Upcoming Events at McMaster Museum of Art

  • GUEST SPEAKER SERIES | Pamela Edmonds, Dr. Kenneth Montague, Merray Gerges
  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Peripheral Vision(s): Perspectives on the “Indian” image
    Janet Berlo, Gerald McMaster, Jeffrey Thomas, Rhéanne Chartrand

Note: All events are free admission, open to the public, Seating is limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.



Presented as a complement to the exhibition it is from here that the world unfolds: the Levy Collection.

Senior Curator, McMaster Museum of Art
Friday, November 1 at 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Join us for a free public talk by Pamela Edmonds about the exhibition it is from here that the world unfolds: The Levy Collection. The exhibition presents a reconsideration of the Herman H. Levy Collection and Bequest spanning five centuries of historical, modern and contemporary art focused primarily on the European canon. Instead of constructing a linear historical survey, individual works and groupings provide points of departure for alternative narratives reflecting transcultural exchange and re-orientations.

Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects / Collector of African diasporic art
Friday, November 15, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Join us for a talk by collector/curator Kenneth Montague about his significant private collection of African diasporic art, the largest of its kind in Canada.
Montague has been exhibiting photo-based work with a strong focus on art that explores Black identity and the African diaspora since 1997. He has served on the Africa Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Modern, the Advisory Board of the Ryerson Image Centre, and the Photography Curatorial Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he is a Trustee and Chair of the Education and Community Engagement Committee. Montague has also served as a juror for the 2015 Bamako Encounters Biennale in Mali and he continues to speak on numerous panels internationally.

Art Critic and current Editorial Fellow at C Magazine
Thursday, November 28, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Collections and Ownership. Presented by McMaster Museum of Art and C Magazine.
Collections tell stories. They are indicative of the priorities of their owners. Gerges’s talk at McMaster springboards from the latest issue of C Magazine centred on the theme of ownership.
Gerges writes around art rather than about it. She studied art history at NSCAD and journalism at King’s University in Halifax, where she co-founded and co-edited CRIT, a free biannual criticism publication. She was editorial resident at Canadian Art in 2016, and assistant editor there from 2017 to 2019. Now at C Magazine, she is conceptualizing and commissioning a year of themed issues addressing systemic change—the people who push for it, the structures within which they operate, and the discourse around this work. Her work has appeared in Canadian Art, C Magazine, MOMUS, Hyperallergic and others, and has tended to pay more attention to art’s contexts rather than its contents. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the upcoming issue of C Magazine. Issue #143 will also be available for purchase.



Peripheral Vision(s): Perspectives on the “Indian” image

Wednesday, November 20, 6 – 9 pm
Doors open and refreshments 6 pm. Panel Discussion from 7 – 9 pm

professor of art/art history and visual culture, University of Rochester
curator, artist, author, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Indigenous visual culture and curatorial practice, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, ON
independent photo-based artist, recipient of the 2019 Governor General Award for the Visual and Media Arts
curator of Indigenous art, McMaster Museum of Art

Please join us at the McMaster Museum of Art for an insightful, critical dialogue on the “Indian” image and how it has shaped and been shaped by artists over time. Drawing on themes central to Peripheral Vision(s)―representation, portraiture, commemoration, truth, and history-making―the panelists will offer up their individual perspectives on the work of 19th century Northern Plains warrior-artists and 20th century artists, Leonard Baskin and Fritz Scholder, whilst situating their works within the broadened context of Indigenous art history. The panelists have all contributed essays to the Peripheral Vision(s) publication which launches at this event.

This panel is presented as a complement to the exhibition Peripheral Vision(s) and is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Images above: Iron Cloud / Mahpiyamaza, Iron Cloud performing Counting Coup or Scalp Dance, c. 1876, pencil and crayon on paper, Simcoe County Museum; Leonard Baskin, White Man Runs Him – Crow Scout, 1993, lithograph on paper. Gift of Rabbi Bernard & Mrs. Marjorie Baskin, 1996. McMaster Museum of Art. © The Estate of Leonard Baskin; Courtesy Galerie St. Etienne, New York; Fritz Scholder, Portrait of an American #2, 1973, lithograph on paper. Gift of Anthony and Rene Donaldson, Harwood Museum of Art, The University of New Mexico © Estate of Fritz Scholder

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.


McMaster Museum of Art
Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
Admission is Free | Museum Hours: Tue/Wed/Fri 11am-5pm, Thu 11-7, Sat 12-5
905.525.9140 x.23241 | museum@mcmaster.ca

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