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“Plastic” Art: The Work of Maika’i Tubbs

By Fiona McDonald (University College London) 

Maika'i Tubbs, "A Life of Its Own," 2010, plastic forks, spoons, knives

Maika’i Tubbs, “A Life of Its Own,” 2010, plastic forks, spoons, knives

During the 2013 Sakàhan: International Indigenous Art quinquennial exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, the complexity of the materiality of many works was explored through a series of interviews with artists who were on site at the gallery to install their works. While many intricate threads are interwoven throughout the Sakàhan curatorial project, the main focus stems from the ambition to create an exhibition that explores, on an international level, what it means to be indigenous today.

Prior to the closing of the exhibition on 2 September 2013, The National Gallery published a short interview with Hawaiian artist Maika’i Tubbs presenting the scope of his multi-media plastic art installation.…

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Book Review: Museum Pieces by Ruth Phillips

Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums

Ruth Phillips (2011, Montreal: McGill-Queens’s University Press)

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Reviewed by Aaron Glass (Bard Graduate Center)

“Canada’s collaborative models of museum practice have arisen as organically from its history as the canoe or the snowmobile.”

The first sentence of Ruth Phillips’ long-awaited volume of essays on museums and indigenous people encapsulates a number of her analytical perspectives: it delimits the general institutional field of her study and suggests that particular collaborative practices are characteristic of their national context and their slowly evolving forms. But by invoking iconic modes of both indigenous and settler transportation, Phillips also implies that the museum itself is a form of technology—an engineered machine for achieving specific goals. She even materializes her own contributions to the field by invoking the polysemous term “pieces” to describe the essays contained herein.…

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