Peter Schjeldhal, New Yorker contributor photo

OCAD U is host to renowned New York art critic Peter Schejeldhal, who is, asThe Globe and Mail describes, “parachuting in to explain the drama and grandiose themes” that inspired the neo baroque artists featured in “Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque” at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).

Schejeldhal talks at OCAD U on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m., and the MOCCA exhibit runs until April 6.

Schejeldhal is head art critic at the New Yorker and has also written for The New York TimesThe Village VoiceARTnews,ArtforumVogue and Vanity Fair. He’s published four books or art criticism and several collections of poetry. He also taught at Harvard University. In 2008 Schejeldhal won the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, which recognizes writers whose work is grounded in scholarship yet appeals to a broad range of audiences.

His talk at OCAD U, “Surrounding Beauty: Thoughts on aesthetic experience, with reference to the Baroque” is presented in partnership with MOCCA as part of a series of events connected to MOCCA’s current exhibition. “Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque” is a collaboration between MOCCA, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta. It showcases contemporary works by David Altmejd, Mark Bradford, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Tricia Middleton, Yinka Shonibare and MBE that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque.

Learn more:

Attend the talk 

Peter Schjeldahl’s contributor’s page at the New Yorker 

NGC@MOCCA Special Presentation: Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque 

Find out more about Criticsm & Curatorial practice at OCAD U

Lisa Bonnici and Geneviève Caron Talk Photography and Representation

Photograph of an elderly man
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:30pm

Lisa Bonnici is a former art buyer and current artist agent for photographer Geneviève Caron, among others. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Central Hall, Room 230, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Reading the Talk

mage: Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Relationship or Transaction, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday September 20, 2014 to Sunday January 4, 2015

Co-curated by Lisa Myers and Rachelle Dickenson

Welcome Gathering September 20, 1-3 p.m.
This celebratory event invites everyone to gather and welcome the creators of Reading the Talk to this region. The celebration will include a discussion with the exhibition’s artists and curators, followed by the
sharing of food. Everyone welcome.

Reading the Talk 20 September 2014 – 4 January, 2015
Reading the Talk presents the artwork of 6 contemporary Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee artists and how these works engage in critical conversations about relationship to lands, region and territory, while considering distinct indigenous perspectives on the history of treaties in this land now referred to as Canada. Featured artists: Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, and Melissa General.

Also check out:

RMG Fridays 3 October, 7-10 p.m.
Nutshell Tour with Reading the Talk Guest Curator Lisa Myers

Reading the Talk – Special Art Enrichment Program for Schools with a focus on the New Ontario Social Studies Curriculum
22 September – 19 December, 2014
JK- Gr.12

Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Civic Centre 72 Queen Street Oshawa, Ontario
905-576-3000 x 108

OCAD Faculty of Design presents talk by Gary Panter

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:00am

(Toronto — March 9, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Faculty of Design presents a talk by illustrator Gary Panter on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn-based illustrator, painter, designer and part-time musician Gary Panter is the mind behind the elaborate, quirky, Emmy Award winning set designs for the kid’s TV show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. Possibly the most influential graphic artist of his generation, Panter’s creative influence extends far beyond the realms of illustration. His work has been described as era-defining, earning him the monikers “King of Punk Art” and “King of the Preposterous.” He is described by Chris Bor of ARTINFO as, “A creator whose work comfortably straddles the worlds of painting, commercial art, illustration, cartoons, underground comix, and music,” and who, “tackles all of his projects with visionary punk panache.”

Panter’s artwork has appeared on record covers for Frank Zappa and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He created the children’s playroom inside the Philippe Starck-designed Paramount Hotel in New York, and his animation series Pink Donkey and the Fly are featured on the Cartoon Network’s website. He is the creator of Jimbo, a “post-nuclear punk-rock cartoon character” whose adventures were first chronicled as a comic strip in the ’70s Los Angeles hardcore-punk paper Slash, and later in RAW magazine. Jimbo has also been published by Zongo Comics, founded by Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening.

In 2000, Panter received the Chrysler Design Award recognizing his wide-reaching influence and mainstream success. From 2005 to 2007 his work was featured in the touring exhibition Masters of American Comics alongside that of such comic luminaries as Elzie Segar (Popeye), Chester Gould (Dick Tracy), Charles Schultz (Peanuts), Jack Kirby (Captain America), Harvey Kurtzman (founding editor of MAD magazine), Art Spiegelman (Maus) and others. His 2-volume monograph Gary Panter was published by Picturebox in 2008.

To learn more about Gary Panter, visit

OCAD’s Faculty of Design presents:

Gary Panter
Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium (Rm 190), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 |

All are welcome; admission is free. Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Panter’s talk is generously sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design ( is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)