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The Art of Seeing™

Empathy, Perception and Resilience through visual art.

Learn to see. See to learn.

Description & Exhibitions

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Learn more about the exhibitions and artists that will be on display during the program dates. 

Part One: Introduction to the Art of Seeing, Formal Analysis and Interpretation
MMA 2nd Floor Sherman and Panabaker Galleries

Introduce participants to the McMaster Museum of Art. Outline The Art of Seeing learning objectives of the course, and their link to professional skills.  These include observation and perception, visual intelligence, humanistic leadership, self-awareness and self-reflection, slowing down, disrupting assumptions, tolerance for ambiguity, empathy and compassion, learning about other cultures and historical time periods, the creative process, and narrative.


Part Two: Disruption and Decolonization, Challenging Ways of Knowing

MMA 2nd Floor Sherman and Panabaker Galleries

it is from here that the world unfolds
Curated by Pamela Edmonds

This exhibition is a reconsideration of McMaster University’s famous Herman H. Levy Art Collection and Bequest spanning five centuries of historical, modern and contemporary art focused primarily on the European canon. Instead of constructing a linear historical survey, individual works and groupings provide points of departure for alternative narratives reflecting transcultural exchange and re-orientations. Presented in recognition of the Levy Collection’s return to McMaster following its cross-Canada tour in the exhibition, A Cultivating Journey highlighting significant artworks donated by the Hamilton businessman and philanthropist in 1984.


Part Three: Narrative Writing
4th Floor Levy and Tomlinson Galleries

Peripheral Vision(s): Perspectives on the “Indian” image by 19th century Northern Plains warrior-artists, and 20th century American artists Leonard Baskin, and Fritz Scholder
Curators: Rhéanne Chartrand and Dr. Gerald McMaster


This exhibition arose from the curators' mutual interest in interrogating the “Indian” image, applying gaze theory and the praxis of survivance to the critical analysis of Indigenous art, and building Indigenous art histories from an Indigenous perspective. It will generate insights on image-making, self-representation, misrepresentation, naming, and the overall intent of portraiture.