Events

Apr
17
Wed
emergence: the Digital Media End of Year Show.
Apr 17 – Apr 24 all-day

orange dots in an organic pattern that evokes a flock of birds in flightStudents in York University’s Digital Media Program, offered collaboratively by the Department of Computational Arts in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering, use code and programming as tools for creative expression. The objects and experiences they create span a wide variety of concepts and formats, including mobile devices, large-scale installations, screen-based projects using single or networked computers, data visualization, games, interactive performance and more.

A special Opening Reception & Performance on April 18th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

A curatorial team including representatives from Interaccess and the Toronto Media Arts Centre have selected from some of the most innovative projects created in Digital Media classes during the past academic year for this exhibition.

Schedule:
Thursday April 17th-24th, 2019, 10am–6pm Mon-Fri

Opening: April 18th from 6:00 – 9:30 pm.

Admission is free. All welcome.

Sep
16
Mon
[Un]natural Spaces – a painting exhibition by Daniela Miranda and Adriana Monteleone
Sep 16 @ 12:00 am

[caption id="attachment_101654" align="aligncenter" width="800"]'Access Denied' by Daniela Miranda 2018 4’ x 5’ (48” x 60”) Oil, duct tape and masking tape on canvas ‘Access Denied’ by Daniela Miranda 2018 4’ x 5’ (48” x 60”) Oil, duct tape and masking tape on canvas[/caption]

“[Un]natural Spaces” features painted works by Daniela Miranda and Adriana Monteleone. Both artists focus on the dissonance they feel within man- made spaces, although in different ways.

Miranda’s work focuses on the artificiality that has tainted natural spaces, so much that “wild” nature, no longer exists, and her work seeks to portray the longing for more natural spaces. The use of fluorescent duct tape and masking tape for the man-made elements within the oil paintings highlights the fake nature of the natural spaces being exhibited, and the amount of control that society seems to have in their depiction and experience.

Monteleone’s acrylic paintings portray the claustrophobia felt by someone who experiences modern society, which, despite its urban charm, can easily become a threatening environment when one is faced with being one of the many people that inhabit it. The hustle and bustle of everyday situations is accentuated in her work by utilizing a collage-like approach to the composition, which in itself creates a jumbled, disorienting feeling.

The contrast between the beautified, open spaces in Miranda’s works that give the illusion of being free and able to experience nature in its entirety and the clustered spaces depicted in Monteleone’s paintings illustrate the dichotomy that highlights each artist’s mindset towards the scenes portrayed.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 10:30am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

[caption id="attachment_101655" align="aligncenter" width="800"]"11:37" by Adriana Monteleone 2018-2019 36” x 48” Acrylic on canvas “11:37” by Adriana Monteleone 2018-2019 36” x 48” Acrylic on canvas[/caption]

Sep
30
Mon
The Absence of – an exhibition by Esther Kim and Alaa Asim
Sep 30 – Oct 10 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101856" align="aligncenter" width="468"]Adversity has touched me, and You are The Most Merciful of the merciful. 2019 Alaa Asim 78” x 36” Plaster, acetate Adversity has touched me, and You are The Most Merciful of the merciful. 2019 Alaa Asim 78” x 36” Plaster, acetate[/caption]

The Absence of features sculpture, mixed media and pyrography by 4th year Visual Art Studio students Esther Kim and Alaa Asim.

The exhibition will showcase fragmented and abstracted bodies of work, raising questions and drawing connections on the subjectivity and objectivity of both body and spirit. By creating a tangible permanence through material, the absent body becomes solidified through the dissection of knowledge, memories, and history. The Absence of is bounded by the concepts of time and the regenerative qualities of life and death.

Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist, currently in her fifth year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (studio). Her current artistic practice involves metal fabrication, mould making, wood working and foundry. Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. @emjkim
Alaa Asim is a Canadian born artist that works with mixed-mediums to create works of art in the areas of sculpture and abstract painting. The complexities in architecture and design of contemporary and urban spaces have always inspired her artistic processes and the critical approaches of how important the relationships between the artist and spaces are; she believes that the spaces we encounter are important just as the artworks one produces. She is currently completing her last year of the Honors BFA Visual Art & Art History program at York University. @hennabyalaa

[caption id="attachment_101874" align="aligncenter" width="312"]Backbone, Esther Kim 2019, 24” x 12” x 88.5’’, Steel Backbone, Esther Kim 2019, 24” x 12” x 88.5’’, Steel[/caption]

