April 24, 2011

Carl Beam Exhibition at MOA

The Museum of Anthropology is currently exhibiting Carl Beam, curated by Greg Hill and organized by the National Gallery of Canada. Carl Beam (1943-2005) was an artist of Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) heritage who was born in M'Chigeeng on Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Beam was an artist who was recognized for integrating Indigenous global views into a wide range of cultural, political and historical concerns in order to challenge and disrupt the conventions of Aboriginal identity and cultural production in Canada. His artistic technique incorporated collage-style layering and used a variety of different mediums, both of which enhanced his bold exploration of social issues.

Beam's work has been exhibited throughout North America and in Italy, Denmark, Germany and China, and is included in collections in Canadian and international galleries including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.

The exhibition features 50 of Beam's most influential works throughout his 30-year career including his monumental-scale paintings, constructions, ceramics and video. This show is on exhibition until May 28, 2011.

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