When raven became spider

Publisher Dunlop Art Gallery

Not on view

This 2016 exhibition, curated by Leena Minifie (Gitxaała), took place at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The title of the show comes from a work by artist Sonny Assu which depicts the superhero Spiderman using traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw motifs. In fact, all of the artists in the show utilize the style, aesthetic, and characters of modern comic books as a vehicle for retelling oral Native stories. Since its inauguration, the exhibition also traveled to other cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie (2018) and the University of Winnipeg (2019). The accompanying catalog continues the curator’s dialogue on supernatural characters in Indigenous art within the context of modern comic superheroes. It includes additional essays by three North American Indigenous scholars: Antonio R. Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), Dr. Lee Francis IV (Laguna), and Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée (Anishinaabe; Métis; Irish).

When raven became spider, Dunlop Art Gallery

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