Artwork by Shake n Make and Adriana Kupier against a grey background Artwork by Shake n Make and Adriana Kupier against a white background


Fugue is a sculptural installation that materializes the artists’ shared and individual experiences of living through the COVID-19 global pandemic. Comprised of a large 6’ x 18’ suspended collaborative quilt made up of three 6” x 6” panels, the artists have deployed muted tones of blues/greys/blacks combined with abstract patterns to narrate their personal stories of living through such haunting conditions throughout the last two years. Both literally and figuratively, the installation invokes many meanings of “fugue”–fugue as metaphor for the artists’ mental/emotional states during the pandemic, fugue as a formal principle of design, fugue as a form of psychological disassociation wherein one’s senses are compromised, and lastly fugue as the musical composition based on imitation and repetition.

Dating back to the 12th Century, quilts are typically associated with the home, domesticity, and feelings of coziness and comfort. Politically quilts reference women’s traditional creative practices that 20th Century feminist scholars have framed as examples of collective activism that blur the boundaries between fine arts and craft. In the installation, the quilt also translates into a materialization of survival; recalling the heaviness of the pandemic, the quilt symbolizes both the comfort and care needed during months of lockdowns as well invokes the specter of being smothered by that which should be cozy. Reminiscent of a three-dimensional topographical map suspended inside the gallery, Fugue also invites audiences to reflect on the landscape of their pandemic experience and on the ways they comforted themselves through this challenging time.


Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 2nd, 12:30 – 1:20 PM

Artists: Shake-n-Make (Claudia B. Manley and Liss Platt) in collaboration with Adriana Kuiper

January 10, 2023 – March 24, 2023

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


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To promote and stimulate learning, interest and continued enjoyment about the visual arts, the Museum will organize an annual programme of temporary exhibitions for presentation year round.

Exhibition proposals/submissions are accepted on an on-going basis.

The Director/Curator will select and establish the annual exhibition programme in collaboration with the curatorial team. An exhibition schedule will be presented by the Director/Curator to the Advisory Board of the Museum once each year


Proposals are accepted from artists and curators.


10-20 digital images, project description, and CV.

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Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
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1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L6


The McMaster Museum of Art is a third party recommender for Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Grants.

The 2023-24 Exhibition Assistance Program opens on June 7, 2023, and closes on January 16, 2024. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • September 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 7, 2023, 1 p.m. ET


Please follow the guidelines established by the Ontario Arts Council, apply directly through their website, and submit the following with your applications:

Brief artist statement
Confirmation letter from the gallery/museum/venue
Digital images of work