Events

Feb
12
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd
Feb 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Sensorium Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd 

Wednesday, February 12th

11:30-12:30pm

The Sensorium Research Loft (4th Floor CFA, Room M333)

Please join us Wednesday, February 12th for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Professor Brandon Vickerd!

About Brandon Vickerd

Brandon Vickerd is a sculptor whose site-specific interventions, public performances and object-based sculptures act as a catalyst for critical thought and engagement with the physical world. Purposely diverse, his studio work straddles the line between high and low culture, acting as a catalyst for critical thought and addressing the failed promise of a modernist future predicated on boundless scientific advancement. Whether through craftsmanship, the creation of spectacle, or humor, the goal of his work is to provoke the viewer into questioning the dominate myth of progress ingrained in Western world views.

Vickerd’s current research engages in enriching public spaces through the development of public art that challenges citizens to reflect on our notions of public space. Projects such as Dance of the Cranes (Edmonton and Washington DC) transform the cityscape through choreographed dances executed by high-rise construction cranes perched upon condos developments. Most recently Vickerd was awarded a commission for a permanent installation for 12th Street S.E. Bridge Public Art Project in Calgary. The resulting artworks was titled Wolfe and the Sparrows and resulted from a three-month collaborative process with the citizens of Inglewood and the City of Calgary. Wolfe and the Sparrows consists of a traditionally rendered monument that appears intact from a distance; however, as the viewer moves closer, the upper body of the sculpture transforms into a flock of sparrows scattering into the distance. Cast in bronze and positioned on a traditional raised pedestal, this sculpture utilizes the language and aesthetic of traditional statuary to actively subvert the authority of public monuments.

Professor Vickerd is principal investigator for the CFI-supported Digital Sculpture Lab at York University, dedicated to studying the convergence of the digital and the physical in art by translating digital code into physical reality.” Vickerd has received numerous awards and grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.

www.brandonvickerd.com

About the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series 

The Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event which aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This casual, lunch time seminar series will host a variety of graduate student presentations, faculty presentations and pitch sessions, open luncheons, topical discussions, invited speakers and external associations or organizations looking to interface with our community and share their work.

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The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

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

Print Media (Property of)
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – Mar 6 @ 4:00 pm

Print Media (Property of)

Artists: Group show of upper level Print Media Students

This exhibition at York University’s Special Projects Gallery highlights the work of the upper level Print Media students from the Department of Visual Arts. These print-based works show the variety of individual approaches explored in the courses: 3070 Extended Print Practice; 3072 Photo-based Print Processes, and 4090L Print Media.

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

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am-4pm

Dates: February 24 – March 6, 2020

 

 

 

Feb
26
Wed
Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey
Feb 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Alison Humphrey 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
11:30am-12:30pm
The Sensorium Research Loft
4th Floor CFA, Room M333
RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca 

Please join us for our next Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series featuring Cinema and Media Arts PhD Candidate and Sensorium Graduate Research Associate, Alison Humphrey!

Alison Humphrey plays with story across drama, digital media, and education. As a Vanier Scholar in Cinema and Media Arts at York University, her research-creation doctoral dissertation explores how a participatory science fiction storyworld, Shadowpox, can help young people build scientific, civic and media literacy by exploring immunization and vaccine hesitancy through a superhero metaphor.

The project’s first phase, full-body videogame, debuted during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, where The Lancet called it “one of the most powerful and playful ways to illustrate both the individual and population-level implications of community immunity.” The second phase is a networked superhero narrative, The Cytokine Storm, co-created with young artists on three continents.

The third phase adapts this narrative into a Scalar-based online platform for a “courseplay”, a hybrid undergraduate seminar that weaves academic study with dramatic composition and digital production. Science & Fiction: Imagining Immunity in an Immersive Storyworld takes a new approach to the concept of experiential education: action refraction, where students use metaphoric world-building and digitally augmented role-play to explore one of the thorniest political dilemmas of public health: voluntary participation in the collective good.

For more, please see www.alisonhumphrey.com and www.shadowpox.org.

About the Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series

The Winter Lunchtime Seminar Series is a weekly event which aims to foster interconnectivity between faculty, graduate students, visiting scholars and artists within the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design. This casual, lunch time seminar series will host a variety of graduate student presentations, faculty presentations and pitch sessions, open luncheons, topical discussions, invited speakers and external associations or organizations looking to interface with our community and share their work.
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The Sensorium Research Loft is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility details, please email sensloft@yorku.ca.

Mar
4
Wed
Coalition: Visual Art & Art History Open House
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Department of Visual Art & Art History presents Coalition, an open house exhibition featuring hundreds of works in print media, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture created by the rising young talent in the department.

