Melanie Smith, Fordlandia , 2014. Single-channel video installation, 30 minutes. Purchased with the Richard Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Fund, the Contemporary Circle Fund, the Peter Ross Fund, the Molly Gilmour Fund, and the Dr. Michael Braudo Canadian Contemporary Art Fund, 2015. Courtesy of the artist, Nara Roesler Gallery and Galerie Peter Kilchmann.
Many things brought from one climate to another
The art on the fifth floor is a selection of the AGO's recent acquisitions of contemporary art. The title is taken from a 1981 work by American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Like many other artists from the 1960s to the present, Weiner creates art using language, resulting in artworks that have no physical form but appear instead on gallery walls, in spoken word and in printed matter. In this context, Weiner's statement offers a framework for this display, connecting artworks from across vast distances to provide a snapshot of current artistic thinking. The works of art on view reveal how these international artists navigate the complexities of contemporary life, while also asking us to consider the diverse textures of present-day experience, the lingering effects of the past and the challenges we face in creating more equitable societies.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario
This exhibition is included with general admission.