December 24: 11-4
December 25-26: CLOSED
December 227-29: 11-6 (Last day)
Celebrating “Vera Frenkel” – a major new monograph
This Is Not A Reading Series and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are pleased to present:
An evening celebrating the release of the long anticipated monograph, Vera Frenkel, edited by Sigrid Schade. This is the first major survey of the work of this award-winning artist.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Gladstone Hotel, Main Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West Doors open at 7:00 pm; Event begins at 7:30 pm
Admission is FREE
Special launch price for the book is $50
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Great Lecture happening tomorrow at the ROM!
British artist Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space.
He continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming, in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.
In this lecture Antony will look at his own work and historical objects in order to consider art as a tool of survival at a time of global climate change.
Join us for a thought-provoking evening with Antony Gormley and special guest art critic Sarah Milroy.
The event with Antony Gormley takes place on Weds Nov 20 at the ROM. The lecture is from 7 to 8:30 pm (and there’s a separately ticketed reception afterwards).
Lecture tickets are $28, $20 for students.
Further information about the event can be found here:
Naked Brunch Book Club
Auteur, David Cronenberg has drawn frequently from literature with deeply psychological narratives, existential crises and transgressive characters.
Alongside the exhibition David Cronenberg: Transformation the Naked Brunch Book Club will meet over three titles taken from a list of books that Cronenberg has adapted to film. Reserve your spot for one or all of the discussions. Be prepared to enter the worlds of intensely co-dependent twin gynaecologists, a genteel café owner and family man with a jarring past, and a junkie who travels through a twisted temporal reality searching for a fix while fleeing arrest.
Whilst there will croissants and tea, this is not the Jane Austen book club. There will be PERVERSE THEMES. There will be OBSCENE LANGUAGE. There will be VIOLENCE.
RSVP – Each meeting limited to 15 participants
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) and come prepared for a discussion
Please reserve your spot by emailing:
Subject line NAKED BRUNCH BOOK CLUB
title of the book & club meeting date you wish to participate in
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us at MOCCA, Saturday, February 2, at 1:00pm for a session of talks with some of the UK artists featured in our current exhibition! Boo Saville will be speaking on the topic: “Here, There, and Elsewhere,” followed by a Q&A with curators Derek Mainella & Elizabeth Eamer and artists Boo Saville, Dawn Mellor, Harry Burden, and James Unsworth.
Holiday Opening Hours
December 21-23: 11-6
December 24-25: CLOSED
December 26-29: 11-6
December 30: 11-6 (LAST DAY!)
We reopen on Friday, February 1, 2013.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery present a special Holiday Publication Sale!!
Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd, 11am to 6pm
Featuring the launch of MOCCA’s latest publication: trans/FORM: matter as subject > new perspectives. Art, texts and interviews by Jaime Angelopoulos, Amanda Brason, Liam Crockard, Georgia Dickie, Tara Downs, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Jesse Harris, Jeremy Jansen, David Liss, Niall McClelland, Derrick Piens, Sasha Pierce, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino and Hugh Scott-Douglas, Dory Smith, Leah Turner, and Saelan Twerdy.
Saturday, December 1, 2 to 5pm. Artists and writers will be present!
All titles are reduced in price and we are offering an additional 20% off the sale price to MOCCA AND Power Plant members of all levels. This is your chance to stock up on the following titles:
The Beauty is Relentless: the Short Movies of Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, © 2012 Pleasure Dome and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
Sale Price: $17.60
Members Price: $14.00
Universal Code, © 2010 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Sale Price: $47.96
Members Price: $38.36
Tasman Richardson: Necropolis, © 2012 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
Sale Price: $18
Members Price: $14.40
AA Bronson: the Quick and the Dead, © 2003 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Sale Price: $17.48
Members Price: $13.98
Future Species, © 2009 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
Sale Price: $36
Members Price: $28.80
Guy Maddin: Cowards Bend the Knee, © 2003 The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Regular
Sale Price: $9.98
Members Price: $7.98
Plus Many More!
On Saturday November 3rd from 7 – 10 p.m MOCCA is hosting the official launch of the 60 Painters catalogue. This 96 page colour catalogue showcases all the work from the recent 60 painters exhibition, plus critical essays about the exhibition by Amanda Clyne and Scott Waters, an article on Denyse Thomasos by John Armstrong, and an interview with curator Scott Sawtell by Bogdan Luca. The catalogue is elegantly designed by Alan Joson.
60 Painters was a major exhibition of contemporary Canadian painting presented from May 18 to June 9, 2012 at the Humber Arts and Media Studios in partnership with Humber College and Lakeshore Arts. Led by curator Scott Sawtell, the sixty painters included emerging, mid-career and established artists, with each creating new works for the exhibition or exhibiting works that were significant to their practice.
The 60 Painters Catalogue is only $25 if you pre-order by October 31st at 4 p.m. ($30 after). You may either pick up pre-ordered catalogues at the MOCCA launch or they will be mailed to you the first week of November. To order, go to www.60painters.com and click on the “Pre-order” button.
Thank you to The RBC Foundation for generously being the exclusive supporter of the 60 Painters catalogue.
