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The stories told : indigenous art collections, museums, and national identities

By Rachelle. Dickenson


The history of collection at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, illustrates concepts of race in the development of museums in Canada from before Confederation to today. Located at intersections of Art History, Museology, Postcolonial Studies and Native Studies, this thesis uses discourse theory to trouble definitions of nation and problematize them as inherently racial constructs wherein 'Canadianness' is institutionalized as a dominant white, Euro-Canadian discourse that mediates belonging. The recent reinstallations of the permanent Canadian historical art galleries at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are significant in their illustration of contemporary colonial collection practices. The effectiveness of each installation is discussed in relation to the demands and resistances raised by Indigenous and non-Native artists and cultural professionals over the last 40 years, against racist treatment of Indigenous arts

Topics: Indian art -- Canada -- Exhibitions -- History., Indian art -- Collectors and collecting -- Canada -- History., Art museums -- Canada -- Exhibitions -- History., Museum exhibits -- Political aspects -- Canada., National Gallery of Canada., Art Gallery of Ontario., Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.
Publisher: McGill University
Year: 2005
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Provided by: eScholarship@McGill
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