In January 2016, McLuhan House opened as an interpretive space for Marshall McLuhan’s life and legacy of ideas. It was designated a municipal historic resource and restored by Arts Habitat, with support from the City of Edmonton and Edmonton Arts Council. McLuhan was a famous Canadian professor, media critic and author who lived in Edmonton at the historic McLuhan Residence. Visit the 1912 craftsman house and enjoy Arts Habitat’s micro museum celebrating Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan.
(July 21, 1911 — December 31, 1980)
Marshall McLuhan was a celebrated and often controversial 20th Century intellectual. He was born in Edmonton over one hundred years ago and lived at McLuhan House until the age of four when the family moved to Winnipeg. Through his writing and ongoing seminars at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at University of Toronto, he goes on to have a significant impact on international discourse about media, culture, communication, and technology. He is best known for the phrases “The medium is the message,” and “global village,” as well as writing and co-authoring over 25 books about the media.
The childhood home of Marshall McLuhan is located in the historic Highlands neighbourhood. Arts Habitat Edmonton purchased McLuhan House with the assistance of the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council, embracing the opportunity to honour McLuhan’s life and legacy in Edmonton by re-purposing the property from a private residence into a micro museum and artist residency.
McLuhan House is envisioned to:
• Interpret multiple narratives about Marshall McLuhan.
• Celebrate McLuhan’s connections to Edmonton and discuss his impact on our culture.
• Bring together literary arts organizations, scholars, writers, and artists.
• Set an example for vibrant, healthy space for the arts, for example, McLuhan House Studio Residency Program.
McLuhan Family Portrait Collection
20 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, a cousin of Marshall.
The McLuhan TV Wall
This intermedia art installation was created by University of Alberta students and professors made from 5 tube TVs and displaying documentary images and sounds of Marshall McLuhan’s many celebrity appearances on US and Canadian television from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.
McLuhan House Artist Studio Residency
Arts Habitat is pleased to host an Artist Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House. As the 2017-8 Artists-in-Residence, the art collective known as Black Girl Magic will receive one-year free access to the garage studio, embedded in Edmonton’s vibrant community of cultural workers and heritage-lovers. Read More!
For further information contact:
Chelsea Boos, Community Programmer
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• A web-based map and timeline of Marshall McLuhan–related events was created in Winter 2015 by the students in the course “Philosophy 366: Computers and Culture,” taught by Dr. John Simpson at the University of Alberta.