Lucky Charm, an print media exhibition by Ellen Soule
Oct 15 – Oct 25 all-day

Ellen Soule's Sucker – screen printThird year Visual Art student Ellen Soule explores childhood memories and feelings through an adult perspective in  Lucky Charm, a nostalgic solo exhibition of primarily screen printing, which allows for vibrant, saturated colours and a graphic, hand drawn quality that lends itself to the idea of youth and child-like imagery.

“The memory of childhood is one that we experience in an interesting way as adults; we are able to look at moments we remember, but life experience and knowledge affects our perception of them. Lucky Charms are an iconic symbol of my childhood, despite the fact that I never really loved them. The only time we ate them was when my grandfather visited and brought them to us as a treat. This series is titled Lucky Charm and, using Lucky Charm and candy motifs, my pieces create a sweet and sugary connotation of idealized childhood memory intertwined with mature figures, acting as my current self-recalling these moments, who do not quite seem like they belong in such a setting.”

IMAGE: Ellen Soule’s Sucker – screen print

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome


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.

Theatre @ York presents Noise
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day

Theatre @ York presents a studio production of Noise by Maria Milisavljevic under the direction of Lindsey Bell and Margaret Legere, featuring the third year acting students.

Milisavljevic is an award-winning playwright, theatre creator and director who lives and works in Germany. Noise is an innovative play that speaks to war, fear, forgiveness and compassion in our modern world of human failings. The positive ending stands against the odds of contemporary stories in its conviction that future generations have the power to change the world for the better.

Performance Schedule:
Thu. Oct. 25, 7pm
Fri.Oct. 26, 2pm and 7pm
Sat.Oct. 27, 7pm

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are invited to sign up in advance for the performance of their choice. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the door of CFT 139 in the Centre for Film and Theatre.

Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert – CANCELLED
Oct 25 @ 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.

Maps & Directions


Thinking Animals: A conversation with John McEwen at the AGO
Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Treadwell Bear, by John McEwenthe Department of Visual Art and Art History, School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University presents

Thinking Animals, A conversation with John McEwen

“…the human species can not be fully itself without the otherness of all kinds but especially animals.” – Paul Shepard

As a sculptor of more than fifty years McEwen’s interest in animals as subject matter is not anchored in the faithfulness of representation, but rather in the parallel muteness of both animals and material. From the beginning of his career he has used this quality of muteness to explore both the politics of possession and how animals make us human. If the first is peculiar to McEwen’ s psyche, it is the latter quality that lead him to curate an exhibition entitled Thinking Animals held from August 4th, 2018 to August 25th, 2018 at the Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto, ON). In his presentation McEwen will outline the trajectory of his work with animals, followed by a conversation with Dr David Dorenbaum on how it led him to curate the exhibition Thinking Animals.

David Dorenbaum is a Toronto psychoanalyst in private practice and a Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. His interest in the relationship between psychoanalysis and art has led him to collaborate with various artists. His most recent essays have appeared in Incarnations, with Janieta Eyre, Couch House Press (2017), and Synchrony and Diachrony, with Robert Polidori, Steidl and the J.P. Getty Museum (2018).

G.I.V.E Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

York University Gospel Choir in performance, Photo by Judy Karacs

Imagine the power of 200 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.
The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with three other choirs in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the twelfth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).

Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Joining the York choir is the U of T Gospel Choir conducted by Lisa Toussaint, the McMaster Gospel Choir led by Pascal Adesina and the Humber Gospel Choir conducted by Nicole Sinclair-Anderson.

The concert will feature a special performance by Emboddiement as well as performances by all four choirs, first individually and then as a massed Gospel choir co-directed by Burke and Tousssaint and backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.

“G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting, and then when the choirs all sing together on stage — it’s an experience not to be missed!” says Burke.

A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as 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, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.

Admission: $15 | $10 students
Box Office: online or tel. 416-736-5888
Maps and Directions

Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen: A musical talk with Aubrey Glazer, Dave Wall, Aaron Lightstone & Sundar Viswanathan
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen: A musical talk with Aubrey Glazer, Dave Wall, Aaron Lightstone & Sundar Viswanathan

York University’s Israel & Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry, and the Department of Music are proud to present Listening to the Lyricism of Leonard Cohen on Sunday October 28th at 7pm, a musical book-talk with Dr. Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, Professor Sundar Viswanathan, David Wall, and Aaron Lightstone. Dr. Glazer’s insights on the spiritual and mystical threads of Leonard Cohen’s lyrics will be punctuated by live musical renditions of the great Canadian Jewish bard’s songbook. Dr. Glazer’s book, Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond, published by Academic Studies Press (2016), will be available for purchase and signing.

Please R.S.V.P. here: Eventbrite RSVP

Stages of an Extreme – an exhibition by Ana Ghookassian and Eszter Rosta
Oct 29 – Nov 1 all-day

Eszter Rosta's  Wax Paper (Cyanotype, rag paper 12x16 2018)Fourth and fifth year Visual Arts students Ana Ghookassian and Eszter Rosta‘s Stages of an Extreme explores materiality, ecology, gravity and the process-based nature of their collaboration through large-scale sculpture, intaglio prints, and drawings.

