Curator’s Circle with Gerald McMaster and Andrea R. Hanley at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
January 14th 2021

Part of the Curator’s Circle Series at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, this event brought together Chief Curator at the Wheelwright Museum, Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) with Gerald McMaster for an engaging virtual discussion on his art practice and respective work in the Museum’s current exhibition, Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art.


Gerald McMaster, “Counting Coup,” 1990, acrylic and oil pastel


About the Exhibition

Among many Native American tribes, humor has and continues to play a vital role. Through a wide range of artistic media, this exhibition features Native American artists using humour, parody, and satire to not only make the viewer laugh, but also combat stereotypes, comment on tribal politics, and critique the National scene.


Laughter and Resilience: Humor in Native American Art opened November 10th 2019 at the Wheelwright Museum’s Klah and Friends Galleries, and runs through March 7th 2021.


Listen to the recording of the discussion of the Laughter and Resilience exhibition between Wheelwright’s Chief Curator Andrea R. Hanley and Publications Manager Ben Calabaza: Wheelwright Museum Takes on the Fine Art of Comedy on KSFR 101.1FAM (Santa Fe Public Radio)


Andrea R. Hanley, Navajo, is a curator, writer, lecturer, and arts advocate with three decades of professional experience in the fields of exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. Her career has been guided by the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine-art field. She spent more than nine years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, and has worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in New Mexico.


Gerald McMaster, O.C., is one of Canada’s most revered and esteemed academics. He is a curator, artist, and author, and is currently professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University where he leads a team of researchers at the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. McMaster served as the curator for the 1995 Venice Biennale, artistic director of the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, and curator for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of the Siksika First Nation.




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