Losing Site: Public Art Space within Toronto’s Rapidly Developing Urban Geography

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Sean Weaver


Losing Site: Public Art Space within Toronto’s Rapidly Developing Urban Geography

March 7, 2017, 7pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join us for the second of two forums co-hosted by OCAD U and the AGO to discuss the opportunities and implications of Toronto’s current construction boom on Public Art. These discussions will frame new imaginaries and possible trajectories to sustain ‘sites’ that allow for the existence of art and public art spaces within the downtown core. We seek visions that can help articulate policies towards maintain diversity and texture in Toronto’s rapidly changing urban program.

This panel will address how we can mobilize some of the creative and socially conscious ambitions for the future of Toronto’s public art. Speakers include Ilana Altman (The Artful City), Helena Grdadolnik (Workshop Architecture), Alex Josephson (Partisans), Maxwell Stephens (artist) with moderator Jacob Zimmer. Together we will discuss where Toronto goes next.


Wednesday March 1, 2017, 7:00pm 110 McCaul Auditorium, OCAD University

Session 1 will explore various perspectives, visions and criteria of value for the future of public art in Toronto, considering relevance, inclusivity, site specificity and cultural difference and observing notions of site in relation to colonialism, immigration, and generational differences. What will the public art landscape in Toronto look like in 20 years, what kind of narrative will we choose to be our legacy? What does sustained public engagement really look like?  

Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Carbin (Waterfront Toronto),
  • Aisha Sasha John (artist),
  • Kari Cwynar (Evergreen Brick Works),
  • Catherine Dean (City of Toronto)
  • with moderator Jacob Zimmer.

Organized by OCADU University Public Art Research Group and the Art Gallery of Ontario

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