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Edward Poitras, Small Matters (detail), 1988. Nails, wire, paper, instasign.
75.5 x 176 x 5 cm. The Mendel Art Gallery Collection at Remai Modern. Purchased 1989. © Remai Modern

McMaster Museum of Art presents:

Unapologetic: Acts of Survivance
January 12 – March 25, 2017
Curator: Rhéanne Chartrand

Carl Beam
Bob Boyer
Robert Houle
Gerald McMaster
Shelley Niro
Ron Noganosh
Jane Ash Poitras
Edward Poitras
Pierre Sioui
Jeff Thomas
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun

This exhibition presents selected works of critical notoriety from the 1980s by eleven foundational contemporary Indigenous artists. As provocateurs, these artists declared that the lack of Indigenous representation in major arts institutions across Canada was symptomatic of a broader historical and on-going indifference to Indigenous peoples. These artists—and many others of their generation—(en)acted survivance by directly renouncing colonial dominance, tragedy, and the victimization of Indigenous peoples by asserting Indigenous presence through their art. As visual storytellers, their work stands as both evidence of and a means of cultural survival + resistance = survivance.

Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm
Curator's Tour: Tuesday, January 31 at 12:30 pm
Curator's Talk: Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, February 9, 7 – 9 pm


Kuniyoshi vs Cvetich: Gangnam Style
January 12 – April 15, 2017

Presenting a selection of recent works by Hamilton-based artist Paul Cvetich alongside woodblock prints from McMaster Museum of Art’s collection by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese 1797 – 1861).

Paul Cvetich is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Guelph and completed his Hons BA in Art and Art History at McMaster University in Hamilton. He has previously exhibited work in Hamilton, Toronto, Waterloo and St. Thomas. In 1990 he completed the Day of Mourning Memorial, a public commission installed at the City Hall in Hamilton, Ontario. Kuniyoshi was one of the last great masters of the Japanese ukiyo-e style of woodblock prints and painting.

Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm
Artist Talk: Paul Cvetich will speak at Mills Hardware: Thursday, January 19, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Mills Hardware is located at 95 King St E, Hamilton. This event is presented as part of the Hamilton Arts Council’s Echo Artist Talk series.


The Age of Enlightenment: The Pierre Conlon Book Collection
January 12 – April 15, 2017
Curator: Renu Barrett, Archivist, Mills Memorial Library

This exhibition focuses on selected books donated to McMaster University Library by Professor Pierre Conlon (1924-2014), including rare editions by philosophers such as Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu. They are complemented by art from McMaster Museum of Art’s collection.

Reception: Thursday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm
Guest Speaker: Thursday, January 26, 6 – 8 pm
Tour and Bookwork Activity - Telling our stories: February 11, 1 – 3 pm
Guided Tour followed by an accordion bookmaking activity for Hamilton Winterfest. FREE. Contact Nicole Knibb to register: or 905-525-9140 x.27576.

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About the McMaster Museum of Art
Established in 1967, McMaster Museum of Art (MMA) is a public, non-profit, university-affiliated gallery situated in the heart of McMaster University campus. The MMA, which houses the University’s internationally recognized collection of approximately 6000 art objects and antiquities, presents exhibitions and provides public programs through scholarly research and interpretation.

McMaster Museum of Art
Alvin A. Lee Building
McMaster University
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6
905.525.9140 x.23241

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