For more information:
Visit our website: www.60painters.com
Follow us on Facebook: 60 Painters
Contact us at email@example.com.
MOCCA, Umbra, and Cossette are launching the “Oh So Contemporary” chair as part of MOCCA’s year-long get contemporary. marketing campaign.
The chair will be unveiled to the public for Nuit Blanche on Saturday September 29th at the Umbra flagship store (Queen St. and John St.), along with video portraits from the get contemporary. campaign. The chairs will also be displayed at MOCCA from 7pm until 1am during Nuit Blanche. Additionally, there’s an opportunity to win one of the chairs exhibited by visiting both locations during the festivities.
Take Advantage of our Upcoming Fall 2012 MOCCA Members’ Opportunities!
September 7th, 6:30–8:00 pm: VIP Opening Reception, Public Opening to follow. Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
Join us at MOCCA for a special opening reception for our fall exhibitions:
- Jamelie Hassan/ At the Far Edge of Words
curated by Melanie Townsend and organized by Museum London;
- Guy Ben-Ner | Stealing Beauty\
organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada;
- Jeroen Eisinga | Springtime
curated by Andréa Picard and presented in collaboration with
the Toronto International Film Festival’s Future Projections program.
September 14th, 1:00–2:00 pm: All Access / Members’ Education Opportunity
Offered to all MOCCA Members
- MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss, takes MOCCA Members on a tour of the current exhibitions.
September 27th, 6:30 pm: THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons’ private collection walking tour. Offered exclusively to THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons
- Let’s walk and talk about contemporary art! Join us as we visit the private collections of Guy Knowles and Steve Wilson & Michael Simmonds on MacPherson Street, followed by dinner and discussion at local restaurant Avant Gout (1108 Yonge Street).
- Limited registration, RSVP requested. Dinner cost not included.
Save the Date!
October 18th: THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons’ evening with Marc Mayer
Offered exclusively to THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons
- Join National Gallery of Canada Director, Marc Mayer, MOCCA Board Chair, Julia Ouellette, and MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss, for an exclusive evening celebrating the 2nd remarkable year of the award-winning NGC@MOCCA partnership and the exciting year to come.
- Invitation and details to follow.
October 22nd, 6:30 pm: Studio visit with artist Ed Pien!
Offered to Associate Members and up ($500+)
- Renowned Toronto-based artist Ed Pien welcomes MOCCA Members into his studio for a behind-the-scenes look at his art practice.
- Ed Pien is the artist behind the 2012 Art Toronto benefit edition, Leap, a waterjet-cut aluminum sculpture (12 x 213/4 x 1/8 inches, $2,000 each, edition of 25) produced to benefit MOCCA.
- Ed has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and is currently included in the 2012 Sydney Biennale in Australia and Oh, Canada, a survey of Canadian art at MASS MOCA in the United States.
- Limited registration, RSVP requested.
Save the Date!
October 27th: 2012 Sobey Art Award 10th Anniversary Exhibition
- Join us at MOCCA for the launch of the exhibition!
- Sobey Art Award shortlisted artists:
- Gareth Moore (West Coast and the Yukon); Jason de Haan (Prairies and the North); Derek Sullivan (Ontario); Raphaëlle de Groot (Quebec); and Eleanor King (Atlantic).
October 28th, 12:00 pm: Collecting Art, Collecting Ideas / Members’ Education Series. Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
- Arts tour leader and journalist Betty Ann Jordan guides MOCCA Members through Art Toronto 2012, with an eye to ‘Seeking the Radiant’ as viewers and collectors:
- Light today has taken on intriguing new meanings in view of recent scientific advances in quantum- and astro-physics as well as innovations in imaging technology. We will zero in on illuminating works in all media and discuss aspects of light or the fecund possibilities of darkness as seen in today’s art.
- Limited registration, RSVP requested.
- Meet at MOCCA’s booth (# 1414) at Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Art Toronto entrance fee not included.
To RSVP to any of these events or for more information, contact Katy Laird at 416-395-7613 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the moccamigos for light breakfast and a tour of The Shape of Things in the Project Room (NGC@MOCCA) with John McElhone, Chief Conservator at the National Gallery of Canada.
Please rsvp to email@example.com if you’d like to attend as this is a private event while the gallery is closed and capacity is limited. This is Breakfast
is a pay what you can event (suggested donation $5).
Saturday July 28 Breakfast 9:30am Tour 10am
952 Queen St West
Saturday, July 14, 2:00 p.m.
Open to the public @MOCCA free of charge
Saelan Twerdy will facilitate a gallery tour with trans/FORM artists Niall McClelland and Sasha Pierce. Twerdy has written for various publications including C magazine and Canadian Art.
MOCCA is pleased to announce the launch of our new, free downloadable MOCCA App. This distinctively unique smartphone application is available for download from the Apple App Store for iPhone/iPad, the Android Market, and for use as a mobile web app.
Designed to enhance the onsite and virtual experience of our visitors, the MOCCA App is packed full of information, images, and videos about MOCCA’s primary exhibition program as well as the award-winning National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art partnership. The MOCCA App also features a mobile web-based artist project by Tasman Richardson, the first in a series of virtual artist projects commissioned by MOCCA.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art acknowledges the support of the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and its Museum and Technology Fund program. Additional support for the MOCCA app was provided by the National Gallery of Canada, and Cisco Canada.
