Select Works: From the Permanent Collection

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Also opening Dorothy Caldwell: Silent Ice / Deep Patience at our Queen's Square Gallery.

This annual exhibition provides an excellent overview of our collecting activity over 25+ years, and demonstrates the diversity and ingenuity of Canadian artists working in textile and fibre. Works from the collection are frequently loaned to other art galleries across the country and beyond, however, only once a year at Design at Riverside, is there an opportunity to present larger groupings of related or thematic works here at home in Cambridge.

In the late eighties, we decided to pursue a particular collection mandate focused on the fibre medium; partly because the region’s industrial base was established by the textile industry that flourished in the mills along the Grand River; and partly because such specialization would set us apart from other institutional collectors. The nature of the works in our collection is extremely varied; the artists represented are creative visionaries as well as masters in their use of materials and the techniques they employ. The focus of the collection is decidedly contemporary with an emphasis on supporting both established and emerging artists.

This year we are pleased to present several new acquisitions by artists from numerous parts of the country along with recent donations to the collection.

The collection has been supported by multiple levels of government; the efforts of dedicated volunteers and their fundraising events; and by individual and corporate donors. We appreciate their continued interest.

Curated by Mary Misner

Image: Anouk Desloges, Knots Bouquet (detail), 2013. Photography: Scott Lee.


Tamara Neill
Publicity and Promotions Specialist
Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON  N1S 2K6
T 519.621.0460 x187

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Tatiana Grigorenko and Zoe Heyn-Jones: The Disappeared

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Tatiana Grigorenko and Zoë Heyn-Jones
The Disappeared

January 16 – February 21, 2015
Opening reception: January 16, 2015, 6 – 8pm

Saturday, January 17, 12 – 2 pm
Tatiana Grigorenko and Zoë Heyn-Jones in conversation with Alison Cooley: 12 – 1 pm
Pay-what-you-can brunch: 1 - 2 pm

Tatiana Grigorenko, Kremlin, 16.5 x 11.5 inch archival inkjet print on cotton rag paper and collage, 2012

This exhibition uses various techniques from collage to the documentary to explore issues of visibility. Grigorenko’s images are inspired by Soviet-era photographs in which certain individuals—having become politically undesirable—were made to figuratively disappear, while Heyn-Jones traces the route from Guatemala City to Santiago, Atitlán, leading to the site of the Mayan genocide.


Tatiana Grigorenko was born and grew up in New York City. After a brief stint as a professional ballet dancer, she received her BA in Fine Arts and French in 2003 from Amherst College and her MFA in photography in 2010 from Yale School of Art. Named Emerging Photographer of 2009 by the Magenta Foundation and Wallpaper Magazine’s 2011 New Graduate Talent to Watch, Tatiana Grigorenko’s work has been exhibited widely, including the Queens Museum in New York, Philadelphia Photo Arts, Yale Art Gallery, Paris Photo Los Angeles and the American University of Paris. She lives and works in New York and Paris.

Zoë Heyn-Jones is a Toronto-based researcher and visual artist focusing on ethnography and expanded cinema. Zoë is currently a PhD student in Visual Art at York University. Zoë studied cinema and anthropology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.

Igor Omulecki, Cloud 03, 9.8 x 15.7 inch archival ink jet print, 2013

Igor Omulecki

Using the studio as a site of experimentation and working with various materials such as sugar and steam to reproduce natural elements, Warsaw-based artist Igor Omulecki offers a unique narrative about celestial and familial rhythms.


Igor Omulecki is a Warsaw-based artist. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and he is currently a lecturer at Academy of Photography, Warsaw.


For more information please contact:
Noa Bronstein, Head of Exhibitions and Publications
(416) 979-3941

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

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Gallery 44 is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm | Free admission

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.

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Dorothy Caldwell: Silent Ice / Deep Patience

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Also opening Select Works: From the Permanent Collection at our Design at Riverside Gallery.


This new body of work developed by senior artist Dorothy Caldwell continues her exploration of place, how we mark the land, and how it is visualized in our mapping practices. The scope of her research includes extensive travel in both the Australian Outback and Canadian Arctic. Both are powerful desert landscapes populated by indigenous people whose cultures have adapted to the harsh conditions of the land. “The works for the exhibition are a response to these experiences and how they relate to my own sense of place. Ultimately one comes back to the familiar landscape with renewed perspective and ongoing questions about interpreting images and values of another culture in light of our own experience.” Caldwell maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. Her travel and research in India, Japan, and Australia have influenced her work both as sources of dyeing and stitching practices and as places where textile artists share her beliefs in the integration of historical work in contemporary contexts. Caldwell has been recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award and her work is included in numerous permanent collections including Museum of Art and Design in New York, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art Gallery of Peterborough and Idea Exchange.

