Marc Mayer: Art in Canada

Marc Mayer
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Presented by the President's Speakers Lecture Series and Onsite Gallery.

In his lecture Art in Canada, Mayer will share the reasons why the Gallery revised the story of art making in Canada, and will report on the meticulous work that went into renewing the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries. He will also articulate his thoughts about the future of museums, and how they can be more relevant to our changing society.

Moderated by Canadian art writer and curator Sarah Milroy.

About Marc Mayer

Mayer is the author of Art in Canada, published to coincide with Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Prior to his appointment in 2008, he served as director of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, as well as deputy director at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City and curator of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. In Paris, he was Head of Visual Arts with the Cultural Services of the Canadian Embassy and a correspondent for the New York periodical Rizzoli’s The Journal of Art. Most recently, he organized the Jack Bush retrospective with co-curator Sarah Stanners.

This event is generously supported by the late Honey and Barry Sherman.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Auditorium (Room 190)

Expanded Context: Black Canadian Curators at the 56th Venice Biennale

Expanded Context: Black Canadian Curators at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale 2015 was a forum which brought together black Canadian curators and critics at the 56th Venice Biennale in order to build transnational networks and promote black Canadian visual art. The forum sought to ameliorate the invisibility of the works of black Canadian artists, curators, and critics within the international sphere.

The goals of Expanded Context: Black Canadian Curators at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale 2015 were as follows:

  • To foster greater awareness, understanding and opportunities for partnerships and collaborations between culturally diverse curators and the visual arts establishment, negotiating progression pathways for the new generation of leaders in visual arts.
  • To promote Canadian black artists and develop an engaging dialogue between Canadian art and the international stage
  • To allow Black curators a space for critical reflection, research, dialogue, experimentation, and exchange
  • To provide access to ideas, artists, and artworks that can be developed for curatorial research
  • To develop partnerships for future exhibition opportunities

Expanded Context: Black Canadians Curators at the 56th International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale 2015 was a unique professional development opportunity for Black Canadian curators and critics. It was a two-day gathering (held May 7th and May 8th, 2015) which addressed the politics and practice of curatorship in a globalized world.

The program of engagement included networking meetings and interviews with artists, curators, gallerists and collectors, as well as the opportunity to visit Biennale exhibitions and collateral events. The participation of Black curators and critics at the 56th Venice Biennale served to correct the visible absence of Black Canadian curators at key international arts events. The Expanded Context project provided an international platform for connecting Black Canadian curators, and created a global forum for these professionals to share projects and initiatives.

Participants included: Julie Crooks, Pamela Edmonds, Andrea Fatona, Sally Frater, Dominique Fontaine, Gaetane Verna, Camille Turner, Rinaldo Walcott.

Participants were selected from the group of curators and academics who attended the State of Blackness : From Production to Presentation conference. Keynote speakers included curators Bisi Silva and David Bailey

This project has been the subject of an article, “Questioning Citizenship at the Venice Biennale: Responses and Interventions” in C Magazine, Issue 128, and a podcast, "New Point of View at the Venice Art Biennale" by Fresh Arts International, Fresh Talk Series.

Other Resources:
The State of Blackness Website
 The State of Blackness on Youtube

  • We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
  • Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


The State of Blackness Logo - text and a gradient in stacked rectangles from black to gray
Canada Council for the Arts logo
Ontario Arts Council Logo
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:45am
Lab Member: 
Andrea Fatona

Canadian Art Launch: Special Issue on Art Schools

Canadian Art
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:00am

Join Canadian Art as we launch our first-ever education issue, featuring stories on major art schools across the country.

Included are reports on Emily Carr University in Vancouver, UQAM and Concordia in Montreal, NSCAD in Halifax and OCAD in Toronto. Plus: Art departments across Canada, new programs in curatorial studies worldwide and 10 of this year’s top art grads.

This issue is chock-full of topical lessons on the state of art education in Canada.

From Vancouver, Deborah Campbell looks at the Emily Carr University’s widely respected painting department, while, from Montreal, former Tate curator Christina Bagatavicius reports on how art programs at UQAM and Concordia are shaping that city’s vibrant art scene.

Writer Gary Michael Dault examines the future of the newly renovated Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and Winnipeg artist Paul Butler writes about his new residency at the Banff Centre that reimagines art training in terms of communal workshops.
In Toronto, Noah Richler discusses the impact of creative-economy theories on the Ontario College of Art and Design with president Sara Diamond and author Richard Florida, and University of Guelph fine art program director John Kissick offers his perspective on art departments at major Canadian universities, accompanied by a special artist project by Kristan Horton. For an international perspective, artist and writer Eldon Garnet reports from Italy on an international conference about new university programs in curatorial studies.

As a special addition to the issue, art columnist Leah Sandals surveys a cross-section of this year’s art school graduates on how their schools have influenced their art practices.

