the city, por­trait photography — all dif­fer­ent kinds. "

Olivier Côté, cu­ra­tor me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions:

“Snap­shots of Canada will pro­vide an im­pres­sion­is­tic, and of­ten ex­tra­or­di­nary por­trait of mo­ments both happy and dra­matic in our his­tory. The au­thors and their texts will also help Cana­di­ans ex­plore — some­times in a con­fi­dent tone, some­times more poignantly — the lives of the fa­mous, and less fa­mous men and women who built this coun­try.”

Greg Hill,

Cu­ra­tor of Indige­nous Art:

“The story of art in Canada doesn’t begin 150 years ago; it doesn’t begin 350 years ago; it be­gins thou­sands of years ago. And that is what we’ll be see­ing in the new Cana­dian and Indige­nous art gal­leries, from time im­memo­rial right through to con­tem­po­rary.”

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