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May 2018


Sunday, May 27
Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 5 pm
Space limited, registration required: may-art-bus.eventbrite.ca

Tour starts at Koffler Gallery (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and departs for Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Guided tours or artist/curator talks will be offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with With an instinct for justice


Friday, May 18
Curatorial Talk by Noa Bronstein
3:30 - 4:30 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough

Curator Noa Bronstein delivers a talk about the exhibition With an instinct for justice, featuring work by Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen. This talk is part of the conference Debt of History, organized by the Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough. Open to the public.


Saturday, May 5
With an instinct for justice Opening Reception
2 - 5 pm
Artists & curator talk 3 pm
Free shuttle bus from OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 1:30 pm, returning at 4:30 pm, first come, first served

We are celebrating the opening of With an instinct for justice with a public reception and casual talk/exhibition tour by artists Shadi Harouni and Elise Rasmussen, and curator Noa Bronstein.


Wednesday, May 2
House(hold) Opening Reception
6 - 8 pm
Cedar Ridge Gallery (225 Confederation Drive)
Co-presented by the DMG and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Join us to celebrate the fifth annual U of T Scarborough student exhibition at Cedar Ridge Gallery, with the student curators and many of the student artists in attendance.

April 2018


Friday, April 20
of fiction and faction Opening Reception
6 - 9 pm

Tiffany Schofield, Canadian artist and co-founder of Y+ contemporary, an artist-run space located in Scarborough, presents her York University Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition at the DMG, marking the opening with a public reception.


Saturday, April 7
Slavery, Race & Representation: Charmaine A. Nelson and Andrew Hunter in Conversation
2 - 3:30 pm
Space limited, registration recommended: https://nelson-hunter-conversation.eventbrite.ca
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 1 pm, to return at 4:30 pm

Charmaine A. Nelson -- currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017-18) -- will present her recent research on fugitive slaves in Canada and discuss its role in understanding the experiences of Black communities in the 18th and 19th centuries, living in the regions that became Canada. This will be followed by a conversation between Nelson and Andrew Hunter, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph, around the visual culture of slavery, race and representation and how it is being addressed by galleries and museums in Canada.

Presented in conjunction with The Slave's Lament


Monday, April 2
Technical Art History Introductory Workshop
1 - 3pm
Co-presented by the Art History Program, Chemistry Program & DMG
Space limited, registration required: https://tah-workshop-april2018.eventbrite.ca

Calling all arts and science students and enthusiasts! Attend this technical art history workshop to learn more about the role of conservation in technical art history, led by conservator Margaret Haupt. Free, all are welcome.

March 2018


Thursday, March 29
The Slave's Lament Drop-in Discussion
12:30 - 2 pm
Exhibition tour at 1 pm
Food & refreshments provided

Join us at the DMG to learn about and discuss our current exhibition Graham Fagen: The Slave’s Lament. DMG Director/Curator Ann MacDonald will lead an exhibition tour at 1 pm. This exhibition, which questions ideas of nationalism and identity through addressing Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade, offers the opportunity for profound conversation around complicity, allyship, race, representation and more. We are looking forward to having these conversations with our community. Food and refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, March 13
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jimmy Limit
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP: vat-jimmylimit.eventbrite.ca

St. Catharines-based artist Jimmy Limit uses photography to explore the tension between image and object. Adopting the language of commercial photography and advertising he creates highly graphic compositions that are both familiar and strangely illegible, causing the viewer to question the motives of the imagery.


Wednesday, March 7
Performance & Conversation with Ghetto Priest
5 - 6 pm
AA303, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Presented in conjunction with the Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Studio program, Department of Arts, Culture & Media

UK-based reggae artist Ghetto Priest sits down with DMG Director/Curator Ann MacDonald to have a short conversation about Robbie Burns, cultural blending, his collaborative relationship with Graham Fagen and the current DMG exhibition The Slave's Lament. Following the talk, Ghetto Priest will perform several songs from his new album Every Man for Every Man.

