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
Barbara Astman, Carl Beam, Meryl McMaster, Sorel Cohen, Joseph Beuys, Bidemi Oloyede, Christina Leslie, Jeff Thomas, Micah Lexier, László Moholy-Nagy This exhibition brings together artworks drawn from the M(M)A permanent collection that present diverse ways of exploring self-imaging and subjectivity through different types of photo-based media. Expanding the genres of portraiture and self-portraiture, selected works […]
Ancient Greek and Roman coinage represents the intersection of politics, economics, and art; no other medium in the ancient world more closely reflects the decisions of administrations, the expectations of civic bodies, and detailed craftspersonship. Coins are among the most ubiquitous artifacts from Classical antiquity and despite their small size, are among the most instructive […]
This catalogue documents a multi-year art-science project called Immune Nations, produced on the occasion of its exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Initiated in 2014 and co-led by Steven Hoffman (York University), Sean Caulfield (University of Alberta), and Natalie Loveless (University of Alberta), Immune Nations brought together scientists, policy experts, […]
Peripheral Vision(s) includes scholarly essays by some of the most prominent Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices within the fields of Indigenous art history and art criticism today.
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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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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:
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
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