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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 –
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.
Jul 12, 2017 - Jan 21, 2018:
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles.
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada's collection of 19th- and 20th-century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto's professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
Diligence and Elegance features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dying and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments ... more
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles.
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles presents over 50 textiles and garments from the Textile Museum of Canada's collection of 19th- and 20th-century artifacts made in Japan for both everyday and occasional use. Luxurious silk and gold fabrics produced in Kyoto's professional weaving workshops are juxtaposed with domestic indigo-dyed cotton, plant-fibre cloth, and silk kimonos crafted in an astonishing spectrum of time-honoured techniques – weaving, dyeing, hand painting, gold foil application and embroidery – that exemplify venerable social and cultural values. The exhibition focuses on the highly refined skills and materials by which textiles have been constructed and decorated over centuries, and on how diligence and ingenuity have shaped their timeless beauty. The persistence of traditions seen in such rigorously executed textiles has come to embody the heart of Japanese aesthetics. Every material, colour and technique has a story to tell.
Diligence and Elegance features the contemporary work of Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, two Japanese-Canadians whose consummate craftsmanship and philosophies are profoundly connected to the evolution of Japanese textile traditions of spinning, dying and weaving. Their internationally renowned artistic achievements are testimony to the ethics of labour associated with a lifelong investment of time, practice and precision; they position living traditions as opportunities for personal reflection and the acknowledgement of the significance of collective human accomplishments.
Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles is made possible through the lead sponsorship of the William R. and Shirley Beatty Charitable Foundation.
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.
PROGRAMS ... more
PROGRAMS –
Wednesdays 6:30pm, May 24, Jun 7:
Gallery Tours. FREE with admission.
May 24 "Slow Looking." Join TMC Education Programs Coordinator Susan Fohr for an in-depth, slowed-down look at two of the complex yarn paintings by artist José Benítez Sánchez. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations and insights on the featured artworks.
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 ... 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: "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.
Apr 26: "Huichol Dress." Join TMC Curator Roxane Shaughnessy for an exploration of the rich spiritual symbolism of Huichol dress and the complex layers of meaning of traditional designs drawn from nature.
May 24 "Slow Looking." Join TMC Education Programs Coordinator Susan Fohr for an in-depth, slowed-down look at two of the complex yarn paintings by artist José Benítez Sánchez. Participants will be encouraged to share their observations and insights on the featured artworks.
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/.