McMaster Museum of Art - new season of exhibitions and events

McMaster Museum of Art

You're invited to a new season of exhibitions and events at McMaster Museum of Art, including our celebration for all new exhibitions:
Public Reception on January 11 from 6 - 8 PM
  • #nofilterneeded:  Shining light on the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA), 1985 – 1992
  • Susan Schelle:  Selected Works
  • Gordon Bennett, Be Polite


Shining light on the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association (NIIPA), 1985 – 1992
January 2 – March 24, 2018
Curated by Rhéanne Chartrand
Presented in partnership with Indigenous Art Centre, INAC

In 1985, a group of Indigenous image-makers came together in Hamilton to form the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association with the core objective to promote a positive, realistic and contemporary image of Indigenous peoples through the medium of photography. They felt that, for far too long, Indigenous peoples had been portrayed through someone else’s lens, and that it was time they took control of the image in order to contest and demystify stereotypical representations of Indigenous peoples.

This exhibition features works by NIIPA Founding Members: 
Simon Brascoupe, Dorothy Chocolate, Valerie General, Pat Green, Rick Hill, Tim Johnson, Joel Johnson, Jimmy Manning, Martin Akwiranoron Loft, Douglas Maracle, Yvonne Maracle, Murray McKenzie, Brenda Mitten, Lance Mitten, Shelley Niro, Jolene Rickard, Greg Staats, Morley Stewart, and Jeff Thomas
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ARTISTS’ ROUNDTABLE with Rick Hill, Yvonne Maracle, Brenda Mitten, and Greg Staats: Thursday, February 8, 6 – 8 pm

Susan Schelle: Selected Works

January 2 – March 24, 2018
Guest Curator: Ana Barajas

This exhibition presents photographic, video and sculptural works, spanning 35 years, by Senior Canadian artist, Educator, and Hamilton native, Susan Schelle. Over decades the artist has revisited familiar themes, set up a dialogue between works, and often re-worked elements over time. The element of water is at the centre of the artist’s explorations.  It appears in many forms and states, but it always affects the position of the viewer. 

Susan Schelle: Selected Works celebrates a shift in the artist’s practice after twenty years as art educator (Visual Studies at University of Toronto); while recognizing the methodology of an artist deeply concerned with environmental phenomenology and its effects on the human environment.  <More information>

ARTIST AND CURATOR’S TALK:  Wednesday, March 7, 12:30 pm

Gordon Bennett, Be Polite 

January 11 – May 12, 2018
Organized and Circulated by IMA Brisbane

Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) was one of Australia’s most visionary and critical artists. Drawn from the Estate of the artist, this exhibition presents a selection of works on paper including drawing, painting, watercolour, poetry, and essays from the early 1990s through to the early 2000s. Though rarely seen in exhibition contexts, Bennett’s drawing and script form the foundation of his practice. Paper is the site where imagery, words and ideas often found their first expression before being combined into the large-scale conceptual paintings for which Bennett is known. Despite their intimate scale, works in Be Polite embrace rich layers of Western and Australian Indigenous art history and contemporary politics, a direction Bennett played a leading role in developing throughout the 1980s and continued to explore in his successful career. <More information>

CURATORS’ TALK: Thursday, January 11, 12:30 pm
by Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh
from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia