March 3, 2010

Exhibit | Native / American Apparel

(Photo uploaded to Facebook event by Nancy THich)

Native/American Apparel, January 19 - April 4, 2010
A new exhibit at the Costume Museum of Canada, in partnership with Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art

Featuring artwork by KC Adams and Lita Fontaine
Curated by Jenny Western, Urban Shaman Curator-in-Residence

About Native/American Apparel:
Bringing together artwork by contemporary Aboriginal artists, Lita Fontaine and KC Adams, alongside pieces from the Costume Museum of Canada’s permanent collection, Native/American Apparel looks at the relationship of fashion, clothing, and textiles to the representation of Indigenous identities. By juxtaposing historical artifacts with current artworks, this show encourages viewers to consider the role of the collection and exhibition of objects made by and about First Nations, Inuit, and M├ętis people in galleries and museums - particularly those objects made by women.

About KC Adams:
Since graduating from Concordia University with a BFA, Winnipeg-based artist KC Adams has taken as her focus the investigation of the relationship between nature (the living) and technology (progress). She works in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, printmaking and kinetic art. She maintains her own website at showcasing her work and flash art projects. Adams has had several solo exhibitions, most recently Cyborg Hybrids at the Odd Gallery in Dawson City, YK and Modern Fuel in Kingston, ON. She has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions, Cyborg Living Space II, The Language of Intercession at the OBORO Gallery in Montreal, Cyborg Hybrids at the PHOTOQUAI: Biennale des images du monde in Paris, France. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre, the Confederation Art Centre in Charlottetown and the Annex Gallery in Winnipeg. Adams has received several grants and awards from Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Twenty pieces from the Cyborg Hybrid series is in the permanent collection of the National Art Gallery in Ottawa.

About Lita Fontaine:
Lita Fontaine (Dakota/ Anishinaabe /French) holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree (Intermedia) from the University of Regina (2001) and a Diploma in Fine Arts from the School of Art, University of Manitoba (1997). Fontaine’s mediums include photo-base art, photography, mixed media and installation. She is an Arts Educator and is currently employed as the Artist in Residence with the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fontaine has participated in solo and group exhibitions. Her most recent exhibition: The Sacred Feminine was held at the Urban Shaman Gallery, March 2006. One of Fontaine’s major exhibitions titled: Lita Fontaine: Without Reservation opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in January 2002. A publication of this exhibition was cataloged, curatorial essay written by Catherine Mattes. Lita Fontaine collected works can be seen within the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Legislature and several private collections. She has received several awards from the Manitoba Arts Council; The Canada Council for the Arts and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

January 19 – April 4, 2010
At the Costume Museum of Canada
109 Pacific Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 0M1
204 989 0072

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