GREETINGS FROM THE GUTTER!!
As many of you and the rest of the Toronto art world are aware, our first annual bowling tournament, The Gutter Ball this past February 8th was a roaring success!!! We continue to receive enthusiastic response as we face the big question everyone is asking: “When is it next year?” Well, it’s still too soon to answer that now but stay tuned to MOCCA’s newsletters and communications for information on The Gutter Ball 2. In the meantime, click the link to our website here to view a most entertaining video of the event, graciously recorded by Adam Palmer and generously produced and edited by Michelle Szemberg. Looks like fun to me!!
Again, MOCCA is grateful to all participants, bowlers, gawkers, Committee members and those who pledged!!
Artistic Director and Curator (and terrible bowler)
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
SUPPORT MOCCA – SUPPORT THE CULTURE OF OUR TIME
Time & Location: 6:30-10:30pm at The Ballroom (145 John St. at Richmond St.)
MOCCA will be open the following days this holiday season!
24 December: 11-4
25 December: closed
26 December: closed
27 December: 11-6
28 December: 11-6
29 December: 11-6
30 December: 11-6
31 December: 11-4
1 January: closed
On November 3, 2011, the Ontario Museums Association will award MOCCA and the NGC the 2011 Award of Excellence for the NGC@MOCCA program.
For more information about the award, and to read the citation please visit museumsontario.com
On September 30, 2011, MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada were awarded the OAAG Key Gallery Partnership Award for the NGC@MOCCA program by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.
On October 13, we invite you to pledge allegiance to The Marty. It’s going to be a blowout extravaganza also known as the moccamigos inaugural annual epic party. The festivities will take place in the context of the exhibition ¡Patria o Libertad! On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism, curated by Paco Barragán currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Tickets are $60 each and all profits go towards supporting programming at MOCCA
You can purchase tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/themarty
or through your favourite moccamigos member.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and Art Toronto 2011 are pleased to announce the publication of a limited edition print by Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky to benefit exhibitions and educational programming at MOCCA. This extraordinary image by one of Canada’s most internationally renowned artists will be sold exclusively at MOCCA’s booth (#1210) during Art Toronto, October 28 – 31, 2011, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. With ONLY 25 prints available for $3,500 each (mounted, not framed) they will be sure to sell quickly. + Learn more
Take advantage of our upcoming MOCCA Members’ Opportunities:
September 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Special Preview Reception, Public Opening to follow
- Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
- Join curator Paco Barragán and National Gallery of Canada curator Jonathan Shaunessey at MOCCA for a Special Preview Reception of our fall exhibitions; ¡Patria o Libertad!: On Patriotism, Immigration and Populism, NGC @ MOCCA exhibition Artur Zmijewski: Them, and TIFF’s Future Projections presentation of Sunday by Duane Hopkins
September 25, 3:00 pm: Art In Our House
- Offered only to moccamigos members(+ guest), our young at heart under 40 group of art lovers
- A private collection tour hosted by Caitlin Keeley and Gabriel Almeida featuring work by Shelagh Keeley, who will be in attendance to offer her insights. Other artists in the collection include Elicser, Spencer Tunick, The World Is My Playground, Stephen Appleby-Barr and Jim McKinley.
- Limited registration, RSVP to Nicole Neufeld at (416) 395-7613 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 28, 12:00 pm: New Art Now: Members Lunchtime tour with David Liss
- Offered to all MOCCA Members
- Artistic Direct & Curator, David Liss, takes MOCCA Members on a private tour of the current exhibitions.
October 3, 6:30 pm: Collecting Art, Collecting Ideas: Members’ Education Series
- Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
- Dr. Kenneth Montague invites MOCCA Members into his home for a private collection tour. Montague is the founder of Wedge Curatorial Projects, which showcases and promotes an exciting body of works that explore notions of black subjectivity and cultural representation in unconventional ways.
- Limited registration, RSVP to Nicole Neufeld at (416) 395-7613 or email@example.com
October 28 – 31: Art Toronto 2011: Toronto International Art Fair
- Art Toronto and MOCCA present a limited edition fundraising print by Edward Burtynsky
- Dryland Farming #13, Monegros County, Aragon, Spain (2010) is a limited edition of 25 chromogenic prints, 20″ x 26″, sold only at the Art Toronto for $3,500 (unframed)
- A limited number of prints are available exclusively for Members-only presale. For information, please contact Nicole Neufeld at (416) 395-7613 or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 16, Save the Date: THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons dinner with Marc Mayer
- Offered exclusively to THE ART DEPT.: mocca patrons
- Join National Gallery of Canada Director, Marc Mayer, and MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss, for a preview of the November exhibitions and private ticketed dinner.
- Limited registration, details to follow
November 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Special Preview Reception, Public Opening to follow
- Offered to Contributing Members and up ($250+)
- Join us at MOCCA with curator Camilla Singh and National Gallery of Canada curator Jonathan Shaunessey for a Special Preview Reception of our November exhibitions for Ineffable Plasticity: the experience of being human and Human / Nature
Ongoing: Free Reciprocal Admission to all National Gallery of Canada Exhibitions
Don’t miss the current and upcoming exhibitions!