The winter 2008 issue of Canadian Art is on newsstands from December 15, 2008 to March 15, 2009.

Venue & Address: 
Elizabeth and Goulding Lambert Lounge (Rm 187) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Proudly Canadian Crafts Holiday Sale

Proudly Canadian
Sunday, November 2, 2008 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Support the handmade movement and our local economy this holiday season by purchasing quality handcrafted gifts made by local community artisans. The Proudly Canadian Crafts Holiday Sale features work by OCAD student Saba Bushnaq (BoNBoN by Saba).

Venue & Address: 
Dufferin & Dundas Streets 651 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario

Explores and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post

Explorers and dandies
Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Through Canada Post's process of approving postage stamp imagery, and the works of artists Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, this exhibition asks "who has the authority to officiate over our history?" Critical examination and cheeky humour reveal the history-of-our-history, that is, how institutions determine and prescribe the standard version of history.

Frederick Hagan's (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post to honour select explorers. Although bestowed the honour of the commission, under the direction of Canada Post, Hagan's original designs did not wholly emerge. Unable to satisfactorily realize his conceptual ambitions through the commission, Hagan was compelled to continue production on the theme of exploration. Amending the Explorations of Canada title from the stamp series to simply Exploration, the artist encompassed broader connotations through this ambitious series of lithographs.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre DriveGround floor, South east corner, Mississauga, Ontario

Inter(PR)axis: Mapping a Practice of Media Art

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm

Organized by Nina Czegledy
Presented by: InterAccess, York University Department of Film's Norman Jewison Series, the Ontario College of Art & Design and OCAD's mobile digital project, Portage: The Canadian Mobile Experience.

Inter(PR)Axis is a free one-day conference addressing the historical context, current practice and future directions of media art in Toronto and beyond, as a parallel event with the InterAccess exhibition IA25: Mapping a Practice of Media Art. Conference panelists from the Ontario College of Art & Design and York University ' many of whom have been integral to the development of InterAccess over the past 25 years ' will reflect on the historical and contemporary context of Canadian media art, as traced through these two important educational programs, the surrounding community, and the innovative activities of InterAccess, Canada's first and premier centre for electronic art. Keynote speaker Machiko Kusahara, whose research ranges from the history of Japanese automata to device art, will address these issues in terms of current international media art practices.

Keynote Speaker:
Machiko Kusahara, Ph.D Media Scholar/Curator, Waseda University, Tokyo.

Mike Darroch, Patricio Davila, Judith Doyle, Anna Friz, Paula Gardner, Simone Jones, Janine Marchessault, David McIntosh, Jim Ruxton, Geoffrey Shea, Nell Tenhaaf, Norman White.

Nina Czegledy, John Greyson, Michael Longford.

Conference Schedule:

9:00 am: Introductions
Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art & Design
Nina Czegledy, Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto, Adjunct Associate Professor Concordia University

9:15 am: Media Theory and Practice: Historical reflections
Moderator John Greyson, artist/filmmaker, Assistant Professor, York University

Art and Architecture at the Onset of Canadian Media Theory
Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair, Director, Visible City Project + Archive (VCPA), York University and Michael Darroch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (FQRSC), York University

Worldpool (1978) to Odyssey (2008): Toronto episodes in Art Exchange
Judith Doyle, Artist, Chair of Integrated Media, Ontario College of Art & Design

Mobile Media Workshop in a Suitcase: A case study of the transcultural intersection of art and new technologies
David McIntosh, Associate Professor, and Patricio Davila, MA (candidate), Ontario College of Art & Design

Digital Appearances
Simone Jones, Artist, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art & Design

11:15 am: Coffee break

11:30 am: Keynote ' Device Art: A New Approach to Bridge Art, Design, Technology and Entertainment
Machiko Kusahara, Media Scholar/Media Art Curator, Professor, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Media Theory and Practice: Toronto Context
Moderator Nina Czegledy

Dynamics of Interactivity
Nell Tenhaaf, Artist, Associate Professor in Visual Arts, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, York University

Subtle Technologies, A Historical Perspective
Jim Ruxton, Artist, Director, Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto

Why artists make robots?
Norman White, Artist, Instructor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

2:45 pm: Coffee break

3:00 pm: Media Art Current Trends and Future Directions
Moderator: Michael Longford, Associate Chair Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

Mobile Anarchy from Resistance to Microsurveillance: The Portage Project
Paula Gardner, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art & Design,

Anna Friz, Artist, Research Associate, PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture/York University PhD Candidate, York University

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Geoffrey Shea, Artist, Assistant Professor, Researcher, Ontario College of Art & Design

4:45 pm: Closing remarks
Dana Samuel, Director/Curator, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Nina Czegledy

Inter(PR)Axis was developed and organized by Nina Czegledy, media artist, curator, Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto, Adjunct Associate Professor Concordia University, co-chair Leonardo Education Forum, in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art & Design, York University and InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre. Special thanks to the Gladstone Hotel for sponsoring accommodations for Machiko Kusahara.

