McLuhan House

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Centre for Art and Ideas

Located at 11342 64 Street in the beautiful historic Highlands neighbourhood, McLuhan House was restored with support from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, and the Social Enterprise Fund. This historic house features an interpretative display celebrating Dr. McLuhan and his connection to Edmonton. McLuhan House is dedicated to Herbert Marshall McLuhan’s life, research, and relationship to Edmonton.

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McLuhan House Artist Studio Residency
Arts Habitat is proud to host an Artist Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House. We are pleased to introduce Amanda Chwelos, the 2019/20 Residency Artist. Amanda’s current work explores figuration and contemporary malaise through a practice based in painting. We are looking forward to watching her grow over the next year.

I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media

Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911—December 31, 1980)
Marshall McLuhan, was a leading and often controversial 20th century thinker. He lived in Edmonton as a child, over 100 years ago. His early years significantly influenced his long-term philosophical writings, including Understanding Media  and the global impact of mass media. He played on his own famous saying, publishing The Medium is the Massage which went on to have a significant impact on international discourse about culture and technology.

McLuhan Family Portrait Collection
Twenty family photographs were restored and enlarged by Michael McLuhan and donated on behalf of the McLuhan Estate. They are complemented by didactic panels composed by McLuhan Genealogist and historian Stuart MacKay, Marshall’s cousin.

The McLuhan TV Wall
This intermedia art installation was created by University of Alberta students and professors. It is made from 5 tube TVs, and displays documentary images and sounds of Marshall McLuhan’s many celebrity appearances on North American television from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.


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