This program is free and all are welcome! Presented in conjunction with the Studio program's Annual Juried Student Exhibition -- all are invited to celebrate the work of U of T Scarborough's best and brightest young artists at the public reception and awards ceremony, taking place after Ghetto Priest's performance, at 6 pm.

Born and raised in the east end of London to Afro-Caribbean parents, Ghetto Priest has been captivating audiences with his powerful vocals and magnetic stage presence over the past three decades. He honed his vocal talents and artistic persona around the sound system dances of the early 1980s, before beginning his illustrious recording career. In 2004, Ghetto Priest released Vulture Cuture, his critically acclaimed debut album with producer Adrian Sherwood (On U Sound). He then went on to record lead vocals for dub/punk/rock outfit Asian Dub Foundation, touring the globe as the front man of the group. With a raw energy and spirit unmatched by many artists of his generation, he constantly pushes at the boundaries of roots music; his style strongly maintaining the essence of his Jamaican heritage.

Presented in conjunction with The Slave's Lament


Sunday, March 4
Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 5 pm
Space limited, registration required: march-art-bus.eventbrite.ca

Tour starts at Koffler Gallery (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and departs for Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Guided tours or artist/curator talks will be offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with The Slave's Lament

February 2018


Tuesday, February 27
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Erika DeFreitas
1 - 2 pm
AA303, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP: vat-erikadefreitas.eventbrite.ca

Erika DeFreitas is a Scarborough-based multidisciplinary artist. Placing an emphasis on process, gesture and documentation, she explores the influence of language, loss and post-memory formations of identity, with the use of textile-based works and actions.


Monday, February 12
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Graham Fagen
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Adminstration Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP: vat-grahamfagen.eventbrite.ca

Graham Fagen is one of the most influential artists working in Scotland today. His work mixes media and crosses continents, combining video, performance, photography and sculpture with text, live music and plants.

Presented in conjunction with The Slave's Lament


Saturday, February 10
The Slave's Lament Opening Reception
2 - 5 pm
Exhibition tour by Graham Fagen & Louise Déry 3 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 1:30 pm, first come, first served

We are celebrating the opening of Graham Fagen's solo exhibition The Slave's Lament with a public reception and casual exhibition walkthrough with the artist and curator Louise Déry (Directrice, Galerie de l'UQAM).

January 2018


January 13 & January 27/28
Ceramics Barrel Firing Workshop with Pierre Aupilardjuk & Shary Boyle

U of T Scarborough & Fool's Paradise
$250 including materials, shuttle bus & food ($150 for U of T Scarborough students)
Space is limited, spots were assigned by lottery on Friday, December 22 and the workshop is now full. To be added to the waitlist, see: barrel-firing-workshop.eventbrite.ca

In this incredible hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will have the opportunity to create a ceramic sculpture and finish it by barrel firing — a process where ceramic pieces are coloured and marked by smoke — under the instruction of artists Pierre Aupilardjuk (Rankin Inlet) and Shary Boyle (Toronto). All materials will be provided. Participants must be over the age of 16.

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DAY 1
Saturday, January 13, 10 am - 4 pm
AA304, Arts & Administration Building
University of Toronto Scarborough (1265 Military Trail)

Return shuttle bus provided from St. George station

Participants will work with artist Shary Boyle in the studio to create a simple ceramic sculpture. All materials will be supplied. The day includes lunch and an exhibition tour of Earthlings at the Doris McCarthy Gallery: www.utsc.utoronto.ca/dmg/html/exhibitions/earthlings.html.

DAY 2
Saturday, January 27, 3 - 7 pm
Fool’s Paradise (1 Meadowcliffe Drive)

Return shuttle bus provided from St. George station

Atop the Scarborough Bluffs, on the property at Fool’s Paradise — the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy, now an artist residency run by Ontario Heritage Trust — participants will learn the basics of barrel firing with Aupilardjuk and Boyle, packing the barrel with the ceramics and beginning the burning process. The day will wrap up with dinner (inside!)