Gallery Hours:

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Closing reception:

Wed. Oct 9th 7 – 10pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

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
10
Thu
The Department of Dance presents the DIP – Dance Independent Project – Choreographing Indigeneity
Oct 10 all-day

The Department of Dance presents the DIP – Dance Independent Project – Choreographing Indigeneity

Choreographing Indigeneity explores issues of identity and place through dance with faculty, alumni and graduate students. The event will showcase performances, exhibits and presentations featuring Aria Evans, Syreeta Hector, Troy Twigg and Dance Collection Danse.

Curator: Susan Cash
Production Manager: Jennifer Jimenez

Presentations: 10:00 -11:45 a.m., 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Open to the public: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: McLean Performance Studio, 244 Accolade East Building
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Free Admission

Improv Soirée
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An evening of improvisation in a participatory “open mic” set-up, hosted by the improve studios of Matt Brubeck.

Performers and observers welcome.

Admission is free.

Oct
21
Mon
affect / effect – an exhibition of paintings and prints by Vaiva Slapsys
Oct 21 – Oct 31 all-day

[caption id="attachment_101678" align="aligncenter" width="768"]Apart, together, Vaiva Slapsys, 2018, 73x83, acrylic and thread on raw canvas Apart, together, Vaiva Slapsys, 2018, 73×83, acrylic and thread on raw canvas[/caption]

affect / effect… features large scale abstract paintings and prints by 4th year Visual Art Studio student Vaiva Slapsys.

Everything that we do as people has an effect on someone else, and everything that we come into contact with affects us is some way.  Our emotions are constantly shifting, able to be flipped one way or another in the blink of an eye, delicate and forever changing, easy to manipulate, affected by all that is around us.  Although we all experience the unpredictability of our emotions as a normal part of our every day lives, we are often asked to put these feelings away as invalid or unimportant, and rarely do we have the opportunity to explore how we are feeling and truly reflect on it.

My work focuses on these emotional effects that we express with our bodies, and how that expression can, in turn, affect another.  Using large motions with brushes, my hands, other various assorted tools, and pouring methods, my canvas is stained and marked in immediate ways that reflect the emotions that I feel while I work, and invite viewers to connect with these emotions and reflect on what it brings up for them.  The size of the work envelops the viewer, allowing them to wholly sit with what they feel and to give them the opportunity to reflect.  My work also includes intricate detail through the use of sewing, embroidery and detail painting work that asks the viewer to come closer, to pay attention, and to really allow themselves to be engrossed by what they see and what they feel.

The show will also include print media that complements the large abstract paintings.  My print-making focuses on the effect that a place or time can have on memory.  Nostalgic screen prints filled with photographic imagery, whimsical colours and both representational and abstract shapes, bring us back to a specific time or place in our memories and ask viewers to reflect on what kinds of feelings are being harboured there.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

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
24
Thu
Faculty Concert Series: Al Henderson Quintet
Oct 24 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Jazz bassist, composer and arranger, Al Henderson leads an ensemble of colleagues and friends in a signature performance. The show is part of the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Series, taking place in the Martin Family Lounge at York’s Keele campus.

Joining Henderson onstage are York instructors Richard Whiteman (piano) and Barry Romberg (drums) and guest artists Alex Dean (saxophones) and Pat LaBarbera (saxophones). The concert will feature a selection of Henderson’s original compositions and arrangements.

Henderson has been a seminal force on the Canadian jazz scene for more than 30 years. He has earned critical acclaim and legions of fans as leader of his own bands – the Al Henderson Septet, Quintet and Quartet – and co-founder and co-leader of the groundbreaking group, Time Warp. He has also performed as sideman with many leading jazz artists including Diana Krall, Jane Bunnett, Arnett Cobb, Hank Crawford, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Knepper and Flip Phillips.

As a composer, Henderson has created a large and distinctive repertoire of original works. More than 60 of his compositions have been recorded by his bands as well as other eminent artists such as Don Pullen, Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers, Alex Dean and Richard Whiteman. His accolades include the Jazz Report’s Composer of the Year designation and the prestigious SOCAN Award for Original Jazz Composition.“… Al Henderson is the real thing, a composer in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, whose works have distinctive energy and melodic and harmonic character,” said jazz writer Stuart Broomer (Toronto Life).

