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Presented By: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

The Gift, A Conversation with Artist Bonnie Devine

University of Michigan Museum of Art

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UMMA’s exhibition Watershed features fifteen artists whose work invites us to reflect on issues central to the Great Lakes region and its future. Join us on Saturday, July 16 to hear from Toronto-based artist Bonnie Devine and experience The Gift, her 40-foot mural newly installed in the gallery. Bonnie Devine's artistic practice, which spans installation, painting, and writing, is rooted in a commitment to the storytelling and pictorial traditions that are core to Anishinaabe culture. For Watershed, she painted the mural directly in the gallery. In this special UMMA commission, Devine draws attention to the removal of Anishinaabe people from the Great Lakes region, as well as their erasure from historical narratives.    This program is the first public opportunity to see the completed mural. Devine will be joined in conversation by exhibition curator Jennifer Friess. 

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the U-M Office of the Provost, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Susan and Richard Gutow, and the U-M Institute for the Humanities. Additional generous support is provided by the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, Graham Sustainability Institute, and the Department of English Language and Literature. Special thanks to Margaret Noodin and Michael Zimmerman, Jr. for translating the gallery texts into Anishinaabemowin.  

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