Programs at a Glance Letter, Spring 2020


There are  many events planned so please scroll down past the lectures to check out everything you can do with the TFVA this season.
Spring Lecture Series

Date: Four consecutive Tuesdays, March 17 to April 7
Time: 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Place: Women’s Art Association
Price: $150.00 Click here to register

Three Curators and a Critic
The first three lecturers are eminent curators who will draw on their years of experience and exhibition insights. We complete our lecture year with a presentation by one of our most profound cultural commentators.

Tuesday March 17 – Dr Anna Hudson, Director, Graduate Program in Art History & Visual Culture, York University
Professor Anna Hudson is an art historian and curator specializing in Canadian and Indigenous art at York University. Hudson’s practice is public facing, community engaged, and draws from close community collaboration to open new possibilities for understanding the contribution of artists in Canada globally, and the amplification of voices seldom heard. She is currently a York Research Chair of Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research-creation collaboration aimed at recovering, preserving, documenting, facilitating and disseminating Inuit knowledge, culture and creativity.

Tuesday March 24 – Sarah Milroy, Chief Curator, McMichael Canadian Art Collection
As a champion of Canadian art, Milroy has contributed to more than a dozen books, as well as serving as the chief art critic at The Globe and Mail from 2001 to 2011. Milroy has also co-curated three major international exhibitions on Canadian artists for the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London England: From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia (in 2014, which traveled to the AGO in 2015), and Vanessa Bell (in 2016), and David Milne: Modern Painting (in 2018 which also travelled to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Vancouver Art Gallery). At the McMichael, she curated the current exhibition Into the Light: the Art of Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. Many of us have enjoyed her excellent tours and lectures; she was the recipient of our 2011 Founders Achievement Award.

Tuesday March 31 – Paul Roth, Director, Ryerson Image Centre
Roth is a respected curator and author and since 1990, he has organized or helped organize more than 70 museum exhibitions and film programs including recently: Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story for Ryerson/Getty Museum/Instituto Moreira Salles; Jim Goldberg’s Rich and Poor at Ryerson; Scotiabank Photography Award winner Mark Ruwedel at Ryerson; Edward Burtynsky: Oil at the Corcoran; Richard Avedon: Portraits of Power at the Corcoran; and many others. Paul Roth previously served as: Senior Curator and Director of Photography and Media Arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C; Executive Director of The Richard Avedon Foundation in New York; and Acting Chief Curator and Senior Curator during an earlier stint at the Corcoran. Roth specializes in contemporary and 20th century American photography, particularly documentary work and portraiture, and experimental film, and is widely respected as a leading scholar on the work of photographers Gordon Parks, Richard Avedon and Robert Frank.

Tuesday April 7 – Dr Robert Enright, Critic
Robert Enright’s distinguished career has included journalism, teaching, broadcasting and activism. The Founder and Editor-at-Large of the magazine Border Crossings, about which he has stated “I’ve always been a border crosser, and the magazine was based on the premise that artists never look at only one thing”. He will talk and give a tribute to Robert Frank, arguably the most significant combination of photographer and filmmaker of the 20th century. This talk will be a combination of the personal and the professional, since Professor Enright knew Robert Frank and had occasion to write about his photos and films over the course of 20 years.

For more information please contact organizer Marcia McClung

Talk and Film Installation This Place Neyaashiinigmiing, in collaboration with Public Studio

Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Place: Doris McCarthy Gallery, U of T Scarborough
1265 Military Trail (see further information below)
Price: $10, towards a donation to the gallery. Last date to purchase tickets February 28. Click here to register.
Maximum attendance: 25 – a waitlist will be maintained
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Nyle Miigizi Johnston, who collaborated on This Place Neyaashiinigmiing with Public Studio, will present a one hour talk. He is an artist and muralist storyteller from Neyaashiinigmiing. As an Oshaabeurs (traditional helper), he has been able to incorporate teaching based on traditional knowledge. The film weaves a set of narratives about genetically modified fish, nuclear power and private hunting islands against the backdrop of the Bruce Peninsula’s unforgettable landscape. In an immersive installation of video, sound and drawings, the work examines the ongoing court case between the Saugeen Ojibway nation and the Canadian Government. Public Studio won TFVA’s Artist Prize, has received Project Support, and also presented a lecture on this topic in fall 2019.

• Transportation & Parking: There is good parking on the campus grounds. Driving time from downtown Toronto is approximately 30-45 minutes. Public transit is not recommended. Car pooling assistance will be available. The Doris McCarthy Gallery is located on the upper level of the Academic Resource Centre which is across from the Bookstore. A campus map will be sent to attendees prior to the event.
• Organized by: Gail Boire and Lauraine Dubreuil

Tour of Exhibition, A Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic, Ryerson Image Centre

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 1:00PM
Place: Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street
Entrance off Gould Street, east of Victoria St. (north of Dundas St. E)
Meet in main hall of the gallery.
Price: $10, towards a donation to the gallery. Click here to register.
Max attendance: 25 participants. A waiting list will be maintained
Accessibility: wheelchair accessible

This exhibition was inspired by an enigmatic photograph taken by American surrealist artist Man Ray. The black-and-white image captures a detail of Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (aka The Large Glass)—a 9 foot tall, freestanding glass construction—covered in dust. Taken in 1920 and later signed by both artists in 1964, the photograph of this seminal masterpiece in art history blurred the boundaries between realistic documentation and abstract photography. A Handful of Dust uses this idea as a point of departure to feature images from the last 100 years, focusing on the visual representation of dust in photography, both as an element of the everyday and as poetic allegory. Suggesting photography’s ability to highlight quotidian details through the unlikeliest imagery, the exhibition touches on a wide range of subjects, from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction, catastrophic events and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics. In addition to images by Man Ray and Duchamp, the exhibition showcases some 100 works by over 30 artists and photographers including Walker Evans, Edward Ruscha, Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber and Canadians, Jeff Wall, Robert Burley and Scott McFarland, alongside anonymous press photographs, postcards, and magazine spreads.

