History of Textiles Since 1800s Exhibition

Photograph of dress with prominent sleeves that were in fashion. Sleeves are shown in indigo dyed hemp.
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, January 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

This exhibit features research based textile works created by students of Lynne Heller's third year Materials Art and Design course called Textile History Since 1800s. Each of the textile pieces respond to historical processes, techniques, materials and fabrics or iconic fashion styles from the 19th to 21st centuries while "addressing the traditional and contemporary role of textiles in culture.

Using stitchwork, beading, dyeing, quilting and sewing techniques, the students were able to examine and incoroporate ideas on language, grief, identity or social conditions and cultural movements from the punk movement of the 70s to Abrstract Expressionism movement after World War ll.

Participating students are: Ayesha Babar, Molly Fletcher Berman, Stephanie Cloutier, Emma Enright, Elliot Grover, Shiemara Hogarth, Akash Inbakumar, Nomi Juhasz, Rajetha Kalatharan, Kendra Martyn, Rida Rajani, Saman Salman, Jenn Wingfield, Kye-Cha Yang and Ruitong Zhu.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street.
416-977-6000, ext. 2529

Blair Drawson launches his new book, An Odd Sea

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 12:00am to 3:00am

An Odd Sea, in 256 pages of text and with 41 black and white illustrations, retells Homer's Odyssey with naughty humour and a freewheeling disregard for time or historical fact.

Please join Blair on Dec. 8. Pick up a copy. Pay for it.
Have it signed, if you like. Only $39.50!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Lobby
Blair Drawson

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