This is Me, This is Also Me |Opens Nov 6

Image: Rebecca Belmore, White Thread, 2003, photograph, ink jet on watercolour paper. Courtesy of Miriam Shiell Fine Art Ltd

Image: Rebecca Belmore, White Thread, 2003, photograph, ink jet on watercolour paper. Courtesy of Miriam Shiell Fine Art Ltd

The McMaster Museum of Art proudly presents a new exhibition
This is Me, This is Also Me
Curated by McMaster Professors Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki
November 6, 2014 – March 21, 2015

In this age of the selfie, a new exhibition, This is Me, This is Also Me, brings a timely and provocative focus to questions about how we choose to represent ourselves, the techniques we use and the implications of the images we share.  It brings together some of the world’s most iconic and intriguing self-portraits by artists, including:

Carl Beam, Rebecca Belmore, Deanna Bowen, Cathy Daley, General Idea,
Doug Guildford, László Moholy-Nagy, Kent Monkman, Edvard Munch,
Grace Ndiritu, Andy Warhol, Joyce Wieland, and Jin-me Yoon

Spanning more than a century from Edvard Munch’s Self-Portrait with Skeleton Arm in 1895, to Kent Monkman’s Dance to Miss Chief in 2010, the exhibition presents the recognizable and the radical.

“The artists in this show extend the autobiographical impulse inherent in self-portraiture beyond the face as well as beyond the painting or the photograph: exploring embodiment and disembodiment as a form of resistance,” say the curators.

This is Me, This is Also Me imagines self-representation in relation to selves shaped by absence, multiplicity, community, and non-human relations and by the constitution of gender, sexuality, critical embodiment, race, and Indigeneity. Images were produced in a wide range of media including photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sculpture, and video.

This project is supported at McMaster University by the Arts Research Board; Forward with Integrity, Office of the President; and Research & International Affairs.


This exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between McMaster faculty members Sarah Brophy (English and Cultural Studies) and Janice Hladki (Theatre and Film/School of the Arts). Brophy and Hladki are co-editors of Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (University of Toronto Press 2014). They have also published a special issue of The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, addressing disability, embodiment, and visual culture. Recently, they theorized museology-as-pedagogy in an article reflecting on their previous McMaster Museum of Art exhibition, Scrapes: Unruly Embodiments in Visual Art (2010); this article appears in a double special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies on “Cripistemologies,” edited by Merri Lisa Johnson and Robert McRuer (2014).


OPENING RECEPTION and BOOK LAUNCH: November 6, 6 – 8 pm
Book is Curators’ edited collection, Embodied Politics in Visual Autobiography (2014, University of Toronto Press)

PANEL DISCUSSIONRepresenting the Self, Connecting to Others
November 27, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Eva Karpinski, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University
Shoshana Magnet, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
Carrie McMullin, Graduate of the Indigenous Studies Program and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory, McMaster University
Thy Phu, Department of English, Western University

A STUDENT MEDIA WORKSHOP: Our Selfies, Ourselves?  
Thursday February 5, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm

ARTIST PANEL DISCUSSION:  Thursday March 12, 2015 from 6 – 8 pm
Panelists: Rebecca BelmoreDeanna BowenCathy Daley


Cathy Daley, Untitled, 1999, pastel on vellum 61 x 48 cm. Gift of the artist. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art



Final Winners of Museum Survey Draw


Congratulations Jenny Hoang and Rebecca Collier, both members of the McMaster community and final prize winners in our “Understanding our Audience” Museum Survey draw!

Thank you to these lucky winners and to all of the more than 800 people who completed the survey. Your valuable input will shape the activities and programmes at the McMaster Museum of Art going forward.

McMaster’s Monet in Vienna


Claude Monet (French 1840-1926), Waterloo Bridge, Effet de Soleil, 1903, Oil on canvas, 65.1 x 100 cm, Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E., 1984

McMaster’s prized Claude Monet painting, Waterloo Bridge Effet de Soleil, 1903 is now on view in Vienna in the Orangery of the Belvedere Palace and Museum, which was the Baroque summer palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The exhibition, Looking at Monet: Claude Monet and his influence on Austrian Landscape Painting runs October 23, 2104 – February 8, 2015.  It presents a group of Monet’s Waterloo Bridge paintings (McMaster’s, as well as others from Kunsthaus Zurich and Hamburger Kunstalle), each showing a different effect of light and atmosphere to exemplify the richness that Monet’s series can offer.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue and offers extensive new research on the art market, collecting and cultural exchange between Paris and Vienna.

