Events

Dec
3
Tue
Depth of Field: Excerpts from Recent York MFA Thesis Films
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

DEPTH OF FIELD
Excerpts from recent York MFA Thesis Films

Red Bicyle (Fiction)
Fazila Amiri
Mahal, a young Afghan woman is arrested on the charge of a “moral crime”, losing her virginity before marriage. After she finds a red bicycle, she plots out a daring escape from women’s prison.

 

 

 

El Mundo o Nada (Documentary)
Ingrid Veninger
A portrait of 29-year-old Cuban twin brothers, Rubert and Rubildo, after their recent migration to Barcelona; this documentary explores the emotional cost of big ambitions, the intimate bonds of sibling love, and the challenges of building a new life.

 

 

 

Our House (Fiction)
Susan Bayani
A socio-political drama about Anahita, an Iranian refugee in Toronto, who runs into the man who brutally murdered her parents in Tehran years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Revolution Moosehide (Documentary)
Lesley Johnson
In Dene culture, the newly created earth was made beautiful by a moosehide. Revolution Moosehide follows Melaw Nakehk’o’s journey of cultural resurgence by learning the practice of moosehide tanning, inspiring a revitalization movement across Denendeh and beyond.

 

 

 

 

End of the Rope (Fiction)
Sibel Guvenic
After being crippled by a car accident, a former dancer enters a power struggle with an exploitative scientist who promises her creative freedom in an altered reality with his invention.

 

 

Aqui y Alla (Documentary)
Lina Rodriguez
A poetic reflection on family as an emotional system that operates across generations, Aquí y allá juxtaposes colour 16mm, B&W mini-DV footage, and photos from my family’s archive to meditate on the passing of time, the possibilities of remembering, and the construction of space as an ongoing historical and subjective process.

 

 

 

Of Sand and Gold (Documentary)
Raghed Charabaty
A mother and her children live in a small house in Mount Lebanon. One day, a terrifying sandstorm called the Khamseen arrives and destroys the house and all of its inhabitants, children and visitors alike. ‘Of Sand & Gold‘ weaves together a timeless myth in parallel with real interviews with Syrian, Iraqi, and Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon today, alongside displaced Lebanese families.

 

 

Birthday (Fiction)
Atefeh Khademolreza
‘Birthday’ concerns three new immigrants to Toronto (a Serbian divorcee, a Syrian boy, and an Afghani dishwasher), connected only through a series of soft-wipe split-screens. At first, they appear to form a single family as they prepare for a birthday celebration. As the story unfolds, we realize that the only thing connecting them together is the thread of loneliness.

 

 

December 3, 2019
7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM)
Art Gallery of Ontario: Jackman Hall
317 Dundas Street. Entrance at McCaul Street.
Free admission

Jan
6
Mon
Esther Kim presents Solve Et Coagula
Jan 6 @ 10:00 am – Jan 16 @ 1:00 pm

Solve Et Coagula

Artist: Esther Kim (5th Year)

Medium: Sculpture (steel, bronze, limestone, ceramic)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 6-16, 2020

Reception: Friday, January 10th @ 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Brief description of the exhibition:
“The Latin expression “solve et coagula” is derived from “solve,” meaning to break down and
separate, while “coagula” describes the process of bringing elements back together (coagulating) into a new, higher form.” Solve Et Coagula is an exhibition that encapsulates the process of transformation from material to matter both individually in each sculpture and unified by the exhibition as a whole. Each individual work represents fragments of the body while collectively constructing a whole greater than its sum. Verging on the ephemeral notions of the physical human figure, the sculptural mediums create a lasting impact, solidifying its permanence in the world while exploring the ambiguity and complexities of the human body.

Artist’s Statement:
The mechanical process of repetition is a fundamental component in my sculptural art practice as it combines the concepts of the working body with the working machine. The process of
dialogue between the body and mind allows me to challenge bodily limitations and to explore deeper within myself. Size and scale creates emphasis on autonomy, emulating the living vessel. Exploring the human body is like understanding a machine, each functioning part integrates as a whole. However, the human body is full of spontaneity, it can be obstructed through its limitations and surpassed by the mind. The mind exceeds beyond what’s physical, infinite through thought and imagination. The body is finite, limited by what’s tangible within reality. Through my work, I aim to create an open interpretation that instigates awareness of the viewers subjective selves and allows people to freely create associations for themselves through their own bodily experiences.

Artist’s bio:
Esther Kim is a Canadian born Korean artist currently in her 5th year at York University majoring in Visual Arts (Studio). Through exploring the concepts of the body, she utilizes her practices which involve metal fabrication, foundry, mould making and the contrast in medium and scale to evoke an ambiguity in a tangible form. Inspired by thoughtful investigation of philosophies of the mind and its relation to the body, the work is presented to the viewer to challenge commonly held assumptions about the world and to open possibilities for interpretations which instigate both cognitive and bodily awareness to the viewer’s subjective
self.

