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Including Aboriginal Art in the Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, and its Implications to the Art History of Hokkaido.

Nakamura, Naohiro (2013) Including Aboriginal Art in the Exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, and its Implications to the Art History of Hokkaido. Hokkaido Minzokugaku (Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology), 9 . pp. 44-54. ISSN 1881-0047

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    Abstract

    Canadian art galleries have long been criticized for their poor inclusion of First Nations art, especially historical works. In November 2008, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto, Canada, opened new Canadian art gallery halls, with 2,000 new acquisitions donated by Ken Thomson. The AGO hired Gerald McMaster, who has tried to make historical First Nations art a key element of the story of Canadian art, as its first Aboriginal curator of the AGO’s Canadian art department. This article aims to address the following questions: whether or not AGO’s new venture has been successful, especially in terms of its public appeal; why the poor inclusion of historical First Nations art in the art gallery is problematic; and why the juxtaposition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artworks is meaningful. This article also aims to examine what insight Canada’s case study might provide to the art history of Hokkaido, Japan, where the Indigenous people of Japan (Ainu) have been colonized and Ainu art has been excluded from art galleries.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
    E History America > E11 America (General)
    G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
    L Education > LE Individual institutions (America except United States)
    N Fine Arts > ND Painting
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
    Depositing User: Naohiro Nakamura
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 11:19
    Last Modified: 22 Jun 2016 15:05
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/8125
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