OCAD U exhibition unveiled at Queen’s Park

Artists standing with President Sara Diamond in front of exhibition
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

On February 15, OCAD University unveiled a unique exhibition in the boardroom of the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD). Curated by recent OCAD U graduate Delilah Rosier, the exhibition features 12 accomplished OCAD U student artists, giving viewers a sense of the unique, interdisciplinary works created at the university.  

  • Ella Bot
  • Jana Ghalayini
  • Antonio Giacchetti
  • Saba Giani
  • Abigail Holt
  • leaf jerlefia
  • Sofy Mesa
  • Renelyn Quinicot Javier
  • Oliver Roberts
  • Dahae Song
  • Louis-Philippe Tremblay-Chapdelaine
  • Carly Whitmore

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the efforts of Jennifer Long, Associate Chair, Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices and Miriam Kramer, Director, Government Relations & Partnerships.

 

Poster: 
Minister Deb Matthews meets with artists in her office

Reflections on the State of Blackness

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Join us for Dr. Andrea Fatona’s discussion of her ongoing interdisciplinary project: “The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation”. The project interrogates issues of pedagogy and diversity in the context of both tertiary art education and gallery settings. It highlights the dearth of cultural production and in turn, presentation activities by black artists who because of racial difference have historically been at the margins of “traditional” visions of the Canadian nation and its art production.

Andrea Fatona is an associate professor in the Criticism and Curatorial program. She was the former curator of contemporary art at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and has worked as the programme director at Video In, Vancouver, Co-Director of Artspeak Gallery, Vancouver, and Artistic Director of Artspace Gallery, Peterborough. Fatona is concerned with the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by 'other' Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190
Reflections on the State of Blackness Poster

Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
10:30am to 11:30am

Coffee with Thom Mayne, founder and design principal of Morphosis

A great opportunity! …to chat with Thom Mayne, the Design Director for Creative City Campus, the founding principal of Morphosis Architects. 

Morphosis and Teeple Architects will share some insight about key issues related to contemporary architecture, design, beauty and built form.  They are eager to hear questions and thoughts from the OCAD U community related to your projects, research, and passions.

Open to: all students, staff and faculty

When: February 16, 10:30 – 11:30

Where: 115 McCaul – 2nd floor

 

Thom Mayne Bio:

Thom Mayne, tis a founder and design principal of Morphosis, an interdisciplinary and collectively organized architecture firm. Morphosis has always been known for uncompromising designs and a drive to surpass the bounds of traditional forms and materials, while also working to carve out a territory beyond the limits of modernism and postmodernism. The firm was founded in 1972 by Mayne and Jim Stafford and one year later Michael Rotondi joined them and remained as partner until 1991. Types of buildings undertaken by Morphosis range from residential, institutional, and civic buildings, to large urban planning projects.

Thom Mayne was born in Westbury, Connecticut in 1944. He lived for part of his childhood in Gary, Indiana. When he was ten, his mother moved the family to Whittier, California. Although he enrolled in California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, he received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1968. He then worked for two years as a planner for Victor Gruen. He began his teaching career at Cal Poly at Pomona, but soon he, along with six colleagues, was fired. That was the genesis of the founding of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1972. He returned to school and received his master of architecture degree from Harvard University in 1978. He has held teaching posts at Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

 

Creative City Campus:

The Creative City Campus (CCC) project will revitalize and expand the institution’s core creative spaces on McCaul Street. The project involves approximately 55,000 square feet of new construction and 95,000 square feet of renovation and repurposing of existing space in and around the existing facilities of the university. A preliminary outline of project objectives is listed below but is subject to change, following the outcomes of the engagement strategy. Development and financing strategies will be developed in 2017.

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul – 2nd floor
Cost: 
Free
Black and White portrait of Thom Mayne

Grine Kuzine OPENING EVENT

Grine Kuzine
Friday, December 2, 2016

Using recycled cardboard and faded memories; Evan Tapper recreates his grandmother’s 1930s kitchen in Winnipeg to reflect on past and present hardships of starting life anew as an immigrant.

Website: 
http://fentster.org/#/grinekuzine/

Winter Clothing Drive 2016

OCAD U Winter Clothing Drive 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 8:00pm

Through an initiative by students Oliver Roberts, Sofy Mesa, and Art and Social Change, OCAD U Campus Life is helping collaborate the collection of WINTER COATS, SOCKS, AND ALL LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS, JACKETS, AND PANTS for the Allan Gardens Community Lunch and Clothing Closet.