- Closes September 5 : Fred Herzog: Street Photography. See more of Herzog’s street photography,
a selection of which was first at MOCCA this spring.
- Closes September 11: Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome
- Caravaggio’s first visit to Canada, this major exhibition has garnered enthusiastic reviews
- Opens October 7: David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East. This full-career retrospective exhibition pays homage to Askevold’s important contributions to conceptual art.
VIDEODROME | Audio/Visual Overdose
Friday June 10th, 2011, 8pm—1am
Featuring work by: Augart, Bad Credit, bossFYTE, David Matton, Emad Dabiri, Felix Kalmenson, Istvan Kantor, John Chung, Jubal Brown, Kurkop, Kyle Duffield, Noel Middleton, nwodtleM, Ouananiche, Pete OHearn, Smearballs, TalixZen, Video Samurai
Organized by Jubal Brown in co-operation with MOCCA, Drop Frame Video and Apocalypse Tomorrow.
VIDEODROME is an exercise in video screening as party and vice-versa, striving to bridge the gaps between the sofa, the club, and the gallery. A one-night event of visual music, live video performance and installation by 18 producers of work with a strong audio-visual link, experimental video works which function as dance music, A/V, mash-up, visual music. + learn more
May 15, 3:00 pm: Bike Tour of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Public Installations
- Artistic Project Manager, Persilia Caton, leads cyclists on a tour of the festival’s public installations up throughout the city.
- Meet at MOCCA, bring your own bike!
May 21, 1:00 pm: Exhibition tour with CONTACT Artistic Director Bonnie Rubenstein
- Bonnie Rubenstein leads an informal discussion about the works in the exhibition, Figure & Ground: Dynamic Landscape
Manuel De Landa “Matter Matters”
Presented by York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts in association
with the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
When: Thursday, May 5 – 7:00pm
Where: MOCCA, 952 Queen St. West, Toronto
Information: 416-736-5533 (Graduate Program in Visual Arts, York University)
Internationally renowned theorist and educator Manuel De Landa is the keynote speaker for Engaged Practices, the third annual Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts, to be presented by York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts May 3 to 11.
In his lecture “Matter Matters”, De Landa will look at how morphogenesis – the birth of form – has become a central theme in many scientific disciplines. It can be entirely spontaneous, as in the genesis of geological, meteorological or biological forms, or it can involve human beings as agents. De Landa’s talk will focus on natural morphogenesis, arguing that a deeper knowledge of its secrets can be of great help to artists and designers, opening up a new reservoir of expressive resources.
The Middle Zone
Michael Connor and Heather Keung
Presented by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga
The Middle Zone is a site-specific installation by artists Michael Connor and Heather Keung. Begun as part of The Good Host, an exhibition curated by Su-Ying Lee that takes place in four locations, Connor and Keung’s original installation stood for three days in the courtyard. Succumbing to some of the same concerns that motivated the exhibition, the artist’s were asked to dismantle their work. How can we reconcile legalities, caution and personal agency over public space? How can individuals introduce diversity of form and thought?
Working with the inherent challenges of the public realm, The Middle Zone has become a two-part work, on view in the MOCCA lobby as an installation from April 17th to 24th with video documentation continuing until May 22nd and, a courtyard project will be on view until May 22nd.
Originally intended for the courtyard, the hybrid structure was designed according to available materials salvaged from the artists’ home. Intended as a multi-use space for enhancing the comfort and enjoyment of visitors to the MOCCA’s courtyard, the artists built with the following philosophy:
- Be responsive to the environment in which we are building
- Be respectful of the function, as well as the history of the space
- Be resourceful and true to the materials that are at hand
- Allow our physical bodies to guide the designing process
The Middle Zone is part of The Good Host (April 17 – May 22), a multi-site group exhibition curated by Su-Ying Lee and presented by the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga. Other installations in the exhibition are in located in Mississauga and throughout Toronto. As a multi-site exhibition, The Good Host can be experienced as one, or a series of encounters that provoke deliberation. The aim is to unfix the viewer’s perception of prescribed uses for urban space and reconsider their own agency within it.
Other artists in The Good Host are Atom Deguire on view at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (Kaneff Centre) and on Queen Street West between Dufferin and Shaw Streets and Janis Demkiw, Corwyn Lund and Duncan MacDonald in the King Street revolving door entrance of Metro Hall (building address 55 John Street). For more information visit www.blackwoodgallery.ca or call 905 828 3789.
April 15, 18 – 21 / 11 – 5pm
April 16-17, 23-24 / 11-6pm
April 22 / MOCCA closed for Good Friday
On view April 16 and 17 only!
The MOCCA Award 2011 Edward Burtynsky Exhibition features three bodies of work that were viewed during the MOCCA Award Gala held on April 14, including his most recent series MONEGROS: DRYLAND FARMING – SPAIN. Also on view is EDWARD BURTYNSKY – A Survey, and PENTIMENTO.
Public talk by Luis Jacob / Groundless in the Museum: Anarchism and the Living Work of Art
Saturday March 26, 1pm.
