June 12, 2018

New Robert Houle exhibition opens in Toronto

The John B. Aird Gallery presents “Looking for the Shaman”

John B. Aird Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Saulteaux artist Robert Houle’s work titled Looking for the Shaman. On view from June 12 to July 6, 2018, the exhibition explores the idea of looking back, or mequándumoowin, which means “memory” in the artist’s maternal language. The exhibition is self-directed by the artist and is organized and facilitated by Carla Garnet, director and curator at the John B. Aird Gallery.


Houle’s prolific career spans several decades, from his experiences growing up on the Sandy Bay First Nation/Kaa-wii-kwe-tawang-kak in Manitoba, to his studies, exhibitions, curatorial work, and residencies across Canada. His work has played a crucial role in galvanizing important discussions around political and cultural issues surrounding First Nations peoples, including identity, colonialism, land claims and residential schools.


Read Robert Houle: Life & Work by Shirley Madill to learn more about the artist’s contributions to contemporary Indigenous art and the broader Canadian art scene.

Robert Houle, Shaman Dream in Colour, 1975, oil on canvas, 91.44 x 60.96 cm.

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