Visual Arts

Events listing

Sunday Scene: Tairone Bastien

April 15, 2018

Tairone Bastien is a public art curator working between Toronto and Dubai. From 2011-17 he was based in the United Arab Emirates, where he established the Alserkal Programme at Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, and shaped the public programming strategy for art centres in Abu Dhabi. In addition to ongoing curatorial research and projects, Tairone is currently a Global Journalism Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Bastien will discuss Kader Attia’s exhibition The Field of Emotion.

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Sunday Scene: Kamal Al-Solaylee

April 22, 2018

Kamal Al-Solaylee is the author of the national bestselling memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which won the 2013 Toronto Book Award. His second book, Brown, was a finalist for the Governor General Literary Awards in Nonfiction and won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Al-Solaylee is also an associate professor of journalism at Ryerson University, and will discuss Michael Landy’s exhibition DEMONSTRATION.

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Power Kids: Wearable Words

April 22, 2018

DEMONSTRATION, Michael Landy’s exhibition, is full of hand-drawn visual signs that reflect the thoughts and ideas of our local and national community. But signs are only one of the many ways people can share their thoughts and concerns with others. Throughout history, people have expressed themselves through marches, posters, flyers, buttons and books. This workshop explores the concept of “peaceful protest” by means of creating a printed t-shirt you can wear to share your message with others.

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Sunday Scene: Laura Demers

April 29, 2018

Laura Demers is an artist and museum professional who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Ottawa, and an MA in Art History and Theory from the University of Toronto. She has worked at the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and the Canadian Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale. Demers will discuss Kader Attia's exhibition The Field of Emotion.

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Power Kids: Fixer Upper

May 6, 2018

How many times have you thrown away a broken toy or a ripped sweater? Kader Attia, in his exhibition The Field of Emotion, suggests that older, broken possessions can be repaired rather than thrown away. For this workshop, The Power Plant’s Power Kids program partners with the Repair Café to host an afternoon of mending and fixing. Bring along a broken toy, book or stuffed animal, or choose one of ours, and learn about repairing them under the guidance of Repair Café experts!

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Sunday Scene: Lee Ann Fujii & Jessica Thompson

May 13, 2018

Lee Ann Fujii is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, specializing in political violence and African politics, especially in Rwanda. Jessica Thompson is a media artist working in sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her practice investigates the ways in which sound reveals spatial and social conditions within cities. Fujii and Thompson will discuss Emeka Ogboh’s exhibition The Song of the Germans.

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Power Ball XX

May 31, 2018

The Power Plant collaborates with fashion house Max Mara, for the fourth consecutive year, to present Toronto's most notorious art party, Power Ball XX. The 20th annual major fundraiser, taking place Thursday, 31 May 2018, will transform The Power Plant into an immersive contemporary art experience fusing music, ambiance, food, fashion, and society. Join us for an evening of unique art installations, performances, cocktails and more—all in support of the ambitious exhibitions and programming at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

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