This exhibition is organized and toured by the Art Gallery of Peterborough.


Tamara Neill
Publicity and Promotions Specialist
Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, ON  N1S 2K6
T 519.621.0460 x187

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Come Up To My Room 2015

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Come Up To My Room 2015
Gladstone Hotel

New This Year: 10 Days!

Friday Jan 16 – Sunday Jan 25, 2015

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 5pm *open late for programs
Sat - Sun: 11am – 7pm *
*3rd and 4th floor installations will be open for viewing from January 10th to March 29th, 2015, daily from 12pm to 5pm

Exhibition Admission:
$10 general admission (per day)
$15 Festival Pass (Admission for 10 days, all receptions and discounts on events)
$25 for school groups, book tours with

Special Event Dates:
Design Pirates: Thursday Jan 15th 8pm *
Opening Party: Friday, Jan 16th, 2015 from 7pm – 10pm
Music Events: Friday Jan 16th & Thurs Jan 22nd, 9pm – 2am *
Closing Party: Saturday Jan 25th, 7pm – 10pm
Love Design Party: Saturday, Jan 24th, 10pm – 2am
*Additional entry fees may apply.

Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. CUTMR is the Gladstone’s signature, self-produced design event that bends disciplinary boundaries and explores new ground with each passing year. Under wraps until the day it opens, the show inspires over 4,000 attendees with mind-twisting and 140-character-inspiring works of creativity.

New this year, CUTMR 2015 extends its run to 10 days with new programming including:

  • Design Pirates, a late night talk show styled event, Zahra Ebrahim and Fluffy Souffle, explore the new landscape of design where self-taught designers and credentialed professionals practice side by side;
  • An evening of music and visual entertainment with Debaser and Weird Canada;
  • An evening of music and art presented by Heretical Objects Cooperative;
  • New this year, an opening and closing reception;
  • Topped off by the no-to-be-missed annual Gladstone Love Design Party, the official closing party of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. The Gladstone’s ballroom will be transformed into the world of installation and musical artist Petra Glynt (Alexandra MacKenzie).

The extended run and expanded scope is sure to make the 2015 edition of CUTMR the best yet! The exhibition will take over all floors of the 125-year-old historic hotel, inviting the creative community to take the temperature of contemporary practice and to explore the space between design, fine art, craft, landscape design, performance and sound installation.

CUTMR 2015 will once again play a pivotal role in connecting audience with the inspiring talents who build the foundation of Toronto’s contemporary art and design scene.

The exhibition is curated this year by: Jaclyn Blumas, Robert Cram and Caitlin Plewes, and has been running for over a decade and was voted the People’s Choice for the 2014 Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

Miles Ingrassia and Iris Karuna; Mutt Kaw; Corinne Thiessen and Michael Trommer; Tough Guy Mountain; TextTiles; Noah Scheinman and Mary Soroka; DTAH; Carla Porier; Menalon; Time & Desire; Fareena Chanda; Jesse Hasko; Steve Reaume; Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers; Museum of Temp Art: Michael Poulton; Ryerson IMA Gallery; Phil Irish; Meaghan Hyckie; Annie Tung; Lizz Aston; Dayna Gedney and Joe Baumann; Alula; and Lindsay Montgomery.

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 5pm *open late for programs
Sat - Sun: 11am – 7pm *
*3rd and 4th floor installations will be open for viewing from January 10th to March 29th, 2015, daily from 12pm to 5pm

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

Contact Information
(416) 531 4635 |

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An Te Liu: In Absentia

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Coming up at KW|AG

An Te Liu
In Absentia
Curated by Crystal Mowry | Co-produced by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie


For this new multi-venue exhibition, An Te Liu presents a selection of recent work, which lies at the intersection of contemporary material culture, modernism, and ethnographic display. At a glance, Liu's bronze, ceramic, and concrete sculptures resonate within the tradition of modern sculptors from Constantin Brâncusi to Barbara Hepworth, together with their affinity for raw, elementary forms. Inspired by collections in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City and the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Liu has assimilated references as diverse as Mayan and Aztec artifacts, rare minerals, fossils and meteorites. Using the enigmatic shapes of foam packaging and other found sources as a point of departure, Liu constructs an archaeology of forms spanning the primeval, ancient and present day. Just as the partial imprint of a new laptop might also resemble a ritualistic idol of a vanished race, the abstract and decayed remnants of In Absentia invite us to unravel their identity and meaning: their origins are obscured, while new ones are conjured. Unique to KW|AG's presentation of In Absentia is the inclusion of White Dwarf, a massive monochromatic orb clad in obsolete electronics and domestic appliances. Suspended from the gallery ceiling, White Dwarf might be seen as an interstellar precedent for the atomized mass of objects which share its company. As an ensemble, these works compel us to consider how ways of seeing and knowing shape our relationship to objects, across cultures and time.