The exhibition has been shown in Paris, London, New York, California, and Vancouver. It will travel to Taipei following its appearance in Toronto.

The tour will be conducted by Susan Devins, RIC docent and proposed TFVA member.

Parking: There is a Ryerson U parking lot entered on the west side of Victoria St. just north of Dundas St E and a Green P parking lot on the south side of Dundas Square
Public Transit: Dundas subway stop on Line 1 (Yonge St. side) within short walking distance
Food: the Balzac Café is next door, with entry from Gould St.
Organized by: Miriam Kagan,

A Guided Tour of the Exhibition, Diane Arbus: Photographs 1956-1971, Art Gallery of Ontario

Date: Wednesday, April 15
Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM
Place: Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St. W
Meet at the reception desk in front lobby.
Price: $14 for tour. No entrance charge for AGO. Last date to purchase tickets April 8. Click here to register.
Maximum Attendance: 20 – a waitlist will be maintained
Accessibility: Fully accessible and there will be permanent limited seating available in the exhibition. Extra chairs have been requested.

This exhibition is a solo chronological exhibition of the works of Diane Arbus. It will showcase 150 photographs from a landmark acquisition by the AGO of 522 gelatin silver prints, the second largest collection of the artist’s work. Arbus was fascinated by the differences in human beings and her subjects projected that—couples, children, nudists, suburban families, circus performers, celebrities and so many others. It is the gaze of the individuals in her photographs that embrace the viewer.She is one of the most significant artists of the 20thcentury. This exhibition will be a core part of the 2020 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

Parking: There is street parking on Dundas St. W. and McCaul St. and underground and above ground parking on McCaul St.
Subway: Yonge Line to St. Patrick and a short walk to the AGO along Dundas St. W
Organized by: Fern Daiter, and Judith Dickie,
Docent tour of the Exhibits of four exciting Contemporary Artists at the Power Plant Gallery

Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 1:00PM TO 2:00PM
Place: The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay W
Price: $10, towards a donation to the gallery. Last day to register is April 22. Click here to register.
Maximum Attendance: 25. A waitlist will be maintained

Accessibility: Fully accessible with elevators

We will tour the exhibitions of the following acclaimed artists whose works include photography, film, mixed media and site specific installations:

Naeem MohaiemenWhat We Found After You Left 
This exhibition is a video installation presenting four films in a rotating program, with an outer hallway containing photographs, prints, sculptures and objects related to the films. Naeem was a Guggenheim fellow who was shortlisted for the Turner prize in 2018.

Naufus Ramírez-FigueroaAsymmetries
This large mixed media exhibition includes film and photography in works from the past decade. The artist, a Canadian-Guatemalan, reveals a range of preoccupations, from conspiracy theories to bird song, as well as Guatemala’s architectural history.

Dawit L. PetrosSpazio Disponibile
This photography exhibit by Canadian artist, Dawit L. Petros, explores relationships between African histories and European modernism, investigating artistic, geographical and cultural boundaries using photography and installations. He is Assistant Professor at the Department of Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rashid JohnsonAnxious Audience
Rashid, an American artist, stages a major new site-specific installation. Entering the Clerestory, we are surrounded by two monumental tiled panels each containing an accumulation of over 100 human faces.

TTC: Take the subway to Union Station and board the 509 or 510 streetcar heading west to Harbourfront Centre. Exit your streetcar at the Queens Quay W Harbourfront Centre stop.
Parking: Underground parking is available directly in front of the gallery and above ground at Queens Quay W and Rees St. Parking is $5/30 min. or $25 daily maximum.
Lunch: Box Car Social is across the courtyard if you would like to make arrangements yourself
Organized by: Alice Court,

Special Gallery Walk opportunity in May

In lieu of the May Gallery Walk, Deenna and Lyn Segal, co-chairs of the Gallery Walk Group, have arranged for 15 tickets at a special price for the upcoming Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit.
Date: Thursday May 21
Time: 2:00PM
Place: the former Toronto Star printing plant at Yonge and Front
Price: $35
If you are interested in taking one of these tickets, please respond to Deenna directly at Deenna Sigel at After the 15 tickets are gone, it may still be be possible to join the group by purchasing a regular price ticket from the event for that date and time.
A more complete description will follow, but Deenna and Lyn wanted to make sure that people knew about the chance to see this exhibition with our group before buying individual tickets.


March Gallery Walk

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Place: Mercer Union Gallery
1286 Bloor St. W (one block east of Lansdowne Avenue, on the north side at the corner of St Clarens Avenue.
Attendance: All members welcome at no charge
Accessibility: Fully accessible

The Walk: 
We will view the spring exhibition, Bureau of Aesthetics, featuring the Native Art Department International (NADI), that presents a selection of objects, highlighting the art making process from two different communities through collaboration and cooperation.

By Car: There is a parking lot located just north of the Lansdowne TTC station on the east side of Lansdowne Avenue. This is a three-minute walk from the gallery.
By Subway: Mercer Union is located one block east of the Lansdowne TTC station on the Bloor Line. Take the Lansdowne exit and turn left, then left again onto Bloor Street.
By Bus: The Lansdowne 47 bus stops at the Lansdowne TTC station, travelling both North and South. Walk south to Bloor, turn left and walk East

If you would like to attend please contact:
Deenna Sigel at 416-486-7053 or
Lynn Sigel at 416 486-1166

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