To propose, to proposition, to prop up: Propped explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in contemporary artistic practice, examining how objects help us to make and shape history.Learn more
Ryerson Image Centre, the Museums of Mississauga and Oakville Galleries
Exhibition tour to the Ryerson Image Centre, the Museums of Mississauga and Oakville Galleries
Sunday 25 June 2017, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street, Toronto)
$10 donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments
Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the summer's best exhibitions in the GTA!
Ryerson Image Centre
The summer ARTbus begins at the Ryerson Image Centre, with Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake curated by Gaëlle Morel. This exhibition celebrates the career of Canadian artist Suzy Lake, renowned internationally for her work on self-representation, female identity and the aging body. This survey of more than fifty objects, made between 1976 and 2014, brings focus to Lake's artistic process and methodologies. Including never-before-seen photographs, maquettes and working materials, the exhibition examines this important artist's career of experimentation and unwavering efforts through the years to push the boundaries of the photographic medium. The exhibition is presented by Scotiabank, organized by the Ryerson Image Centre and a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
Museums of Mississauga
Inside the Anchorage & Bradley House located at Museums of Mississauga, the ARTbus will visit like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley), a Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, curated by Stuart Keeler. Erika DeFreitas explores the historic Bradley House (1830) in order to disrupt and challenge the authenticity of Canadian heritage narratives and staged displays of period domestic interiors. like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley) invites viewers to gain a deeper understanding of how heritage is staged, and the desire to locate authenticity in its prescribed narratives. Ultimately, the work seeks to dialogue with unspoken aspects of history within the constructs of romantic portrayals dominating the heritage sector, raising questions about who has the power in crafting and telling these stories.
Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, visit the opening of Propped, guest-curated by Gabrielle Moser. The exhibition explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in contemporary artistic practice, examining how objects help us to make and shape history. The word “prop" suggests an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human subject, one that is neither autonomous, nor a backdrop for human activity, but something in between: a “thing" that gains meaning through the context of its use. Through strategies of staged photography, re-enactment, stand-up comedy and assemblage, the artists included here position props as highly charged objects that mediate people, history, politics, and the landscape. There will be a performance by Oliver Husain at 4:00 pm at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Featuring work by Abbas Akhavan, Maya Ben David, Vincent Chevalier, Mark Clintberg and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Chris Curreri, Geoffrey Farmer, Oliver Husain, Aaron Jones, Eleanor King, Bev Koski, Duane Linklater, Divya Mehra, Hazel Meyer, Bridget Moser, Public Studio, and Walter Scott. Propped is made possible in part through the support of volunteers in the Oakville-Milton-Halton Hills St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.
12:00 pm: Ryerson Image Centre. Visit Scotiabank Photography Award: Suzy Lake.
1:30 pm: Museums of Mississauga. Visit like a conjuring (bringing water back to Bradley).
2:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit opening of Propped.
3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Opening of Propped continues, with refreshments.
5:00 pm: Drop-off at Ryerson Image Centre.
Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto
Museums of Mississauga
1620 Orr Road, Mississauga
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy Street, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville
Images (left to right): Suzy Lake, Thin Green Line, 2001, chromogenic print. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects; Erika DeFreitas, This which was so kindly a present was constant (detail), 2017, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist; Duane Linklater, Id (detail), 2016, drywall, plywood, steel framing, clay, found brick, moose hide moccasins. Courtesy of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and the Art Gallery of Alberta. Photo: Blaine Campbell.