Local Art Events

McIntosh Gallery -Western University

Hunter Gatherer 

Nicholas Crombach, Emily Jan, Philippa Jones, Meryl McMaster  

September 22 – December 10, 2022 

  Hunter Gatherer is a meditation on the complex network of relationships between hunting and collecting in the context of the museum. With an emphasis on representations of the animal body, artists Nicholas Crombach, Emily Jan, Philippa Jones, and Meryl McMaster consider this dynamic from art historical and postcolonial perspectives. The exhibition creates points of intersection through references to sport hunting; acquisition, power, and dominance; decadence and excess; still life and vanitas painting; and institutional critique. Depictions of the hunted animal body are common throughout art history, particularly in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, and are closely linked to the human desire for control over nature. In addition, animals preserved through taxidermy are held in many natural history collections. Such specimens were often acquired by museums during a period of expansion of natural history collections that mirrored a period of colonial expansion. Hunting in the colonies was viewed as both sport and scientific pursuit, and many hunters justified their killing by claiming an interest in scholarly pursuits and in acquiring specimens for scientific collections. These hunted animals often came to form the basis of collections in natural history museums. Such collections are now subject to a rethinking and re-evaluating of their value and meaning, given that they can be perceived as metonymic to the colonial project itself.  

More info at https://mcintoshgallery.ca/ 

McMaster Museum of Art Gallery 

   we are made of stardust

     August 16 – December 2, 2022

     Curated by Rhéanne Chartrand

     we are made of stardust explores our relationship with the cosmos.

Rooted in Indigenous cosmologies and astronomy, the artworks included in this exhibition visually express how Indigenous peoples make sense of their place in the universe through relating to and reflecting on the sun, the moon, the stars, and all celestial beings in the night sky.

Artists: Patrick Amos, Germaine Arnaktauyok, Kenojuak Ashevak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Jason Baerg, Carl Beam, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Christian Chapman, Barry Coffin, Robert Davidson, Beau Dick, Skawennati Fragnito, Terran Last Gun, Rita Letendre, Linda Lomahaftewa, Michael McCabe, Meryl McMaster, John Noestheden, Susan Point, Jaune Quick-Too-See-Smith, Kevin Red Star, Pitaloosie Saila, Ken Tohee

Image credit: Rita Letendre, Lodestar, 1970, Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

Movers and Makers

September 15, 2022 – December 23, 2022

Opening reception: Thursday September 15th, 5 – 8 pm at McMaster Museum of Art

Curated by Betty Julian

Movers and Makers is a group exhibition featuring photographic work by four early-career Toronto-based artists: Aaron Jones, Christina Leslie, Dainesha Nugent-Palache and Bidemi Oloyede.

While the past few years have had a devastating impact on many people, it has been especially hard for those of the Black diaspora, as the two overlapping catastrophes of racism and the pandemic have taken a profound toll. Movers and Makers speaks to the challenges of the present moment by invoking a desired future of Black optimism. It does so by furthering the goal of its precursor Movers and Shakers (2018, presented at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art) to provide a much-needed exhibition opportunity for local early-career artists, while critically shifting toward Black artists who address their subjectivity through artistic strategies of photographic experimentation.

Image credit: Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Porcelain Ponies, 2021, colour photograph. Courtesy of the Artist.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.
For more information visit: https://museum.mcmaster.ca/exhibition/movers-and-makers

McMaster Museum of Art Gallery 

Taking the Long View: The Museum London Art Collection, from its Beginning to Today

January 1 to December 31, 2022 

  Click to watch the exhibition tour 

Museum London is happy to present a large, permanent art exhibition comprised of well-loved treasures from the vaults; intriguing, though lesser-known gems; and recent acquisitions of modern and contemporary art. This exhibition re-establishes our commitment to providing visitors with an ongoing survey of our collection.

Image: Lawren Stewart Harris, From the North Shore, Lake Superior, c. 1927, oil on canvas, Collection of Museum London,
Gift of H.S. Southam Esq., Ottawa, Ontario, 1940 

Evan Penny: Stretch 
February 3 to October 23, 2022 

Evan Penny is renowned for creating hyper-realist sculptures formed, forged, and filtered through digital photography. At first glance, Camille is conventionally representational. The bust’s perfection seems rooted in honest realism. The subject is Penny’s friend, the influential Jamaican-born Canadian media and performance artist Camille Turner.  Yet, the abrupt, almost photographic, cropping of the figure, the object’s spatial ambiguity, coupled with the work’s uncanny life-sized scale, lends Camille a destabilizing presence.    

Image: Evan Penny (Canadian, b. 1953), Camille, 2014, pigmented platinum silicone with epoxy and glass fibre substrate, human hair, and UV-stable plastic eyes, Collection of Museum London, Gift of the artist, Toronto, Ontario, 2020 

Landsley (Canadian, 1926-2021), Village Square with White Curtain, 1999, mixed media on masonite panel with collage, Collection of Museum London; Gift of the artist, St. Thomas, Ontario, 2019 

Rhyme or Reason: The Art of Patrick Landsley and Margot Ariss

June 11 to October 9, 2022

While Patrick Landsley and Margot Ariss worked in very different disciplines, what they shared can be seen in the tactile handling of their respective media. Inspired by French modernism, Landsley’s paintings feature rough textures, narrowed range of colours, and include abstracted views of Greece, where he once lived, and the wild areas near his home in St. Thomas, Ontario. Born in Belleville, Ariss moved to London in 1940 to attend H.B. Beal Secondary School. She wrote some of the compositions found in her artworks; others are by such poets as Michael Ondaatje and John Bruce, as well as Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. This exhibition highlights Landsley’s and Ariss’s passions for nature and poetry.

About Museum London
In the heart of Southwestern Ontario, Museum London overlooks the Deshkan Ziibii / Thames River, sits on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron, and serves the diverse people of this region by providing a safe place of belonging where communities can discover exceptional art, rich history and new possibilities.

Check out what is currently happening in other Galleries around Southwestern Ontario

Leamington Art Centre 

Glenhyrst Art Gallery 

St Thomas Elgin Public Art Centre  

Chatham Cultural Centre 

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