15.07.08 - Exhibition: Models for Public Spaces

July 17 – September 7, 2008
0pening Reception: Thursday, July 17  6:00PM – 9:00PM

Art Gallery of Mississauga
Admission is free
*A free shuttle bus will depart at 7 pm, Thursday, July 17th, from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, Toronto) returning at 9 pm. To reserve seats please call Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot at (905) 896-5507 or email

Adrian Blackwell's sculptures will sit in and outside of the gallery as infrastructures for both action and contemplation. These physical constructions act as diagrams for the strategic relations between different people in social space, opening up questions about the boundaries of the "public" in a city like Mississauga.

Models for Public Spaces presents an archive of experiments in the relation between urban space and social practices. The exhibition will survey Blackwell’s investigations, public works and collaborative structures built to produce new locations for collective action and public discourse including, How to open a car like a book, Public Water Closet, Car Pool, light net and Monster. The show is curated by Suzanne Carte-Blanchenot, Outreach Programmer.

Please click here for the Press Release [PDF].

Forum - Heritage Complex Sunday July 27, 3:00 pm
The conversational forum will be reflecting on the Art Gallery of Peel's exhibition, Heritage Complex, curated by Atanas Bozdarov and Tejpal Ajji. Speakers include, artist Eric Glavin and architect Alan Tregebov.

Heritage Complex examines the built environments of cities that have recently developed adjacent to more traditionally understood urban centres. Participating artists' consider the psychological spaces of recent urbanism, biomimicry to suggest alternative planning models, conduct field studies as urban ethnographers, and test the limits of by-laws which question the use of private and public space.

Screening - Radiant City Tuesday August 12,  7:00 pm
Directors: Gary Burns and Jim Brown, Canada, 2007
Whether you call it sprawl or growth, the suburbs have been the dominant form of community planning in North America for fifty years. In this incisive study, Burns and Brown peer into the windows and lives of those who call suburbia home.

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