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.
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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
October 8 to January 15, 2023
Ivey Galleries, Second Level
Inspired by the unknown, uncanny, and unearthly, Spectral explores our fascination with the supernatural — ghosts, hauntings, and the afterlife — bringing together both contemporary art and historical artifacts. Through strange narratives and spooky, artist-created immersive environments, the exhibition considers how such phenomena continue to inform belief, behaviour, and popular culture.
Works by participating artists Christina Battle, Corinne Botz, the Broadbent Sisters, Mere Phantoms, Dana Holst, Ed Pien, and Marigold Santos generate fantasy worlds and thrust nightmares into the everyday. The exhibition includes newly commissioned multimedia installations, light and shadow displays (phantasmagoria), and images of haunted sites and beings.
Spectral draws in artifacts from Museum London’s material culture collection that demonstrate the ways Londoners have understood and coped with mortality. These include technologies invented to access the “other side,” such as speaking trumpets, Ouija boards, and devices for automatic writing. It also presents an array of Victorian-era ars moriendi (the “art of dying”) including black mourning apparel, jewellery, and related ephemera.
Taking the Long View: The Museum London Art Collection, from its Beginning to Today
January 1 to December 31, 2022
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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
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.