Admission is free and all are welcome | Map and Directions 


Location
: Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts & the Gales Gallery
Installation: 12:30-2:00pm
Showcase: 2:00-8:00pm
Awards Ceremony: 7:00-8:00pm | Gales Gallery: 105 Accolade West Building
De-installation: 8:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
6
Fri
NOISE: York University Department of Visual Art & Art History Senior Studio Exhibition at Gallery 1313
Mar 6 – Mar 14 all-day

York University Department of Visual Arts and Art History
presents
NOISE
Senior Studio Exhibition

‘Noise’ is an exhibition of work by the two senior studio classes, Installation & Painting, in the Department of Visual Art & Art History, York University. Bringing together the work of about fifty students who work in a diversity of contemporary styles & media, the exhibition is both a culmination of their BFA and a launching pad to their futures.

Date: March 6-14, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 2:00-5:00pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-6pm
Address: 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Free Admission

Gallery 1313 website: g1313.org
Gallery 1313 phone: 416-536-6778

 

 

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.

 

May
21
Thu
All about AMPD!
May 21 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn all about AMPD! Join us for a one-hour interactive presentation about the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Discover what makes AMPD the most comprehensive arts school in Canada. This webinar is designed for those of you who are still deciding your plans for fall, as well as those of you who already know you’ll be joining us at York. You’ll be able to talk with the Dean of AMPD, hear about first year and the various ways you can get involved, and get your questions answered by current AMPD students.
We look forward to seeing you at our virtual event!

All about AMPD!
Thursday May 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Register here!

If you are unable to attend live, the webinar will also be recorded and posted at a later date. All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording post-event.

AMPD: Ranked #2 in Ontario for Art, Performing Arts & Design in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Sep
28
Mon
Visual Art and Art History Information Week
Sep 28 – Oct 2 all-day

Visual Art and Art History Information Week
September 28 – October 2, 2020

Throughout the week, we will be posting about the Visual Art and Art History program. This is your opportunity to peer into our spaces, see what our current students are working on, discover the experiential education we offer at York University, and learn what our alumni are up to today. Follow us @YorkuAMPD on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Visual Art and Art History: Webinar

On September 30th, Professor Brandon Vickerd, offered a unique opportunity for students to discover more about our Visual Art and Art History program and what makes York University a great place to study. Watch the whole thing below:.

https://youtu.be/Jhw5EdvRacg

Visual Art and Art History: Students Only!
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Instagram Live

Visual Art and Art History students Jacob and Sara hosted a “Students Only” Instagram Live event. Visit our Instagram profile and view it in our IGTV section for an unfiltered perspective into our classrooms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cys-eYv9kwU

 

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Oct
3
Sat
Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto (October 24, 2020)
Oct 3 – Nov 21 all-day

Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto

Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art? Visit our virtual booth at National Portfolio Day in Toronto.

Please have a portfolio of your best work ready to receive one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.

Featured programs:
York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA
York Program in Design – BDes

Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!
Admission is free.

AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
DATE: Saturday, October 24, 2020
TIME: 12-4pm (EST)
REGISTER NOW

For more information please visit https://nationalportfolioday.org/

AMPD Visual Art – Studio Art will also be present at the following dates/times:
Minneapolis: October 3, 2020 (10 AM -2 PM MST)
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
West Michigan/ Grand Rapids: November 8, 2020- (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)
Cincinnati: November 21, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)

AMPD Design will also be present at the following dates/times:
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver/ Seattle: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)

 

 

York University: Your Fall “First Look”
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
York University: Your Fall "First Look" @ Virtual

York University
Your Fall “First Look”

Get your first look at all that York University has to offer. From programs to admission, students to campus life and everything in between, join us online for what is sure to be one of our best events of the year!

You will have the chance to connect directly with recruitment, current students and admissions.

DATE: October 3, 2020
TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM
REGISTER NOW

TAKE A TOUR

Nov
21
Sat
Virtual Fall Campus Day
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at Virtual Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media ArtsComputational Arts – Digital MediaDanceDesignMusicTheatre and Visual Art & Art History.  We will be available to chat with you about our programs, admissions information and student life!

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
REGISTER HERE

We will also have the following webinars from 12:30pm-1:30pm:

Visual Art & Art History: Portfolio Workshop and Q&A Session
Professor Brandon Vickerd will provide a brief overview of our BFA Honours program, details about the application process, including guidance on how to compose a winning portfolio. The presentation will be followed by a question period.