Please join us at MOCCA to mark the closing of our Winter exhibitions by Luis Jacob – Pictures at an Exhibition and Cabinet (NGC Toronto).
To celebrate the occasion, Luis Jacob will present his most recent lecture, Groundless in the Museum: Anarchism and the Living Work of Art.
Groundless in the Museum explores the artist’s unique perspectives on the practice of museum display, the role of the spectator, and the relation of aesthetic experience to his own artistic practice.
Also on view: Geoffrey Pugen | Sahara Sahara
DON’T MISS THESE EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITIONS CLOSING SUNDAY MARCH 27, 6 P.M.
Join artist Luis Jacob for a walk through of Pictures at an Exhibition and Cabinet (NGC Toronto), this Saturday, February 26, starting at 1p.m. Admission is FREE!
January 27-30, 2011: MOCCA Travel Opportunity, Art and Architecture in Havana
Join MOCCA for a special four day tour of all that Cuban culture has to offer–visit artist studios, experience unrivalled architecture, dine in private paladars, and much more. Available to MOCCA Partners and up ($1,000+). Sold Out.
February 3, 6 – 9 p.m.: Private Members’ Dinner with Luis Jacob
Get up close and personal with Luis Jacob! Join the artist and MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss, for an intimate evening of art and culinary delights.
$60 ticketed event with limited registration available to Associate Members and up ($500+) The ticket includes a private tour of the exhibitions with Luis Jacob at 6:30 pm (light beverages served), followed at 7:30 pm by culinary tour of Brazil with a five-course meal at Caju (includes beverage, tax, and gratuity).
To reserve, please contact Nicole Neufeld at (416) 395-7613 or email@example.com
March 2, 12 – 2 p.m.: Members’ Lunchtime Education
Tour the MOCCA exhibitions with Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss. At MOCCA, free for all members.
On 17 April 2010, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and The Power Plant held a one-day symposium entitled From the Ground Up: A Biennial Platform for International Contemporary Art in Toronto. Over 270 people attended the event and a lively discussion about the potential for a major recurring contemporary art event in Toronto ensued.
We are pleased to announce the release of the report by independent critic and curator Peggy Gale on the proceedings, followed by a recommendation by the organizers. This report can be downloaded from the websites of MOCCA and The Power Plant.
We will announce in the coming weeks the date of a follow-up meeting at which time the leadership group will put forth for public discussion several potential models for what such an event in Toronto could look like.
Please join us on December 4, at 1pm, for a curators tour of
David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream
with Shirley Madill, which includes a discussion
about the work’s relationship to film and
If you are planning on visiting MOCCA this holiday season, we will be open on the following dates:
December 20-23: 11-6
December 24: 11-3
December 25-27: closed
December 28-31: 11-6
January 1-2: closed
November 21, 1pm Meet the Artist, David Hoffos Join David Hoffos for a tour of Scenes from the House Dream. At MOCCA, free to the public.
November 21, 10 – 11 am: Sunday Brunch with David Hoffos, private tour of Scenes from the House Dream. Coffee and refreshments will be served. At MOCCA, free for all members.
For listing of future Member and Public Education opportunities click here
Exhibition of works by nationally and internationally renowned artists
Kim Adams, Geoffrey Farmer and Thomas Demand inaugurate this landmark agreement.
Thanks to an innovative new partnership between the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto residents and visitors can now view some of the most significant works from the NGC’s contemporary art collection, without having to leave the metropolitan area.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to announce Toronto-based photographer Edward Burtynsky as the recipient of the $20,000.00 MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art 2011.
For more information click here
MOCCA has launched a new website, http://www.moccaaward.ca/, for the MOCCA Award Features include in-depth information about current and past winners, and the ability to purchase tickets online.
MOCCA and One Hour Empire invite you to the launch of the publication Empire of Dreams in the MOCCA retail shop on Saturday, October 23, from 2 to 5 pm.
Empire of Dreams is the 3rd issue of Toronto-based art journal “One Hour Empire” and features reproductions of work by the 22 artists included in the recent smash-hit exhibition Empire of Dreams that took place this past summer at MOCCA. The smartly designed magazine-style journal also includes interviews with participating artists Samina Mansuri, Sara Graham, David Han and Janet Jones; a specially commissioned interview with Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak conducted by Mike Hoolboom; and texts by An Te Liu, Joda Clement, Josh Thorpe, Yvonne Lammerich, exhibition curator David Liss, with additional texts by Eldon Garnet, Dan Bazuin, and Mark F. Jull, and a 4-page project by Jade Rude and Bruno Billio. All this and more for the very reasonable price of $10.00 dollars!!! Buy the mag! Meet the artists! See the exhibitions, David Hoffos: Scenes from the House Dream in our main space, BMO 1st Art! in our newly expanded project room and brand-new by Stefan Hoffman in the Media/Retail Lounge. An afternoon of fun for the whole family!
The publication for the exhibition Empire of Dreams has been made possible with the support of Matthew Teitelbaum, Partners in Art, the RBC Foundation, and David Blackwood. Partners in Art would like to acknowledge the support of First Capital, BMO Financial Group, Aastra, Rogers, TD Securities, C.A Delaney Capital Management Ltd, Gluskin Sheff, Odgers Berndtson, RP Investment Advisors, St. Joseph Communications, and UBS.
