Material Voices at the Textile Museum of Canada

The second museum I decided to visit while in Toronto was the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC).  If you've been following this blog for awhile you know I get really exited about seeing textile arts in mainstream museum spaces - so visiting the TMC seemed like a logical way to build on that love.  The … Continue reading Material Voices at the Textile Museum of Canada

Exploring Ceramics at the Gardiner Museum

While in Toronto recently I had some time before my flight home, unsurprisingly I used that time to visit bookstores and heritage sites.  I was torn between all the possibilities in Toronto but opted to visit a couple of museums I hadn't been to before.  The Gardiner Museum located in Toronto is Canada's national ceramics … Continue reading Exploring Ceramics at the Gardiner Museum

Gerald Richardson – Life Through The Lens

While visiting the Dufferin County Museum and Archives (DCMA) recently I was able to take in the Gerald Richardson - Life Through The Lens exhibit that was in the Silo Gallery.  The exhibit featured many photographs by Richardson that are on loan to the DCMA. Richardson was from Orangeville, Ontario in Dufferin County and is … Continue reading Gerald Richardson – Life Through The Lens

Reverb14: Art Installations and Archives

In 2010 I participated in #reverb10. This year I plan on participating in #reverb14 as a way to get my writing habits back on track. The first prompt is Where did you start 2014? Give us some background on this year. My year started with a lot of thinking about digital preservation, digitization, and community … Continue reading Reverb14: Art Installations and Archives

Ethel Stein Master Weaver Exhibit

Ethel Stein. Portrait, 1999. Art Institute of Chicago.I recently spent a few days in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the fifth post in a series about the museums, architecture, public gardens, and art I visited while there.  The first post can be viewed here.One of my favourite exhibits during my visit to the Art Institute of … Continue reading Ethel Stein Master Weaver Exhibit

Technology and Highlights of the Art Institute of Chicago

I recently spent a few days in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the fourth post in a series about the museums, architecture, public gardens, and art I visited while there.  The first post can be viewed here.When people say you could spend hours at the Art Institute of Chicago they aren't kidding.  I spent a full … Continue reading Technology and Highlights of the Art Institute of Chicago

Commemorative Art: Walking With Our Sisters

Yesterday artist and author Christi Belcourt, hosted by Shingwauk Kinomage Gaimig, gave a talk at Algoma University. Her talk focused on her art practice, traditional art, and the Walking With Our Sisters project.  Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation in memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women  in Canada and the United … Continue reading Commemorative Art: Walking With Our Sisters

Artifact Meanings and Contextualization

In the museum world, objects are generally described with reference to their designers, or purchasers, or donors...But the whole history of an objects intersects with many other people, who employ many other skills and attach many other meanings.1 The above quotation from Richard Rabinowitz's article highlights the traditional way that museums tend to display and … Continue reading Artifact Meanings and Contextualization

Local History and Artwork at the Galway City Museum

It rained a lot while I was in Galway.  The rain seemed to come in bursts, it would rain for ten minutes and then it would be sunny, twenty minutes later it would rain for another ten minutes.  In my mind a rainy day is a perfect day for a trip to a museum.  The … Continue reading Local History and Artwork at the Galway City Museum

Royal Hospital Kilmainham: Modern Art and Heritage Site

Following my trip to the Kilmainham Goal I visited the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) that is located in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham building. Unfortunately during my visit the main Hospital building was closed for renovations and only a small new gallery space was open.  Despite this closure the grounds are beautiful … Continue reading Royal Hospital Kilmainham: Modern Art and Heritage Site