Visiting with Morrisseau

From left to right: Carmen Robertson, Dani Printup, Jobena Petonoquot, Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow, Bonnie Devine, Francesca Hebert-Spence.

In fall of 2023, the Carleton University Art Gallery featured two exhibitions, Norval Morrisseau: Medicine Currents and Christian Chapman: Run to the Hills!

The two exhibitions prompted the curators to organize a gathering of Anishinaabe knowledge keepers, artists, curators, members of Morrisseau's family, Morrisseau Project team members, and the public to take part in a weekend of storytelling called Visiting with Morrisseau (November 18-19, 2023). During the gathering, Robertson spoke with Anishinaabe artists and curators Bonnie Devine, Jobena Petonoquot, Dani Printup, and Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow about Morrisseau's significance today.

Bonnie Devine

Anishinaabe-kwe artist from Serpent River First Nation, and a professor from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. Her artwork emerges from a deep commitment to storytelling. Devine curated Daphne Odjig's retrospective exhibition.

Jobena Petonoquot

Anishinaabe-kwe artist from Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabe First Nation, is doing her MFA at Concordia. In her solo exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2022, Petonoquot honours family stories through her art process.

Danielle Printup

Anishinaabe-kwe and Haudenosaunee curator from Kitigan Zibi and Six Nations. Dani is a curator and the Indigenous Cultural Engagement Coordinator at the Carleton University Art Gallery. She curated Christian Chapman: Run to the Hills solo exhibition along with co-curating Norval Morrisseau: Medicine Currents at CUAG in fall 2023.

Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow

From Whitefish River First Nation, Anishinaabe-kwe curator Alexandra is a faculty member at Carleton University. Her research examines historical Indigenous art from her traditional territories in the Great Lakes region. She was formerly a curator at the National Gallery of Canada.  

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