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New Exhibitions at McMaster Museum of Art | Autumn 2018

Ursula Johnson, Upmetuk, O’pltek Form, 2012. Black Ash, Maple Wood, Sweetgrass, 21 x 15 x 15 cm, Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Wendy McElmon

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)
September 13 – December 8, 2018
Organized by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery
Curated by Robin Metcalfe

Ursula Johnson’s practice ranges from fine craft and traditional Indigenous art forms through performance and installation. Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember) examines ideas of ancestry, identity and cultural practice. Johnson deconstructs and manipulates the function and image of Mi’kmaw basketry, using traditional techniques to build non-functional forms. The artist explores the impact of colonialism on Indigenous material and linguistic culture, and challenges the museological and ethnographic frame imposed upon it. <read more>

Ursula Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia with Mi’kmaw Ancestry, currently based out of Eskasoni Nation. In 2017, Johnson won the Sobey Art Award.

Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember) has been organized and produced by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, in collaboration with Unama’ki College and with support from the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. The artist wishes to acknowledge support from Arts Nova Scotia.

Public Performances: September 20 – 22
The artist presents an endurance performance of shaving, pounding and splitting an ash-wood log to produce a mountain of splints, as traditionally employed in Mi’kmaw basket-making. Daily performance begins when gallery opens.

Bruce Barber, Neon sign for the Bertrand Russell Reading Room, 2018

Bruce Barber: The Bertrand Russell Reading Room
September 13 – December 22, 2018

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Bertrand Russell archives at McMaster, the Museum invited Nova Scotia College of Art and Design professor Bruce Barber to develop an artist project. The artist has devised a reading room environment. The key gallery element is a recreation of the Brixton prison cell where Russell spent 6 months in 1918 and a quote from Russell, realized in neon: “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” Other Russell quotes will be positioned on the gallery walls, with two Barber-produced videos to raise awareness of Russell’s life and work and continuing relevance in today’s world. <read more>

The Bertrand Russell Reading Room Event | Panel: Tuesday September 18, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Bruce Barber in conversation with McMaster University faculty
Virginia Aksan, Professor Emeritus, Department of History
James Ingram, Professor, Department of Political Science
Neil McLaughlin, Professor, Department of Sociology
about key themes relating to the Bertrand Russell exhibition including, but not limited to:

  • Pacifism and its continued relevance in today’s globalized world.
  • Feminist Approaches to Bertrand Russell’s philosophy.
  • Academics, Public intellectuals and Political Activism.

Light refreshments to follow discussion.

Ernest Daetwyler, The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine, commissioned for the McMaster Museum of Art’s Artist Garden 2018 – 2020

Ernest Daetwyler: The Boat Project / everythingwillbefine
MMA Artist Garden installation | 2018 – 2020
Artist Talk: Thursday October 18, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Light refreshments to follow presentation.

A new site-specific sculpture of a boat-like form was unveiled on campus this weekend in the McMaster Museum of Art’s Artist Garden. The 27-foot vessel was created by Canadian artist Ernest Daetwyler. It is built from large pieces of scavenged driftwood. The artist intends it to be a site for active engagement and reflection. The surreal and poetic installation is intended to symbolize a time of change, challenges, and the existential fluctuations that life can present. <read more>

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Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement.

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