Stefan Hoffmann, brand-new, detail of work in progress at MOCCA.
Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann will speak about his print-based installation, brand-new, in the MOCCA Media/Retail Lounge produced for Printopolis: international symposium on printmaking, presented by Open Studio.
When: Saturday, October 23, 4:45 p.m.
Fall Members Education Programming Information is now available. Click here to view.
Meet the artist David Hoffos for a talk about his practice and current exhibition Scenes from the House Dream on view at MOCCA.
When: Saturday, September 11, 1 p.m.
Admission to the talk and exhibition is FREE.
Save the Date: The MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art will be presented on April 14, 2011. More information will be available in the near future.
MOCCA will be open until 9 p.m. on August 5 for the West Queen West First Thursdays: Toronto’s Monthly Cultural Crawl.
For more information click here.
Please join us at MOCCA for our two final events for Empire of Dreams, happening this Saturday, August 7th.
1 pm: Artists talk with Jade Rude & Bruno Billio. Open to the Public.
Jade Rude is a Toronto-based artist and designer who works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, and video. Bruno Billio is a Canadian sculptor and installation artist who as been the artist in residence at the Gladstone Hotel for the last few years.
3 pm: Heineken ‘Behind the Scenes’ (refreshments included):
Join us this Saturday, August 7th for the next edition of the Heineken ‘Behind the Scenes’ event series, giving you exclusive access to best of Toronto’s art scene.
Heineken ‘Behind the Scenes’ begins at 3:00pm sharp at The Drake Hotel for a tour of the private art collection and exhibitions at The Drake, with an inside look at the art at the heart of this Queen West landmark. Guests will then make their way over to the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art for a private tour and conversation with artists Jade Rude and Bruno Billio whose work is presented in this summers group exhibition, Empire of Dreams.
Space is very limited, so please make sure to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting point is at 3:00pm sharp at the Drake Hotel located at 1150 Queen Street West.
Empire of Dreams closes August 15.
MOCCA is pleased to announce an exciting roster of outreach and education events this summer in conjunction with the exhibition Empire of Dreams: Phenomenology of the built environment.
Empire of Dreams Live
Panel Discussion: Artists and the Built Environment
Moderated by Ann MacDonald, Director/Curator, Doris McCarthy Gallery
Panelists: Empire of Dreams artists Sara Graham, An Te Liu, Samina Mansuri, and MOCCA Artistic Director & Curator, David Liss
Tuesday June 29, 6:30-8 pm, Drake Underground, 1150 Queen Street West
Free to the public
Meet the Artists: Saturday July 10, at MOCCA, free to the public
1 p.m. Dan Bergeron discusses his urban interventions and his latest site-specific installation created for Empire of Dreams
2 p.m. Janet Jones speaks about her paintings that investigate the spaces of cyber-cities in relation to women in the urban environment and the techno-sublime
Meet the Artist: Saturday August 7, 1 p.m., at MOCCA, free to the public
Bruno Billio & Jade Rude talk about their collaborative project Russian Mountain and Yellow-Black Tower featured in Empire of Dreams
Exhibition tour with Artistic Director & Curator David Liss
Wednesday, June 23, 12-1 p.m. at MOCCA, open to all members
Studio Visit with artists Yvonne Lammerich & Ian Carr-Harris and MOCCA Exhibition Tour with Artistic Director & Curator David Liss
Wednesday June 23, 7-9 p.m., meet at MOCCA
Limited registration, MOCCA Partner and up, RSVP required
Collecting Contemporary Art: A conversation with Jamie Angell & Gareth Brown-Jowett Angell Gallery Co-Directors and artist
Wednesday July 14, 7-9 p.m, meet at Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Avenue
Limited registration, Contributing Member and up, RSVP required
To register for members’ events please contact:
Nicole Neufeld | 416- 395- 7613 | nneufel(at)toronto(dot)ca
Educational programming for the exhibition Empire of Dreams has been made possible with the support of Matthew Teitelbaum, Partners in Art, the RBC Foundation, and David Blackwood. Partners in Art would like to acknowledge the support of First Capital, BMO Financial Group, Aastra, Rogers, TD Securities, C.A Delaney Capital Management Ltd, Gluskin Sheff, Odgers Berndtson, RP Investment Advisors, St. Joseph Communications, and UBS.
John Armstrong & Paul Collins
Sunday, May 2, 12:00 p.m.
Armstrong and Collins speak about their series of colour photographs on which they have painted images, text and swatches of colour, featured in the exhibition The Mechanical Bride. Collaborating since 2000, Armstrong and Collins, have had over 20 exhibitions in Canada and France.
Sunday, May 2, 1:00 p.m.
Dutch artist Jacqueline Hassink has received critical acclaim for her work about issues of power and social relations. Hassink created Car Girls over the course of five years, photographing major car shows in seven different cities on three continents. The lecture will follow with a book signing.
Emma Hart and Benedict Drew (UK) win the OCAD off Screen Award for their installation Untitled Seven presented at MOCCA during the 23rd Images Festival.
