Carleton Curatorial Laboratory (CCL): Formline Modern: The MacDonald Collection
Curated by students in Dr. Ruth Phillips' graduate seminar Printmaking in Modern Northwest Coast Aboriginal Art
29 September – 14 December 2014
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Formline Modern: The MacDonald Collection of Northwest Coast Graphic Art explores silkscreen printmaking on the Pacific Northwest Coast from its emergence in the 1960s until its peak in the 1980s. Working during a period of renewed cultural production, coastal artists drew upon—and departed from—traditional imagery and the “rules” of formline design. Through the novel medium of silkscreen printing, these artists engaged with new narrative forms and content, shaping a uniquely Indigenous modernism that challenged conventions and ultimately expanded tradition.
The exhibition features the work artists Chuuchkamalthnii (formerly Ron Hamilton), Joe David, Robert Davidson, Freda Diesing, Beau Dick, Charles Greul, Mark Henderson, Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt, Ozistalis (Chief Henry Speck), Bill Reid, Art Thompson, and Roy Henry Vickers.