The Gardiner is now open from Thursday - Sunday, including free weekend admission! There's plenty of space to reconnect and amazing art to discover in all corners of the Museum. Clay Restaurant is still open Tuesday - Sunday. Reservations fill up fast, so book your table early. Please read our new health and safety policies before you 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 firing up the kilns again! Join us on Sundays from 1 - 3 pm for drop in clay classes in our pottery studios. We've reduced our class sizes to allow for safe physical distancing, and instituted new health and safety protocols. Registration opens online at 10 am on the morning of the class. We can't wait to see you back in the studios!
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Part of the Gardiner Signature Lecture Series & Exhibition Programming for Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary
Online ticket sales are now closed. You can still purchase tickets at the door while quantities last. $15 General; $10 Gardiner Friends
In an era where we are again seeing the dangers of nationalism—something contemporary art has claimed to reject outright, yet unquestionably participates in—it is worthwhile to think carefully, skeptically, and curiously about this anniversary and the charged moment it will afford. Here, a cultural critic explores the problems and opportunities surrounding Canada 150: an event that could, and should, be as much about the future as the past. Includes admission to Janet Macpherson: A Canadian Bestiary.
About the speaker
David Balzer, Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art
David Balzer is a writer, editor, and teacher. He is the author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London’s 2015 Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. He has written about art and culture for The Guardian, Modern Painters, Artforum, The Globe and Mail and others, and was the recipient of the 2015 International Award for Art Criticism. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art magazine, and lives in Toronto.
Image: Amy Malbeuf, Unbodied Rebirth, 2011, Performance documentation. Photographer: Dayna Danger, Courtesy of Canadian Art Magazine.
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