Thursday, May 6
In this lecture, Thierry de Duve argues that the question “Where is the medium?” is nearly impossible to answer. Instead, we must ask, “When did the medium disappear?” What were the historical conditions surrounding this so-called disappearance of the medium? By looking at the historical context of this conundrum, de Duve insists, we might get an inkling of what its significance might be.
For more information click here.
Please consider attending Partners in Art’s 2Artrageous on May 13, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in support of their 2010 philanthropic activities, including the exhibition Empire of Dreams opening on June 19 at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Partners in Art is a non-profit group of Toronto art enthusiasts with an interest in supporting the visual arts in Canada in two ways – first by partnering with established arts organizations on collaborative fund-raising projects, and secondly, by furthering members’ own understanding and knowledge of the visual arts through an active educational program. The group cultivates alliances among artists, dealers, curators, educators, business, and the public to develop vital and exciting contemporary art projects that raise the awareness of Canadian art and artists nationally and internationally.
MOCCA is please to present Steven Laurie’s Mud Flap Project, 2008, in the Media/Retail Lounge.
The mud flap project is an experimental body of mixed media work designed to ‘brand’ my art making practice and connect to new audience members. Operating as both functional and aesthetic accessories, these flap works will be installed on 55 tractor-trailer trucks and carried across Ontario, Canada and the U.S.A. The silhouettes used in this work were generated from documentation images of my machine projects and demonstrations.
MOCCA will be open until 9 p.m. on March 4 for the West Queen West First Thursdays: Toronto’s Monthly Cultural Crawl.
For more information click here.
The exhibition catalogue Nicolas Baier : Pareidolias is now available for purchase at MOCCA for $35.00 / $25.00 for members.
This bilingual 108 page hard-cover book features an essay by MOCCA’s David Liss and is co-published by the Musée régional de Rimouski, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the RBC Foundation.
The year is 2010 and there’s no place better to be right now than here in Toronto! From our headquarters in the heart of the West Queen West Art + Design District, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to launch our 2010 season of exciting programming!
For more information download our Winter / Spring 2010 brochure.
MOCCA is pleased to announce the Montreal launch of Balint Zsako | Works from the Bernardi Collection on Saturday January 16, 2010, at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, at 3:30 p.m.
Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is located at
372, Ste-Catherine Ouest #216, Montréal, QC.
Read Sarah Milroy’s Review of John Heward: A Trajectory / A Collection in the Globe and Mail.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Phantoms of Nabua, presented this past fall at MOCCA as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Future Projections, ranked 4th in Canadian Art’s ” Year in Review: The Top 10 Exhibitions of 2009.” To read the full review click here.
MOCCA also ranked 8th in NOW Magazine’s ” The Decade in Review: Top 10 Art Developments,” for our move from midtown to downtown Toronto in 2005. To read the full review click here.
Saturday, November 28 @ 2 – 3 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents a public talk by Roald Nasgaard about the work of John Heward. John Heward was born in Montreal in 1934. He is involved in visual and aural art as a painter, sculpture and musician, and has exhibited in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and China. John Heward: A Trajectory / A Collection, currently on view at MOCCA, is the first solo exhibition of a retrospective nature devoted to him by a museum outside of the province of Québec.
Roald Nasgaard is one Canada’s foremost scholars and historians of modern and contemporary Canadian art. His distinguished career in the arts includes fifteen years as Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as authoring the critically acclaimed Abstract Painting in Canada, the first comprehensive publication of its kind. Most recently he curated the landmark exhibition The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960, which is currently on view at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham until February, and will travel to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo, New York, in March 2010.
Thursday, December 3, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Admission: Pay What You Can!
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present a music performance featuring John Heward.
John Heward has quietly become one of the world’s leading percussionist working in the field of contemporary improvised music, new music, and avant-garde jazz. As Bill Smith of Coda put it, “John is one of Canada’s foremost improvising percussionists.”
John Heward – drums
David Lee – bass
David Prentice – violin/viola
Scott Thomson – trombone
David Mott – baritone saxophone
Christopher Cauley – soprano saxophone
Join us on Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2 – 5 pm for the opening reception of John Heward: A Trajectory / A Collection and Insoon Ha: Drain.
Insoon Ha is a rapidly emerging Toronto artist who creates ambience-saturated sculptural installations and video works that probe the physical and psychic edges of anxiety and disturbance.
Her exhibition, Drain, in the project space at MOCCA features an arrangement of several recently-completed components that, exhibited together, conjure worlds embedded and fraught with pain and darkness.
Within this environment Ha will enact a live performance during the opening reception of the exhibition at 3.30pm.
MOCCA is pleased to announce the release of a new publication!
On is a limited edition book of John Heward’s innovative word-poems published by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. It accompanies the current exhibition at MOCCA, John Heward: A Trajectory / A Collection.
This limited edition publication is available for $15 directly from MOCCA.
For more information please contact the MOCCA bookshop on 416.395.0067.
For information about the current exhibition click here.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is pleased to announce a special fundraising initiative in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Toronto International Art Fair (TIAF), ART TORONTO 2009, taking place October 22 – 26, 2009, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
MOCCA and ART TORONTO have commissioned Toronto-based artist Jason McLean to create 9-5, (2009), a limited edition four-colour screenprint on archival paper, printed at Open Studio, Toronto. The prints will be exclusively available during the fair, and with only thirty prints available at a very reasonable price of $800.00 they will be sure to sell quickly. Pick up your print at the MOCCA booth located across from the NEXT Lounge!
