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Snowy Saturdays: McMaster Museum of Art Winterfest Event

Winterfest is a celebration of the city of Hamilton and the beauty of the Winter season. Hamiltonians are encouraged to get out, connect with others and explore the richness of their communities in February.

As part of Winterfest, the McMaster Museum of Art is offering
Snowy Saturdays
 Activities on February 7 and 14, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Snowy Saturdays celebrates the season with a behind-the-scenes look at select winter landscape artworks by Canadian artists. Following the tour will be a collaborative activity where you can make your own colourful snowflake and share it online for a virtual “snow fall”.
This is an all ages activity.
Admission is Free.
Space is limited!
To register,  contact Nicole Knibb: knibbn@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 x27576

Cornelius Krieghoff, Habitant Scene, 19th century oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. Roy G. Cole, 1989,  MMA Collection

Cornelius Krieghoff, Habitant Scene, 19th century oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. Roy G. Cole, 1989, MMA Collection

Check out the full Winterfest schedule and discover for yourself that Hamilton is a city that doesn’t hibernate in the wintertime!

David Milne: Painting and life on Six Mile Lake

David Brown Milne (Canadian, 1882-1953) The Shore Line, Six Mile Lake, 1933-1937 31 x 36.3 cm, Oil on canvas Lois M. Scott-Thomas Bequest for the John R. and Margaret MacLaurin Memorial Collection. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University

David Brown Milne (Canadian, 1882-1953)
The Shore Line, Six Mile Lake, 1933-1937
31 x 36.3 cm, Oil on canvas
Lois M. Scott-Thomas Bequest for the John R. and Margaret MacLaurin Memorial Collection. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University

If I’m allowed to pick my own heaven, this is it. 
– David Milne, 1933

The painting above by the influential artist David Milne (Canadian, 1882-1953) is now on view in McMaster’s exhibition It’s My Vault.  Its dry brush line, sparse expanses of orange, gray and purple hues and the limited view are characteristic of the important paintings produced by Milne in the 1930s. The exhibition’s guest curator, artist Chris Cran selected this work (one of 5 by Milne in McMaster’s collection) because Milne is one of his favourite artists and because the painting, with its landscape turning to abstraction, struck a chord with him.*

It was created while Milne lived at Six Mile Lake on the Severn River – a place he loved. With archival material from the Milne family, The Art Gallery of Ontario produced a short, beautiful video below, sharing Milne’s own words and images from that time.

*find out more about Chris Cran’s selections by visiting the exhibition, picking up a brochure, and attending Cran’s free, public talk at the McMaster Museum of Art on March 24 at 12:30 pm.


Cancelled: March 12 Artist Panel

CANCELLED: The Artist Panel Discussion with Rebecca Belmore, Deanna Bowen, and Cathy Daley scheduled for Thursday March 12 at McMaster Museum of Art has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

This event was to be presented as a complement to This is Me, This is Also Me exhibition. The exhibition, featuring works by these artists and many more, continues until March 15, 2015 at the Museum.

Student Media Workshop: Our Selfies, Ourselves?

Are you a McMaster student interested in selfie culture?
Do you wonder why self-representation in images is so prevalent today?
Do you think about how selfies help us understand ourselves and others?
If so, then this workshop is for you!

Thursday, 5 February 2015 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the McMaster Museum of Art

Hosted by the co-curators of the exhibition This is Me, This is Also Me, the workshop provides an opportunity for you to engage collaboratively in activities and conversations designed to help us consider the implications of selfie culture.

Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited. Please REGISTER HERE

This workshop has been funded by Forward with Integrity, Office of the President.

Need more information? Contact:
Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, McMaster Museum of Art
knibbn@mcmaster.ca or  905.525.9140 ext 27576

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This workshop is presented in conjunction with This Is Me, This is Also Me, a group exhibition focusing on self-representation and self-portraiture. Bringing together a thought-provoking mix of Canadian-based and international works, the exhibition addresses critical or interrogated self-representation in relation to multiple selves, the self-other relation, and the constitution of gender, sexuality, critical embodiment, race, and Indigeneity. Through photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sculpture, and video art, the curators consider how representations of displacement, doubling, recognition and mis-recognition, and mutability unsettle ideas about memory and countermemory in autobiographical art.

This Is Me, This is Also Me is curated by Dr. Sarah Brophy and Dr. Janice Hladki.


Representing the Self, Connecting to Others: Panel Discussion Video

“Representing the Self, Connecting to Others” a Panel Discussion on Visual Culture and Autobiography took place on November 27, 2014 at the McMaster Museum of Art. This panel was presented as a complement to the current exhibition This is Me, This is Also Me.  

The Panelists are:
EVA C. KARPINSKI, Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University
SHOSHANA MAGNET, Associate Professor, Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa
CARRIE MCMULLIN, Recent Graduate, Indigenous Studies, History, Cultural Studies & Critical Theory, McMaster University
THY PHU, Associate Professor, Department of English, Western University
The Panel was organized and moderated by the exhibition co-curators:
Sarah Brophy, Professor, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
Janice Hladki, Associate Professor, School of the Arts, McMaster University

We are grateful to the Faculty of Humanities for recording and sharing this event.

