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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.

Charmaine A. Nelson & Andrew Hunter
Slavery, Race and Representation
April 7, 2018

Andrew Hunter, Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph, speaks about a recent trip to Scotland and shares the work of Glasgow-based artists and scholars addressing the erasure of Black history and Scotland's role in the transatlantic slave trade, drawing parallels to work by artists and scholars in Canada. Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson, the 2017-18 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University, presents her recent research on fugitive slaves in Canada and discusses its role in understanding the experiences of Black communities in the 18th and 19th centuries, living in the regions that became Canada. This is followed by a conversation between Nelson and Hunter, 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 Graham Fagen: The Slave's Lament (February 10 - April 7, 2018)

Graham Fagen
Part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented with the Department of Arts, Culture & Media
February 12, 2018

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 Graham Fagen: The Slave's Lament (February 10 - April 7, 2018)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Heather Hart: Northern Oracle (January 25 - April 1, 2017)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Meryl McMaster: Confluence (November 3 - December 10, 2017)

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.

Presented in conjunction with The Flesh of the World (June 25 - October 10, 2015)

Janet Werner
March 4, 2015

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

Presented in conjunction with Janet Werner: Another perfect day (February 25 - April 11, 2015)

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.

Presented in conjunction with TEMPERAMENTAL (January 5 - February 14, 2015)


lois andison: relay

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

Presented in conjunction with Lois Andison: relay (September 2 - November 8, 2014)

Wafaa Bilal: 3rdi

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

Presented in conjunction with Wafaa Bilal: 3rdi (September 3 - October 19, 2013)

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.

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. 

Presented in conjunction with David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup (February 6 - April 6, 2013)

David R. Harper installation

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

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.

Presented in conjunction with David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup (February 6 - April 6, 2013)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Mélanie Rocan: Souvenir involontaire (November 7, 2012 - January 26, 2013)

Melanie Rocan: Souvenir involontaire

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

Presented in conjunction with Mélanie Rocan: Souvenir involontaire (November 7, 2012 - January 26, 2013)

RIta McKeough: The Lion's Share Performance

October 4, 2012

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

Presented in conjunction with Rita McKeough: The Lion's Share (September 4 - October 27, 2012)

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.

Presented in conjunction with The "C" Word: A Look at the Role of Craft in Contemporary Art (February 8 - April 4, 2012)


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.

Presented in conjunction with The "C" Word: A Look at the Role of Craft in Contemporary Art (February 8 - April 4, 2012)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound (March 2 - April 13, 2011)

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

Presented in conjunction with Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965 - 1980(September 11 - November 28, 2010)


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.

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

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.

Presented in conjunction with Peter Smith: You May Find Yourself (March 3 - April 14, 2010)


Chris Landreth

March 8, 2010

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

Presented in conjunction with Peter Smith: You May Find Yourself (March 3 - April 14, 2010)


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.

Presented in conjunction with Jon Sasaki: Good Intentions (January 13 - February 24, 2010)


Liz Magor

September 29, 2009

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

Presented in conjunction with Liz Magor: Storage Facilities (September 16 - October 25, 2009)

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.

Presented in conjunction with Paragons (January 17 - March 9, 2008)