A Man Named Pearl: Film Screening

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 6:30pm

A Man Named Pearl Film Screening
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers.


A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. When Pearl Fryar and his wife sought to buy a house in 1976 in an all-white neighborhood of Bishopville, South Carolina, they were dissuaded with the explanation that "Black people don't keep up their yards." Instead of fueling bitterness and anger, this comment motivated Pearl to become the first African-American to win Bishopville’s Yard of the Month award, and, eventually, to transform his ordinary suburban yard into a horticultural wonderland. The topiary garden's centerpiece emblazons both its message and Pearl's own philosophy: Love, Peace, and Goodwill.

Released: October 2006
Run time: 1h 18min
Rated: G


T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.


Image: A Man Named Pearl (still), 2006, documentary film, 01:18 minutes, colour.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Image: A Man Named Pearl (still), 2006, documentary film, 01:18 minutes, colour.

OCAD U open for Doors Open Toronto

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

OCAD University rejoins Great Gulf’s Doors Open Toronto and presents two screening programs of moving image works (films and animations) by faculty, students and alumni from programs including Integrated Media, DPXA (Digital Painting & Expanded Animation), Digital Futures, Sculpture/Installation, Graphic Design and Illustration.

Auditoriums for film screening:

  • Room 190 – Student films on loop 
  • Room 230 – Faculty films on loop

You can also walk around the award-winning Sharp Centre and take a sneak peek at OCAD University's amazing teaching facilities. 

About Doors Open Toronto:

The 19th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf provides an opportunity to see inside more than 130 of the most architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

This year’s theme, “Film: The Great Romance” explores the city’s film and television industry. With more than 1,400 on-location film, television and digital media productions taking place in the city each year, Toronto is North America’s third largest screen-based production centre and the heart of Canada’s film and television sector.

The Doors Open Toronto program features historic cinemas, film and television studios, post-production houses, digital media studios, artist-run centres and film training schools. The program also highlights buildings that have been featured in film and television, many of which are often not open to the public.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
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Doors open poster

Movies for Mental Health

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 8:00pm

We are working with Art With Impact (https://www.artwithimpact.org/) and the OCAD U Health & Wellness Centre again this year to bring you Movies For Mental Health! 

Movies for Mental Health (M4MH) are 2-hour workshops on college and university campuses that focus on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health within their environment. Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, we harness film to engage with young people on the vital topic of mental health, inspiring and empowering them to tell their own stories and access resources available to them. (fromartwithimpact.org)

We will be kicking off the event with an expo in the lobby at 100 McCaul that will feature on- and off-campus resources that support mental wellness for students. After that, dinner will be available in the Lambert Lounge along with film screenings and a panel discussion featuring members of the OCAD comunity. We're looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Tori at academic@ocadsu.org

Venue & Address: 
Lobby & Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul
ext. 241
Movies for Mental Health poster

Colonization Road

On Impact: Reception, Screening & Panel Discussion

On Impact
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 2, 2016 - 1:00am

On Impact focuses on the recent work of The Impact Collective, OCAD U’s art and design social innovation project, and brings together a selection of new creative projects developed in partnership with a wide range of collaborators. Working with faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as outside organizations, the work in this exhibition explores the potential - and limits - for influencing a cultural shift associated with creating meaningful change using the language(s) of art, design and media.
Featuring projects developed in collaboration with:


Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

OCAD U Student Gallery's closing reception for On Impact is from 6 to 8 p.m. on December 1 with a panel talk at 7pm.

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Street
On Impact

Culture Shifts Presents: Free Screening of Re:Orientations by Richard Fung, Faculty of Art

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Culture Shifts Presents...FREE Screening of Re:Orientations by Richard Fung

Place: Auditorium, Room 190,

OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.

Time: Tuesday, December 6th, 7pm

A fascinating look into the lives and thoughts of seven queer pan-Asian Canadians as they look back on a 1984 documentary in which they featured. How have they changed? And how has the world around them evolved and changed?

In 1984, Richard Fung released his seminal first documentary Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians. Featuring 14 women and men in Toronto of South, East and Southeast Asian backgrounds, Orientations was the first documentary to explore the experiences and perspectives of queer Asians in North America. Capturing pivotal moments in Toronto’s history, it presents an intimate portrait of the texture of gay live and politics at that time. Re:Orientations revisits seven of the original participants as they see anew the footage of their younger selves, and reflect on their lives and all that has changed over the intervening three decades. Their interviews are deepened and contextualized by conversations with six younger queer and trans activists, scholars and artists.

Post-screening discussion panel with:  Richard Fung, Director of Re:Orientations, Vivek Shraya, Artist and Writer, Ju Hui Judy Han, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

* Culture Shifts is a documentary series at OCAD University. Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.

Presented with the support of:  Indigenous Visual Culture OCADU, OCADU Faculty of Art, Integrated Media, Art & Social Change and our Community Partners:  Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto Reel Asian

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 190, Auditorium
Re-Orientations Poster photograph and text

Culture Shifts presents MIGRANT DREAMS, a documentary directed by Min Sook Lee, Faculty of Art

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 11:00pm

Culture Shifts presents MIGRANT DREAMS, a powerful feature documentary that tells the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers struggling against Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) that treats foreign workers as modern day indentured labourers. 

