The Gardiner is thrilled to announce the launch of CLAY, an original in-house restaurant offering seasonal menus of fresh, local fare in collaboration with The Food Dudes.
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, and one of China’s most formidable critics. Ai Weiwei: Unbroken features a selection of the artist's most iconic ceramics, and marks the international debut of new work. Opens February 28!
Drawing from the Gardiner’s own collection and artist Ai Weiwei’s practice in traditional Chinese craft, Dr. Maris Boyd Gillette explores how Jingdezhen porcelain has inspired ceramists to create, copy, and counterfeit its glories.
The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
Everyone can love clay! Become a Friend at one of the world’s great specialty museums and enjoy the benefits, including unlimited admission, invitations to exhibition previews and special events, discounts on lectures and clay classes, and more.
Co-presented with Ken Moffatt, The Jack Layton Chair, and Melanie Panitch, The Director of The Office of Social Innovation, Ryerson University
Inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken, this unique series in collaboration with Ryerson University will transform the exhibition into a site for social action. Four interdisciplinary workshops, focused on documentary media, spoken word, performance, and online journalism, will be offered free with registration. These workshops, co-led by artists, facilitators, and writers, will activate the exhibition by connecting its themes to the practice of public citizenship.
March 5: Embodied Narratives
March 19: Documenting Dissent
April 2: Fake News
April 16: Extreme Music Therapy
June 4: AWW Free School Final: 6/4/89
6:30 – 7:30 pm: In-gallery workshop with Carla Gillis
7:30 pm: Doors open for metal show
8 – 10 pm: Metal show
When Ai Weiwei was released from his detainment by the Chinese government in 2011, he put out the self-proclaimed heavy metal single “Dumbass” as “a kind of self-therapy” to help him deal with the traumatic experience of being held in detention by the state. With this in mind, writer, musician, and therapist-in-training Carla Gillis facilitates an in-gallery heavy metal listening exercise, followed by metal show featuring angry queer gloom cult Vile Creature; author, activist, and musician Chris colohan (sect/cursed/burning love); and more.
Carla Gillis is a writer, musician and therapist-in-training in Toronto. She is a former music editor and ongoing contributor at Toronto’s urban weekly, NOW Magazine. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and is a senior student at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy. Raised in Halifax, she grew up on her older sisters’ heavy metal and classic rock record collections, and began playing in bands as a teen in the 90s. In addition to building a private therapy practice, she continues to write, record and perform music, currently in the heavy rock band Overnight with her sister, and is at work on a book that draws from her experiences touring Canada as a teenager in the Halifax indie band Plumtree.
About the exhibition
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential artists and human rights activists, as well as one of China’s most formidable critics. Known for smashing conventions—and ceramics—with iconic works like Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, he upends the cultural traditions and materials of his native China.
This highly-anticipated and timely exhibition explores the breaking of boundaries, both physical and symbolic, and considers how the artist’s ceramic works form a basis for his ongoing exploration of urgent social justice themes, including immigration, freedom of speech, and the repression of dissent. Learn more
PHIL LIND & ELLEN ROLAND
THE ROONEY FAMILY FOUNDATION
ELEANOR & FRANCIS SHEN
AWW Free School Partners
Photo: Barry Douglas
111 Queen's Park
Canada, M5S 2C7