Can Artists Really Save the World? Exhibitions, Exchanges and Other Moments in Trojan-horse Diplomacy

Saturday 13 January 2018
2–4 pm


Organized by the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Cultural Studies Program

A roundtable discussion involving artists, curators, critics and administrators, “Can Artists Really Save the World?” explores Canada’s use of art and culture in diplomacy and international relations. Kent Monkman’s work will serve as a touchstone for debate and his exhibition, Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, as an immediate point of reference. The exhibition will be on view at the Agnes from 6 January to 8 April 2018. This event is open to all.

Roundtable participants:

Nadia Myre, a contemporary visual artist and member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg First Nation, who lives and works in Montreal

Richard Hill, an art historian, critic and curator of Cree and other heritages, who holds the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver

Gerald McMaster, a Plains Cree and Blackfoot artist and curator, who is currently the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University in Toronto

Kelly Langgard, the Head of Partnership and International Coordination at the Canada Council for the Arts


Lynda Jessup (Queen’s University) and Sarah E.K. Smith (Carleton University), North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative

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