Upcoming Exhibitions

Painting by Ghitta Caiserman, a still life of the artist's studio.


The Slightness of Simplicity

22 March – 15 May 2019

Curated by Emily Falvey

Borrowing its title from a chapter in Mary Pratt’s collection of writings A Personal Calligraphy (Goose Lane Editions, 2000), this exhibition explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between domestic life and the demands of the artist’s studio. Featuring a selection of work from the permanent collection, it explores how certain artistic subjects have and continue to be gendered female, and how this practice often serves to trivialize and exclude them.

Image: Ghitta Caiserman, Studio Still Life, n.d., oil on Masonite, The Jean MacKay Chubb and Francis L. Chubb Collection

Claire Cunningham in Give Me a Reason to Live

Still from Diane Borsato's video Gems and Minerals

Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance

6 September – 6 November 2019

Curated by Amanda Cachia

Automatisme Ambulatoire, or ambulatory automatism, is an expression that conjures notions of the compulsive traveler, while simultaneously implying irresistible urges and movements such as grimaces, tics, and gestures that form relationships with corporeal pathologies. This term inspires the title and theme of the exhibition Automatisme Ambulatoire: Hysteria, Imitation, Performance, which includes six new works focused on performance, choreography and installation.

The six artists in this project have been invited to consider ideas of “automatisme ambulatoire,” “hysteria” and “epilepsy” as a performance style, and to consider how these gestures can work to subvert, undo, transform and reimagine the body and language, both real and imagined. Through diverse and established choreographic practice, which always already embrace hybrid, performance-based gesture, these artists aim to question, challenge, and complicate the ethical and moral boundaries of “imitation,” and how the so-called “pathologized” body might be considered under new social and cultural contemporary contexts. Through their work, they demonstrate and so chart an evolution of the moving corpus since modern times. It is especially through the performance and portrayal of queer, disabled, and gendered subjects that the ambulatory hysteric will and can be reclaimed, rethought, and revitalized within a social justice context.

Artists: Diane Borsato, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Claire Cunningham, the collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade), Brendan Fernandes, and Every Ocean Hughes.

Images: Claire Cunningham in Give Me A Reason to Live, photo by Hugo Glendinning; and Diane Borsato, Gems and Minerals, Video still, 25 mins, 2018, photo courtesy of the artist.

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