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]

Book a Tour
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 12:01 pm

Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.

The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.

Click here to visit the tour page to select the the program and dates you are interested in.


Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking with Suzanne Morrissette
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for a free public Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking with Suzanne Morrissette (OCAD University) part of the 2019 Summer Institute at York University, Archive/Counter-Archive, Janine Marchessault’s SSHRC Partnership Grant project.

Suzanne Morrissette is a Metis artist, curator, and scholar from Winnipeg researching reactions to Indigenous political thought and curatorial strategies for centering Indigenous knowledge.

6-7:30 PM – Curator Talk, York University, Nat Taylor Cinema N102 Ross Building

9-10 PM – Outdoor Projections, York University, Jacob Stong House and Barn

NOTE: In the event of rain, the screening will move indoors to Nat Taylor Cinema at 9:00 PM. Please check for updates

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project led by Janine Marchessault, dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. Political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

2019 Summer Institute: Archive/Counter-Archives is convened by Philip Hoffman, Janine Marchessault, and Michael Zryd. Free and public screenings, panels, and master classes will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and York University, and will feature special guests such as Matthias Müller, Ali Kazimi, Yvonne Ng, and Suzanne Morrisette. Visit here for details:

Tours return End of September!
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 12:01 pm
impulse: York University’s MFA & PHD Visual Arts Program Group Opening Exhibition
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

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York University’s MFA & PHD Visual Arts Program

Group Opening Exhibition

featuring work by:

John Ancheta, Nima Arabi, Hannah Bullock, Shea Chang, Phillip Delisle, Hannah Doucet, Annie Dunning, Elham Fatapour, Katelyn Gallucci, Niloo Inalouei, Kelly McCray, Ella Dawn McGeough, Zoe Mpeletzikas, Rhenix Shi, Dan Tapper, Gerry Visco, Nava Waxman, Rachelle Wunderink, Arma Yari, Mikhail Yerkovich, Jes Young

Gales Gallery – 105 Accolade West Building

Special Projects Gallery – 102 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts

September 3-12, 1:00-4:00

Reception: September 11, 12:30-2:00

We are Here: Sara Niroobakhsh
Sep 5 @ 12:30 pm

We are Here: Sara Niroobakhsh features the work of Iranian-Canadian artist Sara Niroobakhsh. In 2014, Niroobahksh moved from Iran to Canada where she continued to develop and expand her artistic practice. Her work delves deeply into various aspects of Iranian culture and her experiences of migration. Niroobakhsh work has continued to explore her heritage through performance, video, photography, and sculpture. There is an inherent sense of play in Niroobakhsh’s work, which can be seen in her use of media such as grains of rice, saffron, and water. Niroobakhsh effectively uses traditional and non-traditional media to capture her observations of nature, language, and womanhood.

In each of her works, Sara Niroobakhsh navigates the interstitial space that We Are Here intends to explore. Creating works that reflect back on her experiences in Iran can be seen as a way for Niroobakhsh to replant the roots of her cultural and creative experiences here in Canada. What results is a body of work that is dynamic in both medium and context, occupying many spaces within both time and place. Above all, it is a body of work that continues to grow in complexity and challenge frameworks of contemporary art practice.

Curator/ Assistant Curator Biographies

Jenna Shamoon is an independent curator and York University alumna. She received her BA in Art History and English from McMaster University and has an MA in Art History with a diploma in Curatorial Practice from York University. During her time at York University, Jenna’s research was focused on visual theory, postcolonialism, and Mesopotamian cultural heritage. She has worked as a curator on exhibitions at York University, The Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, and Hamilton Artists Inc. She is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario.


Maria Won is a graduate candidate in Art History & Curatorial Practice diploma, York University. She is also an artist with a keen interest in multi-media art, plastic, and pop culture. Her curatorial practice commenced as a curator for the student run Eleanor Winters Art Gallery, collections assistant for Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, and was an international programs coordinator for the Busan Biennale (2013). In her art practice, Won explores the element of plastic in video art, mix media, and performance art.

She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Seoul, Tokyo, and recently in Brooklyn, New York. Won has an Honours in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts & Art History from York University as well as accredited from Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada.


Remarks from Curators

We would like to say a special thanks to Anna Hudson, Terry Wright, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Joan Goldfarb and York University.


Exhibition Dates

September 5th – December 6th, 2019
Opening Reception – Thursday September 26th, 2019
6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Remarks at 6:30 pm
RSVP for the Opening Reception on Eventbrite



Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre / York University, Keele Campus
275 Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (CFA)
86 Fine Arts Road, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Gallery on 2ndfloor
Elevator access available


Opening Hours
Tuesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Thursday: 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Closed Friday to Monday, and statutory holidays

[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]

Film Masterclass: Matthew J. Lloyd DOP of Spiderman: Far from Home
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Film alumnus Matthew J. Lloyd (BFA ’06), Director of Photography of Spiderman: Far from Home, returns to York University for a free master class on the craft, design, and engineering involved in framing and lighting the shot. Moderated by his frequent collaborator, Chelsea McMullan (My Prairie Home).

Directions to York at Cinespace by TTC:  Subway Line 1 south from York University stop; transfer at St. George to Subway Line 2 west to Kipling Station. Take 44 bus South. Takes about an hour. Entrance is via the main Cinespace entrance at Gate 3. Our main Stage 1 is located just inside the main lobby of Cinespace behind the coffee place.

FREE drop-in yoga classes
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 2 @ 4:00 pm
FREE drop-in yoga classes @ Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College

Mark your calendar!!! Starting Monday, September 16th, do your body some good by coming to our FREE drop-in yoga classes. Don’t forget to bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Calypso, Carnival and Steelband Conference
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm
Calypso, Carnival and Steelband Conference @ Founders College

Winters College is a co-host of Calypso, Carnival and Steelband Conference in memory of Professor Christopher Innes.
The events will feature calypso and panel discussions that explore the origins, achievements and the current state of calypso, carnival and steelband in a global context.…/calypso-carnival-steelband-…/

Meet AMPD at the Ontario Universities Fair
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.

Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!

September 27 to 29, 2019

10 am to 5 pm daily

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

Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism (co-presented with OPIRG)
Oct 1 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism (co-presented with OPIRG)

Please join us for a free lunchtime screening of Cinema Politica: Indigenous Documentary Futurism. This event is co-presented with OPIRG (Ontario Public Interest Research Group). Commissioned hybrid films engage and contest indigenous futures. Following the film there will be a discussion lead by Naila Lalji from OPIRG. We look forward to seeing you there.

Time: 12:45pm
Location: Nat Taylor Cinema (N107 Ross Building)
Free Event

Music @ Midday: Student Showcase
Oct 3 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

York University music students showcase their talent.

Free admission. Everyone welcome.

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