It was a week long install for the exhibition  Sleep of Reason at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.  I was lucky enough to have five of the nine artists there with me.  From the point I flew in, I learned about this interesting discussion that had been brewing on the local Yukon arts message board surrounding the show.  A few people, having read the premise for the show, felt that my position on Goya’s The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters was not the commonly understood interpretation of the piece (I admit, this is true!).  It all comes down to this one word, sueño (Spanish: “dream”).  It’s strange that this work has been part of the canon for so long, and so well-known translated with the word “sleep”.  A word changes so much.  It’s been really interesting writing the essay for this show, talking about Goya’s  Enlightenment critique.  Going way astray into Cervantes, Diderot, and owls holding chalk.  It was great to have this artistic quandary get fired up in the Yukon, with historians showing up to the opening, and talking about some fundamental features and assumptions we all hold.  It seems rare to find a space for such an open and real dialogue about the past.  Thank you to the very talented and accommodating staff at the Yukon Arts Centre.  The show runs from March 22-May 19, 2012 and features work by Sonja Ahlers, Shuvinai Ashoona, Jim Holyoak, David Horvitz, Jeff Ladouceur, Nadia Moss, Rosemary Scanlon, Joseph Tisiga, and Jen Weih.