Visual Arts

Events listing

Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution

September 28-30, 2017

The Creative Time Summit is an annual convening for thinkers, dreamers and doers working at the intersection of art and politics.

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The Power Plant Fall 2017 Opening Party

September 28, 2017

Join us in celebration of The Power Plant's Fall 2017 Exhibition Season and be among the first to experience the shows.

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Sunday Scene: Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh

October 1, 2017

Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (IMA) will discuss Amalia Pica’s exhibition ears to speak of.

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Constructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard presented by The Power Plant

October 7, 2017

The Power Plant partners with Akin Projects to present a pair of workshops inspired by Amalia Pica’s exhibition ears to speak of, in which Pica has reconstructed two acoustic radar units to-scale using cardboard. This event open to Power Plant Artist Members and Akin Collective only.

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Sunday Scene: Anthony Gebrehiwot

October 8, 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. Anthony Gebrehiwot is a passionate photographer, community leader and social entrepreneur whose creative lens re-visions photography as an ongoing dialogue of social change between subject and society. A self-taught photographer, he often provocatively defines his subjects, paying homage to their divine essence. Gebrehiwot will discuss Sammy Baloji and Filip De Boeck’s exhibition 'Urban Now: City Life in Congo.'

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Power Kids: Take Flight!

October 15, 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 cardboard sculptures in Amalia Pica’s exhibition are reconstructions of acoustic mirrors built nearly 100 years ago, between the First and Second World War. These mirrors were intended to detect the sound of incoming enemy aircraft. In this workshop, we will design and create our own gliding airplanes using cardboard and paint. After we construct our airplanes, we will take them outside to watch them fly!

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Student Night: No. 5

October 17, 2017

The Power Plant‘s Student Night (No. 5) is ideal for university and college students seeking professional development. This year, we invite students to converse with established artists and other professionals from Toronto museums, businesses, publishing houses and more about their career experience in “Ask Me About...”, our “ice breaker” main event: “Ask me about the time I shaved my head for art..!” Additionally, engage with an interactive art experience and music performance by Bedroomer, a collective of producers and artists from around Toronto. Complimentary snacks provided; cash bar available all evening.

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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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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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