Join us on Thursday, July 22nd at 5pm, for Mike Macdonald’s Butterfly Garden Panel Discussion with Lisa Myers, curator and artist, Becca Taylor, Director of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre, and Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta. This program will look at the legacy of the late Mi’kmaq artist Mike MacDonald whose pollinator gardens continue to inspire and be a space for community contemplation and knowledge sharing. With a new Indigenous Pollinator garden being planted by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre this summer, we will have a chance to view the garden virtually and learn about the process of creating the space. Informed by Lisa Myers’ research, we will discuss people’s memories of the gardens, including a garden planted at the AGA (Formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery).
This talk, in partnership with Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre, is the third of our summer series on gardens and landscape architecture and presented by the Poole Centre of Design at the AGA. Part of the public program for the exhibition Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci. This free program will be hosted virtually on ZOOM and last approximately one hour, with a Q&A at the end of the presentation. Learn more about this exhibition here.
Lisa Myers is an independent curator, artist and educator with a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. Based in Toronto and Port Severn, she is a member of Chimnissing, Beausoleil First Nation and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University. Myers is an internationally recognized artist and curator and her research focuses on Contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice, Indigenous food systems and food sovereignty. Through socially engaged art, she creates gatherings that respond to place, sharing Indigenous foods and reflecting on underrepresented histories and collective forms of knowledge exchange.
Becca Taylor is an artist and curator of Cree and Métis descent. Her practice involves investigations of Indigenous community building, through food sovereignty, gathering, deep listening, conversation and making. Notably, Becca co-curated the 4th iteration of La Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA) with Niki Little, entitled níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma sœur (2018), co-led land-based residency, Common Opulence (2018), in Northern Alberta and curated Mothering Spaces (2019) at the Mitchell Art Gallery. Becca is currently the Director of Ociciwan Contemporary at Centre in amiskwacîwâskahikan, AB.
Catherine Crowston is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, having joined the gallery in 1998. From 1994-1997, Crowston was the Director/Curator of the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta) and Editor of the Walter Phillips Gallery Editions. Prior to this, she was Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (1986-1994) and was both an Editor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Fuse Magazine in Toronto (1989- 1995). In 2019, Crowston served on the curatorial team for the Canada Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale, which featured the work of the Inuit film and video collective ISUMA. In 2016, she was the Commissioner for the Canada Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture and was Canadian Commissioner for the Sydney Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2002. Under Crowston’s leadership, the Art Gallery of Alberta received two Canadian Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Management (2012) and Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions (2013).
#AGALive is presented with the support of the EPCOR Heart + Soul Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts.