McMaster Museum of Art celebrates 50 years

By Rose Anne Prevec, McMaster Museum of Art, November 2, 2017
photo by Tom Bochsler     Sam and Ayala Zacks and Dr. Thode

In 1967, the first dedicated space for an art gallery opened at McMaster University with an exhibition of Canadian paintings from the private collection of Sam and Ayala Zacks. In addition to caring for the University’s growing art collection, the new gallery was established as a fundamental part of the Arts Department, and celebrated for animating student interest and exposure to original works of art, for study and enjoyment. The art collection, gallery and its programs have grown steadily and significantly ever since.

The McMaster Museum of Art is marking its 50th birthday with a series of free special events this month, culminating in celebration event at the Museum on November 23 with senior curators Tobi Bruce, Director, Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator for the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and Ihor Holubizky, Senior Curator for McMaster Museum of Art.

Guided Gallery Tours 
Saturday November 4 at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday November 8 at 12:30 p.m.
The N. Gillian Cooper Education Program tours are led by the McMaster Museum of Art's Education staff

Impressionist Painting Workshops 
Registration is required as space and materials are limited.
For more details and to register:
Thursday, November 16
Saturday, November 18
Presented as part of the N. Gillian Cooper Education Program

50th Celebration Night
Thursday, November 23 at 6 p.m.
Curators Talk by Tobi Bruce and Ihor HolubizkyCultivating Collections
Join Ihor and Tobi as they discuss the collectors and curators who have helped build the MMA and AGH collections into two of the most impressive in Canada. Presented as a complement to A Cultivating Journey: The Herman H. Levy Legacy.  Tobi Bruce is Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Ihor Holubizky is Senior Curator at the McMaster Museum of Art.
Talk is followed by a Birthday Cake and Champagne Reception

Museum catalogues and swag for the 50th visitor of the day