Past Exhibitions at Thunder Bay Art Gallery

Displacement | Peter Tittenberger & Karen Cornelius

October 3rd-29th, 2019

Two striking reflections on childhood and what happens through the displacement programs set out by the government of America. The plight of people captured through the mediums of printmaking and sculpture. Challenges economical, political, cultural and religious views.

The works look into what migrants have to carry when forced to leave their home, reflecting both spiritual and emotional baggage that for them, is memory, family, grief, loss and identity.

Norval Morrisseau | Works from the Permanent Collection

April 11th – September 22nd, 2019

Norval Morrisseau, born in 1932 and died in 2007, leaves behind his challenging successes that made him one of art most innovative artists in the twentieth century. As an award-winning and internationally known artist, Morriseau’s achievements included his membership to the PNIAI and an honorary doctorate presented by Lakehead University.

Northwest Coast Masks | Selections from the Permanent Collection

June 21st – September 22nd, 2019

Authentic Native American Masks carved from yellow and red cedar and alder. Study this rich tradition that native artists created to interpret their stories, much like the totems they would also make.

Casi-no | Richard Fuller and Ben Price

May 4th - June 15th, 2019

A full collection of 30 paintings done in the 80s and 90s as a retrospective of Native Americans, South African and Casinos. Turing games like blackjack, roulette and slot machines into metaphors and both damning the stigma and pointing the finger at the association of Native Americans with the gambling industry.

The works first showed in California in 1983 and received some controversy for depicting Native Americans as gambling alcoholics, despite the works being clearly evident that they also mocked this fact and that it was the “white man” that became this in the end. The earlier shows back in ’83 to ’92 also used real casino installations that had slot machines, craps tables and so on, but we’re subsequently fire damaged during transportation from the US to Canada. Some of their art work is used at which you can get to clicking on this link.

The Writing on the Wall | Works of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert

June 14th – September 8th, 2019

First an artist, then activist, followed by poet, curator, mentor and writer. Joane Cardinal-Schubert holds nothing back with her approach to addressing and reassessing of history shared by both indigenous and the non-indigenous community. With over 40 pieces in paint, pencil, print and collage installations gathered from all across Canada. Despite her pieces being over 30 years old, the issues still cycle back to present issues and this makes the work very important as it captures history then and now like an ebbing tide that doesn’t cease.

#nofilterneeded | Native Indian/Inuit Photographers Association

April 11th – May 19th, 2019

Here the NIIPA turns the lens on our culture to depict and highlight our stereotypes as often portrayed when it comes to photographs capturing the stereotypical representation upon indigenous people. #nofilterneeded brings together over 30-years of photographic works, all done by the nineteen members of the NIIPA. Additional photos have been sourced from personal and public archives