Director Min Sook Lee, Gabriel Allahuda and Evelyn Encalada Grez of Justice for Migrant Workers will participate in a post-screening discussion.

Culture Shifts presents documentary media as a catalyst for critical discussions and community action for social change.   The series is sponsored by Indigenous Visual Culture Program, the Faculty of Art, Art and Social Change, and the Department of Integrated Media.  The screening of Migrant Dreams is presented in partnership with Harvesting Freedom, Cinema Politica and Justice for Migrant Workers. 



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Auditorium (room 190_
illustrated poster of colourful skyline over row of buildings with silhouette of birds in flight

Nuit Blanche draws more than 18,000 visitors to OCAD University

Two people seated in a puffy chair watching a film in the auditorium
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:00am

A little drizzle didn’t stop huge crowds from attending Multiplex - an all-night essay film marathon and viewing party that took over much of the first and second floors of the university. Participants viewed works by students, faculty, local and international artists and designers.

Multiplex was created by the curatorial collective The Modest Eyes, including Maiko Tanaka, Patricio Davila, Maggie Chan, Preethi Jagadeesh and Onyeka Igwe.

In addition, as a founding partner of Nuit Blanche, OCAD U was one of the 10 venues of city-produced installations, part of the exhibition Militant Nostalgia curated by Paco Barragán. LA artist Nicola Verlato created The Merging, a mural in the Great Hall depicting spaces inhabited by various figures, inspired by two of Toronto's prominent historic figures: philosopher Marshall McLuhan and mathematician Donald Coxeter. Visitors downloaded an augmented reality app that allowed them to move within the mural.



An Evening with Shohini Ghosh

Shohini Ghosh
Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will present a screening and lecture with New Delhi filmmaker and scholar Shohini Ghosh.

This event is part of the Lecture Series on Ethics in Art, Design and Media

On Thursday, September 25, a 4:30 p.m. screening of her film, Tales of the Night Fairies, will be followed with a lecture entitled “Shadows in the Clear Light of Day: Making Tales of the Night Fairies.”
In her talk, Shohini Ghosh will reflect on the artist-subject relationship, the ethics of documentary filmmaking and the representation of marginalized sex workers in the media. In particular, Ghosh will discuss the necessity of putting herself, as filmmaker, into her film, as a means of giving the film context and an ethical perspective.

Tales of the Night Fairies
Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator embark on a journey of storytelling. Tales of the Night Fairies explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta, India, forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling.

The film attempts to represent the struggles and aspirations of thousands of sex workers who constitute the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (or ‘Durbar', which in Bengali means un-stoppable or indomitable), a forum of 65 000 sex workers based in West Bengal, India. A collective of men, women and transgendered sex workers, Durbar demands decriminalization of adult sex work and the right to form a trade union. Tales of the Night Fairies was made with support from the New Delhi-based Centre for Feminist Legal Research and the Amsterdam-based Mama Cash, an international women’s fund that supports pioneering and innovative women's initiatives around the world.

Shohini Ghosh is Zakir Hussain Professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University) in New Delhi. From 1990 to 1996, she was Visiting Associate Professor of the Department of Communication at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Globalization-McArthur Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2001. She has also served as Fellow at the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group of the Law Department at Keele University in the United Kingdom, and Visiting Professor at the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam. Ghosh writes extensively on popular culture and the media for both academic journals and the popular press. A major part of her current work involves theoretical interventions in public debates around issues of sexuality, speech and censorship.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

In their most recent album-project, Silence, Berlin-based multimedia formation rechenzentrum (Lillevan - video, and Marcus Weiser - audio) unfolds the meditative states of contemplation and speechlessness. Drawing on the self-referential aesthetics of the Orthodox icon painters, and the black and white film on Andrej Rjubljev by Russian director Andrei Tarkowsky, Silence lends itself as a stream of subtly collaged cinematic sentiments, “submerged rhythms of continents never seen, melodies thought lost, and legends from ancient times”. Working through the processes of digital mapping and camouflaging of analog connotations of Lillevan’s black and white drawings, vocals, quartet trumpet, live cello, grand piano and acoustic guitar performed by guest musicians Nicholas Bussmann, Reinhold Friedl, Franz Hautzinger, Maurice de Martin, Akemi Takeya, and Nicolas T. Weiser, Silence uncovers the proximity between the surface of the screen and the lens of the camera in contemporary world, and transforms the technological sublime into visual music and expansive sonic fiction. For more information about rechenzentrum, please visit (www.rechenzentrum.org)

The duration of the screening is approximately fifty minutes. Please note that this is an expanded cinema event so the audience is encouraged to move around freely in and out of venue.

This event at OCAD is preceded by an artist talk by Lillevan (rechenzentrum’s video artist) that will take place at Ryerson University, the School of Image Arts at 4 pm, 122 Bond Street, Room 307, free admission. Lillevan’s talk and visit to Toronto is sponsored by Ryerson University, OCAD's IADE Research Group, and Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario