Pick of the Day: Mushum … ! What IS That?

I’m jumping the gun on this a bit, as this show doesn’t actually open at the Art Gallery of Regina until tomorrow. It’s by Keith Bird, who is a member of the Cote First Nation, and who also possesses BFA from the University of Regina. In this multi-media installation, says the gallery press release, Bird explores the intersection between traditional spirituality and contemporary First Nations culture.

Featured in the show are five buffalo hide paintings that are suspended from the ceiling, along with two ceremonial drums. Through a mix of traditional and contemporary materials and techniques, Bird endeavours to recapture and reintroduce spiritual teachings and beliefs that have been lost or mis-interpreted through time. “Mushum”, by the way, is the Cree word for grandfather.

During next Monday’s (May 24) kick-off to the Cathedral Village  Arts Festival Bird will give a talk at the gallery at 2 p.m. Mushum … ! What is That? runs until June 25.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.