National Gallery Spotlight: Canadian and Indigenous art & iconic photography
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.”
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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