Chris Cran: It’s My Vault

Chris Cran Painting

Chris Cran, The Disputed Sculpture, 2007, acrylic on canvas, on loan from Bennett Jones LLP. Courtesy of the artist and Trepanier Baer Gallery

The McMaster Museum of Art proudly presents

CHRIS CRAN: It’s My Vault
January 8 – May 9, 2015

For this new exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art, Canadian artist Chris Cran was invited to select works from the Museum’s collection, and to nominate a work of his own to be included.

Cran has selected paintings by: Art & Language, Eric Atkinson, David Bolduc, Louis de Niverville, Raoul Dufy, John Hoyland, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Leon Kossoff, Ray Mead, Albert Marquet, Bruce McLean, David Milne, Alfred Pellan, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and his own work, The Disputed Sculpture, 2007, acrylic on canvas, on loan from Bennett Jones LLP.

He explains the reasoning behind his selections:

At the beginning of each semester I used to assign every senior seminar class I taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design the task of answering a question: If I were to curate an exhibition with these two artists (A and B), what do you think would be the reason?

The works I selected for this exhibition hit me.  They hit me first with pleasure and then they hit me relative to others that I had already selected. They hit me both with their similarities and differences and I grouped these hits: portraits, landscape to abstraction, collage/wallpaper and squeeze and stretch.

It’s my vault.

Artist Chris Cran with his painting

Artist Chris Cran with his painting The Disputed Sculpture in the McMaster collection exhibition he curated, ‘It’s My Vault’.

Chris Cran is based in Calgary. His work has been exhibited across Canada in solo and group exhibitions, with work in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Glenbow Museum, Mendel Art Gallery, and many others.  Cran has lectured widely in Canada, is an active advocate for the arts, and received the Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award in 2014. A major survey of Cran’s painting is currently in development by the Art Gallery of Alberta and the National Gallery of Canada, which will open in September 2015 and May 2016 respectively.

Join us for CHRIS CRAN ARTIST’S TALK:  March 24 at 12:30 pm
Open to the public. Admission is free.


By the Artist / Curator:

Chris Cran (Canadian b. 1949), The Disputed Sculpture, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 152.5 x 122 cm. On loan from Bennett Jones LLP

From the Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University:

Art & Language (English, formed 1968) INDEX: Incident in a Museum III, 1985, oil, collage and alogram on canvas mounted on plywood. Levy Bequest Purchase, 1994

Eric Atkinson  (Canadian b. England 1928) Greysilver Shoreline, 1997, acrylic and sand on canvas.  Gift of the artist, 2009

David Bolduc (Canadian 1945-2010), Floating World, 1979-1991. acrylic on canvas. Gift of Mr. Irving Zucker, 1991

Raoul Dufy (French 1877-1953), La Chasse, 1920, gouache on paper laid on canvas. Gift of Gordon Eberts, 1991

John Hoyland (English 1934-2011), 17.10.72, 1972, acrylic on canvas. Gift of Gordon Eberts, 1991

Leon Kossoff (English b. 1926), Between Kilburn and Willesden Green, 1993, oil on board, Levy Bequest Purchase, 1995

Sir Thomas Lawrence (English 1769-1830), Portrait of William Esdaile, 1829-1830, oil on canvas. Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E., 1984

Pierre Albert Marquet (French 1875-1947), L’ Usine au Bord du Canal, Hambourg / Hamburg, A Factory, 1909, oil on canvas. Gift of Herman Levy, Esq., O.B.E., 1984

Bruce McLean (English b. 1944), Nouveau Niche, 1991, three panels of powder-coated steel bolted together, screen-printing and paint. Gift of Leon Liffmann, 2010

Ray Mead (Canadian 1921-1998), Untitled, 20th Century, oil on canvas. Gift of Miriam Shiell, 1988

David Milne (Canadian 1882-1953), The Shore Line, Six Mile Lake, 1933-1937, oil on canvas. Lois M. Scott-Thomas Bequest for the John R. and Margaret MacLaurin Memorial Collection, 1964

Louis de Niverville (Canadian b. 1933) Two Trees, 1988, mixed media on two hollow core doors. Gift of the artist, 2003

Alfred Pellan (Canadian 1906-1988), Fondre un Désir de Plume / To Melt a Feather as Desire, 1949, oil on canvas. Wentworth House Art Committee Purchase, 1965

Robert Rauschenberg (American 1925-2008), Soviet / American Array I, 1988-1989, Ed. 41/55, intaglio and collage on paper. Gift of Gordon Eberts, 1992

Gerhard Richter (German b. 1932), Isa (717-6), 1990, oil on canvas. Levy Bequest Purchase, 1997


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