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A second Indigenous art curator has departed Toronto’s Art Gallery of OntarioLast year, the museum was criticized after a curator in the Indigenous Art and Canadian Art Department left. She reportedly left because of tensions over her views about Palestine.
On Thursday the Globe and Mail reportedYou can also find out more about us here. Taqralik PartridgeShe no longer held the position of associate curator for Indigenous Art, which she had held less than two years. A museum spokesperson told the Canadian publication that Partridge, a poet and performer, left to “focus on her art practice.” It is still not clear when Partridge left, but the spokesperson said staff was informed of her departure earlier this month.
“Taqralik Partridge’s curatorial work supporting the care, acquisition, research, interpretation and exhibition of Inuit art from all periods has been invaluable to the AGO,” Stephan Jost, the museum’s director, said in a statement to the Globe and Mail.
Partridge’s departure came less than two months after Wanda NanibushAfter seven years at the AGO,, a curator of Indigenous Art in a higher position, left. The institution said her departure was done by “mutual decision.”
The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other: Globe and Mail previously reported that Nanibush’s departure It is possible that her pro-Palestinian viewpoints were a factor.Voiced on social media. The Israel Museum and Arts, Canada sent a letter to museum leadership that denounced Nanibush’s “inflammatory, inaccurate rants against Israel,” but a source within the AGO told the Globe and Mail that the missive did not spur Nanibush, who in 2016 wrote an essay about viewing Palestine from what she called an “Indigenous perspective,” to leave.
You can also find out more about the A-Team here. Open letters in a frenzy about Nanibush’s departure has followed. The most recent of them, by the Toronto-based Indigenous Curatorial Collective, calls on the AGO to “release Nanibush from any legal obligations preventing her from speaking publicly about her tenure and dismissal, about how she sees what happened and why.”
Nanibush’s departure makes the AGO the third major institution to lose a star Indigenous art curator in the past three years.
In 2022, Sandra Benites left the Museu de Arte de São PauloAfter the museum was accused to have censored an exhibition she was organizing, she became the first Indigenous curator ever to work in a Brazilian museum three years earlier. Later in 2022 the National Gallery of Canada Four curators are abruptly terminatedGreg Hill was the first Indigenous curator to ever work at the museum. He had worked there for over 22 years.
By the time Partridge was hired by the AGO in 2022, she had already organized the museum’s 2018 exhibition “Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak.” In its announcement of her hire, Julian Cox, the AGO’s deputy director and chief curator, praised her newly created position for its ability to “amplify the urgency and global relevance of Inuit art, here and internationally.”
A spokesperson for AGO did not immediately respond. ARTnews’s request for comment.