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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Anna Hudson

Media and Culture

University   York University
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Phone Number   (416) 736-2100 ext. 77421
Office Location   CFA 245
Office Hours   TBA


B.F.A. (Concordia); M.Phil. (Glasgow); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Toronto)


Professor Hudson joined York University in 2004 as an Assistant Professor in Canadian Art and Curatorial Studies. Formerly, Hudson was the Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Research Interests

Hudson’s research considers the role of historical art in the present as seen across cultural and generational divides. Her teaching/research focuses are: postcolonial art of the Americas including contemporary art of the Arctic; museology and the interrelation of art networks and institutions; the art market and the business of culture; issues of sex and gender in the representation of beauty and social order; and the legacy of humanism in twentieth century Canadian art.

Hudson is currently preparing a book based on her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: The Toronto Community of Painters, 1933-1950, for publication with Cormorant Books. She is working with Michèle Grandbois at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on an exhibition of the nude in Canadian art, 1920-1950, scheduled to open in Quebec City in the fall of 2009.

Hudson was awarded a SSHRC standard research grant in 2008 for her project: Breaking the boundaries of Inuit art: new contexts for cultural influence. This research addresses a paradox: a non-Inuit market for Inuit art in the “South,” represented by carvings, prints, and fabric works depicting animals and Inuit legends, operates separately from time-based media (including film, video and photography), performance art (including music and spoken word), and autobiographical storytelling (drawn or written) produced primarily for Inuit audiences.

Selected Publications

“Beauty is the eye discovering: Ken Thomson’s passion for Canadian historical art,” in The Thomson Collection (Skylet Publishing – Paul Holberton Publishing / Art Gallery of Ontario); forthcoming 2008

“Mapping Jeff Thomas,” Drive-By: A Road Trip with Jeff Thomas (Toronto: University of Toronto Art Centre / Coach House Press, 2008), pp.11-19.

“What happens when you run out of space?: Walter Redinger’s existential dilemma,” in Walter Redinger: Return to the Void – the Ghost Ship and other tales from the ether (Toronto: MOCCA, 2007), pp.15-18.

“Charles Comfort’s Moment in the Relationship of Art and Life, 1935-1945,” in Take Comfort – The Career of Charles Comfort (Winnipeg: The Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2007), pp.45-50.
“Wonder Women and Goddesses, A Conversation about Art with Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland,” in Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland, ed. Anna Hudson, (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2004), pp.41-62.
“The Legend of Johnny Chinook: A.Y. Jackson in the Canadian West and Northwest” in the Group of Seven in Western Canada, (Toronto: Key Porter Books in association with the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 2002), pp.113-134.
A Collector's Vision: J.S. McLean and Modern Painting in Canada (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1999), pp. 9-32.




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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan