Events

May
7
Tue
Public Talk: Connie Bulter in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Connie Butler HeadshotConnie Butler joined the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles as chief curator in 2013. She was chief curator of drawings at MoMA from 2006–2013, where she organized major exhibitions including On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century and Greater New York at MoMA PS1. She served as curator at MOCA from 1996–2006 where she organized the internationally acclaimed exhibition WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.

Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures in the series take place at the Power Plant and feature artist and scholar Torkwase Dyson (May 2) and curator and writer Kate Macfarlane (May 9).

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

Connie Butler is presented by AGO in collaboration with Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute of the Department of Visual Art & Art History, York University

May
9
Thu
Kate Macfarlane Acts of Resistance: Choreographic Drawing in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

[caption id="attachment_101604" align="alignleft" width="500"]Kate Macfarlane, photo by Dan Weill Kate Macfarlane, photo by Dan Weill[/caption]

ACTS OF RESISTANCE: CHOREOGRAPHIC DRAWING introduces artistic strategies that exploit the salient attributes of drawing whilst resisting its conventions and testing its limits. Works by seven women contemporary artists are considered through the lens of choreography, including Monika Grzymala’s spatial drawings, Aleksandra Mir’s collectively-made murals, Florence Peake’s performances, Kate Davis’s revision of Amedeo Modigliani’s nudes, Kathy Prendergast’s remapping of continental Europe, and figurative drawings by ruby onyinyechi amanze and Nicola Tyson.

Kate Macfarlane is a curator and writer based in London, UK, and is co-founder and co-director of Drawing Room, London. Recent curatorial projects include A Slice through the World: Contemporary Artists’ Drawings (Drawing Room and Modern Art Oxford) 2018; Dove Allouche – Mea Culpa of a Sceptic (The Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris)2016; Line (Lisson Gallery, London) 2016. Recent writing includes: ‘Graphic Witness’ a chapter for The Companion to Contemporary Drawing, Wiley Blackwell (2019); ‘Intimate Reflections’ in Auto Fictions – Contemporary Drawing, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Germany (2018).


Exploring the theme of Crossing the Line: Contemporary Extensions of Drawing as a Medium, the 2019 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts comprises a graduate intensive and three public lectures.

The other two public lectures feature artist and scholar Torkwase Dyson (May 2) at the Power Plant and curator Connie Butler (May 7) at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

The Summer Institute is named in recognition of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding supporters of York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, whose generous gift has made this annual residency program possible.

May
23
Thu
Odette Sculpture Residency: Public lecture Brendan Fernandes
May 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

[caption id="attachment_101613" align="alignleft" width="500"]Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch. Brendan Fernandes headshot courtesy of The Banff Centre. Photo by Anna Springate-Floch.[/caption]

NB the start time is 2:30pm, not 2 as previously posted

Chicago-based Visual Art alumnus Brendan Fernandes (BFA ’02) is the 2019 Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence at York University. He will be on campus May 6 to 10 and 20 to 24, with a hiatus in between where he installs a work for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. The residency in conjunction with the Intensive Sculpture Workshop, a fourth-year course offered by the Department of Visual Art & Art History which provides a valuable apprenticeship/mentorship experience for students, allowing them to work closely with a renowned artist.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Fernandes is a internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. His projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’ projects take on hybrid forms: part Ballet, part queer dance hall, part political protest…always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity.

Fernandes discusses his  recent work in dance, queer politic and contemporary forms of agency and resistance in a public talk. Admission is free and all are welcome. 

The Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program is made possible with the generous support of the P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation. The program strives to create a dynamic learning environment which supports the advancement of the art of sculpture, and where students benefit from participation in, and observation of, diverse professional studio practices. The residency provides the opportunity for upper-level undergraduate visual arts students to develop an enhanced working understanding of sculpture techniques from the perspective of eminent guest artists.

[caption id="attachment_101614" align="alignleft" width="700"]"I'm Down" 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery “I’m Down” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_101615" align="alignleft" width="700"]"Ballet Kink" 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events. “Ballet Kink” 2019 Image courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum. Photography by Scott Rudd Events.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_101616" align="alignleft" width="700"]"Steady Pulse" 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery “Steady Pulse” 2017 Image credit Monique Meloche Gallery[/caption]

Sep
30
Mon
X – a collaborative exhibition by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford and Rebecca Garcia Echeverria
Sep 30 – Oct 10 all-day

X is a collaborative exhibition by  Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford and Rebecca Garcia Echeverria focused on the theme of femininity and the subversion of the stereotypes that limit it.

Through the exploration of their different and similar experiences, Donoghue-Stanford and Garcia propose to create an abstracted feminine environment that calls upon a shifting perspective of femininity and redefining what it means to exist in the everyday as a woman. The exhibition will exist as a lament to the experiences of women, but also as an expression of gratitude.

