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November 26, 2013

Category: Museums & Visual Arts

David Bowie Is

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

 
Start: September 25, 2013
End: November 27, 2013
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Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

ROM Friday Night Live

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

 
Start: October 18, 2013
End: December 6, 2013
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

Ghost Dance: Activism. Resistance. Art.

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

Ryerson Image Centre
Start: September 18, 2013
End: December 15, 2013
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Location: Ryerson Image Centre

Nataliya Petkova in collaboration with Naisa

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is an non-profit organization, based in Toronto that produces performances and
installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Join NAISA and the AGM with a
curated emerging artist project of sound, technology and new approaches to the medium. The objectives of NAISA are to
foster awareness and understanding locally, as well as nationally and internationally, in the cultural vitality of
experimental sound art in its myriad forms of expression.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

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

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Allegory of the Cave

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto)
at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery of FREE.

Curated by Erin Rutherford.

In 1994, the Art Gallery of Mississauga began collecting artworks for its Permanent Collection. In 1998, the collecting
process was placed under a moratorium. In 2013, the moratorium will be lifted.

This exhibition presents artworks from the current AGM Permanent Collection and envisions how the tone of collecting will be
modernized as the AGM moves into the future. The placement of artworks within the gallery harkens back to a traditional Salon.
Yet upon closer inspection, we notice it is punctuated with difference. A new image and lens-based practices. Paradigm shift:
the permanent collection puts the methods and madness of transformation, digitization and rejuvenation on full display: from
artwork pairings representative of our new direction to a professional team at work in the Robert Freeman Gallery. Herein we mirror
the notions of Thomas Kuhn, with our advancement occurring as a “series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually
violent revolutions.” Come join our movement.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

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

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Faisal Anwar

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21, 6pm. All are invited to attend the Opening Reception. There will be a
FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West, Toronto) at 6pm. Admission to the Gallery is FREE.

Curated by Stuart Keeler.

Join Faisal Anwar with a new digital media work in the Main Gallery at the AGM. Currently in the progess of
research and secrecy…shhhhhhhh!!! Stay tuned!

Anwar is an artist with an interest in interactive production and technology. He is the founder of an interactive art
studio, DigitalDip, and co-founder of Me A Monster Inc. His project series, Odd Spaces, brings together art, culture
and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards architectural space, private or public spaces
and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has shown at the Winter Olympics 2010, and had performed nationally
and internationally.

His project, Odd Spaces, was part of Vancouver Olympics – 2010 Code live exhibition, a real-time remote installation between
Bangladesh, Pakistan and Vancouver. In October 2011, Odd Spaces was also shown at Nuit-Blanche Toronto and created a real-time
installation between Karachi, New York and Toronto. Odd Spaces was presented at the exhibition Six Degrees of Separation: Chaos,
Congruence & Collaboration, 2008, curated by KHOJ, International Artists’ Association in Delhi, India and was presented in Pakistan,
India and Bangladesh in September 2008.

For more information: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

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

 
Start: November 21, 2013
End: January 1, 2014
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Location: Art Gallery of Mississauga

Playing Favourites Part II: Geometry (Textures)

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

Website: www.dx.org

Venue: Design Exchange — 234 Bay Street

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Start: October 26, 2013
End: January 3, 2014
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Location: Design Exchange

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

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Start: June 22, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: Royal Ontario Museum

One, and Two, and More Than Two

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

 
Start: September 21, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: The Power Plant

You Are Here: Kim Dorland and The Return To Painting

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

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Start: October 26, 2013
End: January 5, 2014
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Location: McMichael Canadian Art Collection