Shirin Neshat
Organized and circulated by the Musee d'art Contemporain de Montreal
as part of the Momentum series
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 8 - 10 pm


The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery presents the dual projection video installation Soliloquy by world renowned international artist Shirin Neshat. Born and raised in Iran, Neshat currently lives in the United States. Soliloquy (1999) questions the boundaries of gender, nationality, ethnicity, and culture. In this dual projection, the viewer follows a veiled Neshat as she wanders the streets of a vacant modernist cityscape (filmed in Albany, New York) on one screen. On the other, Neshat navigates the alleys and courtyards of a traditional Eastern cityscape (filmed in Mardin, Turkey). The images on the opposing screens set in motion a meditation on the contrasts between Western and Eastern worlds, contemporary and traditional identities, exilic and Indigenous experiences. The dualities are provisionally reconciled at the end of the video through a blending of choral music and chanted prayer.

The national tour of the Momentum series is made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, through its Museums Assistance Program.

Upcoming Public Programs

Art Talk: Marc Mayer, Director, National Gallery of Canada | Free


Marc Mayer, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, joins us to talk about the vital role the institution plays in bringing art of national and international significance to Canada. His talk touches on the National Gallery of Canada’s approach to acquiring art for their permanent collection and public engagement initiatives to reach Canadians from coast to coast to coast. These initiatives include partnerships with regional institutions to exhibit the collection, such as the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto), the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Contemporary Art 101 | Free
Thursdays, Feb 5 - 26 | 12 - 12:40 pm
Spend your lunch hour with art. This series of free lectures offers a bite-sized introduction to the concepts, themes and issues explored in the art of today. Learn what to look for in a work of art and get to know the work of many exciting contemporary artists. The winter series will examine the pivotal role of modernism in art and architecture in the 20th century. Bring your lunch and your Kitchener Public Library card - select books from the KPL collection will be available for on-site sign-out. Presented at KW|AG in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library.

Art Talk: Lois Andison, Under the Influence | Free
Wed, Feb 25 | 7 - 8 pm
Have you ever wondered what catches the eye of an artist? Or what other interests they have? Artist Lois Andison talks about what piques her interest as it relates to her own artistic practice - the art and culture that appeals to her and the other artists that ignite her curiosity.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Through January 4, 2015

False Clues [Faux Indices]
Lynne Cohen
Curated by François LeTourneux
Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal | Travelling exhibition support from Canadian Heritage | Presenting Sponsor: The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation – The Musagetes Fund

Everywhere Ghostly is Nowhere Bodily
Jason de Haan
Curated by Crystal Mowry

Through March 8, 2015

The Letter
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Curated by Crystal Mowry

About the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KW|AG) connects people and ideas through art. The Gallery emphasizes contemporary art, has a 4,000 work Permanent Collection and offers creative and artistic experiences for adults, children and families. Established in 1956 and located within Centre In The Square, KW|AG is the oldest and largest public gallery in Waterloo region: roots in the community, eyes on the world.

Media Contact:

Priti Kohli, Communications Coordinator | 519-579-5860 x222 | E:

KW|AG Gallery
101 Queen Street North, Kitchener
Hours and Admission
M-W 9:30am-5pm, Th 9:30am-9pm, Fri 9:30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.
Open before most Centre In The Square performances.
Admission to KW|AG’s exhibitions is free, courtesy of Sun Life Financial

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Come Up To My Room 2015

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Come Up To My Room 2015

January 16-25, 2015

Toronto's favourite alternative design event returns for its 12th year with an extended run and expanded scope. In celebration of the Gladstone Hotel's 125th anniversary, CUTMR 2015 will be taking over all four floors of this historic landmark, bringing together design, fine art, craft, landscape design, performance and sound installations in a blockbuster two weeks of exploration and appreciation for Toronto's vibrant arts and culture scene.

125 years ago the Gladstone Hotel represented a local hub for a bohemian and eclectic mix of Toronto locals and rail travelers, a space for like-minded individuals to relate and collaborate. This year, the Gladstone Hotel returns to its local roots, giving voice anew to the folk expression of the local art and design community that is often overcast from the new, sky structures above. Through CUTMR'15, the Gladstone Hotel will once again play host in connecting the audience to the inspiring talents who build the foundation of our local community.