We’re delighted to have McMaster’s masterpiece included in this important exhibition at this prestigious institution.

In addition to this loan, McMaster’s has several other major loans underway at this time:

Our paintings by Paul KleeRaoul Dufy, and Emile-Othon Friesz are part of the German Expressionism and France exhibition, presented at Los Angeles County Art Museum earlier this year and now at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Our paintings by Emile Bernard and Vincent van Gogh will be part of the upcoming Art Gallery of Hamilton exhibition, The World is an Apple: Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne.


A Year of Creativity: McMaster Grad Student Sessions

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A Year of Creativity:
Introduction to Creative Thinking and the McMaster Museum of Art

Thursday, October 30th from 5-7 pm

Based on the success of the SPICES Project “Art & Research”, the McMaster Museum of Art would like to welcome graduate students to its “Year of Creativity” — a series of workshops that will engage graduate students in creative thinking through the Museum’s inspired space and art collection.

The first session “Introduction to Creative Thinking” will take you behind the scenes to look at works of art dealing with creative perception, storytelling and problem-solving followed by making your own personal creativity contract.

Here’s an outline of the evening…

October 30 Introduction to Creative Thinking
5:00 – 5:15 Welcome and Introductions
The McMaster Museum of Art as a creative and neutral/safe space and expectations around this safe space
5:15 – 5:45 Discuss/share personal goals
Begin Creativity Contract/Letter to Your Future Self
5:45 – 6:15 Tour of MMA Paper Centre to see works of art dealing with creativity, creative perception, storytelling, problem solving, etc. Both traditional and contemporary works from different time periods and cultures.
6:15 – 6:45 Creative Inventory and continue/finish Creativity Contract/Letter to Your Future Self and wrap-up discussion/reflections.

For more information please contact Irena Radisevic ( or Nicole Knibb (

Space is limited. To register please visit our Eventbrite page

Directions to the Museum

Susan Detwiler’s Seedpack. Bringing the Natural World inside the Museum

Susan Detwiler, Seedpack, 2005. Gift of the artist

Susan Detwiler, Seedpack, 2005.
Gift of the artist

The Museum is pleased to have received a work of art by ecologically-minded Canadian artist Susan Detwiler. Detwiler’s Seed Pack is a customized backpack full of birdseed, created in 2005 when the artist was living in rural Southern Ontario. At the time, much of her work explored how we engage with the wildlife in our own back yards. The backpack is covered with images of birds from the area and is stuffed with birdseed.  It was created as part of a video performance in which the artist walks through the woods, leaving a trail of seed behind her.

In a 2003 interview the artist described the importance of the natural world in her artistic practice as a desire “to cultivate or re-cultivate certain ways of being, or ways of observing things, that I think we may have lost by stepping outside of the wild.”

Detail of birds on Susan Detwiler's 'Seedpack', 2005

Detail of birds on Susan Detwiler’s ‘Seedpack’, 2005

A generous gift of the artist, Seedpack has now been installed at the top of the Museum’s staircase. The work was previously shown at the McMaster Museum of Art in 2008 as part of Detwiler’s solo exhibition Feral.

Susan Detwiler was born in Augusta, Georgia. She received her B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1987, a B.Ed from the University of Windsor in 1991, and her M.F.A. from the University of Guelph in 1998.  For many years Detwiler was active as an artist and educator in Southern Ontario, responding to eco-cultural issues.  She currently lives on Bowen Island, BC.


Susan Detwiler, Still from Seed Walk, Video performance, 2005

Ian Johnston: In the Artist’s Own Words

Ian Johnston's Artist Talk

Ian Johnston’s Artist Talk

Earlier this month, artist Ian Johnston spoke at the Museum about his installation, The Chamber, which is on view here at McMaster until October 25. Now, we are pleased to be able to share some of the highlights from that talk with you. In addition to insights into the meaning, materials, and origins of the Chamber, this video offers a view of the installation in action and a rare look at the artist in action inside it! Enjoy!

Survey about the McMaster Museum of Art


Thank you to all who have completed our “Knowing our Audience” survey.

Now, please help us as we move forward to the next step of our strategic plan with a second short survey to tell us what you think of the McMaster Museum of Art – what you like and what you’d like to see us do differently.

Please take a couple of minutes to Take the Survey:

And thank you in advance!

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