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Communities + Collections

Communities and Collections: Re-search

This iteration of our ongoing series will work through the complexity of how knowledge is shared, collected, and used to empower and/or disenfranchise. Inspired by the work of Māori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith and her book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples, we will draw on our current exhibitions Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints from the Pacific Northwest, Picturing the Giants: The Changing Landscapes of Emily Carr, Point of Contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary, and Beyond the Edges: Art and Geometry through a range of programs looking at research, cultural transmission, and colonization.

Our first program on February 3rd is The Gallery as Authority? Part 3: Re-search a Community Conversation. As a starting point for this discussing we will look at how ideas of place are shaped as illustrated in our exhibition Point of Contact: On Place and the West Coast Imaginary.



MARCH 24 | 2:00-4:00PM

Join Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints From the Pacific Northwest exhibition co-curators Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, and Alana Sayers, for a panel discussion that will explore the visual language of prints. As a continuation of the ideas shared in this exhibition, the team of co-curators will expand on the complex connections and relationships between the works, the artists, and communities represented in this exhibition.

Form as Meaning: First Nations Prints From the Pacific Northwest co-curators: Marcia Crosby, lessLIE, Lou-ann Neel, and Alana Sayers, explore the language, history and current state of First Nations prints. With a wealth of personal, cultural and art historical knowledge the co-curators have selected works from our permanent collection to discuss how these prints function as a form of communication similar to spoken or written language. The visual narrative embedded in these works can function as a means of cultural transmission, storytelling, and resistance. Through this discussion and exhibition, we hope to highlight the impact that these artists have had on their communities and the generations of First Nations artists working in the Pacific Northwest.

Free Admission
Supported by the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association