Meryl McMaster: Chronologies at the Montclair Art Museum

Meryl McMaster: Chronologies at the Montclair Art Museum.


I just received a press release that the Montclair Art Museum’s newest photography exhibition is officially open to the public: “Meryl McMaster: Chronologies” will be on view through September 17, 2023. As described by MAM, “Meryl McMaster crosses timescales with her dreamlike photographic self-portraiture. Working in Quebec and drawing from her nehiyaw (Plains Cree), British, and Dutch ancestry, she constructs inventive sculptural garments and props to use in her large-format images. She then travels to site-specific landscapes important to family and cross-cultural history, wearing her ensembles for cinematic scenes grounded in place, lineage, and the natural world.”

Meryl McMaster: Chronologies at the Montclair Art Museum.
“Meryl McMaster: Chronologies,” at the Montclair Art Museum. Photo credit: Jason Wyche, courtesy of the Montclair Art Museum.

Featuring eleven prior and new photographic works as well as poetry and video, this exhibition explores the artist’s disruption of time. The new works are from her 2022 series “Stories of my Grandmothers | nōhkominak ācimowina”– and is their first showing in the United States. In this series, McMaster reassembles family stories from images, objects, and written and oral accounts of her Métis and Plains Cree grandmothers, recognizing the resilience of these women amid colonial duress.

Click here to plan a visit to the Montclair Art Museum; see additional installation shots and learn more about this exhibition here.

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