Wednesday, July 4, 2012

1812 - 2012: A Contemporary Perspective

Over the course of the past month, the city of Toronto and its various arts and cultural institutions have focused on presenting a series of events in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. From a free concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to a light show on the CN Tower to a 200-tent art installation and multiple free concerts at Fort York National Historic Site; a diverse mix of historic and contemporary events have been staged across the downtown core.
With the majority of events occurring in mid-June and Canada day now passed, here is a last chance opportunity to still check out one such event - an exhibition of five artists that responds to and explores themes surrounding the War of 1812. This exhibition, at York Quay Gallery will be open until Sunday, July 15th. Here is an interview with curator Pat Macaulay and a brief excerpt on the show.

1812 - 2012: A Contemporary Perspective

Time passes slowly. How we remember and how we understand the past is always in question. This exhibition invites five contemporary artists to explore the War of 1812 through its historical complexities and bring forward a contemporary perspective. These artists are both emerging and established and work in a variety of materials (sculpture, video, photography, installation and textiles).

Participating artists: Thea Haines, Keesic Douglas, Meryl McMaster, Mark Kasumovic, Robert Hengeveld
Curated by Patrick Macaulay.

Produced in partnership with City of Toronto, Museum Services, as part of a citywide programme for the Bicentennial Commemoration of The War of 1812.

Robert Hengeveld - dead or alive

Keesic Douglas - Warrior's Path- marking the trail

Thea Haines - Field Dress


Meryl McMaster - becoming Laura

Mark Kasumovic

1 comment:

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    Thanks so much,