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At Harbourfront Centre
231 Queens Quay West, Toronto ON M5J 2G8
hours: Tues & Wed 10-5, Thur 10-8, Fri-Sun 10-6. Open holiday Mondays; view website for hours. Wheelchair accessible.
admission: FREE.
T: 416 973 4949
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The Power Plant
The Power Plant is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art ... more
The Power Plant is Canada's leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art.
29 Sep -- 31 Dec 2017 | opening Thur 28 Sep, 8pm:
Amalia Pica's ears to speak of continues her engagement with the failures and impossibilities of communication and obsolete technologies. The artist will create monumental cardboard reconstructions of acoustic radars, also referred to as "listening ears", found in Denge, Kent in the UK. The show will also feature works from Pica's In Praise of Listening (2016) series, large-scale sculptures of hearing aids rendered in marble, granite and soapstone ... more
Amalia Pica's ears to speak of continues her engagement with the failures and impossibilities of communication and obsolete technologies. The artist will create monumental cardboard reconstructions of acoustic radars, also referred to as "listening ears", found in Denge, Kent in the UK. The show will also feature works from Pica's In Praise of Listening (2016) series, large-scale sculptures of hearing aids rendered in marble, granite and soapstone.
29 Sep -- 31 Dec 2017 | opening Thur 28 Sep, 8pm:
Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck's Urban Now: City Life in Congo offers an artistic and ethnographic investigation of what living – and living together – might mean in Congo's urban worlds. The exhibition explores what "urban" means. Urban living constantly attempts to "suture" the city: finding ways to stitch gains and losses, or pasts and futures together in the moment of the "urban now." Based on their extensive joint field research in Kinshasa and branching out to some other urban sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lubumbashi, Fungurume), the exhibition is conceived around a number of "urban acupunctures," i.e. around explorations of specific sites that form important – though sometimes materially barely visible – nodes within the city ... more
Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck's Urban Now: City Life in Congo offers an artistic and ethnographic investigation of what living – and living together – might mean in Congo's urban worlds. The exhibition explores what "urban" means. Urban living constantly attempts to "suture" the city: finding ways to stitch gains and losses, or pasts and futures together in the moment of the "urban now." Based on their extensive joint field research in Kinshasa and branching out to some other urban sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Lubumbashi, Fungurume), the exhibition is conceived around a number of "urban acupunctures," i.e. around explorations of specific sites that form important – though sometimes materially barely visible – nodes within the city.
29 Sep 2017 -- 13 May 2018 | opening Thur 28 Sep, 8pm:
Michael Landy's Demonstration invites the public to collaborate in building a "wall of protest" by submitting images, words, texts and slogans that represent their thoughts and feelings – of hope or of despair, on matters small or large, from high to low and across the cultural spectrum – to be transformed by the artist into drawings. With the help of assistants, Landy will create from these submissions red and white drawings of protesters, which will be pinned directly on to the wall of the Fleck Clerestory as they are produced in a continually evolving display. Through accumulation the demonstration will grow, capturing Canada's social and political landscape through the eyes of its inhabitants ... more
Michael Landy's Demonstration invites the public to collaborate in building a "wall of protest" by submitting images, words, texts and slogans that represent their thoughts and feelings – of hope or of despair, on matters small or large, from high to low and across the cultural spectrum – to be transformed by the artist into drawings. With the help of assistants, Landy will create from these submissions red and white drawings of protesters, which will be pinned directly on to the wall of the Fleck Clerestory as they are produced in a continually evolving display. Through accumulation the demonstration will grow, capturing Canada's social and political landscape through the eyes of its inhabitants.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS ... more
PROGRAMS & EVENTS –
28-30 Sep 2017:
Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution. The 2017 Summit, co-produced with the Art Gallery of Ontario, invites participants to consider the many-layered political and aesthetic understandings of home alongside social movements that have sought to summon a broader dream of social justice. The event will feature dynamic talks and presentations from an international roster of artists as well as roundtables and breakout sessions at the AGO ... more
Creative Time Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution. The 2017 Summit, co-produced with the Art Gallery of Ontario, invites participants to consider the many-layered political and aesthetic understandings of home alongside social movements that have sought to summon a broader dream of social justice. The event will feature dynamic talks and presentations from an international roster of artists as well as roundtables and breakout sessions at the AGO.
