Events

Jan
20
Mon
CASTED
Jan 20 – Feb 1 all-day

CASTED
Artists: Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim
Medium: Sculpture (Bronze)
Location: Eleanor Winters Art Gallery (129 Winters College)
Dates: January 20th – February 1st, 2020
Reception: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 6:00pm – 8:00pm

CASTED is a sculpture exhibition fully dedicated to works produced in bronze. The four artists, Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, Rebecca Garcia Echeverria, Allison Helen Garrity, and Esther Min-Ji Kim curated a collection of their separate works to create this group exhibition. 

The four women artists have showcased in CASTED an exhibition in bronze; a historically male associated material. As four female artists, they navigate the conventions of this medium in order to wield it to their individual  artistic practices and challenge the associations of materiality in relation to creation and process. 

In an exploration of this materiality, themes are crossed, met, and distanced with one another. Between the works of the four artists, a conversation is opened on the significance of bronze and its impact upon object and permanence. In choosing to cast in bronze, the artists subject themselves to be represented in their work, calling into question immortalization and monumentality of self.

In representations of the body, of memory, of empowerment, and of self the artists invite viewers to cast opinions and inferences of their own upon the works.

ARTIST BIOS

Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford is a sculpture artist currently in her final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours Degree in Visual Arts (Studio) at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her work focuses upon the themes of femininity, gender dichotomy, and on connections between the past and present as is expressed through the processes of bronze casting, metal fabrication, installation, textile and mixed media arts. 

Rebecca Garcia Echeverria is in her final year of the BFA Honours Degree at York University. She is a First-Generation Canadian-Salvadoran exploring the reconstruction of her memories, identity, and self through means of process based art forms that include metal fabrication, bronze-casting, and film photography.  She recently won a place  in the 2019 Graduate showcase at Gallery 1313 along with the AGYU Best in Show Award for her work “Self-Portrait (Camera) which is currently on display in CASTED.

Allison Helen Garrity often considers herself to be a part of the art that she creates. The process of constructing her thoughts into the physical universe fuses together the tangible and intangible parts of her. She is a  21-year-old Canadian artist, currently in her 4th and final year in the Visual Arts program at York University. She is a prop maker, sculptor, artist and a seeker of exploration. Her work is focused around a variety of materials and processes of the Foundry, Metal working and patterning. As she explores her desire for playfulness, she invite ideas unbound by the adult self, Dissociating assumptions on gender, life and time.

Esther Min-Ji Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). She explores concepts of the body through sculptural forms, utilizing her practices of metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, her work challenges the viewer’s commonly held assumptions about the world. She opens possibilities for interpretation, instigating cognitive and bodily awareness of the viewer’s subjective self.

 

 

Painting Area Group Exhibition
Jan 20 – Jan 30 all-day

 

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Group show featuring paintings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Cassandra Tremblay presents Learning to Grow
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm

Learning to Grow

Artist: Cassandra Tremblay (3rd Year)

Medium: Printmaking (monoprints, intaglio, screen)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 20-30, 2020

Closing Reception: Wednesday, January 29th @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Artist’s Statement:
My work in this series explores the motif of individual growth and the mental challenges, doubt, and confusion that comes with it. Often, the idea of success is romanticized, and we believe that people are simply talented, or just plain lucky. In reality, success is years of hard work, dedication, discipline, and practice. When people see this series, I want them to be reminded that everyone goes through the struggles of learning and chasing their idea of success, but most importantly, that it takes a long time, and this time is just as important as when you finally are an expert. The medium of monoprinting comes into play when thinking about our ever changing perspective. It also highlights the elements of randomness, surprise, and serendipity that we encounter in our lives through the process of physically printing the piece. Each unique print not only represents the growth of learning, but my own artistic journey and the discovery of my passion.

Artist’s bio:
Cassandra Tremblay has been creating art since she could remember. Currently she is in her third year of study at York University and has taken an interest in printmaking, especially monoprinting as it combines painting and drawing with a larger, and more involved, process. Striving for perfection is something she has always struggled with, so this show is a way of working through that while also reminding others that there is beauty in struggling.

Hibiscus
Medium: Watercolour Monoprint
Year: 2018
Dimensions: 22×15″

 

 

 

Jan
22
Wed
Wavelengths: Group Exhibition
Jan 22 – Jan 30 all-day

WAVELENGTHS

“Wavelengths” serves as a celebration of the achievements of our graduating painters of tomorrow. It is a coming together of a diverse array of artistic styles and sensibilities. Most of all, it is a clear illustration that though we may take our creative impulses in different directions, we are always on the same wavelength; that of innovation, expression, and community.

“Wavelengths” is running from January 22nd-30th in the Gales Gallery.

