Drew Hayden Taylor

Public Program

Laughing "Irregardless": Multimedia Aboriginal Humour

April 16, 2019

A series of public programs to complement the exhibition co-curated by Peter Morin and Dr. Martine Reid, Carrying on "Irregardless": Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art. See details on exhibition below.

An Evening with Drew Hayden Taylor - What Makes him Laugh? 

Thursday, September 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm 

Fletcher Challenge Theatre, SFU Vancouver 

515 Hastings Street, Vancouver   MAP
Admission by donation (suggested donation $5.00)

Drew Hayden Taylor
(Ojibway) author, award-winning playwright, and film director in conversation with Skeena Reece (Tsimshian, Gitksan, Cree, Metis) performance artist.

Drew directed Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew in 2000, a documentary that asked fellow writers and Aboriginal creative luminaries what makes them laugh, why Aboriginal humour, and what is there to laugh about? Now we ask Drew what makes him laugh. How does his creative work weave absent fathers and abandonment issues into funny stuff? Screening of Redskins,Tricksters and Puppy Stew to follow. 

Presented by the Bill Reid Gallery with support from: Canada Council for the Arts, United States Consulate General Vancouver, SFU Vancouver and SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples.

Check the Bill Reid Gallery's website for updates and upcoming program details.

Beau Dick-Laughter Mask, 1973. Collection of Steve Loretta Photo: William Neville

Carrying on "Irregardless":

Humour in Contemporary Northwest Coast Art

Co-curated by Tahltan artist, stand-up comedian and curator, Peter Morin and the Gallery's Director of Content and Research, Dr. Martine Reid, "Irregardless" marks a new beginning in appreciating humour in Northwest Coast indigenous art through a rich and provocative range of works by 28 accomplished Northwest Coast artists.

This exhibition and public program were made possible by: Vancouver Foundation, The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Hamber Foundation. With additional support from United States Consulate General Vancouver, Simon Fraser University and Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel.

"Irregarless" Explained: 

"Irregardless" was one of Bill Reid's favourite intentional misuses of a word, always with a mischievous twinkle in his eye to see if his listener "got it".  

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