Theatre: It’s All About Connection: Audition Technique Workshop
Connect with the material, with your audience, and with the moment.
In this audition workshop, we’ll explore movement, voice, script and character analysis, as well as exercises that can be effective for your warm-up and daily practice. With attention to choosing a monologue, preparation techniques, and strategies for ‘audition day’, we’ll examine how you can connect deeply with the material to ensure you are present and authentic on the big day, and engage in thoughtful reflection afterwards.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Register on York’s Fall Campus Day website. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Jan
26
Tue
Institutional Healing: Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska
Jan 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Institutional Healing: Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska @ Zoom

Institutional Healing

Public Talk with Marysia Lewandowska

Tuesday, January 26 2:30-4:30 pm EST

This event will take place on Zoom.

Please RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca and a Zoom Link will be sent out prior to the event.

The persistence of Covid-19 conditions sets the context for Marysia Lewandowska’s second In Practice presentation. Last summer her seminar, entitled What Constitutes the Site of Practice, offered reflections on living in London under lockdown following her It’s About Time project at the Venice Biennale. Continuing these investigations, Marysia’s public talk entitled Institutional Healing will survey how art institutions are increasingly becoming places of care, providing intellectual and spiritual sustenance to support the wellbeing of the public. Even during the pandemic, artists and curators have found ways to engage virtuality in order to transform formerly neglected values associated with sharing and caring into productive experiences of collectivity. This context has informed Marysia’s recent thinking as an artist-curator, which she will elaborate in relation to her new project at the healing baths at Baden, Baden, Germany.

Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish-born artist-curator based in London who has been exploring the public functions of institutions such as museums, galleries and archives for over twenty years. Her exhibitions, films and projects involving the property of others can be viewed at www.marysialewandowska.com

This event comprises the second component of In Practice, the 2020 Goldfarb Summer Institute curated by professors Jennifer Fisher and Barbara Balfour of the Department of Visual Art and Art History. In Practice continues to interrogate what it means to engage with “practice” as a lens for dynamic relationality, performativity and ethics in aesthetic expression. In Practice has featured collaborative, feminist, Indigenous, contemplative and activist practices in contemporary art and curating that impact personal, political and cultural transformation. Guest presenters for the summer seminars included Marysia Lewandowska, Karen Finley, Jess Dobkin, Lisa Myers, Emelie Chhangur, Marcus Boon and Gabe Levine.  

This event is organized by the Department of Visual Art and Art History in conjunction with Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology. We gratefully acknowledge the Goldfarb family’s generous support of Visual Art and Art History Summer Institute.

Image caption: Marysia Lewandowska, “It’s About Time,” film still, Venice 2019. 

 

 

Feb
3
Wed
CURATING PRESENCE IN ACUTE PALLIATIVE CARE: A MEDITATION ON MULTIPLICITY
Feb 3 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Lyn Smallwoord, The Black Bird (2020)

CURATING PRESENCE IN ACUTE PALLIATIVE CARE: A MEDITATION ON MULTIPLICITY

Public Talk with Marcia Brennan

The 2021 Goldfarb Annual Lecture

Wednesday, February 3, 2:30-4:30 pm EST

Please RSVP to sensinfo@yorku.ca and a Zoom Link will be sent out prior to the event.

Drawing on her creative clinical experiences in Acute Palliative Care, Professor Brennan will examine the ways in which the curatorial model might be expanded to consider how aesthetics can serve as a form of care for people facing the end of life. Just as the artworks are produced during critical junctures of transition, they often appear as meditations on multiplicity as people imagine various forms of presence. Dr. Brennan’s talk will be followed by a public conversation with Jennifer Fisher and questions from the audience.

Marcia Brennan is the Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Humanities at Rice University, where she works in the fields of Art History, Religious Studies and the Medical Humanities. She also serves as a literary Artist in Residence in the Department of Palliative Care and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her books include Life at the End of Life: Finding Words Beyond Words (Intellect), Curating Consciousness: Mysticism and the Modern Museum (MIT Press), Modernism’s Masculine Subjects: Matisse, the New York School and Post-Painterly Abstraction (MIT Press), and Painting Gender, Constructing Theory: The Alfred Stieglitz Circle and American Formalist Aesthetics (MIT Press).

This event is presented in conjunction with the nascent Art and Wellness initiative in the School of Art, Media, Performance and Design. Dr. Brennan’s work exemplifies the important role that artist and curatorial residencies can bring to practices of caring and curing in hospitals and other health care contexts.

Dr. Brennan’s lecture is organized by the Department of Visual Art and Art History in conjunction with Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology. We gratefully acknowledge the Goldfarb family for their generous support.

Image caption: Lyn Smallwood, The Black Bird (2020)