Preparing for Lecture Series as Artist In Residence
Below is the information from the Press release of the CBUniversity Art Gallery Webpage.
Join us in the Cape Breton University Art Gallery for a lunchtime speaker’s series highlighting the work of CBU Art Gallery/Unama’ki College Artist in Residence Ursula A. Johnson.
Ursula A. Johnson is a Mi’kmaw Artist from Eskasoni First Nation and Alumnae of the NSCAD University. Her work ranges in styles and techniques, including video, photography, mixed media, performance, installation and traditional Aboriginal art forms. Her conceptual works combine images and elements from a multitude of sources that explore and challenge ideas of ancestry, identity and culture.
As Artist in Residence for CBU Art Gallery and Unama’ki College, Johnson has developed and delivered a special topics course entitled “The Role of the Mi’kmaw Basket in Contemporary Fine Craft” which traces the evolution of the Mi’kmaw basket from functional object, to Indian Craft, to fine art, to artefact to archive.
The artist will present four lunchtime talks arranged around her artistic practice and the themes of her course:
March 13, 1:00 – 2:00pm: Ursula Johnson will deliver an Artist Talk outlining selected performances and exhibitions that have led to the body of work she is developing.
The Mi’kmaw Basket: Pre-Colonization
March 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: In the first of two talks about Mi’kmaw Basketry, Johnson uses the basket as a lens through which to view the development of North America and relationships between Aboriginal and settler populations.
The Mi’kmaw Basket: Post-Colonization
April 3, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: In the second of two talks about Mi’kmaw Basketry, Johnson will discuss modern understandings of the Mi’kmaw Basket, and the effect that the artefact has had on the role of art, speculating on what the future holds. Johnson will also discuss her perceived Re-naissance of Indigenous Art.
Ke’ Pite’m (Please Give Him/Her Tea)
April 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Ke’ Pite’m (Please Give Him/Her Tea) was originally created in 2009. Johnson will engage visitors in the installation by offering them a cup of tea with a piece of bannock and molasses.
The first of the 4 part lectures series will begin with an Artist talk which will be hosted in the Art Gallery.
There will be various gluten free, vegetarian friendly snacks as well as some tea, coffee and fruit juice.
The gallery is located at 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS B1P 6L2. Please feel free to phone for details: (902) 539-5300