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Up To and Including Their Limits

Thu February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Only 100 tickets will be sold!

General admission: $25 or $10 (students/artists/arts workers/unemployed/underemployed)
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Join us for the world premiere of a new performance work titled Up To and Including Their Limits by the internationally-acclaimed artist Cassils . Known for testing the limits of physical endurance, Cassils’ provocative and often startling work centres narratives of trans and non-binary visibility within a complex visual world.

In this newly-commissioned work, Cassils pays homage to the late feminist icon Carolee Schneemann, using raw clay to reimagine her historic performance piece Up To and Including Her Limits (1971-76) from a trans non-binary perspective.

Suspended from a harness in a plexiglass box with walls covered in thick raw clay, Cassils will launch themselves back and forth, clawing, swinging at the walls, and hurling chunks of clay to the floor. As they remove patches of clay, Cassils will create “windows” through which the audience can watch the artist in action.

The remnants of Cassils’ performance, including the plexiglass structure, harness, and clay mound, will remain on view alongside video documentation of the piece as part of the exhibition RAW, opening March 5.

If you have any accessibility questions or requests related to the performance, please contact Nahed Mansour, Senior Manager, Programs at 416.408.5061 or nahedm@gardinermuseum.com.

About the artist
Cassils is a visual artist working in performance, film, sound, sculpture, and photography. They have achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. It is with sweat, blood, and sinew that Cassils constructs visual critique around ideologies and histories. Cassils is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, Creative Capital Award, and numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the exhibition

In recent years, artists have begun exploring the medium of unfired clay in startlingly new and original ways. From sticky and wet to dry and powdery, raw clay has the power to transform its physical state while transmitting deep connections to primal themes like the land, sentience, the body, and memory. RAW features four new installations by leading artists working with unfired clay: Cassils, Magdolene Dykstra, Azza El Siddique, and Linda Swanson. Learn more

Co-Presenting Sponsors

Kim Spencer McPhee Barristers PC; The Rooney Family Foundation

Header image: Cassils, Becoming An Image Performance Still (National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London), 2013. Photo by Cassils with Manuel Vason ( 22 x 30 inches)