DAY 3 (optional)
Sunday, January 28, 10 am - 12 pm
Fool’s Paradise (1 Meadowcliffe Drive)

Interested participants are welcome to join artists at Fool’s Paradise to help unpack the barrel, and pick up their finished work! Those who choose not to attend this third day can pick up their work at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at a later date.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

Saturday, January 27
Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk
12 - 12:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul Street) at 11 am, first come, first served

We’re marking the last day of Earthlings with a casual exhibition tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk — he will speak to his work and the collaborative process that runs through so much of the exhibition. Get on the bus and don’t miss this remarkable show!

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

Wednesday, January 24
Earthlings Catalogue Launch
6 - 8 pm
shopAGO at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
Organized by Esker Foundation in partnership with the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Join us to celebrate the launch of the beautiful Earthlings publication, with artists Pierre Aupilardjuk and Shary Boyle in attendance! Elegantly designed in large-format with over eighty colour illustrations, the publication includes texts in Inuktitut, French and English by Shary Boyle, Heather Igloliorte, Naomi Potter, and Shauna Thompson and is co-published by Esker Foundation, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Galerie de l’UQAM, and Nanaimo Art Gallery.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

Tuesday, January 23
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Lyla Rye
1 - 2 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media
RSVP: vat-lylarye.eventbrite.ca

Lyla Rye is a Toronto-based artist with a background in architecture. She works in installation, sculpture, video and photography to explore and create encounters with architectual space that envelop the viewer.

Thursday, January 18
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Shary Boyle
1 - 2 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Shary Boyle works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Collected and exhibited internationally, Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2017 her sculptures were featured at South Korea’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, and in the Phaidon, UK publication Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. Boyle’s first public art commission will be installed Spring 2018 on the front grounds of the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

December 2017

Saturday, December 9
Introductory Ceramics Workshops
9 am - 12 pm & 1 - 4 pm
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
225 Confederation Drive, Scarborough
Space limited, registration required: https://ceramics-workshop.eventbrite.ca

Two sessions are being offered of this free half-day workshop, held in the professional ceramics studio at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. Participants will learn basic hand-building techniques and experience the unique qualities of clay. Each participant will create a small sculpture that will be fired and available for pick up at the Doris McCarthy Gallery after the workshop. No experience is required and all materials will be provided. Participants must be over the age of 16.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is excited to work with Cedar Ridge Creative Centre to offer this off-site workshop. Run by the City of Toronto, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is an art centre and gallery located in a historic mansion in one of Scarborough's underserved communities -- Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park. The arts education and engagement opportunities offered by Cedar Ridge enhance the livability and prosperity of the Scarborough community.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

November 2017

Thursday, November 23
Ceramics and Other Outliers in Inuit Art
Lecture by Dr. Heather Igloliorte
7 - 8 pm
Co-presented with the Inuit Art Foundation
Space limited, registration required: https://inuit-art-lecture.eventbrite.ca
Free shuttle bus available from OCAD U (100 McCaul St), departing at 5:30 pm

In this free, public lecture Dr. Heather Igloliorte examines the history of modern and contemporary Inuit art by investigating how artistic innovation and interventions have changed and expanded the field of production. Examining works that break from convention from the mid-twentieth century to the present, Igloliorte will discuss the history of Inuit art as one of constant renewal, reexamination, and creativity.

Presented in conjunction with Earthlings

Thursday, November 16
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Greg Staats
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Greg Staats is a Toronto artist who works in photography, performance, video installation, and sculpture. His practice is engaged in an ongoing process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal.

Thursday, November 9
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Catherine Telford-Keogh
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG, Department of Arts, Culture & Media and U of T Scarborough Women & Trans Centre

Catherine Telford-Keogh is a Toronto artist whose work examines the visual and material language of objects and their relationship to the body through sculpture and video.

Sunday, November 5
Earthlings Opening Reception
2 - 5 pm
Exhibition tour by curators Shary Boyle & Shauna Thompson 3 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St.) at 1:30 pm, to return at 4:30 pm. First come, first served.

October 2017

Tuesday, October 31
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Rachel MacFarlane
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Rachel MacFarlane is an artist who works primarily in painting, collage, and digital animation. Her work responds to issues of place, simulation and memory.

