Fall 2023 Speaker Series at the McMichael

Upcoming Talks at the McMichael

On the Land: Indigenous Perspectives on Algonquin Park and Tom Thomson
with Christine Luckasavitch, Bonnie Devine and Sarah Milroy
Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 11:30 am

A conversation with Christine Luckasavitch, a culture worker, historian and author of Algonquin and mixed settler heritage, about the land now known as Algonquin Park. Luckasavitch will discuss pre-contact and colonial histories of the area, as well as Thomson’s paintings of the park in the context of his life and posthumous mythology. With chief curator Sarah Milroy and Indigenous artist, scholar and educator Bonnie Devine.

Speaker Series: John Vaillant’s Fire Weather
with John Vaillant and Sarah Milroy
Sunday, October 1, 2023 | 2 pm

Join Vancouver-based author John Vaillant as he shares insights from his most recent book, Fire Weather, which has been nominated for the prestigious Baillie Gifford Prize, the UK’s leading non-fiction award. Centered around the 2016 Fort McMurray fire, Fire Weather examines the rising global phenomenon of mega fires caused by climate change and explores humans’ historic relationship to fire. Vaillant’s talk is designed as a thematic companion to the exhibitions The Uses of Enchantment: Art and Environmentalism and Sandra Meigs: Sublime Rage.

Unapologetic: Championing Canadian Art in the World
with Ian Dejardin
Friday, October 13, 2023 | 7:30 pm

A farewell talk from the McMichael’s retiring Executive Director Ian Dejardin who says: “Canadians are known for apologizing for everything, but they should never apologize for their art.” In this retrospective talk, Dejardin will recount how a collector’s question—“won’t Europeans just laugh at the Group of Seven?”—ignited his passion for championing Canadian art and ultimately led him to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He’ll also delve into some of the works that have inspired him along the way.

Process & Practice: McMichael Teaching Artist Series
Journey Through the Wilderness with Dominik Modlinski
Sunday, November 26, 2023 | 2 – 4 pm

Join artist Dominik Modlinski as he shares the stories behind his paintings and his creative process. Following the tradition of countless Canadian artists, Modlinski’s epic wilderness adventures inspire his en plein air practice. His most extreme painting expeditions have taken him to Antarctica, the high Arctic, Greenland, Patagonia, Namibia, South Africa and South America. Modlinski will share his experiences and conservationist philosophy through his paintings, photographs, stories and films.

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The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 7,000 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested landscape and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit mcmichael.com.

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