Visual Arts

Events listing

Visual Arts Exhibitions Fall 2017

September 27-December 24, 2017

Our Fall 2017 Exhibitions include Artists on art, The Mobile Ruin, Le Labo: New Perspectives in Jewellery in Quebec, Working It Out and The Deer of Nine Colours.

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Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck: Urban Now: City Life in Congo

September 29-December 31, 2017

"Urban Now: City Life in Congo" offers an exploration of different urban sites in Congo through photography and video.

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Amalia Pica: ears to speak of

September 29-December 31, 2017

For her exhibition "ears to speak of" at The Power Plant, Amalia Pica will develop "Ears (2017)", a new work, which continues her engagement with the failures and impossibilities of communication and obsolete technologies.

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Michael Landy: DEMONSTRATION

September 29-December 31, 2017

Landy invites the public to collaborate in building a ‘wall of protest’ by submitting images, words, texts and slogans that represent their thoughts and feelings—of hope or of despair, on matters small or large, from high to low and across the cultural spectrum—to be transformed by the artist into drawings.

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Sunday Scene: Colleen Lipinski

October 22, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Colleen Lipinski is currently the owner of Toronto Audiology Associates. She is a clinical educator and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, and has completed a Doctor of Audiology degree from AT Still University, Arizona Health Sciences, among many other accolades. Lipinski will discuss Amalia Pica’s exhibition ears to speak of.

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Power Kids: Infinite Landscapes

October 22, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. Sammy Baloji’s and Filip De Boeck’s work explores the past, present, and future dreams of a city’s inhabitants. In this workshop, we will discuss how Baloji combines both the past and the future, the old and the new, in his photographs. Then we will transform historic images of Toronto’s landscape into new futuristic scenes using plastic, paper and textiles.

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Power Talk: Mari Spirito

October 28, 2017

Mari Spirito is Founding Director of Protocinema, realizing site-aware exhibitions in the world, based in Istanbul and New York since 2011. Spirito is Curator of Conversations for Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach since 2014 and was Curator of Alt Art Space, Istanbul 2015-2017; and Advisor to the 2nd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, 2012. Spirito will discuss the founding and development of Protocinema, present a few of their projects, talk about working with uncertainty, and the new role of non-profits worldwide.

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Power Talk: Courtney J. Martin

October 29, 2017

In this Power Talk, Courtney Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Dia Art Foundation, will use American painter Robert Ryman to examine the question of painting within the discourse of object-based Minimalism. Active from the late 1950s, Ryman’s work is often aligned with Abstraction Expressionism due to his use of a predominantly abstract idiom; Conceptual art because he departed from traditional materials to make paintings from plastics and metals; and, most frequently, Minimalism due to his employment of achromatic or white surfaces. This lecture will draw on the 2015-16 exhibition of Ryman’s paintings that she curated for the Dia Art Foundation.

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Ofrendas

November 4- 5, 2017

Harbourfront Centre will celebrate the 14th edition of the Day of the Dead Festival by working with Mexican artists to create ofrendas that showcase the tradition through a contemporary lens.

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Power Kids: Camera Obscura

November 5, 2017

These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. Tours and workshops are led by Amanda Foulds, Power Kids Family Programs Coordinator and assisted by Erica Cristobal, Power Kids Teaching Assistant. The camera is an important part of Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition. It has the ability to freeze time and create stories. In this workshop, we will explore the origins of cameras – as far back as ancient Greece – by constructing our own camera obscuras! Like Amalia Pica, we will follow schematic drawing plans and build our cameras using cardboard, lenses and mirrors. Through this program we will learn about the components of a camera and the basic techniques of photography.

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Constructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard presented by The Power Plant

November 11, 2017

The Power Plant will partner with Akin Projects to present a workshop inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition, ears to speak of, in which Pica has reconstructed two acoustic radar units to-scale using cardboard.

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Sunday Scene: Amy Fung

November 12, 2017

Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates. Amy Fung is a writer, researcher and curator currently based in Toronto, with a specialization in criticism, poetics, and the moving image. She has published her writings in Canadian Art, Art Papers, C Magazine, Fuse, and Frieze, among other publications; and is a co-founder of MICE Magazine. Fung will discuss Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition 'Urban Now: Life in Congo.'

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