Friday, January 23, 2009 - 5:00am - 6:00am
Recital Hall 12 noon Jan.23, 2009
“Mungo Martin carves for the World of Tomorrow”
Leslie Dawn received his doctorate in art history from the University of British Columbia where he worked with John O'Brian, Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Ruth Phillips. His research investigated problems in the construction of Canadian national identities, colonial landscapes, and the representations of Native peoples in Western Canada by the Group of Seven, as well as how Native groups modified, resisted and used these programs to negotiate a space for ensuring the continuity of their traditional cultures. His major areas of research include Canadian, European and American art of the twentieth century, Native American Art, and critical issues in contemporary theory and practice. He has been active for many years as an art critic and has published extensively in this area. As well, he has written numerous catalogue essays for museums and galleries across Canada. His essay; "Re:Reading Reid and the Revival" recently appeared in the anthology Bill Reid and Beyond: Expanding on Native American Art; and the essay "The Englishness of Canadian Art" was included in the anthology Beyond Wilderness: The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art, edited by John O'Brian and Peter White. His book National Visions National Blindness: Canadian Art and Identities in the 1920s was published through UBC Press and has just been awarded the Raymond Klibansky Prizefor best English work in the humanities presented by Canadian Federation for Humanities and Social Sciences.
Attached image: Mungo Martin, Poles, New York City World’s Fair, 1939