Virtual Talk Thursday Night by South African Artist Zanele Muholi

OCAD U and Artscape Gibraltar Point has partnered for this special guest artist talk.

#RadicalBlackQueerJoy (The Entanglement of Art & Activism

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

This BLM course will explore the intersection of art

and activism through dialogue with artists from

Canada and England. This special class is open to the

public.

Our opening speaker will be Toronto-based professor

and global artist Honor Ford-Smith, from York

University, who brings a deep experience of being an

educator, artist and activist from Canada.

Our featured international guest speaker will be

Ajamu, a London-based ne art photographer and

archive curator/activist, whose work has been shown

in galleries, museums and alternative spaces

nationally and internationally. Ajamu is supported by

Musagetes for this special discussion in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, The Great Hall
Website: 
www.theblackdaddiesclub.com
Cost: 
Free; Open to the Public

Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 5:00am to Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 5:00am

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries presents Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic, a two-day symposium for visual art professionals addressing issues, contradictions and paradoxes arising from the exhibition, acquisition, and preservation of feminist artwork by Ontario public art galleries, archives, universities and other public institutions.
Art forms that gained popularity during the 1960s, taking up civil rights, the feminist movement and the possibilities of art as activism, have been entering public art galleries and museums. A new discussion of how feminist work performs in the museum space is timely. Symposium registrants will actively contribute in a working group environment.

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries is a independent charity serving and representing Ontario's public art galleries as valued and essential centres of art and learning. Our unique professional programming networks visual arts professionals together across sectors, disciplines, and cohorts. Seed funding requires matching registration fees from professional organizations: a minimum registration of 25 professional colleagues.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Emelie Chhangur is a Toronto-based artist, cultural worker, and curator. Maintaining a process-based, collaborative approach to working with artists, her recent curatorial research and practice finds its relevant context in Latin-America. As an artist, her position as Assistant Director / Curator at the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is instrumental in transforming the nature of the contemporary art institution and the role of the university art gallery in relation to its academic context and its social function within an arts community.

Dr. Christine Conley is an art historian and independent curator concerned with issues of gender, difference, trauma, and the art gallery as site of ethical encounters. Her MA thesis (Carleton) examined the status of women artists in Toronto during the 1960s, focusing on Christiane Pflug and Joyce Wieland, and her PhD (Essex) considered the reinvention of allegory by 20th century women artists Charlotte Salomon, Eva Hesse, and Mary Kelly as a means of symbolising loss and imaging feminine subjectivities.

Pamela Edmonds is a visual and media arts curator working at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. She received her BFA and an MA in Art History from Concordia University. The former co-editor of the Black cultural journal Kola (based in Montreal), she is interested in developing and curating projects that focus on the creative production of African-Canadian artists and in work that deals with issues surrounding the ideologies of race, gender, cultural identity and representation.

Carla Garnet works in Toronto as an independent curator, actively supporting contemporary culture through a variety of initiatives that aim to interrogate the politics of aesthetics. Most recently Garnet curated Sharon Switzer: Falling from Grace for the McMaster Museum of Art in 2006-07, and Allyson Mitchell's Ladies Sasquatch Gathering, launching at McMaster in 2009 and traveling to the Art Gallery of Winnipeg, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Sophie Hackett is the Assistant Curator, Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, with a focus on the History of Photography, and spent a year in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in 2005-2006. She teaches in Ryerson University's Masters program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. For CONTACT 2008, she worked with Toronto artist Suzy Lake, Rhythm of a True Space, to create a site-specific installation on the construction hoarding of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Johanna Householder has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 1970s. She was a member of the satirical feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes, through the 1980s. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. Her short video works, produced in collaboration with B.H. Yael, have screened internationally. She is a Professor in the Integrated Media Program at the Ontario College of Art and Design. With Tanya Mars, she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance by Canadian women, published by YYZ Books in 2004.

Dr. Kristina Huneault is Associate Professor in the Art History department at Concordia University, where she occupies a University Research Chair. Together with Janice Anderson and Melinda Reinhart, she is one of the founders of the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative, a project that aims to bring researchers and resources together to foster the study of art made by women in Canada prior to 1967.

