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The Dance Screen (The Scream Too)

November 15, 2012 to March 9, 2014
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery
Curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical

In late 2009, Haida artist and master carver James Hart began designing a large-scale sculpture titled The Dance
CENTRE: Charles John Collings, Falls in Creek off the Shuswap, n.d., watercolour on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Uno and Dianne Langmann.
Screen (The Scream Too), which he began carving in 2010. This ambitious project brings together many of the
principal animal figures from traditional Haida stories, especially creatures that depend on salmon for their
survival. At its centre is the Bear Mother and above her, an eagle with frogs emerging from its ears. On either
side of the work are killer whales, as well as a beaver and a raven. Standing on a small Haida House at the front
is a shaman who ensures the cyclical return of the salmon that surround the entire work. As a major expression
RIGHT: James Hart, Beaver Figure (detail of The Dance Screen [The Scream Too]), 2010–2013, red cedar, Private Collection, Photo: Ramsay Bourquin.
of traditional Haida beliefs, the sculpture evokes the importance of relationships between humans and the natural
world, an idea made even more poignant by the current decline of West Coast salmon.
LEFT: Emily Carr, Maud Island, Q.C.I., 1928, watercolour, graphite on paper, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Emily Carr Trust.
ARTIST: James Hart

This exhibition is the fourteenth installment in NEXT: A Series of Artist Projects from the Pacific Rim, presented by
TD Bank Group.
Generously Supported by: Gary R. Bell
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