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THE LEVY COLLECTION: it is from here that the world unfolds

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.

  • Opening Reception: Thursday September 12, 6- 8 pm
  • Curator’s Talk by Pamela Edmonds: Friday, November 1 at 12:30 pm
  • Talk by Dr. Kenneth Montague, Director of Wedge Curatorial Projects / Collector of African diasporic art: Friday, November 15, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
  • Talk by Merray Gerges, Art Critic and Editorial Resident at C Magazine: Thursday, November 28, 12:30 – 1:20 pm (Rescheduled from Nov 1.)

Image: Henri Matisse, Icarus, Plate VIII from Jazz, 1947, Pochoir on Arches paper. Levy Bequest Purchase. Collection of McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University

Curated by: Pamela Edmonds

August 24, 2019 – December 14, 2019

Link to Exhibitions Archive for a complete list of past exhibitions


Taking space logo : a series of 4 blocks attached together with 1 side of each block coloured either red or black

Summa 2022: Taking Space

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Tim Whiten <br>Elemental: Ethereal

Tim Whiten
Elemental: Ethereal

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A triptych photograph. In the middle panel a Black perosn is shown with their eyes wearing jeans and holding a small goat. The background and adjacent two panels show a rolling green hill landscape and blue sky.

nichola feldman-kiss \ Scapegoat

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Hand extended horizontally across a plain background, holding hundreds of green and blue needles

Immune Nations

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A person draped in an orangeish/reddish coat, with a long rectangular train, walks into a body of water. The sky is grey and overcast. In the foreground is a sandy beach covered in footsteps.


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Black and white image of two Black person's head adorned with metal armour and jewelry, connected via a tied braid

the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and Black futures

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white quixotic logo on black background


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From left: Roman Republic silver Denarius of C. Poblicius Malleolus, 118 BCE, Purchase, 1946; 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

Instruments of Exchange: Coins from Antiquity to 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.

View digital image requirements


Carol Podedworny, Director and Curator
McMaster Museum of Art
University Ave, McMaster University
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 2021-22 program is open from June 2021 until January 14, 2022. Our deadlines for the programming year are:

  • October 15, 2021, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 17, 2021, 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