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Join ‘When Raven Became Spider’

The Time Traveler,, by Shaun Beyale,, ink, marker and jellyroll pen on paper

The Time Traveler by Shaun Beyale. Ink, marker and jellyroll pen on paper

The supernatural is a subject of popular fascination, evident by the large number of superhero comics, films, and TV shows. 

The University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 is going ‘supernatural’ with its current exhibit, When Raven Became Spider, which runs until November 30. 

This touring exhibit, curated by Leena Minifie, brings together works by six contemporary Indigenous artists who combine superhero comic book images with figures and images drawn from traditional and contemporary Indigenous stories. The show takes its name from artist Sonny Assu’s works depicting Raven the Trickster transforming into Spiderman in order to maintain his visibility. 

When Raven Became Spider includes artworks by Joi T. Arcand, Julianne Beaudin-Herney, Shaun Beyale, Sonny Assu, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, and Jeffrey Veregge.

Everyone is welcome to attend the upcoming engaging events next week: 

Wednesday, October 9
Panel discussion
2:30 pm in Convocation Hall, 2nd floor of Wesley Hall.
Chaired by UWinnipeg’s Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Collaboration, and Digital Media, Dr. Julie Nagam, and featuring artists  Joi T. Arcand, Sonya Ballantyne, and Leena Minifie.

Wednesday, October 9,
4:00 – 6:00 pm at Gallery 1C03

Friday, October 11
Curatorial talk  with Leena Minife.

2:30 pm at Gallery 1C03

This exhibition also links to the One Book UW (1BUW) program this fall, which is focused on getting as many people on campus as possible to read the book This Place: 150 Years Retold, a collection of Indigenous history comics. Like the exhibit and the book, Indigenous comics offer accessible and engaging pathways into contemporary issues in Indigenous-settler relations. 

Gallery 1C03 is open Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 4:00 pm and 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Physical accessibility: Gallery 1C03 is located on ground level, but visitors may require the assistance of the gallery attendant to open the gallery door.

Organized and circulated by the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina. Gallery 1C03 gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council for making it possible to host this exhibition.

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