Sunday, October 22
Artist Talk by Duorama
3:45 pm

Ed Johnson of Duorama delivered a talk about the artist team's work in Unsettling. Please note the exact timing of the talk is dependant on the arrival of the bus tour. All are welcome!

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Sunday, October 22
Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 5 pm
Space limited. RSVP to scarte@yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext. 44021.

Tour starts at Koffler Gallery (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and departs for Art Gallery of York University, Varley Art Gallery and DMG. Guided tours or talks will be offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Thursday, October 19
Strain to Absorb
Pigment Workshop
with Lisa Myers and Shored Up Collective
10 am - 1 pm
Space limited. To register, see EVENTBRITE.

This free workshop will explore the pigments in plants and fruit from areas around Scarborough that have oral and/or written Indigenous histories -- histories often not as widely known. Using these colours, participants will create inks for printmaking and painting. No previous experience necessary, all materials will be supplied.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Tuesday, October 17
My City My Six: home/place Public Reception with RISE
6 - 8 pm
Co-presented by the DMG and Scarborough Arts

Join us for the public reception of home/place and a series of performances curated by RISE Edutainment! This event is free and all are welcome! The exhibition takes place in the University of Toronto Scarborough Instructional Centre Vitrines, located in the atrium of the Instructional Centre Building.

home/place is an exhibition of twelve stories written by Scarborough residents presented alongside artwork from the University of Toronto Scarborough Collection. The composition of stories presents diverse narratives of Canadians, whether Indigenous or immigrant, first, second, third generation and beyond.

My City My Six is a public art project revealing Toronto and its residents in acknowledgement of Canada 150, six words at a time. From January through May 2017, the My City My Six project asked Torontonians of all ages and backgrounds to share something essential about themselves in six words. This project is led by Toronto Arts and Culture in collaboration with the city's six local arts service organizations (Arts Etobicoke, East End Arts, Lakeshore Arts, North York Arts, Scarborough Arts and UrbanArts). For more information and a listing of additional My City My Six exhibitions please visit SCARBOROUGH ARTS WEBSITE.

Sunday, October 15
Fool's Paradise Guided Tour
2 - 4 pm
Co-presented by the DMG and Ontario Heritage Trust
Space limited. To RSVP, see EVENTBRITE.

Join us for a guided tour of Fool's Paradise, the former home and studio of Doris McCarthy. Explore the artist's studio, high vaulted living room, and picturesque views of of the Scarborough Bluffs overlooking Lake Ontario while learning about the artist's life as an artist, writer and educator. Doris McCarthy inspired refreshments will be served.

Saturday, October 7
Scarborough Mycological Foray
11 am - 2 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 10 am, returning at 2 pm, first come, first served

This informal, family-friendly mushroom-gathering foray in the Highland Creek Ravine at the University of Toronto Scarborough will provide opportunity for participants to collect and study wild mushrooms and enjoy nature.

The walk will begin from the Doris McCarthy Gallery promptly at 11 am and will go forward rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch — light snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

Please dress for the weather, wearing good walking shoes and pants you can tuck socks into (for avoiding scratches/insect bites if going off path). It's recommended that you bring a basket in which to collect the mushrooms, and a folding pocket knife to cut them. Additional recommendations can be found on the website of the Mycological Society of Toronto.

This program is part of Outdoor School, an ongoing series of artistic and educational activities by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell and various community collaborators.

September 2017

Thursday, September 28
Crossing Scarborough: Nation, Migration & Place-Making between the TRC and the 150
9 am - 4 pm
IC318, Instructional Centre, U of T Scarborough
Convened by Professors Paloma Villegas and Patricia Landolt (Department of Sociology) and presented in partnership with the DMG

This public workshop brings together scholars in the fields of transnational migration, the law and Indigeneity to develop an agenda of education for reconciliation focused on questions of migration, im/mobility and belonging.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Tuesday, September 26
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Chih-Chien Wang
1 - 2 pm
AA304, Arts & Admin Building, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Chih-Chien Wang is a Taiwanese-born, Montreal-based artist whose practice is dedicated to a process of approaching individual perceptions of reality through consideration of the construction of language, meaning, identity, memory and emotion, and examination of the exercise of art making. His work uses photography, video, objects or texts, at times integrating performance and sound. Wang’s recent solo exhibitions could be seen at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2016) the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2015), the Darling Foundry in Montreal (2015), Expression in Saint-Hyacinthe (2014), the Musée régional de Rimouski (2013) and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2012), and he has been included in group exhibitions, including the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, The Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery in Montreal, Zenith Gallery in Beijing, Aperture in New York, Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne Switzerland.

