Black Future Month 3016: 4th Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:30am to Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor)
Exhibition runs til February 20 at Graduate Gallery and Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)

With great anticipation, returning to OCAD University for the second year in a row, BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is a part of BLACK FRACTALS, the 2016 Black History Month Program at OCAD U.

Presently in its fourth year, the Black Future Month 3016 Art Exhibition is the longest consecutive annual Black art exhibit in Toronto. The overarching theme of the fourth Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition is exploring the infinite ways of beings in the far-off distant future as envisioned by Black people over the spectrum of a 1000 years from now.

The exhibition serves as a professionally curated platform that consists of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and faculty along with selected artists from the Black community. This initiative was created in 2013 by OCAD U alumnus Danilo McCallum.

This year's exhibition will be spread between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space in 100 McCaul St. and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond St. W., with another satellite location at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

This year's exhibition features work from OCAD U's very own Tennesha Skyers, Camille Lauren, Sheniece Cater, Nathan Vernon, Kadicha Foster, Aaron Jones, Quentin VerCetty, Alecia Doley, Danilo McCallum with additional works from BLACK KIRBY (Stacey Robinson and John Jennings, Buffalo, NY) Maliciouz Art (Montreal, QC), Kalkidan Assefa (Ottawa, ON), Jabari “Eliscer” Elliott, Yannick Anton, Mosa McNeilly (Guelph, ON), Wolf J. McFarlane, Anthony Gebrehiwot, OBUXUM, and Black Toronto 2116.

The event is being sponsored by the OCAD U Faculty of LAS/SIS, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Digital Futures Department, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Graduate Studies, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, Deluxo, PRIYOME Co, York United Black Student Association, African Studies Course Union, York Black Graduate Student Collective

BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 is considered one of the top events happening in the city for Black History Month!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond St. W., Ground Floor) & Ada Slaight Student Gallery (100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor)
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Come Up to My Room at the Gladstone Hotel

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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 11:30pm to Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Come Up to My Room is grassroots. It’s where ideas are born. It’s where people come to take part. It’s accessible. It allows art and design to collide, unite, melt, disagree, catch a cold, get better, hold a grudge, spread a rumour, take risks, fight and make up.

What differentiates the artists and designers who show at CUTMR each year is their willingness to take risks, to push their ideas, to evoke meaning not just function. They’ve been working for months. They will transform all four floors of the hotel with their site-specific installations that challenge the ideas of art and design.

All year the excitement has been building. Designers have been revealing their projects to us. Layer by layer. Room by room. This curatorial process is ephemeral, gaining shape only as we move closer to the event. We want it like that. We ask for it like that because we need this experience to be a surprise. We still don’t know what it will look like, what direction everyone took—and we won’t know until the doors open..


Thirteen…an unlucky number for some, but not for Come Up To My Room (CUTMR). This year’s event, the thirteenth edition, once again showcases the work of new and established artists, designers and collectives from Canada and the US. CUTMR encourages spatial exploration that engages our senses, our memories and our perceptions of reality. Framed within the backdrop of the historic Gladstone Hotel, CUTMR invites participants to inhabit three floors with site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike.

Coming from the fields of architecture and exhibition design, this year’s curators, Jana Macalik and Nuria Montblanch have reengaged with the heritage of CUTMR, focusing on the spatial sensory experiences and design as the medium. The designers have been encouraged to identify discursive opportunities, altering perceptions of space and place. The inclusion of designers’ own identities within the experience of the exhibition affects narratives and is reflected in their use of interactive and tactile media. Thus, a space of discourse is created where multiple dialogues can begin to take place – between the hotel, the spaces and the people within.

Venue & Address: 
The Gladstone Hotel
Student Day January 22nd $5.00 General Admission $10 per day