Projects and Exhibits

Through Tragedy We Transform



“Through Tragedy We Transform: The Metamorphosis of the McGill University Campus in the Aftermath of the Great War (1914-1918)” was on on view in the lobby of the James Administration Building between November 2016 and August 2017.


Reproductions of the artworks and monuments that followed from the Great War were on display in large, colourful panels. Seen together, they inspired us to honour past McGillians who sacrificed their lives to the war effort –an effort that remains marked on the University. The approach of the Visual Arts Collection was, as always, to say less in words and show more in images.


In Honour of Rosalind Goodman



In June 2015, the Visual Arts Collection hosted a cocktail reception and art exhibition honouring the legacy of Rosalind Goodman, and in support of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre.


Highlights of the Collection were brought together in a temporary display in the Bellini Building. Working together, a team of students and recent graduates not only researched, wrote, and translated wall texts but helped plan every aspect of this important event from the preliminary choices of works of art right through to arranging for the transportation and installation.