A collection of ceramic tableware on view in Toronto’s Gardiner Museum depicts idealized scenes of nineteenth-century Canadian life. Manufactured in England, these objects and others like them participated in the colonial project by imagining and asserting both national and colonial identities. In this virtual program, Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator at the Gardiner, will discuss how seemingly decorative objects such as these engage complex questions around colonialism, political economy, and cultural authority. Dr. Miller will also consider the role of museums in offering new and critical interpretive strategies for thinking through problematic historical objects.
About the Presenter:
Sequoia Miller is a historian, curator, and studio potter. He is the Chief Curator at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto. Miller holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University; an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture; and a BA in Russian from Brandeis University. Recent curatorial projects include RAW and Ai Weiwei: Unbroken at the Gardiner and The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Before re-entering academia, Miller was a full-time studio potter based in the Pacific Northwest.