Talk Title: Herman Levy: The legacy of Hamilton’s great art collector
Herman Levy is one among a small number of Canadian donors who, over the years, have made a significant contribution to the arts and culture of Canada. Generously donating works to institutions across the country, including the National Gallery of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Hamilton, Levy’s largest donation was to the Museum at McMaster University. This talk will look at Levy’s history as a collector, his relationship with McMaster University, his incredible legacy to the institution and, at the many significant works of art that he gifted and/or bequested the institution.
Carol Podedworny is the Director and Chief Curator of the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton. Podedworny holds Master degrees in Museum Studies (University of Toronto) and Art History (York University) and a B.A. in Art History (University of Guelph). In the past nearly 40 years, Podedworny has worked for a variety of Canadian cultural institutions as both staff and as an independent. She has produced over 75 exhibitions and contributed over 50 essays to journals, books and exhibition catalogues. Podedworny has taught at McMaster University, York University, University of Waterloo, and was Scholar in Residence in the Art History Department at Queen’s University, Kingston. Podedworny’s research interests include curatorial and museological practice, de-centering the traditional museological narrative and, post-contact Indigenous art.