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Curator's Tour: Fix your hearts or die

Daniel Cardinal McCartney (still), Disruption From the Family Core, 2017. HD Video. Courtesy of the Artist.

Join Adjunct Curator of Indigenous Art Jessie Ray Short on a tour of her newest exhibition Fix Your Hearts or Die: A New Chapter Acquisition Project to gain insight into this important exhibition, which features the work of Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Sheri Nault, Daniel Cardinal McCartney and Adrian Stimson. 

Fix your hearts or die is a call to action, wherein the stasis of maintaining the status quo is equivalent to death, either metaphorical or real. Each artist in this exhibition addresses issues of gender, sexuality and the intersections of cultural identity and colonial traumas in their work in unique ways, recognizing a richer space outside of the normative binary. The artists in Fix your hearts or die grapple with these histories and make space to be who and how they are and to project this being into the world, for themselves, for their communities and for future generations. 



Jessie Ray Short is an artist, filmmaker and independent curator whose cross disciplinary practice involves memory, visual culture and Métis history. In the past 10 years she has exhibited work nationally and internationally at venues including The Banff Centre for the Arts, M:ST Performative Arts Festival, Calgary AB, and at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival in Wairoa, Aotearoa (NZ). Jessie Ray has been the recipient of several grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. As a curator she has had the opportunity to work on various projects most notably Jade Carpenter: Mourn at City of Calgary Open Spaces Gallery and Mixed Berries: Amanda Strong and Bracken Hanuse Corlett at Gallery 2, Grand Forks, BC. She has worked for the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, based in Edmonton, AB, and currently works as a program coordinator for TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, AB. Jessie Ray holds an MA degree from Brock University with a focus on contemporary Métis visual culture.

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Monday: closed
Tuesday: 12-6pm
Wednesday: 12-6pm
Thursday: 12-8pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm


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