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Curator Tour: Yinka Shonibare’s Mr. and Mrs. Andrews without their Heads
June 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am EDTFree
Join senior curator Rachelle Dickenson for an in-person tour of Yinka Shonibare’s installation Mr. and Mrs. Andrews without their Heads (1998).
Currently installed on the OAG’s fourth floor, this work by Shonibare reimagines Thomas Gainsborough’s famous 18th-century portrait of Mr. Andrews, Mrs. Andrews, and their land, in a critique of our reliance on ideas of authenticity, and – by exposing the mechanisms of meaning-making in art history – reminds viewers that nothing is what it seems. Please note this program will take place in English.
Rachelle Dickenson is of British, Irish and through her paternal Grandfather, Red River Métis descent. Having learned about her Métis ancestry as an adult, she is guided by decolonial and Indigenous methodologies and the arts and academic communities of which she is part. She has a PhD from the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University and has taught courses in curatorial studies, Indigenous and white settler art histories and critical museology. Rachelle was co-curator of the ambitious global exhibition Àbadakone | Continuous Fire | Feu Continuel at the National Gallery of Canada, along with Greg Hill (Senior Audain Curator) and Christine Lalonde (Associate Curator). As a curator, maker, and scholar, her practice engages with relationships and distinctions between white settler and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies and curatorial practices in Canadian art exhibition and educational institutions, in support of relevant, respectful, responsible and reciprocal BIPOC and white settler arts collaborations.