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September 18, 2014 – September 21, 2014

The Sketchbook Project

Trinity Square, 1 Trinity Street

September 18 – 21

The Sketchbook Project is an evolving library that features more than 18,000 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 130+ countries. The Sketchbook Project transports thousands of sketchbooks city-to-city in their custom Mobile Library. Join us for the only Toronto stop on the tour, and you’ll be able to make a free library card on-site and search our catalog by tag words, location, themes, and even find books by local artists.

Free admission.

For more information, please visit www.sketchbookproject.com

The Distillery District — 55 Mill Street

Start: September 18, 2014
End: September 21, 2014
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May 31, 2014 – September 28, 2014

Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint

American artist Matthew Barney is renowned internationally for his provocative and richly visual sequences of sculpture, video, and performance. Elaborate and inscrutable, projects such as the CREMASTER Cycle (1994-2002) – a series of five feature-length films – weave mythological storylines, art-historical references, and abject symbolism through questions of artistic production.

DRAWING RESTRAINT (1987-present) is a significant and long-term project for Barney, in which he proposes art-making as parallel to athletic training: the development of form occurs through resistance. Begun while still a student at Yale, Barney was influenced by his background as an athlete and sought to foreground the physical body and its tensions in a studio practice. DRAWING RESTRAINT comprises drawings, sculpture, photographs and video works emerging from his self-imposed and increasingly complex obstacles and scenarios. Considered together, DRAWING RESTRAINT forms an ongoing proposition for the harnessing of one’s impulses and drives into a desired output, artistic or otherwise. They demonstrate the underpinnings of Barney’s work, in which the body plays a central role, and ritualistic processes of creation are explored through manifold materials, settings, and personas.

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: May 31, 2014
End: September 28, 2014
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July 24, 2014 – October 19, 2014

The Sahmat Collective

Organized by the Smart Museum of Art.

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat Collective has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians,
actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.
The collective formed in the weeks after playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was fatally attacked by political thugs while
performing a street play. In the more than twenty years since, Sahmat has drawn on India’s secular heritage and an expansive group of collaborators
to produce a series of projects that engage in important political and social debates through a mix of high art and street culture.

Sahmat has been at the heart of what co-curator Ram Rahman likens to “India’s culture wars.” Animated by the urgent belief that art can propel
change and that culture can reach across boundaries, Sahmat has created space for an expansive group of artists and collaborators to present powerful
works of art that defend freedom of expression and battle intolerance within India’s often divisive political landscape.

Art Gallery of Mississauga — 300 City Centre Drive

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

 
Start: July 24, 2014
End: October 19, 2014
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July 24, 2014 – October 19, 2014

The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

Opening Reception: July 24, 6 pm

FREE bus from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) at 6 pm

Organized by the Smart Museum of Art

Curated by Jessica Moss and Ram Rahman

Animated by the urgent belief that art can propel change and that culture can reach across boundaries, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat Collective has created space for an expansive group of artists and collaborators to present powerful works of art that defend freedom of expression and battle intolerance within India’s often divisive political landscape. The exhibition features a selection of art and ephemera that situates two decades of contemporary Indian art within the political sphere while meditating on art’s capacity as a force for change.

Website: www.artgalleryofmississauga.com

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

 
Start: July 24, 2014
End: October 19, 2014
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June 11, 2014 – October 26, 2014

The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll

Experience science in the key of rock! Have you ever wondered about the science behind rock ‘n’ roll? How has technology shaped this multi-billion dollar industry? How can performers bring hundreds of thousands of screaming fans to their feet? What physiological effects does rock have on the listener? The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll is an interactive exhibition that provides a fresh look at the history of rock from the perspective of science and technology. See how music has shaped the tools of rock – and how those tools have changed the music.

The Science of Rock ‘N’ Roll is included with general admission to the Science Centre.

Website: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/rocknroll

Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

 
Start: June 11, 2014
End: October 26, 2014
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October 24, 2014 – October 27, 2014

October 24 – October 27, 2014. Over 100 international art galleries! Thousands of artworks; from modern masters to contemporary art, painting to sculpture, photography to video. On-site art installations; diverse programming including speaker series, panel discussions and public tours.

For more details: www.arttoronto.ca

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building Hall A, B & C – 255 Front Street West

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Start: October 24, 2014
End: October 27, 2014
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December 7, 2013 – December 31, 2014

The AstraZeneca Human Edge

A new exhibition hall that explores all the wonders and possibilities of the human body.

Over 55 exhibits covering five dynamic themes: In the Beginning; Mind and Body Limits; Personal Limits; Pushing Past the Limits; and
Outer Limits.

Plunge into the mind of a free-diver to explore the respiratory system, tackle a climbing wall to see if your brain could take you to the summit and test your own personal limits as you run, row and dance your way through The AstraZeneca Human Edge. Discover stories of athletes, adventure seekers, extreme sports enthusiasts and others who have broken through barriers of what was once thought humanly possible.

The AstraZeneca Human Edge is a brand new exhibition hall created by the Ontario Science Centre. We collaborated extensively with leading experts from a wide range of fields, including neuroscience, physiology, bio-mechanics and sports medicine to develop over 55 active and immersive experiences where visitors can learn about their own amazing bodies.

For more details: www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/human/

Location: Ontario Science Centre — 770 Don Mills Road

 
Start: December 7, 2013
End: December 31, 2014
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Location: Ontario Science Centre

August 23, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Alex Colville

More than 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario starting in summer 2014, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s curator of Canadian art, the exhibition will honour Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career, including iconic paintings such as Horse and Train, 1953; To Prince Edward Island, 1965; Woman in Bathtub, 1973; and Target Pistol and Man, 1980.

Born in Toronto in 1920, Colville was a painter, printmaker and veteran who drew his inspiration from the world around him, transforming the seemingly mundane figures and events of everyday life into archetypes of the modern condition. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1982 and won a Governor General’s Visual and Media Arts Award in 2003.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Website: www.ago.net/alex-colville

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: August 23, 2014
End: January 4, 2015
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June 14, 2014 – June 1, 2015

Manasie Akpaliapik

Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. He spent his youth in Arctic Bay, relocated to Montreal, then settled in Toronto where he created all of these carvings. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.

This exhibition is included with general admission.

Website: www.ago.net

Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas Street West

 
Start: June 14, 2014
End: June 1, 2015
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