Thursday, January 3, 2019

"POWER LINES" - Norval Morrisseau Exhibition and Symposium

When: October 19th, 2018 - January 25th, 2019 (Exhibition)
             January 19th - 20th, 2019; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM (Symposium)

Where: WANUSKEWIN GALLERIES, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
               ~Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Photo Credit: J.R Stevens, Design Joi Arcand


Norval Morrisseau (1931–2007) is arguably the most influential Indigenous artist in Canada, a member of the Indian Group of Seven and the grandfather of the Woodland Art School, he influenced generations of Indigenous artists. In 2006 the National Gallery of Canada held a survey exhibition of Norval Morrisseau’s work, it was the first retrospective held for a contemporary Indigenous artist.

Power Lines: The Work of Norval Morrisseau features his work from varying stages of his career, centred on the iconography of Anishinaabe story-telling, of family and how we all connect to lines of power.

Opening Reception was on October 20th, 7-10 pm.
Performance of new work by the Indigenous Poets Society; reciting a response to the work of Norval Morrisseau.

Exhibition runs from October 20, 2018 to January 25, 2019.

SHAMAN AND TURTLE, 72"x48",  © 1980s Norval Morrisseau;
PROVENANCE: Originally acquired by Ilona E. Nagy directly from the artist;
SOLD at SOTHEBY'S on November 28th, 2011 for $71,500 (click HERE)

Wanuskewin Galleries thanked and extended its gratitude to Westerkirk Works of Art for the loan of the Norval Morrisseau work and for supporting this exhibition every step of the way. It is through their generosity that they were able to share the work of Morrisseau in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

One of the Symposium
Panelists, Former curator of
the Thunder Bay Art Gallery
(2010-2018); Presently the curator
of the University of Alberta art collection
Organizers are also very grateful for the support of Canada Council for the Arts Creating, Knowing and Sharing Fund which also made this exhibition possible.

Power Lines: A Symposium on the Impact of the Woodland School of Art and the Work of Norval Morrisseau will be held at Wanuskewin Heritage Park on January 19-20, 2019; 9:00 AM-3:00 PM.

This event is to thoughtfully investigate the impact of the Woodland School and the work of Norval Morrisseau. Leading artists, academics and art historians are coming together for one weekend to discuss, critique, relay their expertise, stories and knowledge(s) about the importance of Morrisseau and his impact on Indigenous artists historically and presently. /For more information click HERE/

Source: Wanuskewin Heritage Park @


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