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Shawn Hunt, Mask (2010)

Shawn Hunt, Mask (2010) [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, S-Sep 12 Mar 17] Photo Kenji Nagai, private collection

Carrying on “Irregardless”:
Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art

Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Vancouver BC - Sep 12, 2012-Mar 17, 2013

Beau Dick, Laughter Mask (1973)

Beau Dick, Laughter Mask (1973) [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, S-Sep 12 Mar 17] Photo: William Neville, collection of Steve Loretta

Ellen Neel, Totem Pole (c. 1953)

Ellen Neel, Totem Pole (c. 1953) [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, S-Sep 12 Mar 17] Photo: Kenji Nagai, courtesy of White Spot Limited

Lisa Telford, Cowboy Baby (2012)

Lisa Telford, Cowboy Baby (2012) [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, S-Sep 12 Mar 17] Photo: Kenji Nagai, collection of the artist

The premise of Carrying on “Irregardless”: Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Bill Reid Gallery is that humour can be a powerful tool in the “survival kit” of First Nations people. The artworks in the exhibit, as well as a series of public programs complementing the exhibit, offer an invitation to re-imagine our relationships to both indigenous art and indigenous art practices.

The list of participating artists is prestigious: Sonny Assu, Dempsey Bob, Joe David, Reg Davidson, Beau Dick, Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Elliot, Nicholas Galanin, Shawn Hunt, Tony Hunt Jr., Edward Joe, Ellen Neel, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Skeena Reece, Bill Reid, Arthur Renwick, Norman Tait, Lisa Telford, Tania Willard, Art Wilson, Lyle Wilson, Jessica Wood, Don Yeomans, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, three ancestors artists, and Haidawood Media Project.

Co-curated by Peter Morin and Dr. Martine Reid, the exhibition includes numerous talks and presentations by prestigious members of the art community in BC. as well as invited guests. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

www.billreidgallery.ca

Mia Johnson

Events at the Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Vancouver, 515 Hastings St, with exception of January 17 at the Bill Reid Gallery. Admission by donation (suggested donation $5).

Nov 15, 6 pm – Laughing "Irregardless": Multimedia Aboriginal Humour

Dec 6, 6 pm – Talk about Laugh: Aboriginal Humour from Australia
Jan 17, 6 pm – What Makes us Laugh and Smile: Short Film by Loretta Todd

Feb 21, 6 pm – Found Laughs: the 1491s; Mar 14, 6 pm – An Evening with Kent Monkman










































Sonny Assu, Coke-Salish (Urban Totem Series) (2006)

Sonny Assu, Coke-Salish (Urban Totem Series) (2006) [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, S-Sep 12 Mar 17] Phot


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