(Left) Untitled - Photo Series (Installation View) by Rebecca Garcia Echeverria. (Right) Handheld (Front Detailing), Bronze, 9in x 5 in x 0.3 in by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Reception Oct 1, 6-8pm

Free admission

Oct
21
Mon
The State of Not Knowing – works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo and Deanna Gisborne
Oct 21 – Oct 31 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101732" align="aligncenter" width="600"]My Body by Deana Gisborne (2019), 43’ x 39.5’, Graphite on Paper My Body by Deana Gisborne (2019), 43’ x 39.5’, Graphite on Paper[/caption]

The State of Not Knowing is an exhibition works on paper by Ernesto Hidalgo (print media) and Deanna Gisborne (painting & drawing).

Artist statement: Ultimately, a search for our complicated identities is at the heart of our work, whether this is manifested by obscuring the body, multiplying form, collapsing into a writhing vortex or creating dream-like worlds where animals and humans intersect. We try to reconcile contradictions in ourselves, made possible through the unbounded language of art. All of this probing of the self-conscious mind is expressed in bodies, trying from all angles to reach that same conclusion and achieve resolution: Who am I, and how can I grasp this ever-evolving self?  This question is, of course, unanswerable, but we continue this cycle indefinitely, because we are human, and we are curious.

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

[caption id="attachment_101733" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28” Felt, by Ernest Hidalgo (2019) Screen print on rag paper; mounted on foamcore. 20” x 28”[/caption]

Oct
27
Sun
The Ashley Plays 2019
Oct 27 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

[caption id="attachment_99589" align="alignright" width="263"]ashley-plays The Ashley Plays. Photo: Judith Rudakoff[/caption]

The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.

Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,

The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.

Meeting Place:
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre. Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.

Map & Directions

While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.

Oct
31
Thu
Iphigenia 2.0
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 2 @ 9:00 pm

IPHIGENIA 2.0

Presented by MFA Directing Candidates, Mandy Roveda and Philip Geller, featuring the 3rd year acting conservatory, Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee is a modern reimagining of the Greek tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis. Stuck in between a hastily prepared, royal wedding and an army on the verge of war, Iphigenia weathers a storm of deception before finally taking her destiny into her own hands. This show tests the strength of loyalty and duty to family, friends, and country in an unsparing environment.

SHOW TIMES:
October 31 – 7:00 PM
November 1 – 2:00 PM | 7:00 PM
November 2 – 7:00 PM

LOCATION:
CFT 139: Centre for Film and Theatre

Admission is free. Signup sheet is posted outside the studio door.

Nov
4
Mon
Lifelines (Hilda) – solo sculpture and time based art show by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101740" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft Detail from A Lament, by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford, 2019, Acrylic Yarn, 15ft x 5ft x 10ft[/caption]

Lifelines (Hilda) is a solo sculpture and time based art installation by Kristen Elizabeth Donoghue-Stanford focused on the theme of lamentation and mourning of someone who is no longer present.

Artist statement: The exhibition will focus around ideas of life, death, loss, and remembrance, interplaying with one another. 87 knitted tubes in neutral colours will be suspended within the gallery space, arranged to create guided pathways and a knitted canvass for video projection.

The installation will be curated in order to showcase a metaphorical image of the lifelines of a particular life; that of a woman named Hilda, whom the footage collected belonged to. 87 knitted tubes will be used within the installation showcasing the number of years Hilda lived until she passed away on January 6th, 2019. The video shows Hilda and her family throughout several years of their lives and will be played on loop throughout the exhibition. A slight distortion will be used in order to hide or blur certain images within the video frame, as well as the projection onto the knitwork will add its own distortion. This is meant to symbolize the memories we don’t always get to keep with us, even when someone has left us.  As one of Hilda’s favourite pastimes and a skill that she passed onto the next generation of her family, the knitwork could not more perfectly summarize the complicated, yet beautiful framework of a life. In this installation we experience the feelings of remembrance and loss and face the concepts of life and death as we witness the lifelines of somebody who is no longer with us through the process of lamenting.  It opens the possibility for reflection and the ability to express gratitude towards such a life.

Gallery Hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am – 4:00pm

Free admission

Reception: Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Nov
16
Sat
Theatre@York presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Nov 16 – Nov 23 all-day

Coulorful collage featuring a Elizabethan woman on the left, a luminant sky on the right, and a glowing brain in the centre

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a beloved feminist revisioning of two of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, Othello and Romeo & Juliet. Written by Canadian playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, the play explores the hypothetical question: what if Shakespeare’s tragedies were actually intended to be comedies? To learn the answer to this question, please join us November 16-23 in the Joseph G. Green Theatre to find out.

Performance Schedule:

Sat, Nov. 16 (preview 1) @ 7:30 pm

Sun. Nov. 17 (preview 2) @ 7:30 pm

Tues. Nov. 19 (Opening) @ 7:30 pm

Wed. Nov. 20 @ 1:00 pm

Wed. Nov. 20 (Relaxed Performance) @ 7:30 pm –Plan your visit

Thurs. Nov. 21@ 7:30 pm

Fri. Nov. 22 @ 1:00 pm

Fri. Nov. 22 @ 7:30pm

Sat. Nov. 23 @ 2:00 pm

Tickets $7- 20

Online Box Office  or call 416-736-5888

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Nov
29
Fri
York University Gospel Choir
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day

The York University Gospel Choir directed by Professor Karen Burke presents a rafter-raising concert of works by Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Kirk Franklin and other gospel greats.

