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.
Please note: This exhibition has been extended until January 13.
Part of New + Now
Toronto-born artist David R. Harper presents a museum-wide installation inspired by the twelve signs of the zodiac. This original work was commissioned as part of New + Now, an annual celebration of emerging artists and contemporary ceramics, nationally and internationally.
The installation will be revealed at the New + Now Gala on November 15.
About the Artist
David R. Harper (b. Toronto, Canada) completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Sculpture before pursuing an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has held solo exhibitions in Canada and the United States, and exhibited in group shows at the National Gallery of Canada, MASS MoCA, and the Gardiner Museum. Harper’s work is in many permanent collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation of Los Angeles.
About New + Now
Our annual 12 Trees fundraiser has evolved into New + Now, a celebration of emerging artists and Canadian and international ceramics. As one of the world’s only museums dedicated to ceramics, the Gardiner is committed to championing clay and supporting up-and-coming as well as established artists working in the medium.
New + Now features the launch of an International Ceramic Art Exposition and a museum-wide installation by Canadian ceramist David R. Harper, kicking off with the New + Now Gala in support of our clay education and outreach programs, and special exhibitions throughout the year.
Education & Outreach Partners
Rosemary Phelan, The Langar Foundation
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
The Thor E and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation
Emerging Artist Supporters
Susan Crocker and John Hunkin
Header image: Courtesy of David R. Harper. Photo by Rich Maciejewski.
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