Presented as a parallel event to the exhibition IA25: Mapping a Practice of Media Art
Curated by Nina Czegledy and Angella Mackey
with Simone Jones & Julian Oliver, Lorena Salom', Galen Scorer and Norman White
Exhibition opens January 25 with a reception at 8:00 pm and runs until March 8, 2008
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5 pm

Celebrating 25 years of expanding the cultural space of technology, InterAccess is a registered, charitable, artist-run centre dedicated to the research, production, exhibition and education of electronic and new media art.

Jennifer Cherniack, Assistant Curator/Education Coordinator
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

Johanna Householder launches "MORE CAUGHT IN THE ACT"

book cover with multiple images of preformance art
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

PLEASE join us for the LAUNCH of MORE CAUGHT IN THE ACT: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women

Editors, Artists, Writers and Photographers in attendance!

Special Launch Price!

The long-awaited second book, More Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, edited by seminal performance artists Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars, is an indispensable compendium of original research and writing on Canadian women in performance art — covering work made from 1995 to 2015. Like the first volume, Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), this book gives readers a tactile, first-hand glimpse into this vibrant and largely under recognized subject in contemporary Canadian art history.

Richly illustrated with a stunning colour cover and 264 black and white images, More Caught in the Act captures the depth and breadth of this exciting field, its artists and their practices. The book includes 30 comprehensive profiles of artists from across the country, along with five contextual essays that place current performance strategies by women within broader art historical and cultural contexts. Designed by Zab Design & Typography and published by Artexte, Montréal and YYZ Books, Toronto, More Caught in the Act includes profiles of OCAD alumnae Reona Brass, Shannon Cochrane, Louise Liliefeldt and Camille Turner and writing by OCAD U. faculty Lillian Allen, Jim Drobnick, Cheryl l’Hirondelle, Johanna Householder, and b.h. Yael.

Venue & Address: 
YYZ 401 Richmond St., #140

Obituary: Alumnus Robert-Ralph Carmichael, designer of the “loonie”

Image of a monument to the "loonie" one dollar coin
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University mourns the loss of Robert Carmichael who passed away at the age of 78 on Saturday, July 16 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

The painter and teacher is best known for his design of the one dollar coin, which he created in 1987 when the paper bill was phased out. Well over a billion loonies have been produced since it was introduced. His initials appear near the loon’s beak.  

After graduating from what was then the Ontario School of Art in the late 1950’s, Carmichael went on to Carleton University. He taught at several schools and universities throughout his career.  

The artist described the overarching them of his work as “the human condition, our relationship to the environment and our relationship to each other.)

Carmichael has exhibited throughout Canada including at the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Beaverbrook Gallery in Fredericton, the Glenbow Institute in Calgary, and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound. His work is in many private and corporate collections. A monumental reproduction of the loonie is on display in his hometown of Echo Bay, Ontario.  

Carmichael is survived by his wife, artist and stage designer Gwen Keatley, who is also alumna of OCAD U.

Distilling Nature: New Work by Chinkok Tan

contemporary landscape painting
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening reception:
Saturday, November 14, 2-4:30 pm Artist present

Over the past 40 years, Chinkok Tan has become one of Canada’s most prolific painters. Possessing an innate knowledge of how to capture the essence of light and colour on canvas, Tan’s large scale pieces evoke the quiet, serene beauty of landscapes. What makes his paintings unique is that they are as emotionally powerful at a distance as they are close up; inviting the viewer to experience the meditative feeling of being in the natural world.

CONTACT: 416-698-9687

Venue & Address: 

Canadian Art Encounter: Janice Kerbel

Janice Kerbel head shot
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:30pm

Forensics: Art Investigates Information

Disruption rules during this fall’s Canadian Art Encounters series, as three globally acclaimed artists talk about their groundbreaking work and our changing relationship with information.

Janice Kerbel is internationally renowned for her playful and inventive use of existing systems of information to create what she terms “strategies of deception.” Her work takes the form of elaborate instructions, theatrical and radio plays, detective stories, maps and scientific diagrams, all of which turn familiar narrative formats into new and fantastical realities. From producing an exhaustively researched manual for robbing a branch of a London Bank for Bank Job in 1999 to her “play for stage lights” as the sole means to present a dramatic narrative, Kerbel will have you wondering what is blank, what is missing and what needs to be filled in.

Kerbel was born in Toronto, and lives and works in London, UK, where she also teaches at Goldsmiths College. She has exhibited internationally, and is currently nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize.

Presented by BMO Financial Group

Supported by AIMIA Inspiring Loyalty

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Auditorium, Room 190
Tickets $20