Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted

Carl Beam (Canadian, 1943 – 2005). Sitting Bull and Whale [from the Columbus Suite] (detail), 1990. Etching on Arches paper. Gift of Douglas A. Hendler.

June 1 - September 15, 2019    |    Regular Exhibition

Ojibwa artist Carl Beam was a critical figure in recent First Nations art in Canada, and he was the first artist of Indigenous ancestry to have works purchased by the National Gallery of Canada as contemporary art. He shunned traditional style, working in the modern mediums of prints and photo-transfer, inserting the personal and the symbolic (both Indigenous and Euro-centric) alongside the historically renowned in powerful visual combinations that also used text and colour freely. Included in this exhibition of works from our permanent collection is his masterpiece, the iconic Columbus Suite of 1990.

Curated by Emma Hassencahl-Perley and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

June 20, 7:00 pm: Curator's Talk and Tour. Join curator Emma Hassencahl-Perley for an in-depth tour of the exhibition Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted, and a discussion of the artist’s life, inspirations and process. Admission by donation, all are welcome to attend.

June 27, 7:00 pm: Members' Only Tour. Each month we feature a members only tour of the exhibitions. In June, join a docent for a tour of this exhibition.Did you know: members also enjoy unlimited free admission, and free or discounted programs at the Gallery. To learn more, click here

July 6, 2:00- 4:00 pm: Mixed media workshop. Emma Hassencahl-Perley, curator of Carl Beam: One Who is Brave-Hearted, will lead participants in an exploratory tour of the exhibition, followed by an experimental workshop in which participants have the chance to respond to themes of the artist’s work. Using mixed media such as stencils, collage, and watercolour, this reflective workshop will deepen participants’ understanding of Carl Beam’s work, and the exhibition on display. $15 non-members, $10 members. Registration is required.