Carleton Curatorial Laboratory (CCL): Formline Modern: The MacDonald Collection

September 29 - December 14, 2014

This exhibition explores silkscreen printmaking by First Nations artists on the Pacific Northwest Coast, from its emergence in the 1960s until its peak in the 1980s.

Working during a period of renewed cultural production, First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast drew upon—and departed from—traditional imagery and the “rules” of formline design.

Through the novel medium of silkscreen printing, these artists engaged with new narrative forms and content, shaping a uniquely Indigenous modernism that challenged conventions and ultimately expanded tradition.

Curated by

Carolyn Addelman, Margaret Bennetto, Amy Bruce, Caitlin Charbonneau, Sarah Eastman, Leanne Gaudet, Amy Johnston, Andrea Muelle, Kristyn Rolanty, Danuta Sierhuis, Rebecca Sullivan, and Christina Williamson

Artists in the exhibition

Chuuchkamalthnii (formerly Ron Hamilton), Joe David, Robert Davidson, Freda Diesing, Beau Dick, Charles Greul, Mark Henderson, Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt, Ozistalis (Chief Henry Speck), Bill Reid, Art Thompson, Roy Henry Vickers