Art Gallery of Alberta

Smithsonian curator in Edmonton for special lecture at AGA

Smithsonian curator in Edmonton for special lecture at AGA

Talk focuses on the work and career of Vancouver-based artist Brian Jungen

February 18, 2011

EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is proud to present Brian Jungen’s America, a lecture by Paul Chaat Smith on Wednesday, February 23 at 7 pm. This special event is presented in conjunction with the recently opened AGA exhibition BRIAN JUNGEN. Tickets for the talk are $15 / $10 for AGA Members, and are available at

Paul Chaat Smith is the curator behind the exhibition Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. A major survey of Brian Jungen’s work, the show marked the first time that a living artist was featured in a solo exhibition in the institution. The experience increased Jungen’s prominence in the United States where he was previously less well-known than in Canada and the international art world. In his lecture, Smith will investigate what new things were revealed about Jungen and his work through their exhibition alongside indigenous historic material.

Paul Chaat Smith is the Associate Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C., and the curator behind the exhibition Brian Jungen: Strange Comfort. He has also curated the exhibitions Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian (2008), James Luna’s Emendatio at the 2005 Venice Biennale and Evidence, the NMAI’s permanent history exhibition. His publications include Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong (2009) and Like A Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee (1996).

BRIAN JUNGEN is a major new exhibition at the AGA featuring three sculptural installations by internationally renowned Vancouver-based artist Brian Jungen. Winner of the inaugural Sobey Art Award (2002) and the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize, Jungen is best known for his transformative re-workings of everyday manufactured goods into compelling and often paradoxical works, rich with cultural and social meaning.

The Brian Jungen Lecture: Paul Chaat Smith
Wednesday, February 23, 7 pm
$15 / $10 AGA Members
Tickets at

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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