All proceeds from the sale will contribute to the support of programming initiatives at MOCCA.
MOCCA congratulates Barr Gilmore Art + Design for the publication, Andy Fabo, and Brooklyn, N.Y. designer Jaspal Riyait for Balint Zsako: Drawings from the Bernardi Collection.
MOCCA is pleased to co-present Art Without Reservation at this years imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. A selection of films will be screened at the Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadak Jewish Community Centre on October 15, 2009, beginning at 1 p.m.
MOCCA is organizing a charity hockey game to complement the exhibition ARENA: Road Game with the Good Times Hockey League of the Arts
Admission is Pay What You Can. All funds raised will support educational programming at MOCCA. The GTLA will also be running a food drive for the Daily Bread Foodbank so bring a non-perishable food item to help a good cause!
This Fall is a great time to discover and connect with Toronto’s visual arts community! Familiarize yourself with the exciting projects and exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and the rich and diverse art world that lies beyond. Join educator Carol-Ann Ryan and immerse yourself in the world of visual arts through slide lectures, discussions, and presentations by Toronto’s most influential curators, artists, gallerists and collectors.
Darryl Sittler will be present during the opening reception for ARENA: Road Game on September 10, 2009, from 7 -11 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art presents:
Arena: Road Game and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Phantoms of Nabua in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival: Future Projections.
Opening reception 7 – 10 p.m.
Official After Party | The Drake Hotel | Doors @ 11p.m.
Continue your night of art revelry with Drake. Take in the debut of
Jesper Justs’ installation ‘A Vicious Undertow’ as it slowly unravels
on the façade of the building, part of TIFF’s acclaimed Future
Projections. Head inside for a cocktail while Andy Rourke of the
Smiths spins your favourite alternative dance + indie rock tracks and
don’t forget, we’re serving till 4a.m.!
…Between 1 pm and 5 pm on Saturday 15 August, Somewhere There Creative Music will once again turn Queen Street West into a focal point of creative music in Canada by filling the neighbourhood’s galleries with the diverse sounds of the finest players in the city. Visit us at MOCCA at 2 pm to indulge your aural senses with the solo saxophone of Kyle Brenders while our current exhibition Pulp Fiction takes care of your visual senses.
The Toronto creative music scene is increasingly recognized as one of the world’s finest, most active, and most diverse. Somewhere There Creative Music collaborates with some of Canada’s brightest musical talents who are regularly lauded internationally. MUSIC(in)GALLERIES is a walking tour of this music scene through the geography of the Queen West neighbourhood and its art galleries. Listeners/viewers are invited to experience a range of local musical talent at no cost while viewing the exhibitions in the galleries where the music is being made.
For the duration of the exhibition, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art has invited The Beguiling a renowned Toronto comics and novel store, to set up a satellite bookshop in the media/retail lounge.
Take in the exhibition and browse one of the largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling!
The Andy Fabo Limited Edition Artist Book is now available for purchase at MOCCA for $20.00.
This beautiful full-colour accordion style book features an introduction by MOCCA Artistic Director David Liss, aessay by Annette Hurtig and a conversation with Andy Fabo by R. M. Vaughan.
Supplies are limited so pick up your copy today!
Saturday May 30, 2009
1 – 3 p.m.
788 King Street West, Toronto
MOCCA is pleased to announce the official launch of our latest publication, Balint Zsako | Works from the Bernardi Collection, taking place at Art Metropole world headquarters at 788 King St. West, on Saturday May 30, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m.
To celebrate the release of this stunning hardcover book, the first in his young career, Balint Zsako will make the trip to Toronto from his current home in Brooklyn, NY.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is an institutional member of the Ontario Museum Association and is proud to participate in the 10th edition of May is Museum Month.
For more information visit the Ontario Museum Association Website.
MAY 2, 12PM
In this bilingual discussion Gwenaël Bélanger will speak about his public installation in the courtyard of MOCCA. Belanger will detail his image creation process of manipulating forms and transforming objects to reveal a fictitious point of view.
This lecture is presented by the CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival. Gwenaël Bélanger, Le Grand Fatras (digital mockup of installation).
Starting in 2009, MOCCA is using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper stock, which comes from forests that are well managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.
We are also phasing out our paper mailings, thereby reducing the consumption of valuable resources.
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MOCCA and works from the exhibition Carte Blanche | Vol. 2: Painting were featured on CBC’s Living in Toronto, hosted by Mary Ito.
The exhibition catalogue for Kent Monkman’s exhibition The Triumph Of Mischief is now available for purchase at MOCCA for $50.00.
The catalogue contains beautiful colour images of the exhibition, crtical essays by David Liss, Shirley J. Madill, David McIntosh, Gerald R. McMaster, and an interview by Catherine Mattes.
Published in conjunction with the travelling exhibition organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. This publication is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, St. Mary’s University Gallery, Glenbow Museum, and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and has been generously sponsored by W. Bruce C. Bailey, Toronto.