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Culinary Historians of Canada: Ceramics for the Canadian Table

June 28, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Learn about depictions of Canada featured in ceramic tableware in this lecture and tour with Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator at the Gardiner

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 lecture and gallery tour, Sequoia Miller, Chief Curator at the Gardiner, will discuss how seemingly decorative objects 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.

Tickets for this event are pay-what-you-may. We encourage you to donate whatever amount you feel comfortable giving for this event. Similar past events have had a ticket value of $15-$20.

Depending on the state of the pandemic cases at the time, masks may be mandatory for attendees. We strongly encourage attendees to wear a mask at all CHC events.

About Sequoia Miller:

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.


June 28, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Culinary Historians of Canada
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Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada
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