Visual Arts Program

Saturday, June 10, 2006 — Saturday, July 15, 2006

Aboriginal Sketch Club

Pimup Toon Kitchi Animoosh (The Great Dog Race)

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Aboriginal Sketch Club - <em>Pimup Toon Kitchi Animoosh (The Great Dog Race)</em>
Aboriginal Sketch Club - <em>Pimup Toon Kitchi Animoosh (The Great Dog Race)</em>

Organized by Aboriginal curators Leanne L’Hirondelle and Louis Ogemah, PIMUP TOON KITCHI ANIMOOSH brings together six Native-Canadian artists (Cheyenne Henry, Melissa Wastasecoot, Todd L'Hirondelle, John Schneider, Riel Benn) in a series of works that address racial stereotypes and cultural appropriation through the use of indigenous peoples as the central icons in sports’ team logos, mascots, and nicknames.

The exhibition will be presented as an authentic sports store—featuring all the requisite accoutrements of contemporary sports culture: hats, jerseys, towelettes, and bobblehead dolls—with the distinguishing feature of a redirected point of view. The shop of the Aboriginal Sketch Club will feature the official products of notable teams such as the North American Stealers, the Premium Crackers, Cleveland Honkies, and the Vatican City Pope ‘n’ Pedophiles alongside products of other teams such as the Cleveland Indians and Edmonton Eskimos.

Collapsing real and fictional sports teams into the same retail arena, the exhibition brings to light the less-than-honorable qualities often incorporated into such logos—such as their emphasis on savagery and combativeness—and calls attention to the way Aboriginal peoples are displayed, commodified, and essentially owned by non-Aboriginals.

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