Interchange: Hungry Purse

hungry purse poster
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 6:00pm

Come join Allyson Mitchell and Johanna Householder for a lively discussion of feminist installation art; moderated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programmes at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Tickets may be purchased at the TMC's front desk.
Please arrive early, seating is limited.

Venue & Address: 
Textile Museum of Canada 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Students Pay-What-You-Can, Members $12, Non-members $15

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

Illustrator Fiona Smyth's CHEEZ 2 art show

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:00pm


Opening Wed. March 16 6:00 to 9:00pm

Running March 15- April 3, 2016

Fiona Smyth’s CHEEZ was originally a monthly comic/drawing published in Canada's Exclaim Magazine over a ten year period from 1992 to 2002. There were no editorial restrictions on the work apart from the monthly deadline and the colour restrictions of the paper (the art work had to be black and white). Each strip was created shortly before the deadline and numbered in chronological order. The second incarnation of CHEEZ, running online since 2009 to currently, is a weekly offering continuing with the same numbering sequence and restrictive palette. 

Visual artist Smyth’s creative process is unrestrained in the CHEEZ series. Recurring motifs and icons inform a non-linear narrative that spans nearly twenty-four years. Feminist imaginings of female bodies are central to this drawing world. Smyth’s stream of conscious approach connects to a long lineage of drawers, cartoonists, and imaginers like Moebius, Giles, Gary Panter, Saul Steinberg, George Grosz, John Scott, Frida Kahlo, and Louise Bourgeois. 

A collection of the first one hundred strips was published as CHEEZ 100 by Pedlar Press in 2001

Gallery 50 is offering the sale of individual inkjet prints of the exhibited CHEEZ drawings upon request.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 50 50 Gladstone Avenue

Women and art education: A history of belonging, inspiration and success

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, InStudio is publishing photographs of women from the early 20th century who pursued their artistic ambitions by studying at the Ontario College of Art (as OCAD University was then known).

As a matter of fact, since our founding 140 years ago in 1876, women have been part of OCAD U’s vibrant and diverse student body. By contrast, it wasn’t until 1884 that women were permitted to enrol at the University of Toronto.

We hope you enjoy – and take inspiration from – these uplifting images.


G.S. Menzie, OCA students in front of the Grange (September 1922) G.S. Menzie, OCA students in front of the Grange (September 1922)
OCAD University Archives [PH110/57_004_367_010]


OCA students in front of the Normal School, St. James Square (ca. 1919/1920) OCA students in front of the Normal School, St. James Square (ca. 1919/1920)
OCAD University Archives [PH634/38_10_127_034]


OCA students inside the Normal School, St. James Square  (ca. 1919/1920) OCA students inside the Normal School, St. James Square (ca. 1919/1920)
OCAD University Archives [PH646/38_10_127_046]


OCA students in front of the Normal School, St. James Square (ca. 1919/1920) OCA students in front of the Normal School, St. James Square (ca. 1919/1920)
OCAD University Archives [PH635/38_10_127_035]


OCA students on McCaul St. (ca. 1920s)
OCA students in Grange Park (ca. 1920s)
OCAD University Archives [PH650/38_10_127_50]

InStudio thanks Scott Hillis, the visual resources coordinator and acting archivist at OCAD U’s Hoover Library, for his expert assistance in locating and identifying these images.

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Period Piece

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 5:00am to Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 4:00am

Featuring work by Hanna Antonsson, Sonja Ahlers, Arvida Bystrom, Shary Boyle, Petra Collins, Rebecca Fin, Minna Gilligan, Sandy Kim, Kristie Muller and Allyson Mitchell

Our popular Western notion of femininity is largely determined by the male gaze. Femininity has long been equated with female attractiveness as defined by heterosexual male desire, which requires women to control many natural signs of their post-pubescent, fertile bodies including body hair, menstrual blood and weight fluctuations. This is problematic because it puts women in the subordinate position and suggests that female sexuality is something that should be managed, distrusted and feared. As a consequence of this ideology, women are often relegated to the realm of adolescence. The media celebrates the skinny female body, in part, for example, because of its likeness to an immature, unthreatening, girlish figure. This destructive culture of fear is the gynophobic landscape. This exhibit offers an alternative, the gynolandscape, which celebrates female sexuality and the power of women’s bodies. Period Piece questions the current ideology of femininity and recasts women in positive/dominant roles. The works in this show are produced by international female artists whose practices demonstrate their struggle with female identity and sexuality.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery
Period Piece The Gynolandscape poster with event info

Performance Period Manifesto!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

A Performance Workshop with Holly Timpener

Share your period stories and create a new manifesto for a new shameless future for menstruation.
We will perform this manifesto together in the halls of OCADU!

Presented with FEMINIST FOMONOMO and the support of OCADU (Learning Zone, ODESI & Faculty of Art), FAC & WIAprojects.

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone at OCADU 113 McCaul - (main floor rear, off St Patrick Street)
For more information contact Julia Pereira at