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Winter Exhibitions at McMaster Museum of Art

OPENING RECEPTION for all winter exhibitions: Thursday, January 11, 6 – 8 pm

  • Susan Schelle: Selected Works
  • #nofilterneeded: Shining light on the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA), 1985 – 1992
  • Gordon Bennett, Be Polite

Susan Schelle, flood (detail), video, 2015

Susan Schelle: Selected Works
January 2 – March 24, 2018
Guest Curator: Ana Barajas
ARTIST AND CURATOR’S TALK: Wednesday, March 7, 12:30 pm

This exhibition presents photographic, video and sculptural works, spanning 35 years, by Senior Canadian artist, Educator, and Hamilton native, Susan Schelle. Over decades the artist has revisited familiar themes, set up a dialogue between works, and often re-worked elements over time. The element of water is at the centre of the artist’s explorations. It appears in many forms and states, but it always affects the position of the viewer.

Susan Schelle: Selected Works celebrates a shift in the artist’s practice after twenty years as art educator (Visual Studies at University of Toronto); while recognizing the methodology of an artist deeply concerned with environmental phenomenology and its effects on the human environment. <More information>

Image details (clockwise from top left) Murray McKenzie, Native Studies, 1984; Dorothy Chocolate, Feast, Fort Franklin, N.W.T., 1981; Shelley Niro, Cousins, c. 1987; Brenda Mitten, Remember the Removal; Richard W. Hill (Sr.), Randy Hill; Joel Johnson, Rail Robot; Martin “Akwiranoron” Loft, Jessie – Micmac; Greg Staats, Mary, 1982. Collection of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Photographer: Lawrence Cook

Shining light on the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA), 1985 – 1992
January 2 – March 24, 2018
Curated by Rhéanne Chartrand
Presented in partnership with Indigenous Art Centre, INAC
ARTISTS’ ROUNDTABLE with Rick Hill, Yvonne Maracle, Brenda Mitten, and Greg Staats: Thursday, February 8, 6 – 8 pm

In 1985, a group of Indigenous image-makers came together in Hamilton to form the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association with the core objective to promote a positive, realistic and contemporary image of Indigenous peoples through the medium of photography. They felt that, for far too long, Indigenous peoples had been portrayed through someone else’s lens, and that it was time they took control of the image in order to contest and demystify stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples.

This exhibition features works by NIIPA Founding Members: Simon Brascoupe, Dorothy Chocolate, Valerie General, Pat Green, Rick Hill, Tim Johnson, Joel Johnson, Jimmy Manning, Martin Akwiranoron Loft, Douglas Maracle, Yvonne Maracle, Murray McKenzie, Brenda Mitten, Lance Mitten, Shelley Niro, Jolene Rickard, Greg Staats, Morley Stewart, and Jeff Thomas. <More information>

Gordon Bennett, Notes to Basquiat: Boogie Man, 1998, acrylic on paper, 120 × 80cm. Collection: The Estate of Gordon Bennett, Brisbane. Photography: Carl Warner © The Estate of Gordon Bennett.

Gordon Bennett, Be Polite
January 11 – May 12, 2018
Organized and Circulated by IMA Brisbane
CURATORS’ TALK by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia: Thursday, January 11, 12:30 pm

Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) was one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists. Drawn from the Estate of the artist, this exhibition presents a selection of works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett’s drawing and script form the foundation of his practice. Paper is the site where imagery, words and ideas often found their first expression before being combined into the large-scale conceptual paintings for which Bennett is known. Despite their intimate scale, works in Be Polite embrace rich layers of Western and Australian Indigenous art history and contemporary politics, a direction Bennett played a leading role in developing throughout the 1980s and continued to explore in his successful career. <More information>

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