British Invasion at MOCCA
TORONTO, Ontario, January 29, 2012 – The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to announce the launch of our Winter 2013 programming season with ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art From Britain and Phil Collins they shoot horses, from February1-March 24, 2013. The opening reception will take place on February 1, from 8-10 p.m. Artist talks on Saturday, February 2, 1 pm, with Boo Saville speaking on the topic: “Here, There and Elsewhere,” followed by a Q&A with Dawn Mellor, Harry Burden and James Unsworth.
ARE YOU ALRIGHT? is a group exhibition featuring a new generation of British art in the post- YBA (Young British Artists) era. Their work manifests in a complex, humorous, and at times, masterful reaction to the trend of disillusionment within contemporary British society. It features the work of twelve emerging and established artists, Caroline Achaintre, Jonathan Baldock, Harry Burden, Clem Crosby, Graham Dolphin, Elizabeth Eamer, Laura Oldfield Ford, Tom Gidley, Dawn Mellor, Justin Mortimer, Boo Saville, and James Unsworth. ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art From Britain is curated by Derek Mainella and Elizabeth Eamer and organized and presented by MOCCA. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated, magazine-style publication designed by Eamer with an insightful text by Toronto-based writer Jodie James Elliot.
For our widely acclaimed National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art program, MOCCA presents Phil Collins they shoot horses, which is inspired by the Depression-era craze of dance marathons portrayed in both Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel and Sydney Pollack’s 1969 film adaptation They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?. In they shoot horses, Phil Collins staged his own eight-hour dance marathon in Ramallah with nine Palestinian youths. With a soundtrack that features pop artists such as Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Joy Division and Olivia Newton John, this installation simulates the atmosphere of a nightclub, where the audience witnesses, and may even dance along with, the participants as they pass through states of enthusiasm, exhilaration, exhaustion and sheer determination. Phil Collins they shoot horses is organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada.
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- Learn more about ARE YOU ALRIGHT?
- Learn more about they shoot horses
- Learn more about the NGC@MOCCA program
Derek Mainella and Elizabeth Eamer, Curators, ARE YOU ALRIGHT?
“It is with great enthusiasm and appreciation that we have assembled ARE YOU ALRIGHT? with MOCCA. It is a rare opportunity for this new wave of British art to be seen in Canada, and it is with equal excitement that the artists and galleries from the UK exhibit their work to a completely new audience, narrowing the gap across the pond and encouraging a growing dialogue between these two global art centers.”
David Liss, Artistic Director and Curator, MOCCA
“MOCCA is pleased to welcome home Queen Street West’s Prodigal Son, Derek Mainella, well-known in these parts for his astute curatorial initiatives that featured Toronto’s next generation of rising art stars. We are especially honoured to present the internationally renowned work they shoot horsesby genuine British art star Phil Collins. Both of these shows represent a unique opportunity for Toronto audiences to experience some of the best art from Britain.”
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About the National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
The National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is a three-year program that sees the two institutions co-organize and co-present a series of exclusive exhibitions in MOCCA’s newly-renovated project space, drawn from the NGC’s exceptional contemporary art collection. These include the presentation of single works, new acquisitions or full-scale exhibitions designed to complement MOCCA’s existing programming. Learn more about the NGC@MOCCA program.
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