Bill Reid and the Skidegate Pole. Photo: George F. MacDonald, 1978

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FNST 222 - 3: Bill Reid and Haida Aesthetics

Instructor: Dr. Megan Smetzer
Class Schedule: Thursdays, 14:30-17:20 hrs
Class Location: HCC1325* Harbour Centre, Vancouver Campus
Instructor Office: HC 2146, Harbour Centre
Office Hours: Thursdays, 13:30 - 14:20 hrs. or by appointment
Telephone: 778-782-5172 (Thursdays during office hours)
FNST General Office: 778.782.4774
E-mail: first_nations@sfu.ca

Bill Reid (1920-1998) gained international prominence in the 1960s and 70s. His artistic practice worked within and beyond the rapidly changing cultural, political, and economic issues shaping the complex relationships between indigenous communities and the nation of Canada. Reid's exploration and valorization of the artwork of his Haida ancestors; his training as a jeweler; his CBC career; and his consideration of modernity and aesthetics led to a diverse body of visual and written work that continues to be debated and discussed today. In addition to a close examination of Reid's wide-ranging artwork, this course will explore his involvement with museums and exhibitions, his influence on younger artists, and the controversies that inform his legacy. Using lectures, discussion, guest speakers, films and fieldtrips this course will consider the historical processes that enabled Bill Reid to be both a product of his time as well as a producer of it.
(Description updated August 8, 2012.)

Prerequisite: FNST 101 or by permission of the department. (WAIVED for Fall 2012)


 

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