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Richard Hill on the “mythical,” “complicated” and “exciting” period of late-20th century Indigenous art – ECUAD

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 201975 Views

July 10, 2019

“I have a sense of urgency about capturing this history that exists in people’s recollections,” says Hill of his research into the period.

The year is 1980. Ronald Reagan has just become President, Blondie’s “Call Me” is at the top of the charts, and Indigenous art is in a state of radical transition.

“There was this mythical period in the early ’80s,” says Richard Hill, an art historian and Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies. “It constitutes the first generation of contemporary Indigenous artists who were, in large numbers, trained in mainstream art schools.”

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