Events

Feb
13
Tue
Visual Art Speaker Series: Brian Sholis
Feb 13 @ 2:30 pm
Brian SholisBrian Sholis is executive director of Gallery TPW in Toronto. He brings to the role fifteen years of professional experience in the United States, where he has worked as a curator and programmer for museums; as an editor and author of books, magazine articles, and online texts; and as a professor, visiting critic, grant panelist, prize juror, and public speaker. He was previously Curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum, and, prior to his time in Ohio, he worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artforum. Sholis is the author of the 2016 book Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974 (Yale University Press) and the editor of two previous anthologies published by the New Museum and Sternberg Press. A longtime
art critic, he has written catalogue essays for numerous museums and has been published in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and elsewhere. Sholis has taught at five American universities and has been a visiting critic or guest lecturer at two dozen more.

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

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

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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.

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
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.