by Barbara Black
Concordia celebrated the first anniversary of the Gail and Stephen A.
Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art and its first publication
at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art on April 4.
An appreciative audience of about 50 people enjoyed a talk by Institute
Chair François-Marc Gagnon about First Nations iconography, followed
by the main address by Associate Professor Joan Reid Acland.
Dr. Acland has written a reference book, First Nations Artists in Canada:
A Biographical/Bibliographical Guide, 1960 to 1999, which is the first
publication by the Institute. The book was recently awarded the Melva
J. Dwyer Award by the Art Librarians Association of North American in
recognition of its contribution to Canadian art research.
First Nations Artists in Canada covers a period in which aboriginal
artists in Canada were coming into their own. For the most part academically
trained, they began to explore their own history and traditions, and use
this knowledge to make powerful statements about contemporary native life.
A book-signing and a discussion period followed Dr. Aclands talk.
As it enters its second year, the Institute continues to sponsor public
lectures, research programs and other efforts to spread the word about
Canadas rich art history.
Professor Gagnon is an entertaining and knowledgeable lecturer on Canadian
He will give a series of free public lectures at the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts on Sherbrooke St., just up the street from Concordias
downtown campus. The lectures take place at 3:30 in the afternoon on Tuesdays
in French, and at the same time on Thursdays in English.
Following is a schedule for the lectures he will be giving in English:
May 16: Lawren Harris From Landscape to Abstraction
May 23: Marian Scott Technique, Science and Abstraction
May 30: Borduas Surrealism and the Non-Figurative Interior
June 6: Riopelle From Abstraction to Figuration
June 13: Fernand Leduc From Lyrical Abstraction to Geometric
June 20: The Plasticiens and Non-Referential Art