McLuhan House

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Centre for Art and Ideas

Discover McLuhan House located at 11342 64 Street in the beautiful historic Highlands neighbourhood. Restored with support from the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Arts Council, and the Social Enterprise Fund, the historic McLuhan House features interpretative displays celebrating Dr. McLuhan, his connection to Edmonton and his place in history and culture. This micro-museum is dedicated to Herbert Marshall McLuhan’s life, research, and relationship to Edmonton.

McLuhan House strives to engage in ideas and artworks that interpret McLuhan with an extensive network inclusive of residents and McLuhanatics throughout the global village.

Click on the video to learn more about McLuhan House and how it came to be a Historic House in Edmonton

McLuhan House Events

McLuhan House is a dynamic community gathering place that draws the neighbourhood, academic researchers, artists, and cultural workers together. We host regular events and you are invited to join us.

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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.

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

Some of the interpretive features in McLuhan house include:

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.

McLuhan House Artist Studio Residency

Arts Habitat is proud to host an Artist Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House. We are pleased to introduce Lauren Crazybull, the 2018-19 Residency Artist. Lauren is an Edmonton-based  Blackfoot, Dene visual artist whose deeply sensitive rendering of visual language testifies to the empathy, emotional intelligence, and passion of the artist herself.


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