Fall Exhibitions 2019 at McMaster Museum of Art

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm

Celebrating new exhibitions

  • Peripheral Vision(s)
  • it is from here that the world unfolds: The Levy Collection
  • Instruments of Exchange: Coins from Antiquity to Today


Peripheral Vision(s)

Curated by Rhéanne Chartrand and Gerald McMaster
Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art
August 24 – December 20, 2019

This exhibition sparks a visual dialogue between ledger drawings by 19th century Northern Plains warrior-artists and lithographic prints produced a century later by Leonard Baskin (Jewish-American, 1922-2000) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseño/American, 1937-2005) to generate a new critical analysis on history, the politics of representation, image-making and the overall intent of portraiture. It draws together nearly 50 works of art from institutions across North America.

Peripheral Vision(s) invites visitors to consider how the lens of the present shapes our understandings of the past, and how, when we look back, we must activate the largest portion of our visual field—the periphery—in order to see objects, ideas, truths, gestures, and movement outside of our direct line of vision, or, histories not at the centre of the dominant worldview.

CURATOR’S TOUR by Rhéanne Chartrand: Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

CONCERT | Night of Indigenous Music: Cris Derksen and nêhiyawak: Thursday, September 26, 7 – 9 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: Wednesday, November 20, 6 – 9 pm
Janet Berlo, professor of art/art history and visual culture, University of Rochester
Gerald McMaster, curator, artist, author, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair of Indigenous visual culture and curatorial practice, OCADU
Jeffrey Thomas, artist and recipient of the 2019 Governor General Award for the Visual and Media Arts
Rhéanne Chartrand, curator of Indigenous art, McMaster Museum of 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


it is from here that the world unfolds: The Levy Collection

Curated by Pamela Edmonds
Permanent Collection
August 24 – December 14, 2019

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. Presented in recognition of the Levy Collection’s return to McMaster following its cross-Canada tour in the exhibition, A Cultivating Journey highlighting significant artworks donated by the Hamilton businessman and philanthropist in 1984.


Talk by Merray Gerges
Art Critic and Editorial Resident at C Magazine
Friday, November 1, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Talk by Dr. Kenneth Montague
Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects / Collector of African diasporic art
Friday, November 15, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Image above: Gilbert & George, Heady, 1991, Mixed media, 253 x 426 cm, Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, Levy Bequest Purchase.


Instruments of Exchange: Coins from Antiquity to Today

Curated by Spencer Pope, Professor in the Department of Classics
September 12, 2019 – August 1, 2020

Because they are instruments of economic exchange, coins contain richly detailed images that provide an assurance of their value. And because they are issued by a political authority, the images represent the community that produced and keep them in circulation. In this way, coins sit at the intersection of economic, political, and artistic interests. Coinage developed a visual language that spoke both to their value and their origin as early as the seventh century BCE. It remained a fundamentally conservative medium throughout antiquity and even beyond: their recognizability is part of their function. The visual language established in antiquity still governs many coins today, with the result that much of what circulates now is indebted to long-lived traditions. This exhibition will present coins from the McMaster Museum of Art and consider their role as instruments of exchange.

CURATOR’S TALK by Spencer Pope: Thursday, September 19, 12:30 – 1:20 pm

Image above: Athenian silver tetradrachm, after 449 BCE. Gift of B.R. Brace, 1995; Roman Republic silver Denarius of C. Fonteius, 114 BCE. Gift of Dr. A.G. McKay, 2004; Roman Republic silver Denarius of C. Poblicius Malleolus, 118 BCE, Purchase, 1946

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