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55 Centre Avenue, Toronto ON M5G 2H5 (St Patrick Subway, walk 1 short block E on Dundas)
Open daily 11-5, Wed 11-8. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day, Easter Weekend (Fri-Mon), Victoria Day, Canada Day, Thanksgiving. Open on Ontario Family Day, August Civic Holiday, Labour Day.
admission: $15 general; $10 seniors; $6 students (with ID) & youth. $30 family. Free to children under 5 years of age. Free to members. Weds 5-8pm: pay-what-you-can. Wheelchair accessible.
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EXHIBITIONS ... more
EXHIBITIONS –
Feb 22-Jun 25, 2017 | opening reception Wed 22 Feb, 6:30-8pm, artist will be present:
Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections. Curated by Sarah Quinton. Portraits and Collections is the culmination of an ongoing project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight. Her multi-dimensional documentation of Jane Webster's highly personal textile collection (see companion exhibition: Kind Words Can Never Die: Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework) and its rural Nova Scotian setting examines the idiosyncrasies of a handicraft craze that was all the rage in Canada 150 years ago. A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival ... more
Katherine Knight: Portraits and Collections.
Curated by Sarah Quinton.
Portraits and Collections is the culmination of an ongoing project by Toronto artist Katherine Knight. Her multi-dimensional documentation of Jane Webster's highly personal textile collection (see companion exhibition: Kind Words Can Never Die: Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework) and its rural Nova Scotian setting examines the idiosyncrasies of a handicraft craze that was all the rage in Canada 150 years ago. A Primary Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Feb 22-Jun 25, 2017 | opening reception Wed 22 Feb, 6:30-8pm:
Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework. Curated by Anna Richard. Kind Words Can Never Die presents the extraordinary collection built by Jane Webster (1919-2009) of Victorian needlework mottos stitched by anonymous women and girls in the mid- to late-19th century ... more
Kind Words Can Never Die: A Personal Collection of Victorian Needlework. Curated by Anna Richard. Kind Words Can Never Die presents the extraordinary collection built by Jane Webster (1919-2009) of Victorian needlework mottos stitched by anonymous women and girls in the mid- to late-19th century.
Apr 5-Sep 4, 2017 | opening reception Wed 5 Apr, 6:30-8pm:
Huicholes – A People Walking Towards the Light. Wixarika Art by José Benítez Sanchez. Huicholes – A People Walking Towards the Light showcases the art and lives of the Huicholes, an indigenous group from western Mexico whose history dates back 15,000 years. Featuring dazzling yarn paintings created using traditional techniques, the exhibition includes ceremonial objects, handmade textiles and photographs documenting a unique and threatened way of life. The exhibition is on loan from Artes de México with the support of the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico ... more
Huicholes A People Walking Towards the Light. Wixarika Art by José Benítez Sanchez. Huicholes – A People Walking Towards the Light showcases the art and lives of the Huicholes, an indigenous group from western Mexico whose history dates back 15,000 years. Featuring dazzling yarn paintings created using traditional techniques, the exhibition includes ceremonial objects, handmade textiles and photographs documenting a unique and threatened way of life. The exhibition is on loan from Artes de México with the support of the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico.
PROGRAMS ... more
PROGRAMS –
Wed 19 Apr, 6:30pm:
Conversation in the Gallery. "Collections and Collecting." Join Katherine Knight and Alexandra Palmer as they discuss their approaches to interpreting objects in collections from their unique perspectives. Artist Katherine Knight is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at York University; Dr. Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles and Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum. FREE with admission ... more
Conversation in the Gallery. "Collections and Collecting." Join Katherine Knight and Alexandra Palmer as they discuss their approaches to interpreting objects in collections from their unique perspectives. Artist Katherine Knight is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at York University; Dr. Alexandra Palmer is the Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles and Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum. FREE with admission.
Wed 10 May, 6:30pm:
An Evening in Conversation. "Speaking Through Objects." Join journalist and author Karen von Hahn (Toronto Star, King West, The Hip Guide to Toronto) for an interview with artist Katherine Knight. Von Hahn will introduce her new book, What Remains, a memoir about her mother told through the objects she held most dear, as she engages Knight in a conversation about collecting, memory and the creative project that objects can inspire. $15 TMC members / $20 non-members / $12 students ... more
An Evening in Conversation. "Speaking Through Objects." Join journalist and author Karen von Hahn (Toronto Star, King West, The Hip Guide to Toronto) for an interview with artist Katherine Knight. Von Hahn will introduce her new book, What Remains, a memoir about her mother told through the objects she held most dear, as she engages Knight in a conversation about collecting, memory and the creative project that objects can inspire. $15 TMC members / $20 non-members / $12 students.
Wed 7 Jun, 6:30pm:
Gallery Tours. FREE with admission. "The Life of a Collection." Join curators Sarah Quinton and Anna Richard as they discuss the needlework mottos and their evolving meanings in the hands of women who made them, their collector Jane Webster and the artist Katherine Knight ... more
Gallery Tours. FREE with admission.
Oct 19: "The Artist and Her Generation." Join Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, for a tour of the exhibition that offers a global view of women artists of Sheila Hicks' generation.
Nov 23: "The Art of Material Transformation." Join Curatorial Director Sarah Quinton as she discusses the power and potential of simple materials to convey a sense of place and lived experience in the sculptures of Sheila Hicks.
Dec 14: "Thread Journeys." Join Curator Roxane Shaughnessy as she discusses how, drawing on memory and experience, Sheila Hicks uses textiles as a language to record and interpret imagery she encounters during her travels across the globe.
Mar 1: "The Art of Display." Join Curatorial Director Sarah Quinton as she discusses the power of Brendan Fernandes' exhibition display methods in Lost Bodies.
Mar 22 & Jun 7: "The Life of a Collection." Join curators Sarah Quinton and Anna Richard as they discuss the needlework mottos and their evolving meanings in the hands of women who made them, their collector Jane Webster and the artist Katherine Knight.
ONLINE PROJECTS –
Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt is a Virtual Museum of Canada project launched by the Textile Museum of Canada. Produced by the TMC in conjunction with national partners [...] the exhibition showcases a diverse array of historical objects, material culture and handicrafts, reflecting their role in shaping the country's rich cultural landscape. www.narrativethreads.ca/index.html

