The Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton is currently displaying an exhibition of over 80 historical Haida objects and artworks. Titled 'Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language', this show is primarily comprised of pieces from the McCord Museum in Montreal. With works dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, the pieces include carved feast bowls, bentwood boxes, masks, rattles and argillite sculptures.
The curatorial team was guided by Haida artist Robert Davidson, whose contemporary works have been included in the exhibition to underscore the enduring relationship between the past and present. It is great to see art from the Northwest Coast being presented in areas outside of British Columbia. The show continues until June 5, 2011.