As the season begins to change, it is imperative that our clothing closet changes as well to meet the needs of those of us facing homelessness and poverty in downtown Toronto. Please donate any CLEAN, gently used winter clothing.

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul Street (MCA)
Website: 
www.facebook.com/ocaducampuslife
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext 4021

Creative Directors' Speakers Series: #2 It Takes All Types To Do The Job

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:30am

Does one size of (AD GRAD) fit all?

Creative Directors from Public Relations, Digital, traditional Ad agency, experiential and branding firms come and share their work, perspective and insights:

Our panel:

Joel Arbez – Executive Creative Director , Grey Canada
Jon Toews – former Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass
Andrew Simon – Executive Creative Director, Edelman Canada
Jonathan Smith – Executive Creative Director, Pigeon Branding
Graham Lee – T1 Agency, Chief Creative Officer, CD at T1 Motion

Q & A to follow.

Brought to you by the Advertising Program, OCADU.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Cost: 
Free
Creative Director Speakers Series

MICHAEL ANTKOWIAK, FACULTY OF ART, PRESENTS: WHAT RIGHT HAS MY HEAD TO CALL ITSELF ME

abstract figurative work, predominantly blue
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00am

WHAT RIGHT HAS MY HEAD TO CALL ITSELF ME

MICHAEL ANTKOWIAK

OCTOBER 7TH - 29TH, 2016

RECEPTION OCT 7TH 6-9PM

 

“At what precise moment...

...does an individual stop being who he thinks he is?

You know, I don't like complications.

Cut off my arm. I say, "Me and my arm."

You cut off my other arm. I say, "Me and my two arms."

You...take out...

...take out my stomach, my kidneys,

assuming that were possible...

And I say, "Me and my intestines."

Follow me?

And now, if you cut off my head...

...would I say, "Me and my head" or "Me and my body"?

What right has my head to call itself me?

What right?”

Excerpt from the film “The Tenant”, 1976, by Roman Polanski.

 

Michael Antkowiak (Warsaw, 1977) is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, and completed his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2003. He has since exhibited in public and commercial galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Queens Museum of Art, in New York City, and Carrie Secrist Gallery, in Chicago, Il. Michael is a recipient of several artist’s grants and residencies, including the Toronto Arts Council Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship. Michael lives and works in Toronto, and in addition to his studio practice, teaches as a drawing and painting instructor at OCAD University.

 

 

Blue, oil on canvas 12”x16” 2016

Venue & Address: 
WIL KUCEY GALLERY 1183 DUNDAS ST. W. TORONTO CANADA M6J 1X3
Website: 
http://www.wilkuceygallery.ca
Phone: 
416.532.8467

MARTK'D Sneaker Design Tournament

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -
3:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD University is proud to collaborate with MARTK’D which celebrates art on sneakers.  The partnership was formed to execute a creative engagement initiative in the form of a sneaker design tournament.  The tournament will give 40 of Toronto’s up-and-coming high school artists from the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board the opportunity to showcase their creative skills through live competition in front of an audience. Artists will use VANS sneakers as a blank canvas and Sharpies to create their own designs, to be judged by audience members and special guests.

 

The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.

 

WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
Email: 
admissions@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 4869
Cost: 
Free

Black Speculative Arts Movement

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00am to Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) Toronto 2016 is a two-day community gathering at OCAD University. The event will be focused on a Toronto/ Canadian centred dialogue around the improvement of Black and Afrocentric presence in Speculative and Science Fiction in all creative forms and outlets. The lack of cartoons with Black People as majority or in lead roles, or the lack of character diversity in comic books, novels and films are examples. There will also be a market place with a variety of vendors offering goods and services to encourage supporting local businesses and artists.

$5 Each Day
$10 for a pass

Tickets can be purchased:
eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

 

DAY 1
Open
ing Night:

The first night of the two-day community gathering which will feature an opening ceremony and speeches and presentations by the founders of BSAM and other prominent artists.
 

Friday, October 21, Auditorium Room 190
6 to 10 p.m.
Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:

  • Studying While Black, moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson
  • featuring OCADU BIPOCSA (Black Indigenous People of Colour Student Association) - Camille Lauren, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Graham Ndimenhle Nhlamba, Kikelomo Otuije, Moya K, 
  • Making Space For the Black Imagination (curator and cultural producers)  featuing B.A.N.D. Gallery
  • Black Queer Art Matters

Featuring Artist talks by Ato Sietu (https://www.facebook.com/ato.seitu)
Dr. tobias van veen
Fatimah Tuggar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatimah_Tuggar)

Live performances Kafaye Rose (R & B, Reggae), Major Blaze (Reggae, R& B Alternative Hip-Hop), Chop-Z (future Music) + more

 

DAY 2

The focus of this day is on the different speculative art platforms across Toronto and how community informs the arts practices and vice-versa. This day will feature panels discussions, workshops and activities and live performances

Saturday, October 22, Auditorium Room 190 and Great Hall 230
11.a.m to 6 p.m.