This year CUTMR is excited to present the work of: Alexandra Mackenzie, AlUlA (Alula), Annie Tung, Carla Porier, Corinne Thiessen & Michael Trommer, Danya Gedney and Joseph Bauman, DTAH, Fareena Chanda, Jesse Hasko, Leu Webb Design, Lindsay Montgomery, Lizz Aston, Meaghan Hyckie, Menolone & The New beat, Miles Ingrassia & Iris Karuna, Museum of Temporary Art, Mutt Kaw, Noah Scheinman & Mary Soroka, Oliver Pauk & Michael Vickers, Phil Irish, Ricky Sosa, Ryerson Artspace, Steve Reaume, TextTiles, Timeanddesire and Tough Guy Mountain.

Jan 16-25, 2015:
Monday to Friday 12pm-5pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am-7pm
General Admission: $10


Fri Jan 16   7-10pm   Opening Party   Second Floor
Fri Jan 16   9-12am   Band Night   Melody Bar
Sat Jan 24   10pm   Love Design Party   Ballroom

As a supporter of the Canadian Design scene for over 10 years, Come Up To My Room was a founding exhibition of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), ultimately winning the People's Choice: Favourite Exhibition Award in 2014. The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is an annual city-wide platform that celebrates the unique diversity of Canada’s energetic design scene through the exhibition and engagement of independent design in Toronto, showcasing unexpected prototypes, immersive installations, and unique programming. TO DO provides exposure for the country’s most promising designers and introduces the public to the practice of design with events featuring great thinkers, practitioners and educators.

Internationally recognized as Canada’s favourite Boutique Art Hotel, the Gladstone uniquely blends historical Victorian architecture with contemporary luxury, downtown culture and whole lot of art, making it an iconic Toronto hub for locals and international travelers alike.

Supporting 37 artist designed hotel rooms, over 70 art exhibitions a year, 4 diverse event venue spaces and 2 restaurants, all on a strong values-based mandate, the Gladstone strives to foster an authentic experience for its guests and the local community.

The Gladstone Hotel and Come Up To My Room thank Grolsch for their kind support of our arts programming.



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Group Exhibition: PROPELLER!

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PROPELLER! Gala Celebration: January 17

Gallery Gala Launch: Saturday, January 17, 6 - 10 pm


PROPELLER invites you to join in celebrating the launch of our new gallery space!!

As of January 1, we are located at 30 Abell Street, on the ground floor of Toronto's Artscape Triangle Lofts. The Gala coincides with our inaugural exhibition, PROPELLER! - a multidisciplinary show featuring Propeller members exclusively - on view from January 15 - 25, 2015.

Propeller, its Board and members are redefining their raison d’être, reinventing themselves in this ever changing, challenging world of visual art, by continuing to forge partnerships and alliances within the Arts sector and the greater Toronto art-loving community. We hope you will celebrate with us as we mark a new chapter in our near 20-year history!

For more information, including accessibility and parking, please visit our website:

For media and additional inquiries, please contact the Gallery Administrator, Arianne Di Nardo:

30 Abell Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6J 0A9 Canada



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Winter Event Series: Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling

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Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling

Winter event series at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre

Join us for an event series occasioned by the winter exhibition program at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling responds to the exhibitions A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection and Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, both drawn from the University of Toronto and Hart House Collections. This series features an interdisciplinary program of lectures and panel discussions that examine the subject of nationalism as narrativized through collections of art.

Please refer to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and UTAC websites for extended descriptions of the events:;

Students in the Hart House East Common Room in the 1960s, with artworks from the collection. Image source: Hart House Fonds, University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services.

Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling

Thursday, January 15 – 4:30-6:00 pm, UC 140
Curator’s lecture by Christine Boyanoski introducing the major national touring exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection. Opening reception for the winter exhibitions to follow at UTAC, 6:00-8:00 pm

Sunday, January 18 – 12:00-5:00 pm, begins at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
ArtBus Tour of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the University of Toronto Art Centre, the Blackwood Gallery, and Oakville Galleries. Begins with a curator’s tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign by Sarah Robayo Sheridan. For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 24 by Friday 16 January, 4:00 pm. $10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company.

Wednesday, January 28 – 7:00-8:30 pm, UTAC
Barbara Jenkins, Associate Professor of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University, will discuss her study of Vincent Massey and Canadian cultural policy within the contemporary perspective of globalization. The lecture follows her contribution in the recently published volume Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014).

Wednesday, February 11 – 7:00-8:30 pm, begins at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Curator's tour of Sign, sign, everywhere a sign with Sarah Robayo Sheridan. Begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Reception and book launch for the new Justina M. Barnicke Gallery publication Kelly Mark: Everything is Interesting to follow at UTAC.

