The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa and The School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University co-host an annual lecture commemorating and inspired by the life and work of Shirley Thomson.
Dr. Shirley Thomson (1930-2010) was a leading national figure in the promotion of the visual arts in Canada. For more than 40 years she worked tirelessly in the arts community, establishing a distinguished record of accomplishment. She served as Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (1985-87), Director of the National Gallery of Canada (1987-97), Director of the Canada Council for the Arts (1998-2002), and Chair of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (2003-07). Dr. Thomson was a Companion of the Order of Canada and Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Officer of Order of Ontario. Her strong and active presence was also felt in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she served as an Adjunct Professor.
Shirley Thomson Memorial Lecture with Nanda Wanibush, Inaugural curator of Canadian & Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Thursday Sept. 14th, 2017 - 6pm
NGC: Small Auditorium
Lecture: House of Wayward Spirits: Art and Rebellion. A look at works that push the boundaries of art + culture, First Nations style.
Wanda Nanibush is an Anishinaabe-kwe curator, image and word warrior, and community organizer. Currently she is the inaugural curator of Canadian & Indigenous Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has a masters in visual studies from the University of Toronto where she has taught graduate courses. Her curatorial credits include: Rita Letendre: Fire & Light (AGO, June 28 - Sept 17, 2017), Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 (AGO, Sept. 2016 – May 2017), Sovereign Acts II (Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Jan. – April 2017 touring), The Fifth World (Mendel Art Gallery, April-June 7, 2015 touring) and the award winning KWE: The work of Rebecca Belmore (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, May – August 2014).