"When Raven Became Spider" Coming to OMAH This Summer!

In the wonderfully small and tight knit community of museum and gallery curators and directors, your colleagues may be across the country, but just an email away.  Two years ago, I was contacted by Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library about an exhibition proposal she felt would fit our members and visitor’s interests and of course our mandate.   

In 2016, Dunlop Art Gallery first presented the exhibition, When Raven Became Spider – an exhibition featuring Indigenous Artists from across Turtle Island, whose work sits at the intersection of First Nations cultural traditions and stories, and Western comic book culture. It’s a highly accessible show – bright colours and a unique opportunity for Indigenous knowledge-sharing.

Minifie is exploring parallels between superheroes in modern pop culture and supernatural characters of one kind or another that are featured in indigenous myths and legends.    When Raven Became Spider shows works by Indigenous artists: Joi T. Arcand (Cree), Sonny Assu (Kwakwa̱ka’wakw), Bear Witness (Cayuga), Shaun Beyale (Navajo), Julianne Beaudin-Herney (Cree/Mik’Maq/Métis), Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sami), and Jeffery Veregge (S’Klallam).  These artists grew up reading comic books in the 1970s through the 1990s and are now creating artworks that combine traditional stories with contemporary twists.

So far, in Ontario, the exhibition has been at the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the Ottawa Art Gallery.  The tour will conclude in 2020.

We are thrilled that When Raven Became Spider will be in Orillia this summer, opening on Saturday June 29.  Curator, Leena Minifie (Gitxaala) will be presenting a curatorial talk at 1pm followed by the reception at 2pm.

We hope to see you soon,

Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director


Learn more about the exhibition here: https://orilliamuseum.org/node/1059