The 100+ voice choir is backed by a rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

Karen Burke is a pre-eminent singer, music director, choral conductor and composer in the field of African-American vocal music. An authority on the history and performance practices of Gospel music, she has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, Toronto Choral Society and Ontario Choral Federation, as well as numerous schools and church congregations. In 1988, she co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir and continues to serve as its principal director, touring nationally and internationally.

Admission: $15 | $10 students & seniors

Friday, November 29th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, November 30th – 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Box Office: ampd.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice | 416-736-5888

Map & Directions

Feb
11
Tue
playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development
Feb 11 – Feb 14 all-day

playGround: Fringe Festival of New Plays in Development

Created and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre.
Now in its 28th season, this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, highly original works and works-in-progress by up-and-coming playwrights, directors, designers and performers.

In keeping with the true spirit of playGround, the pieces reflect an uncurbed spirit, a humourous undertone and a risk-taking mindset.

playGround runs in two series

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wed. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 14, 1:00 p.m. (Closing)

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 12, 1:00 pm (Opening)
Thurs. Feb. 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. Feb. 14, 7:30 pm (Closing)

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
10
Tue
Devised Theatre Festival 2020
Mar 10 – Mar 14 all-day

Devised Theatre Festival 2020
March 10 – 14, 2020

The Devised Theatre Festival premieres three captivating new productions, each conceived, created, produced, and performed by fourth year Devised Theatre students in the Performance, Creation, and Research stream in York University’s Theatre program.

This year, the theme for the Devised Theatre Festival is: Escapism in the age of the Experience Culture, wherein we ask questions about how we try to escape, why we might feel the need to escape, and why this desire to escape may be problematic.

The three shows featured in this year’s festival are: Auto-nomy, a seductive physical theatre piece about companion robots who gain sentience, by The Vector Regime; Five, an intermedial physical theatre piece about four young women who are trapped inside a video game, by Mind Yo’ Business Productions; and Goodnight, Sunny, a magic realism piece about two siblings, Jonathan and Jamie, who go on one final adventure with their imaginary friend, Sunny.

Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.

The Devised  Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:

Tuesday, March 10th: Company A: The Vector Regime (7:00pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (8:30pm)

Wednesday, March 11th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (7:00pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (8:30pm)

Thursday, March 12th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (7:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (8:30pm)

Friday, March 13th: Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (6pm)

Saturday, March 14th: Company B: Mind Yo’ Business Productions (3:00pm) | Company A: The Vector Regime (4:30pm) | Company C: Triptych Theatre Collective (6pm)

Venue:  207 Accolade East Building | York University Keele Campus

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10 (cash only please)

For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.

Mar
17
Tue
Theatre@York presents Elizabeth Rex
Mar 17 – Mar 21 all-day

Theatre @ York presents Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley directed by ted witzel

Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex shares Good Night Desdemona’s interest in the Shakespearean canon.

Here, Findley imagines an intimate meeting between a group of players and Queen Elizabeth I, who has ordered a command performance of Much Ado About Nothing as she awaits the execution of a former lover, the Earl of Essex. With wit and poetry, Findley explores the entanglement of love, desire, and gender identity.

Performance Schedule:
Tuesday March 17th at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 1:00 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Thursday March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Relaxed Performance)
Friday March 20th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 21st @ 7:30 p.m. (Closing)

Box Office Information
Previews: $7.00

All Other Performances:
Tickets: $20.00
Student: $12.00
Senior: $12.00

Groups of 10 or more: $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)

Buy online or call 416-736-5888

Relaxed Performance: Thursday, March 19th at 7:30pm
A Relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. The performance is designed to reduce anxiety and provide a safe, enjoyable experience, taking into account variable sensory, communication or learning needs and abilities. This means that there is a more casual-than-usual approach to front-of-house etiquette and we ask audience members to be aware of people’s needs to move or make involuntary noise.

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Mar
25
Wed
Scenes by Design 2020: Exhibition of Stage Design
Mar 25 – Mar 28 all-day

Scenes by Design
The Theatre Department’s annual exhibition showcasing the work of the Design and Production area. Scenes by Design offers an insider’s look at the creative work done behind the scenes before the curtain rises on a stage production. The exhibition features original set designs and maquettes, costumes, props, scene painting, renderings, drawings and lighting design by students in the production/design area. Scenes by Design will also include the announcement of the 2020 – 2021 Theatre @ York Season.

Exhibition Hours:
Wed. March 25, 2020: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Opening)
Thur. March 26, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri. March 27, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat. March 28, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Closing)

Admission is free and all are welcome.