November 19, 2013
Category: Museums & Visual Arts
November 19 – November 24, 2013. Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival showcases environmentally themed films as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and appropriate action on the ecological health of the planet.
For more information: www.planetinfocus.org
Venue: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King Street West
Straight from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, North America’s debut of hit exhibition includes culture icon’s original stage costumes, instruments, album art and music videos.
This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie—musician, performer and style icon—in the acclaimed exhibition David Bowie is, direct from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England. Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from Bowie’s personal archive, the multi-media show exposes the groundbreaking artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film. David Bowie is will open on Sept. 25, 2013 and runs to Nov. 27, 2013, giving Toronto two full months to live the experience. The AGO is the exhibition’s first stop on its world tour.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as “united in sound and vision in a way rarely seen in a museum,” David Bowie is marks the first international exhibition devoted to the British-born musician and performer (born David Robert Jones in 1947), who has sold more than 140 million albums to date throughout his genre-defying career. Organized thematically, the show immerses visitors in a spectacular and interactive trip through Bowie’s numerous personae and legendary performances, with particular attention paid to his artistic influences. His experiments with Surrealism, German Expressionism, Music Hall, mime and Japanese Kabuki performance are all explored in an explosion of colour, light and sound.
For more information: www.ago.net/david-bowie-is-coming-to-the-ago-this-fall
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) stays up late as
ROM Friday Night Live (#FNLROM) returns for
its fourth season of eight cutting edge Friday
nights in Toronto. This popular adult only event
(ages 19 +) redefines the museum experience from
7 pm to midnight each Friday night from October
18 to December 6, 2013.
#FNLROM continues to offer hip and eclectic
entertainment and inventive programming,
including dance, film presentations, music, art,
interactive conversations and contesting. ElectriCITY Events returns to deliver the city’s hottest house
DJs every week, as well as live house jazz by Jamie Ruben Trio and U of T JazzProgram. Local and
international spoken word poets also perform weekly. Friday Night Live continues to serve up some of
Toronto’s best known and best loved pop-up food vendors, including City Gourmet, Pimenton, The
Saucy Pierogi, Curbside Bliss, Gourmet Gringos, HotBunzz Street Cuizine, Kanto by Tita Flips,
LaRivolta, and Little Tomato Catering, New this season FNL features international and domestic craft
beer Peroni and Amsterdam.
For more details: www.rom.on.ca
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
Guest curated by Steve Loft. Main Gallery, University Gallery, Salah J. Bachir New Media Wall.
This exhibition presents photographs from the Black Star Collection with contemporary works by aboriginal artists to examine the role of the artist as activist, as chronicler and as provocateur in the ongoing struggle for indigenous rights and self-empowerment. Artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Sonny Assu, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Dana Claxton, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Alan Michelson, Theo Sims, Skawennati and Jackson 2bears.
For more information: www.ryerson.ca/ric
RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE — 33 GOULD STREET
Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures) features post war and contemporary work in Canada concerned with the exploration of shape, point, line, pattern, illusory and true tactility. Furniture and consumer products; projections and graphics examine how the use and manipulation of the basic elements of design can effect results both formulaic and chaotic.
Featuring works by Jerszy Seymour, Philippe Malouin, Michal Maciej Bartosik, Frank Gehry, Castor, Tobias Wong, Jonathan Sabine, Patty Johnson, Oueffice, Douglas Coupland, Robin Bush, Zoe Mowat, and Stefan Siwinski among others.
Costs: Adult $10 +hst and Senior/Student $8 (+hst). DX Members: Free
Venue: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street
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.
Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park
One, and Two, and More Than Two presents a survey of significant work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier. United by his interests in temporal and graphic systems of organization and measurement, this exhibition brings together an important selection of recent work that reflects the artist’s diverse and dynamic practice. Featuring four solo pieces, three collaborations, and one new, ambitious curatorial project, One, and Two, and More Than Two witnesses Lexier at all levels of his practice. Whether working individually (One), in a collaborative process (Two), or encompassing hundreds of different artists (More than Two), Lexier’s work evinces witty and playful reflections on the creative processes of making and presenting art.
For more details: www.ThePowerPlant.org
Location: The Power Plant — 231 Queens Quay West
Drawing inspiration from a century old tradition of landscape painting, initiated by Tom Thomson and the members of the Group of Seven, Toronto-based artist Kim Dorland will be showing his latest work as a culmination of his artist-in-residence project at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Curated by McMichael’s Chief Curator, Katerina Atanassova, the exhibition will explore Dorland’s painterly approach to nature and welcome the inclusion of works by Tom Thomson, David Milne, Frederick Varley and others from the McMichael Collection.
For more details: www.mcmichael.com/exhibitions/index.cfm
Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection — 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg, Ontario
The Art Gallery of Mississauga, in a unique collaboration with Toronto Pearson International Airport, is proud to present Holding Pattern, a site-specific mixed media installation by contemporary miniature painter Tazeen Qayyum at the airport’s Terminal 1 departure lounge.
“The AGM is thrilled to collaborate with the Toronto Pearson International Airport on this exhibtion. I am fascinated by the lull of time and suspended animation of airport departure lounges, in particular the potential to find a sense of connection with art when we least expect it. This sense of connection and space for conversation are concepts that the AGM aims to activate with visual art, whether within gallery space or beyond. Our mandate is to bring art to the community and the community to art, and what better space to engage the complex nuances of global community than at the airport?”
In Qayyum’s work, the familiar and iconic airport passenger seat is rendered crimson with floral motif filigree that is
interlaced with cockroaches. The beautiful and the undesirable are side by side, each one partially camouflaged by the other.
Qayyum views the roach as a stand-in for “others” who are different from ourselves, the “others” upon whom judgement is
imposed for their difference.
Designed to enrich travel through Toronto Pearson, the extensive art and exhibitions program contributes to creating a diverse, vibrant and delightful atmosphere. The program features large scale permanent public art by international and Canadian artists, including Richard Serra, Jaume Plensa and Susan Schelle and Mark Gomes. Changing exhibtions are presented in galleries throughout Terminal 1 and showcase local art, culture and heritage in order to create a sense of place.
Location: Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Domestic Departures, across from Gate D20
ROM Contemporary Culture and the Cape Farewell Foundation present a visionary art exhibition, Carbon 14: Climate is Culture, curated by David
Buckland and Claire Sykes. A culmination of a two-year project, the exhibition opens in the Roloff
Beny Gallery and Thorsell Spirit House at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on October 19, 2013 –
February 2, 2014, as part of the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibition + Festival.
Cape Farewell began the project in November 2011, when artists, including film makers, poets and
musicians, met with scientists, economists and other climate change professionals, to spark a creative
dialogue on issues related to climate change. The resulting Carbon 14: Climate is Culture exhibition
features 13 art installations, including seven new commissions by Canadian and international artists,
from various disciplines, all confronting the facts of climate change and responding in powerful and
For more details: www.rom.on.ca
Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park