The 2015 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture – Lee-Ann Martin

“Public Art in Context: Commissioned Works by Rebecca Belmore and Alex Janvier”

In 1993, Denesuline artist, Alex Janvier completed his commissioned mural, Morning Star, on a dome at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) in Gatineau, Quebec. Twenty years later, in 2013, Anishinabe artist, Rebecca Belmore, was awarded a commission to create the installation, trace, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, unveiled upon the museum’s opening in September 2014. These masterworks—one in paint, one in clay—reveal each artist’s unique intertwining of the past, the present and the future. Lee-Ann Martin, a leading independent curator, discussed the artists’ intentions for their works of public art within the discourses of these two national museums.

The Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture is made possible through an endowment from the Kaufman family.

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