Struck by Likening [McMaster Museum of Art]

STRUCK BY LIKENING: The Power & Discontents of Artworld Anaologies

Curated by Guest Curator, Mark A. Cheetham

August 19 -  December 02, 2017


Struck by Likening explores commonplace declarations such as “Tom Thomson is the Van Gogh of Canada” and Norval Morrisseau is “the Picasso of the North” and the issues raised by such comparisons. These include national aspiration, genius, gender, anachronism, inter-media comparison, humour, and cultural appropriation.

Works of art in the exhibition are drawn from the historical, modern and contemporary collection of the McMaster Museum of Art, and loans from the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Museum London and the Corkin Gallery, Toronto.




PUBLIC RECEPTION: Thursday, September 14 from 6 - 8 PM

CURATOR’s TALK Getting Some Distance on Likening:  Wednesday October 4, 12:30 – 1:20 pm




Image: Tom Thomson (Canadian 1877 – 1917) The Birch Grove, Autumn 1915–16, oil on canvas, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Roy Cole in memory of his parents, Matthew and Annie Bell Gilmore


Saturday, August 19, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 2, 2017 (All day)
McMaster Museum of Art, Alvin A. Lee Bldg, University Ave, McMaster University