MacKenzie Art Gallery given 1,000 works by contemporary indigenous artists from Canada and the US

Posted by Michelle Brownridge on January 17th, 2019

When the Canadian collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner, then living in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, were deciding where to donate around 1,000 works of contemporary indigenous art, they did not consider distance. They chose the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, more than 1,300 miles from Yellowknife and 500 miles from their new home in Edmonton. Why? "There are closer museums, but the MacKenzie has been committed to indigenous art since the 1970s and, especially, has had an indigenous art curator from the 70s," says Druyan, a lawyer for the Alberta government. He and Ladner, a retired editor, were attracted by the museum's strong history of collecting indigenous and aboriginal art not only from the Americas, but also Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. Read more... 

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