Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
July 14 to September 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, July 13, 6:00 pm
Henry Speck, Udzi’stalis (1908–1971), the Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief, dance-screen painter, and song leader, exhibited 40 of his watercolour paintings at Vancouver’s downtown New Design Gallery in 1964. That exhibition received significant media attention for the artist’s “modern” re-contextualizations of Native painting. Now, almost 50 years later, the exhibit Projections, at MOA’s Satellite Gallery, re-visits Henry Speck’s enduring body of work. This installation expands on the artist’s original paintings through their large-scale projection and a multi-media “backstory,” reflecting on the place of Chief Speck and his work within often conflicting conditions of modernity.
The exhibition is curated by Karen Duffek (MOA Curator of Contemporary Visual Arts & Pacific Northwest) and Marcia Crosby (writer, scholar, and PhD candidate, UBC Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory). Supported by the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, Satellite Gallery provides shared space for
MOA and two other public venues: UBC’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and Presentation House Gallery. For Satellite news, visit www.satellitegallery.ca.