 

Admission: Free

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Oct
28
Mon
Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert
Oct 28 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

The Music at Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

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Nov
4
Mon
all from one – an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by Catherine Hois
Nov 4 – Nov 14 all-day

Mother Nature’s Hand, by Catherine Hois, 2018, 4ft.5”x 6ft.1”, found object painting

all from one is an exhibition of large scale found object paintings by 4th year visual art studio student Catherine Hois exploring the artist’s fascination with the everlasting connection of all living things to the earth.

Artist Statement: This group of works represents my belief that we are protected and taken care of by the earth, because we are connected to the earth as living beings.  Why are humans provided everything we need to survive and live a healthy life on earth? Is it coincidence? I believe that is it not. All species on this planet are genetically connected; we are a part of the harmony and flow of life, not apart from it as superior beings, and all atoms that make up life are in constantly rearranging from one living thing to another. Humans are organisms that consist of many functions; we ingest food, absorb nutrients, and excrete waste, we have senses, we have memories, we get sick when we are poisoned, along with many other functions. I think of Mother Nature; life itself as one organism with many functions as well; similar to our own bodies. My inspiration sprouts from these themes and phrases: Intertwine, interconnected, “circle of life,” and “All from one.”

My art works connect to these concepts with the materials I use, the colours, the gestural brush strokes, and the overall unity that I aim for in every piece. The found objects I use are all recycled materials, for example plastic bags, water bottles, plastic containers, old toys, old Christmas decorations, egg cartons, old Tupperware, broken instruments (the list goes on and on). My idea was not only to be less wasteful, but to bring life to the items that would have gone into the trash and disguise “garbage” as lively works of art. In creating these works, I tried to be as environmentally friendly as possible, from using empty paint containers, paint rags, coffee cups, and even snack wrappers; all waste that I produced throughout my painting process.

Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

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.

CineSiege 2019: A Juried Showcase of York Film
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!

Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.

The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.

The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of

Cinespace Toronto   Paradise Theatre


After Party

Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8

Nov
7
Thu
Drum Clinic with John Riley
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

DRUM CLINIC with JOHN RILEY
Sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund

Please join us for a free drum clinic with jazz drummer and educator, John Riley. This event is sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund.

JOHN RILEY
John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Tom’s guidance, he gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include “beats of the day,” coordination and reading studies for the drumset. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach’s Conversation. Two years later, he played his first “professional” gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O’clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.

John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and Kutztown University, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, The Master Drummer DVD, and has taught master classes around the world.

Free Admission.

Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val
Nov 7 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val

Faculty member, pianist and musicologist Dorothy de Val reflects on her twenty years at York with a lighthearted program of original songs and instrumental music.

Dorothy de Val, piano
Paula Arciniega, mezzo soprano
Susanna McCleary, soprano
Anne Lederman, fiddle
Kye Marshall, cello
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Barbara Ackerman, flute

Dorothy de Val is a musicologist and pianist whose research interests include Scots Gaelic song, the first English folksong revival, pianos and pianism, and Haydn reception in England. Particular research interests include early 20th-century collectors and arrangers of folksong, particularly Broadwood and Grainger, and collectors of Gaelic song (Tolmie, Broadwood, Murray and Kennedy-Fraser).

Dr. de Val is the author of In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood, published by Ashgate in July 2011. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and many music reference works including The Haydn Companion, and is a regular reviewer for the journal Music and Letters. With Patricia Debly of Brock University she organized a conference on Haydn in 2009, sponsored by York University, SSHRC and The Wirth Institute. She is also a member of the North American British Music Studies Association, whose conference she organized at York in 2008.

Professor de Val’s research extends into the field of dance, focusing on English social dance and Morris dance (especially Mary Neal and the Esperance Club). She co-organized a conference at York on English country dance in the summer of 2010, and performs regularly as pianist for English country dances with her group, Playford’s Pleasure, with a focus on the life and times of Jane Austen. Her most recent project involves performing music from Jane Austen’s own collection, featuring composers such as Pleyel, Sterkel, Storace and Kotzwara.
Dr. de Val has taught at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, and served as assistant curator of musical instruments at the Royal College of Music (London). She joined York University’s Department of Music in 1999 and served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2007, and as Graduate Program Director in Dance from 2009 to 2011.

Admission: Free

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