Public price: $5
Free for OCAD U students with a valid I.D.

 

Featured Discussions and sessions:
• Deconstructing the Race Box moderated by Black Future Month

  • The Healing of the Nation (Spiritual art practitioners & mystics) moderated by Sunset Service featuring David Lewis-Peart, Chiedza Pasipanodya, Njeri Campbell + More
  • Comics & Caricatures (Artists, designers, and illustrators) moderated by Sheniece Cater featuring Arthur Tanga, Alecia Doyley, Black Sun Comics, Stacey Robinson of Black Kirby
  • Black Ink: Flipping the script (Authors and Playwrights) moderated by Nay Monroe featuring Adiyana Morris,  Dilcia S. (NYC), Jelani “J-Wyze” Nias, Whitney French
  • Words, Sound, Powah (Music artists & Performance artists) moderated by Sharrae Lyon featuring Watch School Alumni - Najla Nubyanluv, Ohm Shanti, Sashoya Shoya Oy
     

Featuring special artist talk by Ian Sun of Anansi T.E.K. Club (www.anansi-tek.org)
Live performances by Witch Prophet (Experimental Indie) + More

This event is supported by Black Future Month, Lost Lyrics, OCAD U Student Union, Onsite Gallery, OCAD U Faculty of Liberal Art and Science and School of School for Interdisciplinary Studies , Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design,  Art and Social Change, Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Deluxo, PRIYOME Chess Club, Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation & Fantasy of the Toronto Lillian H. Smith Library, Nia Centre For The Arts, Black Artist Network In Dialogue Gallery( B.A.N.D. Gallery), Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere Edutainment (R.I.S.E. Edu.), Street Voices, Zero Gun Violence and Rite Of Passage - Woodgreen Community Centre.

 

About BsaM

Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention held at multiple colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The Black Speculative Art movement emerged out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture. Black Speculative Art is a creative aesthetic practice that integrates African diasporic or African metaphysics, science, and technology that seeks to interpret, engage, design or alter reality for the re-imagination of the past, the contested present, and act as a catalyst for the future.” The BSAM convention movement, co-founded by Dr Reynaldo Anderson, at Harris-Stowe State University, and Maia Crown Williams, founder of Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, will include vending from a vast amount of comics, art, and artisan creators and vendors, live performances, a full international film festival via Midwest Ethnic Convention for Comics and Arts - MECCA, seminars, classes, hand on workshops, plays, and much more. Students are also welcome to submit proposals to participate as well.

Afrofuturism and astro-blackness have been practiced in our community for years, especially thru literature, visual arts, and music. Artists like Sun Ra, Octavia Butler, Basquiat, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Samuel Delaney, Jimi Hendrix, Paschal B. Randolph, Toni Morrison, Amiri Baraka, Tananarive Due, and the Zulu Nation are excellent examples.

BSAM is a loose umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

BSAM is a continuation of the historical behaviour within the Veil to engage the ideas of Dubois, Wright, Everett and others to pierce the Color Line, the Color Curtain, and understand the Digital Divide in the face of the challenges of the 21st century.

http://blackspeculativeartsmovement.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/blackspeculativeartsmovement

Tickets can be purchased

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/black-speculative-arts-movement-symposium-bsamtoronto2016-tickets-27314610736

for more info contact Quentin VerCetty at bridginda6ix@gmail.com

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.

Michelle Forsyth to participate in a Panel Discussion: Creating with Parkinson’s

poster for the event with a multi coloured sculpture on pink background
Saturday, April 9, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Michelle Forsyth will be speaking along with her neurologist, Dr. Alfonso Fosano (Toronto Western Hospital), and TBA about how Parkindon's impacts creativity.

Michelle Forsyth recently underwent deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease. She will discuss Parkinson’s and sensuality, specifically focusing on her recent work. Forsyth teaches painting at OCAD University.

Alfonso Fasano will discuss Parkinson’s disease as a window into the neurobiology of creativity. Dr. Alfonso Fasano, MD, PhD is Associate Professor, University of Toronto, as well as the Director of the surgical program for movement disorders Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital

In Partnership with the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario

Venue & Address: 
THE WOODSTOCK ART GALLERY
poster for the event with a multi coloured sculpture on pink background

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