Wednesday, February 25 – 7:00-8:30 pm, UTAC
“Canada, Imagined Community”: Kass Banning (Cinema Studies, University of Toronto), Robert Schertzer (Political Science, University of Toronto) and curator Wanda Nanibush will be in conversation around contemporary Canadian culture in relation to national identity, diversity, and globalization. Moderated by independent curator, writer and art educator Betty Julian (Art, OCAD University).

Wednesday, March 4 – 7:00-8:30 pm, UTAC
“Collecting Canadian Art in Toronto” presents Andrew Hunter (Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario), Jessica Bradley (Jessica Bradley Gallery), Dawn Cain (Curator, BMO Financial Group), and private collector Kenneth Montague in conversation on the practice of private, institutional, and corporate collecting in relation to the notion of nationhood. Moderated by Sara Angel, visual arts journalist and historian and founding director of the Art Canada Institute/Institut de l’art du Canada.


Re-collections: Between History and Storytelling was researched and coordinated by Marsya Maharani in collaboration with gallery staff.

For more information, please contact Daniella Sanader, Curatorial Assistant:, (416) 978 5488

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and UTAC would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Manulife Financial.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Assistance Program. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.


Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON  M5S 3H3
  University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)
15 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON  M5S 3H7

Gallery Hours: Please note the change our hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturdays 12-5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
The Galleries are wheelchair accessible.

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Festival of the Body

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Festival of the Body
In the Great Hall at OCADU

A month-long series of events and exhibitions for the PanAm/ParaPan Am games and the launch OCADU’s new specialization Life Studies on contemporary studies of the body in art and science.

Panel Discussion:
The Festival of the Body: Whose Body?
Thursday, January 15th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Participating artists and curators of the exhibition discuss the show in the context of diversity and representation.
Moderator: Amy Swartz
Panel: Natalie Waldburger, Ryan Rice, Bogdan Luca, JJ Lee, Christina Sealey & students participating in the exhibition

Kit Curry memorial show
Location: January 19th-23rd
Transit Space
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22nd

Panel Discussion:
The Festival of the Body: Athleticism
Thursday, January 22nd
6:30-8:30 p.m.
A panel on art and athleticism as it relates to identity, ability and performance.
Moderator: Dr. Spencer Harrison
Panel: Matthew Strang – Academic, Adam Lancia – ParaPan wheelchair basketball athlete, Andrea Nann – Dreamwalker Dance Company

Festival of the Body Part II: Speculative Bodies.
Thursday, January 29th
Performance & Video event in the Great Hall and Central Hall, Room 230

Panel Discussion: The Festival of the Body: Science
Thursday, February 5th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
This panel with investigate the threshold between art and science which is
increasingly generative for the new specialization in Life Studies.
Moderator: Dr. Caroline Langill, Dean of Liberal Arts and Science, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Panel: Nina Leo (TBC) – Assistant Professor, OCAD U, Suzanne Ankor – Bio Art Lab, NY, Francis LeBouthillier - Assistant Professor, OCAD U

Sponsored by the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, The Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science/School of Interdisciplinary Studies, IAMD, Graduate Studies, First Year, Drawing and Painting and The Office of the President to support the launch of the Life Studies Specialization

Tracy Buchanan
Information & Projects coordinator
Faculty of Art
416-977-6000 ext 330

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Mexican Painting from the 80s

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Helio Montiel
Rubén Ortiz-Torres
Saúl Villa
Mexican Painting from the 80s

15 January to 14 February
Opening 15 January 5 to 7

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to present paintings by Mexican artists Helio Montiel, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Saúl Villa as the inaugural show of 2015. This exhibition will showcase works that reflect stylistic and political shifts that occurred within Mexican painting during the 1980s, not well known to Canadian audiences.

Art historian Marina Dumont demarcates this period of Mexican art as “witness[ing] the rise of Neo-Mexicanism. A new, or rather, a different kind of mexicanidad reflected a crisis of values felt by Mexican artists and their need to reconsider the significance of their national and cultural identity. The work of Helio Montiel, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Saúl Villa in this exhibition, Mexican Paintings from the 80s, mirrors that crisis felt by these artists and their somewhat violent departure from the hegemonic post-revolutionary aesthetic formula.”

2015 also marks the tenth anniversary of Diaz Contemporary and offers an opportunity to return to the gallery’s programming history and its continued investment in promoting Mexican artists abroad.

For more information please contact us:

Diaz Contemporary
100 Niagara Street (at Tecumseth)
Toronto, ON M5V 1C5

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 to 6, or by appointment


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