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September 6, 2013

Category: Museums & Visual Arts

011+91 | 011+92

011+91 | 011+92 is a curatorial research project that aims to initiate a critical discourse and presentation by exploring locational identity by artists, some of whom are first and second generation Canadians, who hail from South Asia. What part does a geographical divide play in notions of home, place and being?

Mississauga represents the diaspora of many cultures – an estimated 58% of citizens speak Hindi, Urdu, or Punjabi as a first language. The artists in this exhibition respond to the act of communicating to, from or about home, framing contemporary artists at the forefront of a social conversation where identity may or not be central to the work, whereas life experience and humanistic values are at the forefront. In an age of when we are everywhere at once, how can being and displacement create a homing instinct? In the Canada of tomorrow, home to an ever-increasing global diaspora and to heterogeneous, urban immigrant communities, can the hierarchical, colonial past be erased with emergent identities giving a new face to our nation? With the interface between ethnicity and the arts in Canada in the future being unpredictable, only one reality seems certain: a growing number and variety of artistic expressions of multiple and cross-cultural ethnicities comprise a strong future where a sense of home in conjunction with a connection to the new form a richer construct of self.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: July 18, 2013
End: September 7, 2013
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Past | Present

Past | Present is the first retrospective exhibition of acclaimed Canadian artist Panchal Mansaram and includes examples from all facets of his career. Tracing Mansaram’s considerable artistic output, the exhibition features more than 20 preparatory drawings, sketches, collage studies and panels relating to his early work from the 1960’s through to 2013. Mansaram was born in Mount Abu, in Rajasthan India. He studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai from 1954 – 1959, and from 1963-64, he attended the State Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands on a Dutch Government Fellowship. Mansaram first came into contact with the Toronto art world in the late 1970s, when he also met Marshall McLuhan, and the two formed a life-long friendship built upon ideas, art and dialogue.

The exhibition features several early pieces, among the first of Mansaram’s exhibited works, which offer a glimpse into the artist’s struggle to channel cultural commentary into layered, subversive observations of Canadian life. The exhibition also includes a selection of Mansaram’s collaborations with McLuhan. Drawing on the artist’s interest in the image, palimpsest and colour, the exhibition presents a range of artistic styles and strategies and explores how Mansaram developed dynamic new ideas within the field of digital, painting and collage.

A significant portion of the exhibition is devoted to collages, a medium that in its myriad forms has consumed the artist throughout his career. Produced between 1978 and 2011, this body of work highlights the commitment and vision of a senior artist. The exhibition also includes research material, preliminary sketches, photographs and storyboards related to the evolution of Mansaram with images, pages and publications that reveal the artist’s legacy.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: July 18, 2013
End: September 7, 2013
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

XIT-RM | Alice Wang: The fallacy of misplaced concreteness

The video considers the artist’s family history in China, from her grandfather’s secret operative work for the Chinese government during WWII, with a masquerade of wealth as his cover in Hong Kong, to the violent reforms of the 1960s, and the perception of this privilege that lead to his family’s torment. Memory and history come in and out of focus, across generations. The backdrop of a Cultural Revolution set in Zhenbeibao Western Film Studio, a site of artifice, allows an interrogation of how we see history. A tour of a lens factory furthers this line of questioning, the mechanical construction of sight laid bare before us.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

Venue: Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario

 
Start: July 18, 2013
End: September 7, 2013
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

The 8th Annual Caribbeantales Toronto Film Showcase

Celebrate an explosion of films from the Caribbean diaspora, with screenings and networking sessions.

For more information: www.HarbourfrontCentre.com

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: September 4, 2013
End: September 14, 2013
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

Toronto International Film Festival

September 5 – September 15, 2013. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. Visit our new home at TIFF Bell Lightbox to get into the Festival spirit year-round.

For more details: www.tiff.net

Location: Various Venues

TIFF
Start: September 5, 2013
End: September 15, 2013
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Christian Louboutin

Curated by The Design Museum London in conjunction with Christian Louboutin, this exhibition presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career that has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejeweled pumps. It is a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.

For tickets: www.microspec.com/tix123/etic.cfm?code=DXCL2013

Venue: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

 
Start: June 21, 2013
End: September 15, 2013
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Location: Design Exchange

Big

A stunning display, BIG is exclusively drawn from the ROM’s collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes objects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways. With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM’s renowned collections.

BIG continues until Fall 2013.

www.ROM.on.ca

Royal Ontario Museum
Start: November 9, 2012
End: September 21, 2013
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Trius Movie Night in the Vineyard – Dinner and a Movie

Meet us at Hollywood and ‘Vine’ for a wine country version of a night at the drive in.

Start the night off indulging in a seasonally-inspired 3-course dinner by Gold Medal Plates-winning Chef, Frank Dodd. Each course will be complemented perfectly by our wines.

After dinner, it’s time to settle in for the movie! Relax in the best Vineyard Lawn seats in the house – reserved just for our Dinner & A Movie guests. With a glass of Trius wine in hand, and some of Chef Frank Dodd’s snacks to share enjoy a classic film favourite. Under a blanket of stars and surrounded by our idyllic vineyard – this will be one dinner and a movie night to remember.

Here is the movie line-up for Thursdays in September:
September 5: Ocean’s Eleven;
September 12: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off;
September 19: Casino Royale; and
September 26: Sideways.

Cost: $80 per person plus taxes and gratuities. Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner, the best seats in the house at the movie, movie admission, one glass of wine, a souvenir glass, and one bag of popcorn.

How to Book: Book by calling 1.888.673.5537 ext. 2 or visiting www.triuswines.com

Location: Trius Winery at Hillebrand — 1249 Niagara Stone Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 
Start: September 5, 2013
End: September 26, 2013
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Location: Trius Winery at Hillebrand

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

“The most powerful figure in contemporary art.” — ArtReview

Although Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is one of the most prolific, provocative and significant artists at work today, audiences in North America have had little exposure to his vast and varied output. That will change this summer, when the AGO becomes the only Canadian stop on a North American tour that is already drawing crowds — and controversy — at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.

Featuring photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio and video pieces, Ai Weiwei: According to What? examines how the artist spotlights the complexities of a changing world and probes such issues as freedom of expression, individual and human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today both in China and globally.

This exhibition was organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and curated by the Museum’s chief curator, Mami Kataoka.

For more details: www.ago.net

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: August 17, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

Mesopotamia

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its premiere North American engagement from June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The internationally touring exhibition of the ancient civilization is presented in Toronto by the British Museum in collaboration with the ROM.

More than 3,000 years of accomplishments by the civilization are explored in the exhibition. Widely credited with the invention or development of writing, long-distance communication, law, trade networks, and the first empires, Mesopotamian society also launched and advanced literature and sophisticated art, concurrently with great intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances. These achievements still influence us today.

Mesopotamia showcases more than 170 priceless objects from the eminent collections of the British Museum. These artifacts, most never before seen in Canada, are augmented by those from the ROM’s own renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum, Philadelphia), and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Presented in a series of well-defined themes, the exhibition features an outstanding selection of artifacts: stunning jewellery, dramatic stone sculptures, and impressive wall reliefs.

For more details: www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/mesopotamia

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

No.143 Ishtar Gate
Start: June 22, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum