McMaster Museum of Art - new season of exhibitions & events

McMaster Museum of Art

presents a new season of exhibitions & events

URSULA JOHNSON: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

BRUCE BARBER: The Bertrand Russell Reading Room

ERNEST DAETWYLER | The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine

JEREMY DUTCHER Concert | The Socrates Project

and continuing exhibitions

Undying Hope for this Dangerous World: Bertrand Russell in perspective

Wine, Water, and Oil: Domestic Vessels from the Greek and Roman World

Ursula Johnson: Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

September 13 – December 8, 2018
Organized by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery
Curated by Robin Metcalfe

Ursula Johnson’s practice ranges from fine craft and traditional Indigenous art forms through performance and installation.  Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember) examines ideas of ancestry, identity and cultural practice. Johnson deconstructs and manipulates the function and image of Mi’kmaw basketry, using traditional techniques to build non-functional forms. The artist explores the impact of colonialism on Indigenous material and linguistic culture, and challenges the museological and ethnographic frame imposed upon it.

Ursula Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia with Mi’kmaw Ancestry, currently based out of Eskasoni Nation.  In 2017, Johnson won the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s biggest contemporary art prize. <More information>

Bruce Barber: The Bertrand Russell Reading Room

September 13 – December 22, 2018 
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Bertrand Russell archives at McMaster, the Museum invited Nova Scotia College of Art and Design professor Bruce Barber to develop an artist project. The artist has devised a reading room environment. The key gallery element is a recreation of the Brixton prison cell where Russell spent 6 months in 1918 and a quote from Russell, realized in neon: “War does not determine who is right – only who is left.” Other Russell quotes will be positioned on the gallery walls, with two Barber-produced videos to raise awareness of Russell’s life and work and continuing relevance in today’s world.  <More information>

Ernest Daetwyler: The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine

2018 – 2020
This summer, artist Ernest Daetwyler installed a boat built from pieces of scavenged driftwood in the MMA Artist Garden. The surreal and poetic installation is intended to symbolize a time of change, challenges, and the existential fluctuations that life can present.  <More information>

Thursday October 18, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Light refreshments to follow presentation.