Suzy Lake was one of a group of artists in the early 70s to adopt performance, video and photography in order to explore the politics of gender, the body and identity. Early examples of her work are included in the touring exhibition: WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 1965 - 1980, curated by Connie Butler for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Lake has a long exhibition career in Canada, and has also shown her work in Europe, the United States, South America and Asia. She is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art (Toronto) and SolwayJones (Los Angeles).

Allyson Mitchell is a maximalist artist working predominantly in sculpture, installation and film. Her work has exhibited in galleries and festivals across Canada, the US, Europe and East Asia. She teaches at York University in the School of Women's Studies. Currently, Mitchell is curating a survey exhibition of Judy Chicago's textile-based work, from 1968 to 2008, for the Textile Museum of Canada (opening February, 2009).

Camilla Singh, a practicing visual artist, working in Toronto, has exhibited in Austria, Canada, Holland, Iceland, and Serbia. She is the Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA). In Toronto's 2007, she curated Supernatural City, ten major outdoor contemporary art installations viewed by 800,000 people over the course of 12 hours from dusk to dawn.

Venue & Address: 
Symposium Location 918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
members@oaag.org
Cost: 
Registration: $195 OAAG Members / $250 General; please register by November 26

Exhibitions as Advocates: From Auschwitz to Darfur

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Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 11:00pm to Friday, November 7, 2008 - 1:00am

Art exhibitions are increasingly being harnessed to support social justice causes, including genocide awareness. In this illustrated presentation, Carla Rose Shapiro, Ph.D, will look at traveling exhibitions depicting the crisis in Darfur, with particular reference to those employing documentary media. She will also explore how contemporary representations of the Holocaust have informed the ways in which the Darfur genocide is depicted.

Dr. Shapiro is a curator and critic whose work focuses on artistic and museological approaches to representing the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors. Everyone is welcome.

Supported by Hillel of Greater Toronto.

Seating is limited. First-come-first-served.

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
daniel.abramson@hilleltoronto.org

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project!

Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Decamp is a group of scholars, artists and activists in the Toronto
area working on questions of public feelings, affects, and senses as
these bear upon social-political issues and events. Modeled after
"Feel Tanks" in N.Y., Chicago, and Austin, we invite all interested to
join us in an affective day of interactive performance, screenings,
and audience discussion to inaugurate Feel Tank Toronto, with a Queer
counterpublic twist. Decampers include Megan Boler, Elspeth Brown,
Michael Cobb, Ann Cvetkovitch, John Greyson, OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, Holly Karibo, Allyson Mitchell, Will Munro, John Ricco, Dana
Seitler, and anyone else who joins us on Saturday, March 15th.

Decamp: A Public Feelings Toronto Project Morning Session---Tears:
Saturday March 15, 10-12:30 pm
Theory-oke with Johanna Householder/Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter's
provocative speech will be followed by interventions and interactive
discussion with audience about affect in the political and public
sphere on topics from Hillary's Tears to The Daily Show. Location:
Munk Centre, 108N. University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto.
Lunch provided, 12:30-2 pm.

Decamp Public Feelings Toronto Project Afternoon Session---Laughter:
Saturday March 15, 2-4 pm
Interactive Show and Tell: Queer Counterpublics in the GTA.
Featuring affective screenings, testimonies, interventions from
Decampers and attendees. Facilitated by Allyson Mitchell and John
Greyson. Location: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue,
Toronto. This event in programmed in conjunction with the related
installation (on view at the Textile Museum) by artist Allyson
Mitchell, "Hungry Purse: the vagina dentata in late capitalism "
(2006-07). Transportation provided.

4-5 pm: Closing Wine and Cheese Reception, mezzanine of the Textile Museum.

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project has been supported by funds
from the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto with
institutional support from the Centre for the Study of the United
States, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
Prof. Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies for 2007-08 and Professor of English and Women's and
Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of
Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism
(1992) and An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian
Public Cultures (2003).

