Events

Feb
14
Wed
Art History Presents: Niamh O’Laoghaire
Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm

ART HISTORY PRESENTS: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE ART WORLD

[caption id="attachment_100509" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Alighiero Boetti, Map, 1971-72 Alighiero Boetti, Map, 1971-72[/caption]

Niamh O’Laoghaire, director of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham speaks on her 25 years in the art world and her life as an art historian, curator, writer, educator, lecturer, publisher, strategic planner, tour guide and more.

O’Laoghaire earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on the influence of Van Gogh on Matisse, Derain, and Vlaminck. Previously a professor of Modern and Canadian art at McMaster University (1991-99) and founder of SCAM Contemporary Art, O’Laoghaire was appointed Director of the University of Toronto Art Centre in 2001 where she remained until 2013. Under her leadership, UTAC mounted over one hundred exhibitions and received three Ontario Association of Art Galleries “Best Exhibition of the Year” Awards. She has also served as president of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (2007-09). O’Laoghaire became Director of the Varley Art Gallery in 2014.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Feb
27
Tue
Goldfarb Lecture – Sandra Meigs: “Painting Liminal Spaces”
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Sandra Meigs HeadshotPainter Sandra Meigs is the featured speaker for the 2017 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts.

Throughout her career Meigs has explored possibilities for painting as a model of the mind, the physical world, and metaphysical thought. She will speak about her use of personal experience as a greater source for universal discovery. In her works throughout the past four decades from “Performance with 20 Dresses” (1974), to “Room for Mystics” (2017), there is a common thread of inquiry into what painting actually is: enchantment with form.

For over 35 years Meigs has created vivid, immersive and enigmatic paintings that combine complex narratives with comic elements.  She derives the content of her work from her own personal experiences and develops these to create visual metaphors related to the psyche.

Born in Baltimore in 1953, Meigs studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (B.F.A. 1975) and Dalhousie University (M.A. 1980).  She has lived and worked in Canada since 1973.  Recently retired, Meigs has been a dedicated teacher at the University of Victoria for 24 years and has mentored hundreds of visual art students throughout her professorship. She now resides in Hamilton, Ontario.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Campus Maps & Directions

 

The Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts is made possible through the generous support of Joan and Martin Goldfarb, longstanding benefactors of York University’s Department of Visual Art and Art History and AMPD.

 

Sandra Meigs work in exhibition

Oct
2
Tue
Visual Art Speaker Series: Daniel Barrow
Oct 2 @ 2:30 pm
Art by Daniel BarrowMontreal-based artist Daniel Barrow works in video, film, print-making and drawing, but is best known for his use of antiquated technologies, his “registered projection” installations, and his narrative overhead
projection performances. Barrow describes his performance method as a process of, “creating and adapting comic narratives to manual forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors”.
Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s
TBA festival, and the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival. Barrow is the winner of the 2010 Sobey Art Award as well as the recipient of the 2013 Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Oct
21
Sun
The Ashley Plays 2018
Oct 21 @ 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.

4290 Class

 

Brandon Abas, Catherine Brown, Vanessa Cocca, Brooke Dalton, Sabrina Gomes, Jacob Heisler, Rachael Henfrey,  Kathryn Irvine, Jacob Lin, Heather Love, Jayna Mees, Nia Osei,  Jade Silman, Cassandra Troiano,

3290 Class

Cara Baum, David Browne, Alessandra Cavallini, Amanda D’Souza, FrancescaFalcone, Araceli Ferrara, Bradley Hoskins, Megi Kaca, Celeste LaCroix, Vitoria Matias, Robyn Mercanti, Andrea Rivas Quintanilla, Britney Seo, Carol Sequeira, Cassandra Weir

Oct
23
Tue
Visual Art Speaker Series: Shelley Adler
Oct 23 @ 2:30 pm
Toronto based artist, Shelley Adler’s paintings are commanding in their painterly exuberance and stunning range of color. Using fragments of contemporary life, Adler’s psychological portraits explore gender and identity, creating a balance between interior and exterior worlds. From early cave painting to the Mona Lisa and Andy Warhol portraiture is a formidable artistic tradition. Adler’s paintings of people’s faces are not portraits in the strict sense of the word in that portraits are formulated primarily as likenesses of the sitter. In Adler’s painting, the face is a springboard to a luminous and freeform tableau. They are less about the sitter than the internal processes of the artist and her intense curiosity about people, about the ways of looking, and about the act of painting. These considerations are delicately balanced to reflect a deep humanism. With generous brushstrokes and vibrant planes of light, Adler forms the face into an elemental and iconic essence. Each painting is endowed with a particular, individual energy through color and composition. Color and its link to emotion is a primary concern and although Adler employs eccentric, non-naturalistic color, the faces have a very real quality. Like David Hockney, Adler often paints people she knows. For Hockney, capturing a subject’s likeness, and especially his or her personality, can only be properly done with the human touch, or as he says, “it has to be directed through my heart to my eye to my hand.”
Shelley Adler has exhibited throughout Canada. She has had solo shows at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto (2006, 2009), Andrea Meislin (2008) and has participated in group exhibitions in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, including Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London (2008). Adler received her MFA from Boston University in 1987. She graduated from York University in Toronto in 1983 and attended Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 1982.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Nov
6
Tue
Visual Art Speaker Series: Jérôme Havre
Nov 6 @ 2:30 pm

