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In the Middle of Everywhere:
Artists on the Great Plains

Located in the geographic middle of North America, the Great Plains encompass a vast territory framed by forests to the north, mountains to the west, and great rivers to the east and south. Remai Modern is situated on the grasslands of the northern Great Plains region. 

Event/Exhibition meta autogenerated block.

Where

Remai Modern

Presented by

IG Wealth Management

Installation view, In the Middle of Everywhere: Artists on the Great Plains, 2022, Remai Modern, Saskatoon. Photo: Carey Shaw.

The largest ecosystem on the continent, the plains support an extensive network of living relations. Deep forms of kinship, inherited histories and economic and political systems bind people to this geography. A space of subtle beauty, surprising diversity, and overwhelming openness, the plains are physically and conceptually expansive in ways that are not easily defined. 

Installation view, In the Middle of Everywhere: Artists on the Great Plains, 2022, Remai Modern, Saskatoon. Photo: Carey Shaw.

In the Middle of Everywhere is part of an ongoing inquiry that seeks to trace the physical, social and psychological contours of the Great Plains. The work of the participating artists helps us to bring this outline of place into focus. They reach across time and location, working in a wide variety of media, and with distinct voices. Their work connects around themes that recur across the exhibition: the geography of the Great Plains; histories of movement and migration; living with the land; the prevalence of the grid in Plains culture; and the Nēhiyaw concept of Wahkohtowin (kinship). Following topographical features rather than political boundaries, this exhibition reorients the museum to the Great Plains and asks: What makes this place itself?  

Installation view, In the Middle of Everywhere: Artists on the Great Plains, 2022, Remai Modern, Saskatoon. Photo: Carey Shaw.
Installation view, In the Middle of Everywhere: Artists on the Great Plains, 2022, Remai Modern, Saskatoon. Photo: Carey Shaw.

Artists:

  • Lori Blondeau  
  • Deanna Bowen  
  • Victor Cicansky  
  • Dana Claxton  
  • Reta Cowley  
  • Ted Douglas  
  • Aganetha Dyck  
  • Marcy Friesen  
  • Raven Halfmoon  
  • Cannupa Hanska Luger  
  • Kaija Sanelma Harris  
  • Edgar Heap of Birds  
  • Luther Konadu   
  • William Kurelek 
  • Marie Lannoo  
  • Agnes Martin  
  • Gordon Parks  
  • Wendy Red Star
  • Leon Polk Smith  
  • Otto Rogers  
  • Peter Rupchan  
  • Marigold Santos  
  • Allen Sapp  
  • Grace M. Waters  
  • Mindy Yan Miller  
  • Hanna Yokozawa Farquharson  

Curatorial Team

In the Middle of Everywhere is curated by Michelle Jacques, Head of Exhibitions & Collections/Chief Curator; Rose Bouthiller, Curator (Exhibitions); Sandra Fraser, Curator (Collections); Troy Gronsdahl, Curator (Performance & Public Practice); and Tarah Hogue, Curator (Indigenous Art) with support from Emily Dunseith, Registrar (Exhibitions); Jillian Cyca, Registrar (Collections); Chad Redl, Exhibitions and Collections Supervisor; Troy Mamer, Technical Coordinator (Exhibitions and Collections); and installation team: Paul Atkins, Caleb Duek, Ian Forbes, Devon Hanofski, Jason Hosaluk, Spencer Martin, Cameron McKay, Darren McQuay, Ian Rawlinson, Paul Siemens and Brett Smith.