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September 24 - January 14, 2018
Virginia Eichhorn, Director and Chief Curator
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East Wind / West Wind

September 24th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018

“East Wind” is a mural by Maria Hupfield that depicts Tom Thomson’s “West Wind” in reverse and in which, a silhouette of Hupfield has been inserted into the composition. Thomson’s “West Wind” will be presented opposite of Hupfield’s “East Wind.” This work explores issues around the idea of nationhood, as well as addressing constructed historical narratives that ignore or obscure different voices – in this case, the narratives of the First Nations peoples and women. Hupfield is also creating a performance piece that will be part of the exhibition. Historical and contemporary work from the TOM’s collection by Kreighoff, Kane, Verner, the Group of Seven, Carl Beam, Diana Thorneycroft, Lyla Rye and Thomson will be integrated on adjacent walls, adding multilevel discursive dialogues to the exhibition.

Maria Hupfield is a member of the Anishinaabe Nation at Wasauksing First Nation (Ontario) and is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Recently selected for the SITELines Biennial SITE Santa Fe 2016, she received national recognition in the USA from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for my artist-sewn industrial felt sculptures earning a painting and sculpture grant. Her work travelled across Canada for the exhibition Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and shown at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, Toronto Power Plant, and 7a*11d International Performance Festival. Her project Artist Tour Guide was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York, with an iteration at The McCord, Montreal, PQ. In 2015 she designed a nine foot birchbark style hunting canoe out of industrial felt to be assembled and performed in Venice, Italy over three consecutives evenings for the premiere of Jiimaan.