Related Programming:
Wednesday, March 12, 9 pm
Pre-Humptive Behaviour. Featuring The Gretchen Phillips experience,
and other guest performers. Location: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen
Street West, Toronto. No cover charge.

Friday, March 14, 2-4 pm
Ann Cvetkovich: Depression: A Public Feelings Project.
Location: Munk Centre room 208, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire
Place, Toronto.

Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies at the Centre for the Study of the United States for
2007-08 and Professor of English and Women?s and Gender Studies,
University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Mixed Feelings:
Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (1992) and An
Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures
(2003).

Friday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Sex is so Abstract (14 March-4 April)
Opening Night Screening and Reception: 6-8
Public Conversation with artists and curator John Ricco: 7:00pm

Part Two of Queer Here, Queer Now: an exhibition of international
contemporary queer video, curated by John Paul Ricco. Featuring works
by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Emelie Chhangur, and Jean-Gabriel Periot,
and the Canadian premiere of works by Fernando Arias, and SUPERM
(Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny). Location: V-Tape, Suite 452, 401
Richmond Street (at Spadina), Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
Munk Centre, 108N, University of Toronto 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

CAASA/ACCAS at OCAD Group Meeting

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Light refreshments will be served but we recommend you bring bring your lunch.

Don't forget pen and paper or laptop.

All interested OCAD students are welcome to attend this meeting.

RSVP is required for this event.

About CAASA/ACCAS at OCAD:

Affiliated with Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault/Artistes Canadiens Contre L'Assaut Sexuel

It is our commitment to the community to act on the need for an increase in artistic education of the prevalence of sexual assault in Canada. Members communicate strategically on topics connected to our goals, and educate the masses about this common, but misunderstood act of violence.

Extending beyond CAASA/CACCAS is the opportunity for members of the community to participate with members at events and fundraising initiatives to support Victim Service Associations and Rape Crisis Centres in Canada.

A not-for-profit group, CAASA/CACCAS focuses on all media in the arts as a means of communication, with member works and external submitted works. Ultimately our goal is to negate stigmatization of victims, support survivors in a safe and open environment, and to use art as a tool for communicating our values and organization goal to eradicate sexual assault entirely.

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Level 1 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
bdesign@rogers.com

Join Cinema Politica for a special evening to honour the work of Min Sook Lee

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Join Cinema Politica for a special evening to honour and celebrate the documentary and activism work of tenure track Assistant Professor Min Sook Lee, whose new film MIGRANT DREAMS is set to launch this Spring.

We are honoured that Abanaki filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin will be present at this special event to give Lee CP’s Alanis Obomsawin Award for Commitment to Community and Resistance

Lee will give a presentation of her work, which spans several decades and includes television shows, theatrical documentary and online media. Throughout her career she has shown an stalwart dedication and commitment to both human rights and environmental protection. 

In particular, Lee’s efforts to raise awareness and realize concrete changes concerning the lives of new immigrants and migrant workers in Canada resonates with Cinema Politica’s mandate to screen truth to power while showcasing alternative perspectives and strengthening communities engaged in struggle against oppressive systems.

Lee will screen segments from several of her films including TIGER SPIRIT, EL CONTRATO, HOGTOWN, BADGE OF PRIDE, and her newest, much-anticipated MIGRANT DREAMS.

 

Venue & Address: 
Cinema Politica Concordia Pavillion Henry F.Hall Bldg 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd W Montreal, QC
Website: 
http://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/documentary-dreams-migrant-and-environmental-justice-work-min-sook-lee migrantdreams.ca

#trending: Mobilizing Art and Culture

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 3:00am

OCADU Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016

Conference Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry.

Our keynote speaker for #trending: mobilizing art and culture, is Janaya Khan. Janaya is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. http://janayakhan.com/black-lives-matter/

Please visit http://cadnconferenceocadu.blogspot.ca/ for further information, or https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/trending-mobilizing-art-and-culture-tickets-20946120410 to register.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://cadnconferenceocadu.blogspot.ca/
Email: 
cadnconference@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000
Cost: 
Free
#trending: mobilizing art & culture poster

President's Speaker Series: Mel Chin "You are Never Done"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:30pm to Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:30am

"You are Never Done" Presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program, Chin's lecture, "You are Never Done" will focus on the eternal and essential vigilance justice requires of its advocates and the parallel condition within the practice art - the worthy project we can never consider finished.

