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Visual Arts

Events listing

Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017 – Public Opening Reception

June 23, 2017

Join us for the public opening party for our Summer exhibitions! Enjoy a cash bar and snacks while you mingle with artists and curators.

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The Power Plant Summer 2017 Opening Party

June 23, 2017

Join us in celebration of The Power Plant's Summer 2017 Exhibition Season and be among the first to experience Ydessa Hendeles' first major retrospective at a public institution: The Milliner's Daughter, on view from 24 June to 4 September 2017. Admission is FREE, cash bar available all evening.

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Visual Arts Exhibitions Summer 2017

June 24-September 17, 2017

Our summer exhibitions include Legacies 150, co-presented with the National Film Board of Canada, a collection of stories from Canadians of all walks of life reflecting on legacy and inheritance through photography.

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Sunday Scene: Ekow Nimako

June 25, 2017

Ekow Nimako is a Toronto-based artist who creates sculptures out of Lego bricks, which he uses to examine issues of social justice. Nimako has exhibited at Nuit Blanche, the Art Gallery of Ontario, BAND Gallery and more, and will participate in The Brain Project this summer in Toronto. Nimako will discuss Ydessa Hendeles’ exhibition The Milliner’s Daughter at The Power Plant.

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Power Kids: Rainbow Bodies

June 25, 2017

Ydessa Hendeles has created an installation titled From her wooden sleep…, in which wooden manikins represent people – some insiders, some outsiders – but the manikins are mostly monochromatic. After discussing the contextual importance of Hendeles’ installation, we will design and make marionette shadow puppets out of paper and cardboard using all the colours of the rainbow as a symbol of inclusion!

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Power Kids: Citizens of Diverse City

June 27, 2017

Create a unique shadow puppet with the instructors from Harbourfront Centre's Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Is there someone in your community who inspires you? Create a shadow puppet to honour them and describe their story.

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Power Kids: DIY Wind-Up Toys

July 9, 2017

Ydessa Hendeles’ Aero-Car inspires this STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) program. We will discover how Hendeles speaks to both the past and the future in her work by drawing upon the use of antique toys and futuristic automatons. Each participant will then design and build their own retro-style wind-up toy using springs, thread and cardboard. Once complete, we will wind-up our toys and watch them go zoom!

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Sunday Scene: Emily Cadger

July 23, 2017

Emily Cadger is a Toronto-based writer and art historian. She recently graduated from the University of Guelph’s Master’s in Art History and Visual Culture program. Her broader interests cover the production and dissemination of illustrated books as both pieces of art and as aesthetic political products used to diffuse sociopolitical commentary into the commercial market. Cadger will discuss Ydessa Hendeles’ exhibition The Milliner’s Daughter.

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Power Kids: Manikins Come to Life!

July 23, 2017

The manikins in Ydessa Hendeles’ The Milliner’s Daughter appear as if they have been frozen in a tableau vivant – a living picture. After viewing and talking about the manikins in the exhibition, we will work in small groups – inspired by performance art – to invent a story, and design and make props from mixed media. Then, using our props, we will pose as living models in our own tableaux vivants. Each group will be photographed in one (or more) pose(s), and we will share those pictures with you!

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Sunday Scene: Rui Amaral

August 6, 2017

Rui Mateus Amaral is Director and Curator at Scrap Metal in Toronto, Canada. In this role, Amaral has produced We are safe and all is well in our world in 2017, The Sophie La Rosiere Project in 2016 and Autocontusion, also in 2016. He holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Studies at OCAD University. Mateus Amaral will discuss Ydessa Hendeles’ exhibition The Milliner’s Daughter.

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Panel Discussion: Remembrance and Difference

August 10, 2017

To explore the themes in The Milliner's Daughter, The Power Plant will host a panel discussion led by Dr. Shelley Hornstein, professor of Architectural History and Visual Culture at York University, and author of and contributor to multiple books and anthologies related to memory in visual art, especially following the atrocities of the Second World War. Panelists will include Toronto-based artist Jessica Karuhanga; Dr. Carson Phillips, Managing Director, Neuberger Holocaust Centre; and more.

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Power Kids: Family Trees

August 13, 2017

Ydessa Hendeles’ The Milliner’s Daughter, includes a photograph of the artist at age six, taken by her father soon after her family immigrated to Canada. Inspired by the artist’s story of migration, this program will reflect your family’s growth. Each participant, working closely with their adult companions, will create a colourful tree structure that will grow and change as they learn about their family members. After choosing what kind of tree your family might resemble, use wire and wood to build the main structure and add small leaves or fruits to represent family members.

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