Watch: ACI Massey Art Lecture on Paul Kane

ROM curator Arlene Gehmacher discusses controversial Canadian artist Paul Kane

Paul Kane, Scene in the Northwest—Portrait of John Henry Lefroy, c. 1845–46, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 76 cm, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. This scene depicts John Henry Lefroy, director of the Toronto Magnetic Observatory from 1841 to 1853, who wintered at Lake Athabasca during 1843–44 in his successful search for the magnetic north

Royal Ontario Museum curator Arlene Gehmacher visits Massey College to discuss her ACI online art book on Paul Kane, the cash-strapped, itinerant portrait painter who journeyed through Canada's west recording traditional Aboriginal life. Watch the lecture to learn more about the artist's adventuresome life, his times, and his sketches, studies, and oil paintings that reveal the trajectory of his career—from painter of society portraits to painter of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, their lands, and customs.