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Caption This! Choral edition

‘Wake up, Mr. Jones!  No, not you, the one next to you.  It’s a B flat in bar 37.’ Our thanks this month to Stephen Silvester for the caption! Honourable mention to Richard Orlando for his submission:           …

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The Story of Choryo 張良 and Kosekiko 黄石公

By Melody Hsu, McGill Visual Arts Collection Museum Database Assistant (2022), B.A Art History and International Development, Minor Communications, 2022 A smirking, elderly man atop a galloping horse gazes down at a young man kneeling on a dragon. The young …

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10 McGill Library activities to do with visitors in town for convocation

A crowd of graduates in caps and gowns seen from behind at a ceremony.

It’s that time again! After more than two years of virtual ceremonies and convocation-themed Zoom backgrounds, happy graduates and their families are back on McGill’s beautiful campuses. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of ten fun Library-related things to do …

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Asian North American Art in McGill Visual Arts Collection

By Serene Mitchell, McGill Visual Arts Collection Museum Database Assistant (2022), B.A History, 2022 As a student of Asian North American history, I’ve always been drawn to the development of cultural identity and understanding migration history through sites of artistic …

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Flashback with Angela Grauerholz

sepia city scape

Lire la version française by Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts Collection Artist Angela Grauerholz presents us with a seemingly conventional subject in this photograph; a diagonal, high angle view of a concrete, five-storey building. The boxy design of a …

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One Minute Wonder: Argillite Haida Sculpture by Arthur Moody

Video and narration by Catie Galbraith, Chickasaw Nation, SSMU Indigenous Art Intern, McGill Visual Arts Collection Hlgas7agaa, or argillite is a sedimentary rock, composed primarily of lithified kaolinite clays. While argillite can be found globally, the carbonaceous, black variety used …

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One Minute Wonder |  Red Sleigh, House, Winter by Lawren Harris

Lawren  Harris,  Red Sleigh, House, Winter, 1919, Oil on Canvas, 130 x 138 cm. Gift of A. Sidney Dawes, B.Sc., 1910. McGill Visual Arts Collection, 1966-001.

Take a moment to pause, reflect, and learn more about some of the stories behind the rare and special objects held at McGill. ROAAr’s “One Minute Wonder” is a new video series that delves into extraordinary things in McGill Library’s …

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Art & Action | Two recent acquisitions by Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos

sweet like cane

Lire la version française By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection On June 4th, 2020, McGill Visual Arts Collection published a statement on its website that outlined a commitment to meaningful inclusion and change to the collection. Inspired …

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The Falcon: The Statue of a Winged Youth at McGill

by Joseph Hanaway, Washington University The original article was first published in Fontanus, Vol. 14 (2016). Abstract: The Falcon statue, created by R. Tait McKenzie, stands as a beacon just outside the entrance of the McLennan Library Building on the …

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Celebrating Human Connections; Friendship at a Fountain

Lire la version française By Gwendolyn Owens, Director, McGill Visual Arts Collection In this moment of great stress and uncertainty, most of us have found wisdom, relief, or simply solace in words, in music, or in art that has survived …

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