Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme

200 Years of McGill’s Contributions
to Arts & Culture in Montreal

Through two hundred years of innovation and creative endeavour, McGill University has worked to cultivate the arts in Quebec, helping to make Montreal into the cultural capital it is today. As part of the University’s Bicentennial celebration, this virtual exhibition tells the story of how McGill and its people supported the development of Montreal’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme is a series of short, dynamic videos that highlight individuals and events in music, visual arts, literature, dance, theatre, urban design, and architecture. Together these videos help to deepen our knowledge of McGill’s past and look forward to more cultural production between the University and the city.

Adding Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme to Montreal’s cultural landscape, McGill continues to contribute to the lively pulse of its beloved hometown.

Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme

200 Years of McGill’s Contributions
to Arts & Culture in Montreal

Through two hundred years of innovation and creative endeavour, McGill University has worked to cultivate the arts in Quebec, helping to make Montreal into the cultural capital it is today. As part of the University’s Bicentennial celebration, this virtual exhibition tells the story of how McGill and its people supported the development of Montreal’s vibrant arts and culture scene.

Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme is a series of short, dynamic videos that highlight individuals and events in music, visual arts, literature, dance, theatre, urban design, and architecture. Together these videos help to deepen our knowledge of McGill’s past and look forward to more cultural production between the University and the city.

Adding Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme to Montreal’s cultural landscape, McGill continues to contribute to the lively pulse of its beloved hometown.

Introducing Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme

Created by McGill Visual Arts Collection, Texture, Rhythm, Rhyme is a series of 10 thematic videos that are narrated by members of our McGill Community.

Beginning in September 2021, a thematic video will be released every month.

Music

October 2021

Dance

November 2021

Literature

January 2022

Art Education

December 2021

Architecture

March 2022

Theatre

February 2022

Art for a Modern City

June 2022

Visual Art

May 2022

Urban Design

April 2022

Image credits

MUSIC: Louis Jacques, Ethel Stark Conducting, 5 February 1955. Library and Archives Canada, e011308870.

DANCE: Modern Dance, McGill Yearbook, 1941.

LITERATURE: El Mac and Gene Pendon, Leonard Cohen Mural on Crescent Street, Montreal.

ART EDUCATION: Chair of McGill’s BFA Program John Lyman Teaching Painting, McGill Yearbook, 1950.

THEATRE: Dancers on stage with Brian MacDonald, 1951. McGill University Archives, PR041141

ARCHITECTURE: Werner David Feist, Montréal McGill University, Montréal, Québec, 1959. Canadian Centre for Architecture, PH1983:0559. © Estate of Artist.

MODERN CITY: Ron Fleischman, Group Portrait at 35 Quebec Painters exhibition, 1957. McGill University Archives, PR039850.

VISUAL ARTS: Ewalt Halfhide, First Snow on Campus, 1943, Pastel on paper. McGill Visual Arts Collection, 1985-024. © Estate of Artist.

URBAN DESIGN: Hochelaga Rock, McGill Campus, August 2021. McGill Visual Arts Collection.