Special Nickle at Noon – David Garneau: Riel after Riel

Special Nickle at Noon – David Garneau: Riel after Riel

June 29, 2023 12:00 pm

Event Details

While David Garneau has painted many versions of Louis Riel, dressed as his ghost to confront statues of John A. Macdonald, and designed the Royal Canadian Mint’s Riel commemorative coin, he remains conflicted by his legacy and use. In this talk, Garneau will describe his family’s connection to Riel and how he and others have used representations of the Métis leader for their own ends.

David Garneau is Métis and was born and raised in Edmonton. Passionate about visual arts, especially painting, he also creates performances, videos, and public art.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally —including the National Gallery of Canada; Canada House, London; the International Symposium on Electronic Art—and is in numerous public and private collections, including Library and Cultural Resources’ at the University of Calgary. Garneau’s work was recently featured at Nickle Galleries in the exhibition, Métissage, curated by Mary Beth Laviolette.

In recognition of his career, Garneau was awarded a Governor General Award for Outstanding Contributions to Art in Canada. A double alumni of UCalgary, Garneau is a Professor and Department Head, Visual Arts, University of Saskatchewan.

This presentation will be offered via ZOOM.

Meeting ID: 982 2153 9847

Passcode: Nickle

Everyone welcome. Free.


David Garneau, “when they awake…(Louis Riel)” 2020. Photo: Dave Brown, LCR PhotoServices.

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