Past and Present

June 20, 2019 – Sept 29, 2019

Our 2019 summer exhibition explored Métis identity from a number of perspectives, both historical and contemporary.

Métis artists from around the province considered what it means to be Métis, while showcasing the internal diversity of the contemporary Métis Nation.

Artists featured in the exhibition included: Brittany Cherweniuk, Sharon Cherweniuk, Dawn Saunders Dahl, Sarah Houle, Alyse McLeod, Heather Morigeau, Heather Shillinglaw, Kit Walton.

The history of Lougheed House is very much a part of the Métis history of Calgary as Lady Isabella Lougheed (below) was herself Métis and an early community builder in the city. As such, the exhibition also featured her story, as well as historical vignettes, artifacts, maps, and photographs which consider a fresh perspective on how Métis history has been presented historically and what this history means in the context of the evolving idea of Métis identity today.

The exhibit was generously funded by Alberta Museums Association.