Originally from France, Jérôme Havre is a Toronto based artist inspired by the production of natural history dioramas in museums and zoos. He develops in his creations reflexive spaces through immersive
processes. He looks for ways to do this through presentation, the creation of situations, or setting the stage with his sculptures and inviting the public to take part “in the show.”
Havre’s work interrogates issues of identity, territory and community through the representation of nature. That is, the manner in which it is presented
and yet can be more readily perceived through our cultural filters. According to Havre, “nature is deliberately altered in order to deceive us and keep order.” Havre completed his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During his time at the School of Fine Arts he was awarded three scholarships that enabled him to pursue  different art practices: silk printing techniques in New York (Cooper Union), printing techniques in Barcelona (Bellas Artes) and painting and video in Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin – HDK) in the workshop of Marwan Kassab Bashi. Havre uses textiles, sculpture, digital prints, photographic images, murals, sound recording, and videos to create scenographic installations. For him, the use of a technological process is not only to accomplish a specific task, but a necessary form of expression itself.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Nov
22
Thu
Visual Art Speaker Series: Robyn Zolnai
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am

 

[caption id="attachment_101201" align="alignleft" width="450"] Robyn Zolnai[/caption]

Robyn Zolnai of the Stephen Bulger Gallery, offers her first-hand expertise in the art market for those pursuing a career as an artist. She will share stories and examples from successful emerging and established artists about their practices, as well as answer questions on the fundamentals when navigating the art market. The lecture will cover a variety of topics ranging from building a portfolio, understanding gallery structures, and setting professional goals.

Robyn Zolnai completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at York University in 2008. From 2010 to 2012 she attended Ryerson University where she obtained a Master of Arts in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. Zolnai is currently the Sales Manager & Communications Officer at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, and a guest lecturer on collecting photography and career development for emerging artists at various high schools, colleges, and universities in Ontario.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Nov
27
Tue
Visual Art Speaker Series: Julia Dault
Nov 27 @ 2:30 pm

 

Julia DaultToronto-based artist Julia Dault has been the subject of solo exhibitions at 3:e Våningen, Gothenburg, Sweden; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Her paintings and sculptures were featured in the New Museum’s triennial and the Marrakesh and Gwangju Biennales as well as group exhibitions at such institutions as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston; and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, and are in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, among others. Dault’s work will be included in “Hinge Picture, Memory Images” at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in spring 2019.
She is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery New York; Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal; and China Art Objects, Los Angeles.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Feb
6
Wed
Visual Art Speaker Series: Stephen Horne
Feb 6 @ 2:30 pm

 

Stephen Horne headshot

Stephen Horne has published in a number of periodicals (Third Text, Parachute, Art Press, Flash Art, Canadian Art, C Magazine, ArtAsiaPacific, and Fuse), catalogues (including the recent National Gallery of Canada catalogue for the exhibition Caught In The Act) and anthologies in English, French and German. He edited the anthology Fiction, or Other Accounts of Photography (Dazibao, Montreal, 2000). A book of his essays, Abandon Building: Selected Writings on Art, was published in 2007  (Press Eleven, Montreal). Horne has organized exhibitions in Canada, France and Germany, most recently Know-How or No-How at Galerie der HBKsaar, Saarbruken. He was Professor in Media Arts at NSCAD University from 1979 to 2005, and also taught at Concordia University in the MFA Seminars Program from 1992 – 2000. He currently lives in Montreal and is researching the topics of performativity and public space in the context of media.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The Visual Art Speaker Series is organized by the Department of Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

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.

May
2
Thu
Public Talk: Torkwase Dyson in the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

[caption id="attachment_101601" align="alignleft" width="500"]The artist Torkwase Dyson with installation *Nautical Dusk*, 2018. Photo by Gabe Souza courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art. The artist Torkwase Dyson with installation *Nautical Dusk*, 2018. Photo by Gabe Souza courtesy of the Colby Museum of Art.[/caption]

Torkwase Dyson is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York, United States. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. She describes the themes of her work as “architecture, infrastructure, environmental justice, and abstract drawing.” In 1999 she received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Yale School of Art in painting/printmaking in 2003. In 2016, Dyson was elected to the board of the Architectural League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. In 2017, she was on the faculty of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a visiting critic at Yale School of Art.

 


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 are curator Connie Butler (May 7) at the Art Gallery of Ontario and curator and writer  Kate Macfarlane (May 9) at the Power Plant.

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
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]

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.