Opening Reception Thursday, March 19, 5 - 9 pm
Artist and Curator’s Talk with Laura Belém and Earl Miller 7 pm
FREE shuttle bus to DMG departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm
University of Toronto Galleries Bus Tour Sunday, March 22, 12 - 5 pm
Starting at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (7 Hart House Circle), FREE bus departs to the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Blackwood Gallery and returns to the Eric Arthur Gallery. Seats are limited. To reserve, contact DMG at 416.287.7007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist’s Talk with Anitra Hamilton Monday, March 23, 3 pm
Room AA204, Arts & Admin Building, UTSC
Contemporary Art Bus Tour Sunday, April 26, 12 - 5 pm
Artist and Curator’s Talk with Mike Hansen and Earl Miller 4 pm at DMG
Following a tour of the Koffler Gallery’s off-site project at Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul St.), FREE bus departs to the Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Seats are limited. To reserve, contact AGYU at 416.736.2100 ext. 44021 or email@example.com.
Meeting point features internationally recognized contemporary artists whose works construct or metaphorically imply a range of social relationships between two people - intimacy, disagreement, love, friendship and competition, to name a few. This art encourages direct social interrelation, subjective experiences and ensuing narratives that are sometimes personal and always point to real life.
From Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s Fucked Up Lover (2001), in which conversations about compilation tapes are remarkably revealing of couples’ relationships, to Laura Belém’s Diplomatic Talks (2009), where paired heads of coins from different countries set up an imagined dialogue that may either be diplomatic or intimate, the works in Meeting Point represent a reconstructive, hopeful experimentation by artists frustrated by art of all kinds remaining discrete from social contexts.
In this way, Meeting Point offers an optimistic angle for current artistic debate. The exhibition brings together major works by Canadian and international artists who has previously shown in the Venice, Lyon, Havana, and São Paulo biennials. In addition, their work has been exhibited at the Carnegie International, ICA London, the Barbican, and the Palais de Tokyo. Despite such exposure, many of these works will be new to Canadian audiences, particularly those of the included artists from Brazil.