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Wherever possible, the DMG records our events and offers the videos or audio for download or streaming. Publishing artist’s talks, performances, curator’s talks and panel discussions to the web allows access to our programming to a broad audience.

LECTURE
Assistant Professor Karina Vernon, Department of English
Black Canadian Literature and the Aesthetics of Spatial Justice
March 8, 2017

Heather Hart’s Northern Oracle, with its evocation of the uncanny house that is not one, gives shape to the central preoccupation of black Canadian literature with the problem of spatial justice. Black writers turn time and again to the metaphor of the unsafe house to relate and rework the histories of slavery, colonialism, forced removal and erasure that have left black Canada spatially vulnerable—in a home that is not one. This talk offers a tour through some literary homes for blackness from Halifax to Winnipeg in order to trace a black Canadian aesthetics of spatial justice.

LECTURE
Associate Professor Tanya Mars, Department of Arts, Culture & Media
Persona and Costume in Contemporary Art
November 23, 2016

Renowned Canadian feminist performance artist, and U of T Scarborough faculty member, Tanya Mars discusses the role of persona and costume in contemporary art practice and how this artistic strategy relates to the work of DMG exhibiting artist Meryl McMaster.

CURATORIAL LECTURE
Amanda Cachia
October 8, 2015

The curator of The Flesh of the World Amanda Cachia presents a lecture regarding this ambitious exhibition, which showcases the work of twenty-four Canadian and international artists in conjunction with the PanAm and ParaPanAm Games held in Toronto. The curatorial lecture contextualizes the exhibition within Cachia's broader curatorial practice and dissertation research, which has focused on representations and intersections of the disabled body and phenomenology in contemporary art over the past five years.

ARTIST TALK
Janet Werner
March 4, 2015

Janet Werner speaks about her practice - her inspiration, sources and approach to painting.

PANEL DISCUSSION
Seika Boye, Brendan Fernandes, Jacob Korczynski, taisha paggett
Experimental Dance: Histories, Politics and Presence
February 9, 2015

TEMPERAMENTAL artists Brendan Fernandes and taisha paggett, independant curator Jacob Korczynski and dance scholar/choreographer Seika Boye discuss their experiences working in the dance community, the intersection of dance and contemporary art, and issues around labour, dance culture and audience. Moderated by TEMPERAMENTAL curator Erin Silver.

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AUDIO GUIDE
lois andison: relay

Lois Andison speaks to the production and key concerns in each of the works in her solo exhibition, relay.

AUDIO GUIDE
Wafaa Bilal: 3rdi

Wafaa Bilal speaks about the process and inspiration for the 3rdi project, and the themes explored in the work.

PODCAST
Doris McCarthy's Canada

A six-part video series on the life and work of celebrated artist and gallery namesake Doris McCarthy. Features an introductory biography, followed by an analysis of her time spent in five areas of the country: the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, the West and the North.

LECTURE
Morgan Mavis, Contemporary Zoological Conservatory
Culture Cloaked in Skins
March 6, 2013

Morgan Mavis explores the evolution of taxidermy, from its roots as noblemen's trinkets to its prevalence in trendy consumer culture. 

BEHIND THE SCENES
David R. Harper installation

In this timelapse video, watch David R. Harper install the sculpture To Remind, or to Warn (2012).

AUDIO GUIDE
David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup

David R. Harper speaks about each of the pieces in Entre le chien et loup, providing insight into his process and the references he makes in the work.

LECTURE
Professor Steve Joordens, Department of Psychology

The Psychology of Memory
January 17, 2013

Award-winning University of Toronto Professor Steve Joordens spoke to the themes of memory, recollection and nostalgia found in Souvenir involontaire.

AUDIO GUIDE
Melanie Rocan: Souvenir involontaire

Mélanie Rocan highlights ten paintings and speaks more broadly to process and themes in the works in the exhibition.

PERFORMANCE
RIta McKeough: The Lion's Share Performance

October 4, 2012

Documentation of a performance by Rita McKeough, as the Lion's Share Diner chef.

ARTIST TALK
Jay Wilson
March 5, 2012

Toronto-based artist, designer and educator Jay Wilson speaks about his design and art practices, which are a mix of conceptual considerations and play.

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS
The "C" Word artists

As part of The "C" Word, curator Richard Mongiat interviewed each of the exhibiting artists, asking them to consider the role of craft in their practice.

ARTIST TALK
Gordon Monahan

March 2, 2011

Internationally renowned multimedia artist and musician Gordon Monahan discusses his practice over the last thirty years, supported by video documentation. Co-presented by the DMG and Visual & Performing Arts: Studio program.

ARTIST TALK
Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge
October 19, 2010

Artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge discuss their practice, collaborating with trade unions and communitity organizations in the production of their staged photographic work over the past 25 years. October 19, 2010

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LECTURE
Professor John M Kennedy, Department of Pyschology
Understanding pictures in vision and touch: Lines, perspectives and metaphors from cave art to the present

March 16, 2010

Professor Kennedy shares his research, asking if it is possible for lines to work as pictures in touch, for the blind. Through examples of work by a blind artist, he discusses how deliberate disobedience of realism can create highly successful pictorial metaphors.

ARTIST TALK
Peter Mulcair, Jordan Stone, Joey DAMMIT! and Henry Banger Benvenuti

Revelations
March 9, 2010

Four artists – members of Workman Arts, a professional arts company working in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – discuss their practice in the context of mental illness and addiction.

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LECTURE & FILM SCREENING
Chris Landreth

March 8, 2010

The Academy Award-winning filmmaker discusses his work and screens animated short films Ryan and The Spine.

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LECTURE
Professor Rick Halpern, U of T Scarborough Dean and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Hellhound on My Trail: Black Life in the Mississippi Delta through the Blues

February 3, 2010

American history specialist Dean Halpern illustrates the history of the Deep South through music by blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Ma Rainey and Robert Johnson.

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ARTIST TALK
Liz Magor

September 29, 2009

One of Canada's best known artists, Liz Magor discusses her celebrated art practice.

PANEL DISCUSSION
Louis Grachos, David Moos, Jessica Stockholder
3 Perspectives on Contemporary Abstraction
February 13, 2008

Curators Louis Grachos and David Moos, and artist Jessica Stockholder present and discuss ideas about contemporary abstraction.