Statement from Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin
“I won’t forget in a hurry that day in March when the decision had to be taken to close the McMichael to play our part in what we had suddenly learned to describe as ‘flattening the curve’. We stepped into a new world, a scary world of working from home, social distancing and endless, obsessive hand-washing. Well, those things are still with us, and will be for some time – but hallelujah! We’ve reached a stage where we feel confident that we can re-open the McMichael again! We’ve missed our colleagues, we’ve missed the art, we’ve missed the Humber River – and we’ve missed YOU. We hope to see you soon, with all the necessary safety measures in place, at our beautiful Gallery. Welcome back!”
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection will reopen to the public on Friday, July 31 through Monday, August 3, 2020. Members will have access one day earlier on July 30.
After opening weekend, regular Gallery hours will be as follows until further notice:
Mondays to Wednesdays: Grounds Only
Thursdays: Members Only, 10 am to 5 pm
Fridays to Sundays: Members & General Public, 10 am to 5 pm
Statement from the McMichael on Racial Justice and Equality
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection adamantly condemns racism. We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and support all those who stand against racial injustice. We recognize that we have more work to do and we will look to the voices of artists and the power of art to help us reflect and ask hard questions of ourselves.
Located on 100 acres of forested land along the Humber River, the McMichael is a major public gallery uniquely devoted to collecting the art of Canada.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is located on the original lands of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe People. It is uniquely situated along the Carrying Place Trail which historically provided an integral connection for Aboriginal people between Ontario’s Lakeshore and the Lake Simcoe-Georgian Bay Region. As an institution, McMichael recognizes the importance of acknowledging the original territories of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe First Nations people.
The McMichael’s permanent collection consists of over 6,500 artworks by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and contemporary artists who have contributed to the development of Canadian art.