Gallery 1C03: When Raven Became Spider, September 19 - November 30

Gallery 1C03 exhibition – Fall 2019

When Raven Became Spider

Curated by Leena Minifie (Gitxaała)

Exhibit dates: September 19 – November 30, 2019


Joi T. Arcand (Cree)

Sonny Assu (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Shaun Beyale (Navajo)

Julianne Beaudin-Herney (Cree/Mi'kmaq/Métis)

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi)

Jeffrey Veregge (S'Klallam)

This touring exhibition brings together works by six contemporary Indigenous artists across Turtle Island who combine superhero comic book images with figures and images drawn from traditional and contemporary Indigenous stories. The show takes its name from exhibiting artist Sonny Assu's works depicting Raven the Trickster transforming into Spiderman in order to maintain his visibility.

The supernatural is a subject of popular fascination, evident by the number of popular superhero and fantasy comics, films, and TV shows. As exhibit curator Leena Minifie notes, the supernatural is also a part of everyday life for Indigenous people across nations. "Traditional stories," she writes, "highlight figures with super-heroic traits who maintain their complexity, while contemporary comic-book superheroes tend to be simply characterized as good or evil. The complex super-heroic beings of Indigenous stories imply the possibility of self-transformation for individuals and communities alike. Bringing these figures into a contemporary context is a testimony to their continued importance and to the resilience and continued existence of Indigenous people today."

Organized and circulated by the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan.

Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance for this programming from the Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council and partnerships with Mentoring Artists for Women's Art.


Affiliated programming:

Graphic novel workshop: September 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Gallery 1C03.Led by writer and artist Jen Storm. Presented in partnership with Mentoring Artists for Women's Art Indigenous Art Night. Geared for all Indigenous women-identified and Two-Spirit people.

Panel discussion: October 9, 2:30 – 3:45 pm in Convocation Hall
Chaired by Dr. Julie Nagam. Speakers include Joi T. Arcand, Sonya Ballantyne and Leena Minifie.

Reception: October 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03

Remarks at 4:30 pm.

Curatorial talk: October 11 at 2:30 pm at Gallery 1C03

ASL can be provided for these events with two weeks' notice by contacting Gallery 1C03's Director/Curator.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Closed October 8.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.