January 26

Meryl McMaster: Bloodline Opens February 4 at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Meryl McMaster: BloodlineOpens February 4 atthe McMichael Canadian Art CollectionExhibition spotlights artist’s pioneering photographic works and explorations of family histories and diasporic identitiesMeryl McMaster (b. 1988), The Grass Grows Deep, 2022, Giclée Print, 101.6 x 152.4 cm,Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette contemporary art, © Meryl McMaster  KLEINBURG, ON – On Saturday, February 4, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will debutMeryl McMaster: Bloodline, co-organized with Remai Modern, a survey exhibition of the remarkable Canadian artist Meryl McMaster (b. 1988), whose pioneering large-scale photographic works explore her mixed Plains Cree/Métis, Dutch, and British ancestry. Bloodline reflects on McMaster’s previous accomplishments and introduces audiences to her latest explorations on family histories, particularly those of her Plains Cree female forebears from the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. The exhibition blends together themes of memory, erasure, diaspora, and self-determination, with past trauma filtered through the imagination of one of Canada’s most insightful creative minds. Meryl McMaster: Bloodline is co-curated by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy and Tarah Hogue, Curator of Indigenous Art at Remai Modern. The accompanying publication, developed as a collaboration between the McMichael, Remai Modern and the Magenta Foundation, is a lavishly illustrated testimonial to McMaster’s career, featuring an extensive interview with the artist by Sarah Milroy, and essays by writer Maria Campbell, musician Buffy Sainte-Marie, and poet Louise B. Halfe.  The McMichael’s acclaimed programming will allow visitors to engage with the artwork and stories through a multidisciplinary lens, with a free virtual artist’s talk introducing the exhibition on Tuesday, February 7. In association with the Department of Visual Art and Art History of York University, the McMichael will also host the 2023 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts delivered by McMaster on Wednesday, February 15. Bloodline is co-organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and Remai Modern. It is a Core Exhibition of the 2023 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.WHATMeryl McMaster: Bloodline is a new survey exhibition featuring the work of Meryl McMaster. It is accompanied by a publication featuring a lead interview by exhibition curator Sarah Milroy, and contributions by Maria Campbell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Louise B. Halfe. WHENMeryl McMaster: Bloodline opens on February 4 and runs through May 28, 2023. A free virtual artist’s talk will be offered on Zoom on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6 pm. In association with the Department of Visual Art and Art History of York University, the McMichael will host the 2023 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts, delivered by Meryl McMaster, on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 5 pm. WHEREThe McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located at 10365 Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan. HOWMembers of the media wishing to interview the artist or exhibition curators, request high-resolution photography, media passes, or a review copy of the publication are asked to direct inquiries to Sam Cheung, Media Relations and Communications Coordinator, atscheung@mcmichael.com or 905.893.1121 ext. 2210. Ces informations sont aussi disponible en français. ABOUT THE MCMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTIONThe McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. It is the only major museum in the country devoted exclusively to Canadian art. In addition to touring exhibitions, the McMichael houses a permanent collection of more than 6,500 works by historic and contemporary Canadian artists, including Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, Indigenous artists and artists from the many diasporic communities of Canada. The Gallery is located on 100 acres of forested land and hiking trails at 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in the City of Vaughan. For more information, please visit mcmichael.com. ABOUT THE SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVALCONTACT inspires communities through the power of photography. Established in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization celebrating the art and profession of photography. Committed to cultivating an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, CONTACT builds community by providing a platform for dynamic collaborations and productive engagement between Canadian and international photographers, curators, partner organizations, and audiences, locally and globally. With an annual Festival spanning the month of May, CONTACT recognizes the significance of photography within all aspects of contemporary life, and the creative possibilities it envisions for the past, present, and future.  ABOUT THE REMAI MODERNRemai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The museum presents and collects local and international modern and contemporary art that connects, inspires and challenges diverse audiences through equitable and accessible programs. The Remai Modern is the largest contemporary art museum in western Canada and houses a collection of more than 8,000 works, including the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints.