The Art Canada Institute

invites you to

What MAkes Art Canadian?

A view for the 21st century




Admission free
(Pay-what-you-can donations welcome)

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Isabel Bader Theatre,
93 Charles Street W, Toronto, ON


Who decides how Canadian art history is written and who gets documented in it? This talk brings together two of today’s most celebrated artists and thinkers: Jin-me Yoon and Gerald McMaster. The recipient of the 2022 Scotiabank Photography Award, Yoon is the current subject of a show of recent work at the Vancouver Art Gallery as well as ACI’s book Jin-me Yoon: Life & Work by Ming Tiampo. Yoon will be in conversation with Gerald McMaster, the internationally revered scholar of Indigenous art and the author of ACI’s recent publication Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work. The two will discuss themes of identity, citizenship, culture, ethnicity, gender, history, and nationhood in relation to their own bodies of work and writing—and to the narrative of art in Canada.


Korean-born, Vancouver-based multimedia artist Jin-me Yoon created one of the twentieth century’s most iconic Canadian works, A Group of Sixty-Seven (1996), a powerful commentary on national identity and discourse. Her work is celebrated internationally and has been shown in North America, Asia, Australia, and Europe.


Gerald McMaster is a thought-provoking and influential curator, artist, author, and scholar, who has brought Indigenous art to the forefront of our cultural landscape at institutions including the Canadian Museum of History, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.



For their support of this talk, the Art Canada Institute gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Eleanor and Francis Shen and the Koerner Foundation in memory of Walter C. Koerner.

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