An ever-shifting political landscape serves as a backdrop and source of inspiration for art with social impact, work that must remain responsive to change and continually extending and reinventing itself to effectively inhabit the society it aims to help shape. Mel Chin breathes life into the once static work of art with his complex and poetic collaborative projects that learn, adapt and evolve to the ever-changing communities they inhabit.

Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas, has become internationally synonymous with "art as social change", creating over the past thirty years an exceptional body of often political and activist work that provokes greater social awareness and responsibility. Through his broad and multidisciplinary range of approaches, Chin's art insinuates itself into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television. Chin's work, described as both analytic and poetic, often employs community and collaborative teamwork, conjoining cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Documented in the popular PBS Program, Art of the 21st Century, Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Onsite Gallery’s 2016 ONSITE/ program investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.

Please arrive early as seating will be limited
Event is FREE, all are welcome
The space is wheelchair accessible

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Auditorium (Room 190)
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/548850265291705/
Email: 
lcolumbus@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
"You are Never Done" poster with event info and photo of Mel Chin and photo of Chin's work

Artists and Advocates to Join in Challenging Attitudes on Sexual Violence and Harassment

Sara Diamond with OCAD Students and Government Leaders
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Ontario Launches $2.25 Million Creative Engagement Fund

Ontario has launched a $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund, which will partner Ontario artists and advocates to help prevent sexual violence. They will challenge norms and change attitudes about sexual violence and harassment through artistic projects.
The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists in provoking dialogue and action on issues such as sexual consent, rape culture and misogyny. Artists should apply now through the Ontario Arts Council, who will administer the fund. The artistic projects may include any type of creative expression - performance, writing, music, photography, theatre, videos, online engagement, installation, painting, graffiti arts, murals and traditional Aboriginal arts. 

Artists and art organizations will partner with sexual violence and harassment prevention organizations or experts to ensure projects are informed by the experience of survivors of sexual violence and those who work closely with them. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2016. 

The Creative Engagement Fund is part of It's Never Okay  - Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The plan will help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.

 
QUICK FACTS

Fifteen per cent of the Creative Engagement Fund is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal projects.
To date, Ontario’s #WhoWillYouHelp public awareness campaign has reached over 83.5 million people around the world.
Ontario is also supporting public education campaigns across Ontario’s education sectors, including Draw-the-Line/Traçons-les-limites and It Starts with You. It Stays With Him/ Ça commence avec toi. Ça reste avec lui campaigns.
 
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Application and guidelines for the Creative Engagement Fund

Read: It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Join the conversation on Twitter: #ItsNeverOkay
 
 
QUOTES

"Art doesn’t just entertain — it reflects who we are as a society. The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists as they create projects that confront deeply entrenched beliefs and stereotypes and shed new light on issues of sexual violence and harassment in communities across Ontario. To successfully challenge rape culture, we all have a role to play. We must use every tool at our disposal in putting an end to sexual violence and harassment in our province."
 — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
 
"Artists have challenged deep-rooted beliefs for centuries, often making us confront hard truths about our society. Through the Creative Engagement Fund, we want artists to use their creativity and skill to approach challenging topics like sexual assault, harassment, consent and rape culture."
 — Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
 
"Art can fuel ideas on important issues and be a powerful tool to achieve positive social change. I’m proud that our government is supporting Ontario’s artists through the Creative Engagement Fund and I look forward to these creative projects that will add to the conversation on preventing sexual violence."
 — Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
 
"The arts can inform, provoke and hold a mirror to society. The collaborative projects that will be supported by the Creative Engagement Fund will bring together artists, communities and the people who work to prevent sexual violence and harassment to help transform attitudes and behaviours."
 — Rita Davies, Chair, Ontario Arts Council

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