GALES GALLERY 
Location: 105 Accolade West Building, York University
Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Wavelengths: Featured Artists
Emilie Lowe
Deanna Gisborne
Liz Tsui
Alicia Takach
Lin Zhu
Rui Cai
Liying Yang
Mello Fang
Sarah Kowalchuk
Alexandra McDougall
Deledda Wong
Yu Yin
Alexa Everest
Li Huang
Alissa Condotta
Cassandra Mostbacher
John Lawler
Sharon Massey
Miri Rozenvain
Cassandra Panaro
Olivia Bagnoli
Julian Gullone
Azka Batool
Kanisha Dabreo

 

Feb
5
Wed
Goldfarb Lecture 2020: “No Nowhere” with Jenifer Papararo
Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Goldfarb Lecture 2020
Jenifer Papararo
Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University

“No Nowhere”
Jenifer Papararo will speak about her work as a curator of contemporary art and her interest in locating art and exhibitions as situations tethered to place and shared experience. She will discuss institutional knowledge as developed by the artists she works with, harnessing their approaches to redefine the presumed safety net of museums and galleries that ubiquitously function to be any-place, any-where, any-time. Papararo considers the impossibility of this nowhere.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
5:00 p.m.
Room 312 Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts
York University

Jenifer Papararo is the recently appointed Director / Curator at the Art Gallery of York University, beginning her tenure in 2020. She comes to the AGYU, from Plug Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, where she was the Executive Director. She was previously, the Curator at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and the Program Director at Mercer Union, Toronto. She has curated numerous solo and group exhibition. She initiated STAGES biennial in 2017 a temporary public art exhibition of sculpture and performance in Winnipeg, and recently curating the 2019 iteration, including Raymond Boisjoly, Daniel Buren, FASTWÜRMS, Kenneth Lavallee, Joar Nango, Andrea Roberts and Silke Otto-Knapp. In 2018 at Plug In ICA, she worked with Skeena Reece, DIS.art, BUSH gallery, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Przemek Pyszczek, and co-curated the group exhibition Days of Reading: beyond this state of affairs. She has written numerous curatorial texts and edited various exhibition related books: including My Best Thing by Frances Stark and the exhibition catalogue Enter the Landscape, that focuses on the female or queer body, its representation and relation to the land. Papararo is a founding member of the artist and curatorial collective Instant Coffee, whose work has been exhibited at One +J in Seoul, South Korea; Vancouver Art Gallery; the Toronto Sculpture Garden; the Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Subvision, Hamburg; Encuentro Internacional, Medellín; Sparwasser HQ, Berlin; the Americas Society, New York; and the 2nd Tirana International Biennial, Albania and are represented by MKG 127, Toronto.

 

Feb
6
Thu
Excerpts from 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks
Feb 6 – Feb 8 all-day

365 Days/365 Plays
Featuring Third Year Actors

365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks was written from November 2002 to November 2003. A feat of writing, Parks dedicated herself to writing at least one play every day for a whole year. Parks is an American playwright, widely known as the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002 for her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog. 365 Days/365 Plays was originally produced in the 365 International Festival, which organized thousands of artists to perform from November 2006 to November 2007, each company responsible for staging a week of plays. The MFA directors, featuring the 3rd year actors, have chosen two months worth of plays for this production. 365 Days/365 Plays directed by Alison Wong, Mandy Roveda, and Philip Geller, opens on February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in CFT 139 and will run until February 8th.

Directed by: Alison Wong, Mandy Roveda, Philip Geller

Show Dates and Times:
February 6, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.
February 7, 2020 – 2:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
February 8, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.

Location: 139 Centre for Film and Theatre (Sign-up at Door)

 

Feb
13
Thu
INTERCUT 2020: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm

INTERCUT 2020: Staged Readings of Original Screenplays

An evening of staged readings of original screenplays by AMPD’s very own!

Undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts’ (cut production, only ) Screenwriting programs were invited to submit short screenplays or fully realized scenes. Selected scripts were chosen for revision with story editors and workshopping with actors from the Department of Theatre.

In a spirit of feedback and dialogue, the results will be presented in this live performance of short scripts and scenes. The readings will be followed by a Q & A with the screenwriters.

Intercut is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Presented by Winters College in collaboration with the Department of Cinema & Media Arts and Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

 

 

Feb
24
Mon
Sculpture and Drawing Area Exhibition
Feb 24 – Mar 5 all-day

 

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A group show featuring sculpture and drawings by upper-level students in the Department of Visual Art & Art History.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday, 9am-4:00pm

Free admission

Mar
14
Sat
Audition in Regina for York U
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

Two actors in renaissance garb stare at eachother onstage.

Canada’s most comprehensive theatre program is coming to you!

Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an out-of-province audition with our faculty.

To audition you must first apply to York University. Admission to the program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Theatre. Therefore, the application to the Theatre program is a two-step process.

Step 1: Apply to York University

It’s not too late to apply! You can apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or York University’s Application.

Do you have concerns about your eligibility?  Check out our Academic Requirements and select your academic history.

Step 2: Audition in Regina

Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the Audition/Evaluation and Questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.

The questionnaire, letter of recommendation and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.

A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire, then you will be able to book your audition.  The location details for our Regina audition will be made available in the drop-down menu on our booking page after you have paid your evaluation fee.

What to prepare:

i. Presentation

Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program.

For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to perform or present memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please be prepared to receive redirection; it is our way of seeing if you can play. Please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material.

Applicants should come prepared to perform one of the following:

  1. a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
  2. a piece of your own dramatic writing
  3. a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
  4. a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
  5. a comedy routine
  6. a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
  7. a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)

OR

Make an oral presentation about one of the following:

  1. your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
  2. your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
  3. your involvement in a community event or project
  4. your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
  5. a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
  6. an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
  7. a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen

ii. Personal Interview

Your 5 minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have for us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.

iii. Writing Exercise

You’ll be asked one question about plays you’ve seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.

If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may also see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.


If you find you’re unable to attend this audition, we also accept submissions online.  For more information about how to submit online, please visit our How To Apply page under “Step 2”.

Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We look forward to meeting you.