Envisioning a flooded Toronto captures imaginations

October 30, 2018Member Education

Waterlicht imagines water levels in Toronto at The Bentway. Photo: Nicola Betts

October educations for PIA members include an Art Toronto tour and Power Plant artist talk

Curator Ilana Altman led two evening tours through Daan Roosegaard’s Waterlicht at The Bentway on October 12 and 13, giving Partners in Art members a sense of what Toronto would look like if water levels rose under the Gardiner. During a talk with Roosegaard, Ed Burtynsky and Jennifer Baischwal on climate change Roosegaard said he was inspired by a quote from Marshall McLuhan:  “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew”. The public exhibit debuted the same week as the release of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, making this work timely. To learn more from Roosegaarde about this work listen to Waterlict Radio.

PIA members enjoyed a talk and tour of Scottish artist Karla Black’s solo exhibition at The Power Plant on October 20th. The talk was moderated by member Rebecca Carbin and featured Karla Black and Beth Stewart (whose work is displayed in the upper gallery). The artists spoke about sculpture and the material intersections between both of their practices. One way Black determines whether her sculptures are finished is by asking herself: “If this was a painting would it be any good?” This exhibition runs until December 30th.

PIA members touring Art Toronto’s Focus exhibit.

During Art Toronto two groups of PIA members were given a curated tour of the Focus exhibition INDOOR/OUTDOOR. Led by curators Kim Nguyen and Glen Helfand the show was inspired by California’s shifting terrain and cultural landscape. Maverick ideas and various brands of free-thinking were highlighted during the hour-long tour.

PIA hosts education events for members to expand their understanding of contemporary visual arts. Have an education idea for PIA?  Contact the Education Committee.