Exhibition: Peripheral Vision(s)

McMaster Museum of Art
August 24, 2019 at 11:00AM until December 20, 2019 at 05:00PM

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.

Related Events | Free. Open to the Public.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 12, 6 – 8 pm
CURATOR'S TOUR by Rhéanne Chartrand: Wednesday, September 25, 12:30 – 1:20 pm
CONCERT | A 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


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Event Details

August 24, 2019 at 11:00AM until December 20, 2019 at 05:00PM

McMaster Museum of Art