4 Art Exhibits at McMichael Right Now!



4 Art Exhibits at McMichael Right Now!

Publication: Go Vaughan

Published: July 26, 2019

Author: Katia Sist


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection currently has four exhibits available for you to admire. Every exhibit is included in your general exhibit fee and is free for members.

Maud Lewis

Maud Lewis is known for her “brightly coloured and endearing paintings of rural Nova Scotia,” according to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her difficult life consisted of poverty and physical disabilities, yet these challenges were met with great success in her painting career. She created hundreds of paintings featuring images of her life in the country. This exhibition consists of paintings throughout her career and many of these pieces are from private collections that have never been featured in a public museum.

Visit this exhibit from June 29, 2019 until January 5, 2020.


Itee Pootoogook: Hymns to the Silence

This exhibition, curated by Dr. Nancy Campbell, will include more than 80 drawings and ephemera created by Itee Pootoogook. Pootoogook is a third generation Inuit artist from Kinngait that has transformed the creative traditions. He created drawings, animations and carvings. His subjects were mainly based on the contemporary northern life, memory and imagination. Pootoogook was a, “meticulous draughtsman and innovative landscapist,” according to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Itee Pootoogook (1951–2014), Rear of Canoe 2011, coloured pencil and graphite on black paper, 50.2 × 66 cm, Gift from the Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron Collection, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Visit this exhibit from June 1st to September 22nd.


Louie Palu: Distant Early Warning

Louie Palu is a documentary photographer and filmmaker who has explored and examined socio-political issues for 27 years. He has covered many conflicts and has had his work published and displayed in numerous museums. Over three years, he explored the geopolitical tensions in the Arctic as an assignment for National Geographic Magazine. This exhibition displays his documentation of the growing tensions in the Inuit communities and the unknown in the North American Arctic.

Jerry cans with fuel and a caribou head with Arctic Char drying on its antlers seen at a base camp for Canadian Rangers Type 1 Patrol North of the Inuit Hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut. (Credit Image: © Louie Palu for National Geographic), Louie Palu’s work was supported by funding from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Geographic Magazine and Pulitzer Center.

Visit this exhibit from May 18th to September 2nd.


Janet Nungnik: Revelations

This exhibition is Janet Nugnik’s first solo museum debut featuring her textile work that celebrates life in the North. These works have been produced over 15 years, telling the story of her life through embroidered and appliqued images. She uses bright colours and incredibly detailed images of her life in the small Inuit community of Baker Lake, Nunavut.

Janet Nungnik (born 1954)Northern Lights (Inside the Iglu at Night), 2002, wool felt, embroidery floss and beadwork on wool duffel, 152.4 × 111.8 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Marion Scott Gallery

Visit this exhibition from June 8th to August 25th.


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