Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

DEPARTMENT OF

Art History & Art Conservation

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Norman Vorano

Assistant Professor and Queen's National Scholar
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Ontario Hall
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(613) 533 6000 x77350
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Norman Vorano received his PhD from the University of Rochester’s Program in Visual and Cultural Studies and his MA from York University, Toronto.  From 2005 to 2014, he was the Curator of Contemporary Inuit Art at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Canadian Museum of Civilization).  He is a past board member of the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA), has served on the editorial board of the Inuit Art Quarterly, and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.  He is a Queen’s National Scholar in Indigenous Art and Visual Culture, cross-appointed to the department of Art History and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, as Curator of Indigenous Art.

Norman’s research and teaching is in the area of historic and contemporary Indigenous arts of North America as well as in curatorial/museum studies.  He is particularly interested in Indigenous arts in “contact zones”, be it through the modern forces of globalization, the historical patterns of contact during colonialism, or the ancient movements of visual culture through the dynamics of trade, travel and migration. His upper-year and graduate seminars have explored Indigenous modernism(s), cultures of consumption, tourism, and he is offering introductory surveys of Indigenous arts of North America as well as specialized topics on North American Indigenous arts.

He currently has several research initiatives on the go. He is a research partner in a comparative project that explores Indigenous modernisms from around the globe, Multiple Modernisms: Twentieth Century Artistic Modernisms in Global Perspective. He is also working in the North Baffin Island region on a long-term research and exhibition project that focuses on modernity and documentary graphic arts.

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Recent Books and Forthcoming Publications:

Inuit Prints, Japanese Inspiration: Early Printmaking in the Canadian Arctic, Gatineau, QC: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 2011.

“Cape Dorset Cosmopolitans: Making ‘Local’ Prints in Global Modernity,” in Mapping Modernism: Colonial and Indigenous Networks of Exchange, edited by Elizabeth Harney and Ruth Phillips, Duke University Press, 2016.

He is completing a book on the development of Inuit art in the mid 20th century, Inuit Art in a Qallunaat World: Inventing Modern Indigenous Art in Canada.