We've reopened with modified summer hours and free admission on weekends! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Please read our new health and safety policies before your visit.
From sticky to crusty, pliable to powdery, and shaped to shapeless, clay’s ability to transform in real time is prompting a new generation of artists to explore the possibilities of this ancient material. RAW features new work by four artists who are pushing boundaries with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. See it now!
We're excited to introduce Clay Date, a new online art fundraiser in support of the Gardiner Museum and inspired by the special exhibition RAW. Presented by the Young Patron Circle's SMASH Committee, Clay Date will virtually unite a community of art enthusiasts and cultural philanthropists for an evening with artist Habiba El-Sayed.
Every object in our permanent collection can be accessed through our eMuseum portal. Learn about individual collecting areas, like Italian Maiolica or Modern and Contemporary Ceramics, or search the full collection by keyword. You'll be amazed by what you discover!
As we begin to welcome visitors back to the Gardiner, we need your support to continue offering innovative and engaging exhibitions, programs, and community projects on site and online. Make a donation and help us build community with clay.
Online ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 pm.
$10 General / $8 Gardiner Friends, Pleasure Dome Members, Students
Co-presented by Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery, Pleasure Dome, and Gardiner Museum
Please note: Students can use the coupon code “studenteyeblink” to receive a 20% discount on tickets. Student IDs will be checked at the door.
In support of the Gardiner Museum’s exhibition YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED, Eyeblink is a three-part monthly screening and performance series that draws inspiration from Ono’s 1960s and 1970s filmmaking.
8 pm: Doors open
9 pm: Event starts
In her written instructions for her 1970 film Fly, Ono characterizes the film as, “about a fly going from the toe to the head of a naked body, crawling very slowly.” The conflict between voyeurism and empathy play a central role in Ono’s Freedom and Fly (both 1970), where female bodies are shown in positions of prolonged discomfort, invoking a mixed response from viewers of lust, revulsion, anger, and a shared unease.
This co-presentation with Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery, Pleasure Dome and the Gardiner Museum is inspired by the underlying feelings of rage and empathy witnessed by the audience in Freedom and Fly.
In the Gardiner’s lobby, Pleasure Dome will screen Frances Leeming’s iconic The Orientation Express in an installation format. Her pop art animations are hitched to a feminist train of unending wit and corporate takedowns.
Upstairs, YTB Gallery has devised Smash The Patriarchy; a party engaging with enragement. Partygoers are encouraged to scream, shout, dance wildly and support each other’s righteous anger at the patriarchy. The party includes performances by Ronnie Clarke and Annie Wong which explore rage, empathy, and in the case of Wong’s We’re Winning So No Comment, multiple perspectives on intersectional feminism. Films by Kelsey Whyte depict the hellish discomfort of the model/actress in a dystopian photo shoot that invoke similar sensations of unease as in Ono’s films. These artworks spark outrage, but also encourage empathy and listening between different experiences and forms of oppression within feminism, and encourage conversation about how feminism has changed since Ono’s films were released in the 1970s.
Admission includes entry to YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED.
Younger Than Beyoncé (YTB) Gallery is a nomadic, D.I.Y. gallery for emergent and experimental art practices. YTB provides discursive space for critical conversations and risk-taking through new configurations of audience, artists, and community.
Pleasure Dome is an artist-run exhibition collective dedicated to the presentation of artist’s movies. Since the fall of 1989, PD’s porous board structure has ensured a shape-shifting openness to new artists, forgotten histories, and fringe presentation models. We have published books, posters and zines, organized tours, made zillions of studio visits and partnered with orgs the size of small asteroids and others that require specialized science gear just to pick them out of the landscape. We believe in artists first, the voice of the artist, the payment of artists. Everything else follows from that.
Header image: Still from a Kelsey Whyte work. Image courtesy of the artist / YTB.
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