 

Severed Tongue
19.5” x 13” x 13”
Steel
2019

Here am I
4” x 3” x 6”
Bronze, mirror
2019

Jan
7
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 feet
Jan 7 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Kazik Radwansk: Anne at 13,000 feet

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents MFA alumni Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 feet (TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten 2019). Please join us for a free screening and question and answer period with filmmaker, Kazik Radwanski. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Jan
13
Mon
Sensorium General Writing Group
Jan 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Jan
14
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents short film and video featuring B.C. Filmakers
Jan 14 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents short film and video featuring B.C. Filmakers

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents a selection of diverse short film and video works by some of B.C.’s emerging and provocative filmmakers. The program will feature documentary to experimental narrative, stop-motion animation to slow cinema. Please join us for this free screening. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Jan
20
Mon
Cassandra Tremblay presents Learning to Grow
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – Jan 30 @ 3:30 pm

Learning to Grow

Artist: Cassandra Tremblay (3rd Year)

Medium: Printmaking (monoprints, intaglio, screen)

Location: Special Projects Gallery (102 Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts)

Dates: January 20-30, 2020

Closing Reception: Wednesday, January 29th @ 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Artist’s Statement:
My work in this series explores the motif of individual growth and the mental challenges, doubt, and confusion that comes with it. Often, the idea of success is romanticized, and we believe that people are simply talented, or just plain lucky. In reality, success is years of hard work, dedication, discipline, and practice. When people see this series, I want them to be reminded that everyone goes through the struggles of learning and chasing their idea of success, but most importantly, that it takes a long time, and this time is just as important as when you finally are an expert. The medium of monoprinting comes into play when thinking about our ever changing perspective. It also highlights the elements of randomness, surprise, and serendipity that we encounter in our lives through the process of physically printing the piece. Each unique print not only represents the growth of learning, but my own artistic journey and the discovery of my passion.

Artist’s bio:
Cassandra Tremblay has been creating art since she could remember. Currently she is in her third year of study at York University and has taken an interest in printmaking, especially monoprinting as it combines painting and drawing with a larger, and more involved, process. Striving for perfection is something she has always struggled with, so this show is a way of working through that while also reminding others that there is beauty in struggling.

Hibiscus
Medium: Watercolour Monoprint
Year: 2018
Dimensions: 22×15″

 

 

 

Sensorium General Writing Group
Jan 20 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Jan
21
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Finding Bobbi
Jan 21 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Finding Bobbi

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Finding Bobbi, a feature documentary by Ava Karvonen and Scot Morison on actor Bobbi Charton’s courageous journey through gender dysphoria and her return to the stage after a 23-year hiatus.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Jan
27
Mon
Sensorium General Writing Group
Jan 27 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Jan
28
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Call Again Collective presents OF SHADOWS
Jan 28 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and Call Again Collective presents OF SHADOWS

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents OF SHADOWS, an award winning documentary by York MFA alumna Yi Cui. This documentary offers a rare glimpse into the nomadic lives of the master puppeteers of China’s Loess Plateau.

Co-presenter: Call Again Collective.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
3
Mon
Sensorium General Writing Group
Feb 3 @ 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sensorium General Writing Group

Join us for the weekly Sensorium General Writing Group in the Sensorium Research Loft! These groups provide an opportunity for graduate students to delve into current and ongoing writing work, receive feedback from peers and generate material in a focused and supportive environment.

Current General Writing Group dates for the Winter Term are as Follows: 

Friday, January 10th – 12:00-3:00pm

Monday, January 13th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 20th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, January 27th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 3rd – 11:30am-2:30pm

Monday, February 10th – 11:30am-2:30pm

Location: The Sensorium Research Loft, 4th Floor of the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts (Room M33)

The Sensorium Research Loft is Wheelchair Accessible | Full Access Details at sensloft@yorku.ca 

Feb
4
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Fracas and other nature films
Feb 4 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Fracas and other nature films

And a time when the natural world is under unprecedented threat, a series of short documentaries from France that challenge our conventions about nature films.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
11
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION
Feb 11 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents RECLAMATION: Three short films to reclaim identity and lived experience, exploring themes of queer youth, racialized women, and women in competitive sport, in cooperation with Professor Mary Bunch.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Feb
25
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Zaynê Akyol’s documentary Gulistan, Land of Roses
Feb 25 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays presents Gulistan, Land of Roses

Zaynê Akyol’s award-winning documentary Gulistan, Land of Roses, about women guerillas in a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Free Women’s Unit, in combat against the Islamic State of Levant.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!

 

 

Mar
3
Tue
Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Festival of (In)appropriation
Mar 3 @ 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Nat Taylor Tuesdays and York@50 presents Festival of (In)appropriation

Professor Jaimie Baron, U of Alberta, presents the Festival of (In)appropriation – cutting-edge, experimental, found-media film and video.

Please join us for this free screening.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 12:45 – 2:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema (N102 Ross Building), York University
FREE + open to the public!