Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space


Colleen Plumb, Flamingo, photograph from the series Animals Are Outside Today

The McMaster Museum of Art proudly presents Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space

January 4 – March 21, 2020
Artists: Mary Anne Barkhouse, Kathryn Eddy, Erica Gajewski, Derek Jenkins, Colleen Plumb
Curator: Tracy McDonald, Department of History, McMaster University

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 16, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist Panel: Thursday, March 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Conference: March 19-21 at McMaster University

The relationships between human and nonhuman animals have always been at the heart of our existence. Notions of human superiority, reinforced in the age of enlightenment, have played a fundamental role in where we find ourselves in the 21st century: deep in the human-created catastrophe of the Anthropocene.

Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space brings together work by five artists who explore the nonhuman. The exhibition includes sculptural installations inside and outside of the museum by Mary Anne Barkhouse (Nimpkish tribe, Kwakiutl Nation), the interactive Urban Wild Coyote Project installation by Kathryn Eddy (American), large scale drawings by Erica Gajewski (Canadian), a video installation by Hamilton-based artist Derek Jenkins (American) and selected photographs by Colleen Plumb (American) from her series Animals Are Outside Today. More info and bios


Images (clockwise from top left): Derek Jenkins, still from Livestock, 2019, 16 mm black and white film and sound installation; Erica Gajewski, Mercury, Water, PCB, DDT, 2008, graphite on paper; Kathryn Eddy, detail of wallpaper from living room installation The Urban Wild Coyote Project, 2015-ongoing; Mary Anne Barkhouse, 99.96%, 2017; detail of Red Rover installation, 2012

The exhibition is complemented by a 26-page publication/guide with essays by Mandy-Suzanne Wong.

McDonald has also organized an interdisciplinary conference Animals Across Discipline, Time & Space, March 19-21, 2020 at McMaster University. The conference and exhibition are supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Socrates Project, the Faculty of Humanities Dean’s Office, and the Wilson Institute for Canadian History.

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. MMA is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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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