Token | Contemporary Ongoing | A Space Gallery, Toronto

January 25 2019 - March 9 2019
A Space Gallery, Main Gallery

Essay by: Nehal El-Hadi

In Token | Contemporary Ongoing, Sandra Brewster re-presents objects selected and transported from various Caribbean geographies and temporalities, projecting them beyond the private and intimate spaces of their belonging. These objects are belongings, possessions. The deliberate and deliberated presence of these object-images bears witness to our movements through time and space. The objects themselves function as reminders of where we come from, their value increasing in significance through their transportability, material durability, and sheer and sometimes irrational or inexplicable nostalgia.

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Emilie Croning
MICKALENE THOMAS: FEMMES NOIRES | AGO, Toronto

NOVEMBER 29, 2018 - MARCH 24, 2019
LOCATED ON THE 5TH FLOOR

Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of black women today.

This exhibition, developed in a creative partnership between the AGO and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, presents a bold collection of Thomas’s  vibrant and politically charged paintings, silkscreens, photographs, time-based media and site-specific installations exploring how  black women are represented in art and popular culture.

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Emilie Croning
Dawoud Bey | Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

Dawoud Bey: Places in History
November 24 – December 22, 2018
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto

Opening Reception and Book Signing November 24, 2-5pm
Guided Tour of the Exhibition with Dawoud Bey  November 24, 3pm

Stephen Bulger Gallery presents Places in History, their first solo exhibition of work by Dawoud Bey, presented in conjunction with the release of his most recent monograph Seeing Deeply, published by University of Texas Press, 2018.

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Emilie Croning
BELIEVE | Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Toronto

September 22, 2018–January 6, 2019
Floors 2 & 3

For MOCA’s international opening exhibition, BELIEVE explores the beliefs and systems that shape values and behaviours, touching upon some of the fundamental issues of our times. In all, 16 artists from around the world present more than 20 works providing perspectives on how we believe and perceive through a variety of media, materials and disciplines, including sculpture, video, installation, film, collage, printmaking, painting, photography, animation and performance.

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Emilie Croning
I'll Be Your Mirror | Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener

October 5 - March 17, 2019
Curated by Crystal Mowry

I’ll Be Your Mirror brings the work of  the work of contemporary artists who enlist their parents in their practice. Stephanie Comilang, Erika DeFreitas, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Neil Goldberg, Milutin Gubash, and Vivek Shraya work across various lens-based strategies to revisit and reinvent found images as each artist proposes multiple ways of understanding familial intimacy. 

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Emilie Croning
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story | Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

September 12 – December 9, 2018
Main Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre
Co-curators: Paul Roth and Amanda Maddox

This exhibition explores a seminal photo essay by pioneering African-American photographer Gordon Parks, and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted. Published in Lifemagazine in June 1961, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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Emilie Croning
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power | Brooklyn Museum, New York

September 14, 2018–February 3, 2019
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th and 5th Floors

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983, one of the most politically, socially, and aesthetically revolutionary periods in American history. Black artists across the country worked in communities, in collectives, and individually to create a range of art responsive to the moment—including figurative and abstract painting, prints, and photography; assemblage and sculpture; and performance.

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Emilie Croning