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Many of our faculty are well-known artists and curators, involved in exhibitions at Canadian and international venues that express their scholarly research interests and their artistic practices.

Drawing on Our History

Exhibtion co-curated by Drs. Heather Igloliorte and Alice Ming Wai Jim  at the Carleton University Art Gallery

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Carleton University Art Gallery invited five guest curators to co-curate a major exhibition on contemporary drawings. Each guest chose one Canadian artist to exhibit alongside the CUAG’s collection. Drs. Heather Igloliorte and Alice Ming Wai Jim are part of the curatorial team and have invited Kablusiak and Marigold Santos (MFA 2011) respectively to show their work.

“Drawing on Our History” is on view from January 29 until May 7, 2023.

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Installation view showing the work of Marigold Santos

Qaumajuq Inuit art centre
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Dr. Heather Igloliorte Lead Curator, Qaumajuq Inuit art centre, and Co-Chair,
Winnipeg Art Gallery Indigenous Advisory Circle (2017-2021)

In March 2021 Qaumajuq, the new Inuit art centre, opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Winnipeg, MB. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is both the lead guest curator of the inaugural exhibition of INUA: Inuit Nunangat Ungammuaktut Atautikkut (Inuit Moving Forward Together) —alongside three emerging Inuit curators representing all of Inuit Nunangat, the four Inuit regions of Canada: asinnajaq, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, and Kablusiak—and Co-Chair of the WAG’s Indigenous Advisory Circle with Co-Chair Dr. Julie Nagam. The two-night, televised and live-streamed opening of this new centre was watched by tens of thousands of people across Canada and worldwide, and was widely covered by such media as the New York Times, Globe and Mail, CBC, and others, leading to Igloliorte’s recognition as Concordia Newsmaker of the Month for March 2021.

 Blackity (2021-2022), vue d’exposition. Crédit photo : Paul Litherland, 2021

“Blackity”, Artexte
Montreal, Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Dr. Joana Joachim

The cyclical dis-remembering of Black Canadian artistic practices has long been characteristic of art institutions on Turtle Island. Yet, as curator and researcher Andrea Fatona notes in an interview with artist and curator Liz Ikiriko, there are clear periods during which Black Canadian arts practitioners’ work makes itself known despite this phenomenon. Critical writing and archival documentation of these moments are crucial to the process of inscribing them into collective memory and into larger Canadian art historical discourses. Blackity delineates the trajectory of contemporary Black Canadian art as witnessed by Artexte’s collection between the 1970s and the 2010s. The exhibition gathers some key moments and people to consider the thematic, aesthetic or conceptual threads linking them to begin to trace a temporal cartography of Black Canadian art history.

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April 27-May 13, 2023

Dr. Elaine Cheasly Paterson co-organised this series of events, which includes a residency, workshop series, research-creation exhibition, and a hybrid symposium, at the intersection of two concepts: craft and home. 

The Home/Making project brought scholars, makers, and members of the Concordia and Montreal communities together to create an accessible public forum for a continued conversation at the intersection of craft and home, through workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and engagement with research creation. The project provided a transdisciplinary platform for critical discussion of research and research-creation, with an attention to situated and tactile knowledges, towards generating both material literacy and new scholarly perspectives.

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Embodied Stories: Gender, the Body, and Oral History

June 6, 2021

In 2020-21, Dr. Cynthia Hammond organized a week of activities on the theme of gender, the body, and oral history as part of a bi-annual exchange between the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (Concordia University) and the Scottish Oral History Centre (University of Strathclyde), called the "Summer Institute". This event, which ran from 10-15 June 2021, included over 30 short research papers, live conversations, workshops, and a podcast with Concordia's new Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History, Dr. Bimadoshka Pucan, and human rights expert and COHDS affiliate, Dr. Nancy Tapias Torrado.


Community, Conservation, Activism: Montréal as a City of Neighbourhoods

April 17, 2021

In 2020-21, Dr. Cynthia Hammond organized the half-day “City Seminar” that is an annual feature of the Society of Architectural Historians conference, which in 2021 was focused on Montreal. The event included a keynote lecture by Phyllis Lambert, long-time urban activist and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; Nakuset, an Indigenous activist and executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal; Eunice Bélidor, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Dr. Laurence Parent, postdoctoral researcher on urban space and disabilities and Candidate de Projet Montréal au poste de conseillère d'arrondissement dans le district De Lorimier; and urban activist and member of Montreal's Little Burgundy community, Oumalker Idil Kalif. The event took place on 17 April 2021 and had over 300 registrants.

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The Art History Vitrine hosts month-long exhibitions curated by professors and graduate students – often using original works by Concordia students.

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