Bill Reid, Bear Mother, Dogfish Woman, 1991 (detail), plaster on marble pedestal. SFU Art Collection. Gift of Allan and Faigie Waisman, 2002.

Bryan Myles on Bill Reid's, Bear Mother, Dogfish Woman (1991)

Manager and Acting Director, The Bill Reid Centre at SFU
Thursday, January 19, 12:30PM

Unpacking Art: Lunchtime Talks on Works in the SFU Art Collection is a speaker series that invites members of the SFU community to “unpack” the context and the questions raised by works of art in the collection. 

Bryan Myles is currently the Interim Director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at SFU, where he is also working on an interdisciplinary PhD that explores the changing relationship between memory institutions and Indigenous peoples. His research interests include Indigenous cultural heritage in digital contexts, visual anthropology, postcolonial studies, and material culture. His doctoral research investigates the use of new and emerging media technologies to record, document, safeguard, and create access to Northwest Coast visual cultural heritage.

Bill Reid (1920-1998) was born in Victoria and trained as a jeweller at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the London School of Design. After seeing bracelets carved by his great uncle, Charles Edenshaw, Reid became a dedicated student of Haida art and is often cited as the single most important figure in the late twentieth-century renaissance of Haida culture. 

This series encourages participation from audiences that are new to visual art and to the SFU Art Collection.

Unpacking Art is free and open to everyone. No advance preparation or registration is necessary. Bring your lunch.


Unpacking Art: Bryan Myles on Haida Artist Bill Reid by Emma Kenny


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