Events and Programming
Effigy comb, antler, Neutral Iroquoian Nation, from the Lawson Site, London, Ontario, ca. 1525 CE (Museum of Ontario Archaeology);
Champlevé enamel pyx, enamel on bronze, Limoges, France, mid-13th century (Malcove Collection, University of Toronto Art Centre);
Decorative fragment of furniture inlay, bone, Byzantine/Coptic, 7th century (Malcove Collection, University of Toronto Art Centre);
Stone pipe bowl in bird form, Huron Iroquoian Nation, ca. 1500-1650 CE (Museum of Ontario Archaeology)
All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday 30 September, 8 to 10 p.m.: Opening of Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier and Mapping Iroquoia: Shelley Niro and Jeff Thomas at the McIntosh Gallery. Opening of Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier at the D. B. Weldon Library (John A. Schweitzer Gallery, Archives and Research Collections Centre, and main concourse).
Friday 1 October, 12:30 p.m.: Artist’s talk by Jeff Thomas on Mapping Iroquoia, McIntosh Gallery
Saturday 2 October,10 a.m. to 12 noon: Homecoming at the University of Western Ontario; gallery talks and re-enactment at the McIntosh Gallery
Thursday 7 October, 8p.m.: Medieval-themed film, Rm. 84, University College, University of Western Ontario: Ivanhoe. This 1952 movie, which received three Academy Award nominations, was based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel Ivanhoe (1819). Many of those who arrived in Canada’s new London on the Thames in the 1820s and 1830s imagined that they had been transplanted to the medieval-inspired times of Scott’s Ivanhoe.
Friday 15 October, 8-10 p.m.: Opening of Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier at Museum London
SYMPOSIUM: Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier
Friday 22 October, 7 p.m.: Welcoming remarks, McIntosh Gallery, followed by:
The launching of “The Sounds of Medieval London,” a soundscape by London-based Audio Lodge artists (Kevin Curtis-Norcross, Troy David Ouellette, and Paul Walde) at University College, the historical and symbolic heart of the University of Western Ontario’s neo-Gothic campus. This experimental artistic project "Time Transposition 1010," explores the “medieval” sounds of London, Ontario, 1,000 years ago.
View a description of the soundscape
Keynote address, 8 p.m., in the McIntosh Gallery, to be delivered by Dr. Gerald McMaster, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Saturday 23 October, 10 to 4 p.m.: Symposium on Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier continues in the ArtLab, John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, Perth Drive, University of Western Ontario.
View the Symposium Program
Wednesday 27 October, 12:30 p.m.: Gallery talk about men and women who helped to shape the history of Upper Canada/Canada West by graduate students Simon Bentley and Ahlia Moussa, McIntosh Gallery
Thursday 28 October 8p.m.: Medieval-themed film, Rm. 84, University College, University of Western Ontario, exact title TBA.
Tuesday 2 November-1 December: Month-long studio activities on the topic ‘Medievaled’ Sculpture by Professor Kelly Jazvac’s third-year sculpture class, ArtLab, Department of Visual Arts. The sculpture students will produce visual responses to Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier, and their projects will culminate in an exhibition to open on 2 December (below).
Wednesday 3 November, 12:30 p.m.: Gallery talk about mapping and representations of the landscape of Upper Canada/Canada West by graduate students Trista Mallory and Hillary Walker Gugan, McIntosh Gallery
Thursday 4 November-19 November: Exhibition by Professor Kelly Wood’s undergraduate photography classes in the Concourse Gallery, Department of Visual Arts. This exhibition will feature visual responses to Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier. Some works will be reinstalled for the exhibition to open on 2 December (see below).
Wednesday 10 November, 12:30 p.m.: Gallery talk about the history and mapping of London and southern Ontario by John Lutman, James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections Librarian, and Cheryl Woods, Map Librarian, Serge A. Sauer Map Library, in the McIntosh Gallery
Sunday 14 November 1p.m.: Medieval-themed film at Museum London: How to Train Your Dragon. This recent and highly rated fantasy film (2010) is set in a mystical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons. It tells the story of a young Viking teenager who encounters a dragon that challenges his fellow Vikings to see the world from a different point of view. This contemporary example of “movie medievalism” will enchant both children and adults.
Tuesday 23 November-8 December: Exhibition by Professor Tricia Johnson’s second-year printmaking class in the Concourse Gallery, Department of Visual Arts. This exhibition will feature visual responses to Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier
Sunday 28 November, 1 p.m.: Gallery talk about Mapping Medievalism at the Canadian Frontier by Professor Kathryn Brush, Museum London
Thursday 2 December, 5-7 p.m.: Exhibition opening and reception in the ArtLab and Concourse Gallery, Department of Visual Arts, to celebrate the artistic productions of students in the classes of Professors Jazvac, Wood, and Johnson, and textual responses to Mapping Medievalism produced by art history students.
Log cabin in Adelaide, Ontario, ca. 1860s (Western Archives, D. B. Weldon Library, RC# 100 003)
Engraving after Lady Eveline Alexander, Grand Military Steeplechase at London, Canada West, 1843 (McIntosh Gallery, Gift of an anonymous donor, 1953)
C. W. Jefferys, Fur Brigade Crossing the St. Lawrence, watercolour, n.d. (McIntosh Gallery, Purchase, Library Collection, 1969)