Tuesday, September 26
Jumblies Theatre Talking Treaties audio gallery
10 am - 4 pm
Co-presented by the DMG, Department of Sociology and ARTSIDEOUT

The Talking Treaties audio gallery is a series of listening stations featuring interviews with artists and academics in response to treaty-related questions, reworked into thematic audio works by artists LAL (Rosina Kazi and Nic Murray), Adrienne Marcus Raja, Alaska B and Ange Loft. The works, which each run about five minutes, explore issues around Toronto land and Indigenous history, acknowledgment, urban treaty and underhanded treaty processes. Accompanying the gallery is a self-directed response activity, inviting listeners to create found poems from interview transcripts. All are welcome to participate, drop in at any point during the day!

The audio gallery is a component of the larger Talking Treaties project, developed by Jumblies Theatre. This durational, participatory multi-arts project artfully shares local Indigenous knowledge and awareness. Talking Treaties furthers Jumblies’ community-engaged initiative to learn and express Toronto’s still little-known Indigenous history.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Sunday, September 24
Art Walk & Talk
Guided Walk of Guild Park & Gardens
2 - 3:30 pm
201 Guildwood Parkway
Artist Talk by Duorama at the DMG 4:15 pm
Free shuttle bus between the DMG and Guild Park. Space limited, first come, first served.

Join us to learn more about the fascinating history of Guild Park & Gardens and its connection to the DMG's exhibition Unsettling! This program begins at Guild Park with a guided tour led by curator Bojana Videkanic and John Mason of Friends of Guild Park. The tour will focus on the site's public art and unique architectural features, and its role in the development of Unsettling. Following the tour, participants can take a shuttle bus to the Doris McCarthy Gallery, where exhibiting artists Duorama will deliver a talk.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Wednesday, September 20
Unmarked Paths and Ravines
Performance walk by Basil AlZeri

3 - 4 pm

Basil AlZeri will facilitate a "non-expert" walk in the Highland Creek Ravine at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He will explore features and facets of the site as they relate to settlers of the area, with a focus on what is typically unseen or less recognized. The walk will end with a picnic — snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The walk will begin at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and will go forward rain or shine. Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for the weather.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Thursday, September 14
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Lori Blondeau
1 - 2 pm
BV340, Bladen Wing, University of Toronto Scarborough
Co-presented by the DMG & Department of Arts, Culture & Media

Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux artist whose practice explores the influence of popular media and culture (contemporary and historical) on Aboriginal self-identity, self-image, and self-definition. Lori has been culturally producing as an artist, instructor, and curator for the last 20 years. She is currently exploring the impact of the colonization of traditional and contemporary roles and lifestyles of Aboriginal women by strategically deconstructing the popular images of the Indian Princess and the Squaw. Blondeau uses humour as a performative storytelling strategy to reconstruct these stereotypes, reveal their absurdity, and reinsert them into the mainstream. The performance personas she creates, like Belle Sauvage, refer to the damage of colonialism and to the ironic pleasures of displacement and resistance.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling

Wednesday, September 13
Unsettling Opening Reception
5 - 8:30 pm
Artist & curator talks 7 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at
6 pm, to return at 8:30 pm.
Space limited, RSVP to dmg@utsc.utoronto.ca.

July 2017

Saturday, July 8
Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour
12 - 4:15 pm

The DMG partnered with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and the Varley Art Gallery on a free contemporary art bus tour. Guided tours and talks were offered at each venue.

Presented in conjunction with Unsettling