Saturdays 3pm and Thursdays 6:30pm, 29 Sep -- 31 Dec 2017:
Power Tours. Join a FREE guided tour of the exhibitions and engage in dialogue about art and ideas ... more
Power Tours. Join a FREE guided tour of the exhibitions and engage in dialogue about art and ideas.
Sundays 2pm, 1, 8 & 22 Oct, 5, 12, 19 & 26 Nov 2017:
Sunday Scene. FREE.
Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work / artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates.
1 Oct: Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.
8 Oct: Anthony Gebrehiwot, photographer, community leader and social entrepreneur ... more
Sunday Scene. FREE.
Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work / artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates.
1 Oct: Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, Executive Directors at Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.
8 Oct: Anthony Gebrehiwot, photographer, community leader and social entrepreneur.
22 Oct: Colleen Lipinski, owner of Toronto Audiology Associates.
5 Nov: Darren Copeland, sound artist.
12 Nov: Amy Fung, researcher and curator.
19 Nov: Sophia Oppel, student at OCADU.
26 Nov: Rania El Mugammar, multidisciplinary artist, anti-oppression consultant, burlesque performer, and equity educator.
3 Dec: Ilana Shamoon, Cultural Programming and Public Art Commissions Manager at Waterfront Toronto.
10 Dec: Savik Ramkay, Program Coordinator of the Aviation Safety and Operations programs at Seneca College.
Tues 17 Oct 2017, 7pm:
Student Night. FREE for students / $12 for non-students. An evening for university and college students seeking professional development. This year, we invite students to converse with established artists and other professionals from Toronto museums, businesses, publishing houses and more about their career experience in Ask Me About..., our "ice breaker" main event: Ask me about the time I shaved my head for art..!" Additionally, engage with an interactive art experience and music performance by Bedroomer, a collective of producers and artists from around Toronto. Complimentary snacks provided; cash bar available all evening ... more
Student Night. FREE for students / $12 for non-students. An evening for university and college students seeking professional development. This year, we invite students to converse with established artists and other professionals from Toronto museums, businesses, publishing houses and more about their career experience in Ask Me About..., our "ice breaker" main event: Ask me about the time I shaved my head for art..!" Additionally, engage with an interactive art experience and music performance by Bedroomer, a collective of producers and artists from around Toronto. Complimentary snacks provided; cash bar available all evening.
Sat 4 Nov 2017, 1pm:
Book Discussion. FREE. Presented with Toronto's African Literature Book Club, join a book discussion of Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila's debut novel, Tram 83. Tour Sammy Baloji's exhibition then discuss the novel which, Mujila said, aimed "to be able to represent a form of exploitation and neocolonialism that happens throughout Africa, not just in the Congo" ... more
Book Discussion. FREE. Presented with Toronto's African Literature Book Club, join a book discussion of Congolese author Fiston Mwanza Mujila's debut novel, Tram 83. Tour Sammy Baloji's exhibition then discuss the novel which, Mujila said, aimed "to be able to represent a form of exploitation and neocolonialism that happens throughout Africa, not just in the Congo".
Sun 5 Nov 2017, 7pm:
Lecture. FREE for members / $12 for non-members. Charles Stankievech, artist, assistant professor, and director of the Visual Studies Program at University of Toronto, will share his insights on the history of the acoustic mirrors used along the English coastline, which Amalia Pica reconstructs in her Fall 2017 exhibition at The Power Plant, ears to speak of ... more
Lecture. FREE for members / $12 for non-members. Charles Stankievech, artist, assistant professor, and director of the Visual Studies Program at University of Toronto, will share his insights on the history of the acoustic mirrors used along the English coastline, which Amalia Pica reconstructs in her Fall 2017 exhibition at The Power Plant, ears to speak of.
(See also Community Courses for info on Art-Making WorkshopConstructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard with Atanas Bozdarov 11 Nov; and Power Kids programs 15 & 22 Oct, 12 & 19 Nov, 10 & 17 Dec – click here) ... more
(See also Community Courses for info on Art-Making WorkshopConstructed Technologies: Communication & Cardboard with Atanas Bozdarov 11 Nov; and Power Kids programs 15 & 22 Oct, 12 & 19 Nov, 10 & 17 Dec – click here).