Welcome to TXTilecity – an interactive project that brings the city to life in stories and memories that show the significant role that textiles have played in shaping Toronto's urban landscape – www.txtilecity.ca

Become part of the Social Fabric!www.textilemuseum.ca/socialfabric/

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture & Artwww.textilemuseum.ca/intouch/index.html

Digital Threadshttp://digitalthreads.ca

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversitywww.canadiantapestry.ca

Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture
www.textilemuseum.ca/cloth_clay/ ... more
Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt is a Virtual Museum of Canada project launched by the Textile Museum of Canada. Produced by the TMC in conjunction with national partners including the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, Western Development Museum, Niagara Historical Society & Museum, Delta Museum and Archives Society, and Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the exhibition showcases a diverse array of historical objects, material culture and handicrafts, reflecting their role in shaping the country's rich cultural landscape. www.narrativethreads.ca/index.html.

Welcome to TXTilecity – an interactive project that brings the city to life in stories and memories that show the significant role that textiles have played in shaping Toronto's urban landscape – www.txtilecity.ca.

Become part of the Social Fabric! Choose a textile, choose a question, join the conversation – www.textilemuseum.ca/socialfabric/.

In Touch: Connecting Cloth, Culture & Art. Explore how textiles are created and the characters that bring them to life, or become a textile special agent and use your knowledge to preserve the stories told by cloth for future generations – www.textilemuseum.ca/intouch/index.html.

Digital Threads. View new dynamic artist projects that link to 50 exhibitions and 17 years of programming at the TMC – http://digitalthreads.ca.

Canadian Tapestry: The Fabric of Cultural Diversity. Textiles tell stories about how we live, what we believe and where we come from. Enter Canadian Tapestry to explore and discover Canada's cultural diversity through cloth – www.canadiantapestry.ca.

Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture. Explore over 2000 years of Mexican, Central and South American culture and history. Cloth & Clay is an exciting online collaboration with the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. www.textilemuseum.ca/cloth_clay/.