“The title of the show, Stages of an Extreme, describes the investments with the materials and thoughts surrounding the work. Subsequently, as products of their environment, the work ensures the importance and evidence of the studio spaces where the objects will be created. The collaboration will be informed by our surroundings,and the tools, machines, materials, intellectuals and other artists that impact us. We intend to push the conceptual and aesthetic limits of our work through a more resolved examination of our collaborative processes, in large-scale formats.”

IMAGE: Eszter Rosta’s Wax Paper (Cyanotype, rag paper 12×16 2018)

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

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Winters Café
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Café @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

It’s getting colder, which means it’s time to get cozy! Keep warm at the second Winters Café next Monday, October 29th. We’re offering warm beverages, sweet treats and board games. Plus, we’ll have live performances from your student peers. Interested in performing yourself? Sign up HERE!

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

Maps & Directions 

Embodied Thought: exhibition by Esther Kim and Rebecca Garcia
Nov 5 – Nov 30 all-day

Embodied Thought flyer imageEmbodied Thought is a duo-exhibition featuring fourth year Visual Art Studio students Esther Kim and Rebecca Garcia in the Samuel J. Zacks Gallery in Stong College. Using photography to experience time, sculpture to encapsulate the human form, and figure drawings to draw parallels, the two artists aim to create a dialogue through their respective media about the rawness of being human. By integrating sculpture with photography and illustration, the exhibit allows viewers to immerse themselves through the different layers of physical stress and psychological foundations  as well as the emotional and mental burdens of the embodied thought.

Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist that explores her obsession about the human body through the materialization of her work. Her practice involves metal fabrication, woodworking, and mould making; creating an indefinite permanence in a tangible form, emphasized through the juxtaposition in medium and scale. Inspired by the philosophy of the mind and body, her research becomes the grounding element from where her work stems.

Rebecca Garcia is a Toronto born Hispanic artist exploring identity through an androgynous perspective. As part of her groundwork, she uses her respective artistic media to project intense and dramatic emotions as repercussions of unstable thought. As part of her research, the artist tries to unravel the various feminine and masculine forms of expression and finding ways to homogenize them. By means of sculptural practices, figure drawing and black and white film photography, Rebecca is continuously sculpting ideas of a superficial beauty laden with dark and even unexpected emotional charge.

Where: Samuel J. Zacks Gallery, Stong College Room 109

When: Nov 5-30, 2018

Hours: 11:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Reception: Thurs Nov 15, 6:30pm

Growth & Decay, a mixed media exhibition by Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day

Burgeon (2017, 30”x30”, Acrylic on panel) Olivia WilliamsGrowth & Decay highlights the intermingling of humans and nature. Third year visual art students Kathryn Ferragina and Olivia Williams use a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture and serigraph, among others to show how humans affect and influence the environment.

“Humans have an inherent connection to the earth through the things we create and leave there, and through the show we seek to explore this idea. Our work highlights nature, man made objects, and the combination of the two. A lot of  the imagery we use reflects scraps, natural forms, and material and environmental things “decaying”. We want to look deeper into this connection between the growth of natural forms and how they connect to decaying, while also looking at the certain mechanical aspects and its influence on the nature itself.”

Gallery Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome


Landscapes of Loss – a painting exhibition by Asifa Khan
Nov 5 – Nov 15 all-day

Batik Wall Hanging by Asifa Khan

Second year visual art student Asifa Khan‘s painting and photography show Landscapes of Loss:  Havens and Devastation in the Ecosystems of Trinidad and Tobago  focuses on the impact of contemporary climate-change on the twin tropical islands.  The artist’s work explores the ecological landscapes of the country where she was born and has lived for most of her life.  Many of these spaces have been drastically altered in recent years due to changing weather patterns and man-made transformations in the environment.

While Trinidad and Tobago have been framed most often in contemporary media culture as prime tourist destinations and showcased for their pristine beaches, lively festivals, and regional cuisine, Khan’s work reveals the hidden dimensions of the landscape in the mountain ranges and forests frequently overlooked by both visitors and citizens alike.  By addressing this blindness to both natural beauty and the grave dangers it now faces, she seeks to trace out new zones of visibility and to raise awareness on many different levels.

The show will consist of both paintings and photographs.  While the photographs will serve primarily to document the devastating changes, the paintings will both present and lament a vanishing beauty. Through alternating perspectives of proximity and distance, Landscapes of Loss will memorialize and mourn landscapes whose radiance may be erased in an instant.

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

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Stressbusters: Pot A Plant!
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Stressbusters: Pot A Plant! @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

We’re working with the lovely local business Succuterra to bring the students of Winters College a fun experience at this term’s “stressbuster” event. Choose and pot your very own succulent to keep in your bedroom, or gift to a friend. Come discover your green thumb!

**limited plants available – provided on a first come, first served basis**

Music @ Midday: Singing our Songs
Nov 6 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Young artists from York University’s classical vocal performance program share the stage in a series of concerts featuring arias, art songs and ensemble pieces.

Admission is free.