Tuesday to Sunday
The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery's mandate is to be a centre for the visual arts and Moose Jaw’s living history, sharing opportunities for education, exploration and inspiration. To supportour mandate, the MJM&AG presents professionally, curated exhibitions of contemporary and historic art of local, regional, national and international origin, produces publications, collects and preserves art and historical artifacts in a permanent collection, and offers art-related programming to audiences to engage in the visual arts in Moose Jaw, and then elsewhere through travelling exhibitions. We also are committed to providing assistance to emerging and professional artists within our community and to artists who exhibit here from elsewhere. Our structure of having an art gallery and historical museum side-by-side allows us the opportunity, unique in Saskatchewan, to enliven both of these areas.
Art Dates & Location
July 1st – September 3rd
Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery
461 Langdon Cres
Moose Jaw, SK S6H 0X6
(on the outside of the building on the walls and along Langdon Crescent in Crescent Park)
Joi T. Arcand is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in central Saskatchewan (Treaty 6 Territory) who is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, and has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2006 she co-founded The Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary Indigenous art gallery in Saskatoon. In 2012, she created kimiwan ‘zine, a magazine for Indigenous artists and writers.
Artist Joi Arcand will create a text-based public art piece that will use Cree syllabics to respond to the location of Moose Jaw and its historical significance to Indigenous peoples. Moscastani-sipiy, the Cree name for Moose Jaw, means “a warm place by the river”, referencing its significance as a traditional winter camp for Cree and Assiniboine nations, where tribes would come together to take in the warm mineral waters. The public art piece will consist of a series of banners that circle the edge of Moose Jaw’s Crescent Park, located in its downtown and across from the present-day, mineral spa. A banner or neon sign will also be displayed on the front of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, also located in Crescent Park. Arcand explores the interruption of intergenerational language-learning, as a result of the residential school system and other colonial attempts to remove Indigenous culture, through the revitalization of the Cree language. Emphasizing the discontinuation of the language within Arcand’s own family by rendering it hyper-visible in location and material, the work further questions how the public presence of language is connected to acknowledging Indigenous peoples.
Joi Arcand was curated by Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery.