God of Gods: A Canadian Play

Image: Deanna Bowen, Deconstructing the God of Gods: A Canadian Play, 2019, video, 2h 24min. Production still of Archer Pechawis, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, John G. Hampton, and cheyanne turions in conversation.

Opening Reception
God of Gods: A Canadian Play
Works by Deanna Bowen
Exhibition in The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House


For her exhibit at The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House, internationally renowned, Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen revisits The God of Gods: A Canadian Play (1919), a play written and directed by Carroll Aikins (1888-1967), founder of the first national theatre in Canada and artistic director of Hart House Theatre (1927–29). Aikins’ play, staged at Hart House in 1922, projected the horrors of war into a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet — using ‘native’ motifs. Deanna Bowen’s film is a conversation in response by Indigenous artists and writers John G. Hampton, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, Archer Pechawis, and cheyanne turions. An adaptation of the original set-design, featuring a Canadian landscape, complements the screening.

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta.Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her autoethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. Her broader artistic/educational practice examines history, historical writing and the ways in which artistic and technological advancements impact individual and collective authorship.

When: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 6–8 pm
Where: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House
Cost: Free
The exhibition will now run September 4 – November 30, 2019


For any accessibility needs or accommodations please contact: harthouse100@harthouse.ca

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.


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