March 26, 2013
12 – 1 p.m. Under the direction of Steven Philcox and Darryl Edwards, artists of the University of Toronto’s Voice and Collaborative Piano departments celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with some of the composer’s most enchanting songs and song cycles, including A Charm of Lullabies, Tit for Tat, Winter Words, Fish in the Unruffled Lakes and a selection of folk song arrangements.
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Location: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen St. West
6:30pm: New York’s IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: 7-Piece Afro-Funk Boogaloo with Nadav
Niremberg-Trumpet. 9:45pm: New York’s MIKE WEBSTER SEXTET featuring INGRID
JENSEN: Ingrid Jensen-Trumpet, Mike Webster-Sax, Chris Dingman-Vibes,
Jesse Lewis-Guitar, Ike Sturm-Bass, and Jared Shoenig-Drums.
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Location: The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar — 194 Queen Street West
This exhibition features modern masterworks from 1909 until 1971. It was a period of great change in the world: the rapid rise of the car, the Great Depression’s economic turmoil, the devastation of two world wars, the advance of television and computers, the civil rights movement. Living the seismic shifts that surrounded them, the artists in this exhibition experimented with unique ways of seeing and explored new ideas about the nature of materials and the nature of artmaking itself. Artists expressed their inner visions, investigated social issues and created new languages of visual expression, with each generation ambitiously building upon and challenging the art that had come before.
With events for all ages, we combine the excitement of all the arts on the last Sunday of the month from October to March with interactive, innovative family activities to engage and delight all ages throughout the studio and gallery.
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
This exhibition invites you to explore ongoing research into five works of art from the Thomson Collection European Art at the AGO. Although each one is more than 500 years old, much remains to be discovered about these rare medieval carvings. Prized for their exceptional skill, craftsmanship and artistry, these mysterious objects inspire a range of questions: Who made it? How was it carved? Who owned it? How was it used? Constantly seeking answers, AGO curators and conservators closely examine the works, comb through primary documents and travel internationally to scrutinize related objects and research materials. They also deploy scientific technologies, such as X-radiography (X-rays), micro-computed tomography (CT scanning) and radiocarbon dating. New and in-depth research findings lead to a deeper understanding of these works and, consequently, the history of human creativity.
Joey and Toby Tanenbaum’s dedication to the European Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario is palpable in each of the works that they have donated since 1985. Each betrays a love of richness and visual depth, an interest in the tension between pleasure and morality, and a dedication to the needs of their city public. The sensuous marble surface of Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s bust of Pope Gregory XV (1621) proclaims Rome’s papal authority, while the panel The Expulsion of the Money-Changers (1480-1500), attributed to the anonymous Master of the Kress Epiphany, teaches about the boundaries between the sacred and secular with a riot of figures and movement. Hendrick Andriessen’s Still Life (Vanitas) (c. 1637) uses an array of fascinating objects, richly rendered, to warn its viewers of the impermanence of the senses and life. All the Tanenbaum gifts offer AGO visitors a window into the dynamic and exciting history of early modern Europe. Come explore this unique collection and share Joey and Toby Tanenbaum’s passion for the richness and beauty of European art.
Czech photographer Josef Sudek is regarded as one of the legendary photographers of the 20th century with a career that stretched over 60 years. His increasingly contemplative photographs transformed ordinary subjects by uniting his external observations with deeply felt sensibilities, creating a unique world of his own.
More than 175 photographs in this exhibition have been selected from Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection, spanning Sudek’s entire career.
Featuring 316 original prints from the prestigious Black Star Collection, HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS uses the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a point of departure to examine whether images of political struggle, suffering and victims of violence work for or against humanitarian objectives, especially when considering questions of race, representation, ethical responsibility and the cultural position of the photographer.
Curated by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP in London, England, HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS begins circa 1945 and includes well-known Civil Rights Movement events such as the Selma to Montgomery March and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The exhibition also features images of the independence movements in African countries including Kenya, Algeria, Chad, and Congo; portraits of Nobel Peace Prize winners Lester B. Pearson, Yasser Arafat, and René Cassin; images of protests in locations such as Berkeley, Chile, and Argentina; and war and conflict from the Vietnam War to the Rwandan Genocide in 1994.
Through HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS, we see the wide dissemination of photographic images of humankind in abject, euphoric or violently explicit conditions, and examine how these images assist us in understanding the case for human and civil rights. Made possible by the generous support of TD Bank Group, with additional funding from the Paul J. Ruhnke Memorial Fund, the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and Ryerson University, the exhibition is a collaboration with Autograph ABP (supported by Arts Council England). HUMAN RIGHTS HUMAN WRONGS will be on view in the Ryerson Image Centre Main Gallery January 23 – April 14, 2013.
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Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images curated by Gaëlle Morel, exhibitions curator at the RIC, addresses political concerns and the relationship between ethics and aesthetics. The Chilean-born, New York-based, Jaar highlights ignored contemporary tragedies such as genocides, epidemics, and famines, to promote cultural change.In his works “Searching for Africa in LIFE” (1996) and “From Time to Time” (2006), Jaar displays covers of news magazines to analyze the lack of visibility and the visual clichés about Africa disseminated in Western culture.
The artist’s three-channel video “We Wish to Inform You That We Didn’t Know” (2010), his most recent project on the genocide in Rwanda, acts as an epilogue to “The Rwanda Project, 1994-2000″, a series of twenty-five artworks developed to critique the world’s indifference and inaction to that mass murder. Alfredo Jaar: The Politics of Images will be on view in the Ryerson Image Centre University Gallery January 23 – April 14, 2013.
For more information, visit the Ryerson Image Centre website.