Art Gallery of Alberta

Canadian Expert Steven Loft at AGA for lecture on Aboriginal art

Canadian Expert Steven Loft at AGA for lecture on Aboriginal art

Public talk rethinks use of abstraction in Indigenous art

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to host Rethinking Abstraction from an Aboriginal Perspective on Sunday, May 1 at 3 pm. This public lecture by curator, scholar, writer and media artist Steven Loft will look at the work of aboriginal artists who use abstraction as an expressive and cultural practice.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for AGA Members, and can be purchased online at or in person at the Gallery.

Steven Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations who has written extensively on Indigenous art and aesthetics for various magazines, catalogues and arts publications. In 2010, he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he will be continuing his research in Indigenous art and aesthetics. Formerly, he was Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg) Canada’s largest Aboriginal artist run public Gallery, and Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association.

Although Aboriginal symbolism in the work of non-Aboriginal modernist artists is well documented, the history of Aboriginal artists working in abstraction is less well known. Indigenous abstraction has direct references in ancient symbologies as well as historical and contemporary visual culture, but the way that it is used is not always accurately described nor understood. In this exploration of Indigenous abstraction, Loft will look at artists whose expressive use of colour, line and form communicate their individual political, social and cultural concerns.

Rethinking Abstraction from an Aboriginal Perspective
Steven Loft
Sunday, May 1, 3 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15 / $10 AGA Members
Tickets avaialble at

This lecture is part of an ongoing series devoted to giving Albertans the opportunity to hear from leading scholars, thinkers and artists on current AGA exhibitions.

This lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibitions: Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, on view until June 5 and BRIAN JUNGEN, which closes on May 8, 2011.

For more information on the AGA lecture series or to purchase tickets online, please visit our website.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.


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