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03.21.18 – Upcoming exhibitions showcase the work of our graduating Master of Visual Studies students

Three exhibitions celebrate their opening Friday, March 23, with a joint reception at U of T's Art Museum:

  • the 2018 Master of Visual Studies, Studio Program Graduating Exhibition
  • "and I am the curator of this show"
  • the 2018 Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition

The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is pleased to exhibit the graduating projects of the 2018 Master of Visual Studies graduate students Rouzbeh Akhbari, Sam Cotter, Andrea Creamer and Noah Scheinman.

Produced in the shadow of Canada’s controversial 150th anniversary, this year’s graduate students directed their attention to historically based research that critiques our ideas of nationalism. Rouzbeh Akhbari’s hallucinogenic narrative investigates the serpentine history of the petrochemical industry within ancient chimeric forces. Sam Cotter considers the parallax views of mechanized transport / mechanized time via the Canadian railway engineer who was also the inventor of international time zones. Andrea Creamer paired her karaoke bar of 1980s Toronto punk music videos and video art alongside a community reading room. Noah Scheinman investigated Canada’s historic national park Algonquin by complicating the myth of the natural and resource extraction. The exhibition is accompanied with a catalogue with essays by Swapnaa Tamhane and a foreword by Visual Studies program director Charles Stankievech.

Rouzbeh Akhbari is a Tehran-born artist whose practice is research-driven, often interventionist in approach and situated at the intersections of postcolonial theory, cultural economies and critical architecture. Akhbari has co-authored a book chapter for Unsettling Colonial Modernity, as well as contributions to Prefix Photo, LEAP Magazine, Society+Space and MIT’s upcoming Projections 13.

Sam Cotter is a Toronto-based artist and writer whose practice exists at the intersection of research, text, and image. Cotter regularly employs photography, film, and installation to examine issues of visual representation and artifice. Central to the construction of all of his projects is an embedded documentary element mediated through a self-reflexive filter. Sam is represented by Zalucky Contemporary.

Andrea Creamer is an interdisciplinary artist and community organizer currently residing in Toronto. Her works investigate spaces of contestation, counterpublics, and notions of site-specificity. Often articulated in the form of text, painting, sculpture or video, her material practice reflects on forms of protest, the mechanisms that produce social spaces, and the ephemeral and always shifting character of socially-based practices.

Noah Scheinman is a visual artist, designer, and writer. His work combines a background in architecture and urban design with an emergent language of sculpture, installation, collage, photography, and video. Current research is focused on the relationship between form, site, and the political economies that drive material and geographic transformations.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Visual Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Opening Reception

Friday March 23, 2018, 7-9pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

No News Is Good News

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2-4pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 2-4pm
West Galleries, Art Museum

(Anti-Fascist) Karaoke Lounge Party

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8pm
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

Supporters: The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional project support from The Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva and Elizabeth.

"and I am the curator of this show” is the title of this exhibition. It is also a quote from Kate Fowle’s opening remarks at a roundtable (NSK Embassy Moscow Revisited, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, August 1, 2014). Her statement simply referred to the exhibition in which the roundtable took place. But, what is this statement? What does it mean to claim authorship, or rather curatorship, over an exhibition? What does it mean to take, to enact or to be given this position? What does it mean to invite artists, artworks or objects into an institution, into an exhibition? What does it mean to “be” the “curator” of that show? With this exhibition, I am not trying to answer those questions but rather to ask them again. To ask them again, with Sophie Bélair Clément, Walter Benjamin, and an exhibition structure. 

Opening Reception
Friday March 23, 2018, 7-9pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Curated by Christophe Barbeau.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.

The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council with additional project support from TD Insurance.

The University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition showcases the talent and excellence of undergraduates in the University of Toronto’s tri-campus visual studies programs, including those at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. The selected works demonstrate quality of artistry across multiple media, as well as depth and sophistication of thought in approaching complex concepts and issues. Through themes of identity, family, home and the body, these emerging artists address political issues and explore personal subjects that speak to universal human experiences.

Opening Reception
Friday March 23, 2018, 7-9pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Artists: Maria Patricia Abuel, Aisha Ali, Maia Boakye, Syeda Karishma Bristy, Idil Djafer, Kelly Dundas, Matana Joelle Geraghty, Anran Guo, Claudia Han, Lara Hassani, Isabel Mink, Sarah Pereux, Heather Riley, Chelsea Ryan, Adriana Sadun, Mira Szuberwood, Olivia Tjiawi, Skye Ece Ulusoy, Lisa Veregin, Eleonora Zivkovic

Curated by: Masters of Museum Studies students Shauna Taylor, Emilie Albert-Toth, Karley Staskus

Supporters: The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council with additional project support from the Office of the Vice-President & Provost, Manulife and the University of Toronto Faculty of Information.
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