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No Escapin' This

Confronting Images of Aboriginal Leadership

April 3, 2002 to April 3, 2003

where is the aboriginal art?

What’s a graffiti wall doing in a permanent collection installation of historical Canadian art? It’s a disruption to invite your participation in a dramatic reinstallation of the work of Edmund Morris.

Any installation of Canadian historical art, as laid out in the series of gallery spaces in the Canadian wing of the Art Gallery of Ontario, suggests a cultural profile - or national identity. No Escapin’ This: Confronting Images of Aboriginal Leadership rocks any assumption about the singularity of this identity. The graffiti wall is a reminder of a cultural legacy largely estranged from the museum environment. Thomas brings Morris into the perspective of urban Aboriginal communities in Canadian cities.

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Generously supported by The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation

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