Common Ground

Looking After: Conversations on Art and Healing

Curating and Healing


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Featuring Jami Powell, Wanda Nanibush, Heather Igloliorte, and Anna Arabindan-Kesson, with introductions by Suzanne Hudson and Tanya Sheehan. We conclude with a poetry reading.

In this talk

Jami Powell

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Before being promoted to curator of Indigenous art at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in 2021, Jami Powell was the Hood’s first associate curator of Native American art. Powell, a citizen of the Osage Nation, has a PhD in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has focused her research on American Indian expressive forms through an interdisciplinary lens. She has worked as a research assistant at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, was a Mellon Fellow at the Peabody Essex Museum, and has published widely, with articles in Museum Anthropology, Journal of Anthropological Research, Museum Management and Curatorship, Museum Magazine, and First American Art Magazine.

Wanda Nanibush

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Prior to joining the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2016, Wanda Nanibush held various curatorial and academic roles across Canada since 2001. In addition to independent curation, Nanibush held the post of Aboriginal Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council, Executive Director of ANDPVA and strategic planning for CCA. She holds a Master’s Degree in visual studies from the University of Toronto, where she has also taught graduate courses. Nanibush has published widely in magazines, books and journals. As co-lead of the AGO’s department of Indigenous and Canadian art, Nanibush’s area of specialty is Indigenous Art and collection diversification.

Heather Igloliorte

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Inuk scholar and independent curator Heather Igloliorte holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University and Co-Director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures Cluster (IIF) in the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and works with collaborators and students to explore how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their families and communities. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, circumpolar art studies, performance and media art, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, and issues of colonization, sovereignty, resistance and resurgence.

Anna Arabindan-Kesson

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Immigrant art historian, writer, and curator Anna Arabindan-Kesson was born in Sri Lanka. She studied in New Zealand and Australia, and worked as a Registered Nurse in the UK before completing her PhD in African American Studies and Art History at Yale University. Her research and teaching focuses on Black Diaspora and British Art, with an emphasis on histories of race, empire, and medicine. Her first book, Black Bodies, White Gold: Art, Cotton and Commerce in the Atlantic World, is now available from Duke University Press. She is also the director of Art Hx, a digital humanities project and object database that addresses the intersections of art, race and medicine in the British empire.

Suzanne Hudson

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Art historian and critic Suzanne Hudson is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She writes with special emphasis on the history, theory, and conventions of painting and process. She is also a regular contributor to Artforum, and has penned numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs. Recent books include Agnes Martin: Night Sea (Afterall/MIT, 2017) and Contemporary Painting (Thames & Hudson, 2021). She is currently at work on Better for the Making: Art, Therapy, Process, a study of the therapeutic origins of art-making within American modernism.

Tanya Sheehan

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William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art at Colby College, Tanya Sheehan is the Principal Investigator of Colby’s inaugural Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab, Critical Medical Humanities: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Medicine. Across her career, Sheehan has worked at the intersection of American art history, medical humanities, and critical race studies. This work includes two books, Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011) and Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor (2018). Her current book project examines the subjects of medicine and public health in modernist and contemporary art by African Americans. Since 2015 she has served as executive editor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Journal.

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Looking After: Conversations on Art and Healing

Curating and Healing

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