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How Did That Painting Get There? Luba Genush’s Mural at the MNI

-Written by Davin Luce, Curatorial Intern, Visual Arts Collection When visiting an art museum, we are encouraged to enjoy artworks and the curated spaces they inhabit. How often, though, do we consider all of the work necessary to create these

En quête des œuvres d’art

Par Rita Kazan, Stagiaire à la maîtrise, Gestion des collections, Collection d’arts visuels Il y a 180 ans, la Collection d’arts visuels de McGill est née avec un premier tableau, et depuis, le désir de l’élargir à de nouvelles œuvres

Art Wins the Day: Roussil’s ‘Danse de la Paix’ at McGill

“Ceremony provides the climax to a controversy dating from 1949,” proclaimed the Friday, October 2nd, 1992 edition of The Montreal Gazette. That day, as part of Open House weekend at McGill, and in conjunction with Montreal’s 350th anniversary, La Danse

Montreal Mansions: Spaces in Time

In 1973 the Van Horne Mansion, a historic brownstone located on the corner of Sherbrooke and Stanley Streets here in Montreal, was controversially dozed. This event came on the heels of a spate of similar demolitions in the Golden Square

Colour by Numbers: Contemporary Japanese prints in the Visual Arts Collection

Shinobazu no Ike

La version française suit By Isabelle Chartier, Collections Administrator, Visual Arts Collection Printmaking is, traditionally, a colourless medium: black ink transferred onto white paper. Adding colour to prints is a slow and laborious process, at odds with the very essence

Mickey Mouse Comes to McGill

Disney’s most memorable cartoon characters have come to McGill’s Visual Arts Collection. A new acquisition of Disney material, donated by long-time supporter of the Collection, Dr. Joanne Jepson (M.D.C.M. ’59), includes a multitude of sketch prints and celluloid images that

“Moving Paint:” Kent Monkman discusses his art practice and most recent exhibition

Fisher River Cree artist Kent Monkman inspired a sold out audience at McGill’s Pollock Hall the night of February 6th with a behind-the-scenes look into his artistic practice. The artist’s lecture was presented by the McCord Museum, in collaboration with

A family reunion at the Visual Arts Collection

-Written by Vanessa Di Francesco and Rosalind Sweeney-McCabe, with contributions from Dr. Newton Hyslop McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection is home to hundreds of painted portraits, many of them picturing famous McGillians who, in one way or another, left their

And though she be but little, she is fierce: Miniature engravings of musical instruments in Shakespeare by Gerard Brender à Brandis

Figure 3: Gerard Brender à Brandis, Tambourine, Positive Organ, Bells, and Hornpipe, from the series Concord of Sweet Sounds: Musical Instruments in Shakespeare, 2006-2009, hand-tinted wood engravings, 40 x 35 cm (mat). Visual Arts Collection, McGill University Library 2018-020.13-020.16.

La version française suit By Vanessa Di Francesco, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection Tiny is trending, big time. From micro-homes and minimalist design to microbreweries and small-batch production, the downsizing wave is cresting. But tiny has always been trendy,

Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections

Guest Contribution by Hannah Deskin. ROAAr launched its recent book Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections with a fanfare, a successful sale, and an excellent turnout on November 8th.  ROAAr–that is the Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the

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