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Our guest panelists Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer and Liz Magor, with moderator Caroline Seck Langill, will discuss Wendy Coburn’s facility as a maker and her uncanny ability to imbue her works with the principles by which she lived.

Watch the Panel Discussion on Wendy Coburn’s Commitments as an Artist, featuring guest panelists Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer and Liz Magor, moderated by Caroline Seck Langill here: 

About the panelists:

Ian Carr-Harris has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant. Professor Emeritus at OCAD University, he was a founding Board member of A Space and of The Power Plant in Toronto. He is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto, and in 2012 was named a recipient of the Governor-General's Awards in the Visual and Media Arts. He has published reviews and articles on art since the early 1970's, and an anthology of his writings is soon to be published by Concordia University Press.

Barbara Fischer is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto as well as an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and the Director of the Master of Visual Studies program in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

Fischer has curated award-winning solo and group exhibitions in the area of contemporary art and its histories, including the internationally circulating retrospective exhibition General Idea Editions 1967-1995 (Kunstverein Munich, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunst-Werke ICA Berlin, CAAC Seville, Henry Art Gallery Seattle, and the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, among others), and Projections (2007), the first major survey (and touring exhibition) on projection-based works in the history of contemporary art in Canada. Most recently, she partnered with five curators from across Canada to produce the first survey of conceptual art in Canada (Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980) which premiered at the University of Toronto Galleries in the fall of 2010 and toured across the country through 2013. In a new configuration, Continental Drift: Conceptual art in Canada in the 1960s and 70s was presented at the Badischer Kunstverein (Germany) — the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind to travel to Europe. It moves in revised form to the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris in 2014.

Barbara Fischer is the recipient of the 2008 Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art, and was appointed commissioner and curator of Mark Lewis’ project of the Canadian Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

Liz Magor is a Vancouver-based artist who studied at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Parsons School of Design, New York; and the Vancouver School of Art. Since the early 1970s, Magor has produced sculptural and photographic works concerned with the latent, affective range of familiar materials, images and objects.

Her work has been exhibited in major international exhibitions such as Documenta VIII , Kassel; the 41st Venice Biennale, and the 4th Biennale of Sydney. In 2019 Magor presented an exhibition titled BLOWOUT at the Carpenter Center for Visual Art, Cambridge, Mass. The exhibition traveled to the Renaissance Society in Chicago accompanied by a publication.

She has had solo exhibitions at Le Credac, Ivry-sur Seine, France; Peephole, Milan, Italy; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2016 the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal mounted a 40 year retrospective which travelled to the Migros fur Gegenwartskunst , Zurich; then on to the Kunstverein in Hamburg; and the MAMAC in Nice. The exhibition was accompanied by a publication from JRP/ Ringier, Zurich

Liz Magor received the Governor General’s Award in 2001, the Audain Prize in 2009, and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2014. In 2017/18 she was a guest of the DAAD Kunstler in Berlin Program.

About the moderator:

Caroline Seck Langill is a writer and curator whose academic scholarship and curatorial work looks at the intersections between art and science, as well as the related fields of new media art history, criticism and preservation. Her interests in non-canonical art histories, gender studies and Indigenous epistemologies have led her to writing and exhibition-making that could be considered post-disciplinary. With Lizzie Muller, she has been looking at questions of liveliness in art and artifacts. This ongoing research resulted in the exhibition Lively Objects for ISEA: Disruption (2015) in which undisciplined objects were woven through traditional displays and historical tableau at the Museum of Vancouver. She resides in Peterborough and works at OCAD University where she is Vice-President Academic and Provost. With Andrea Fatona, she is the co-curator of Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn.


Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn

February 16 to May 14, 2022 at Onsite Gallery

Curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill with video programming by b.h. Yael and Rebecca Garrett

Core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival

Wendy Coburn had significant impact on the Canadian art community as an artist, educator and activist who has exhibited internationally. Fable for Tomorrow presents the first survey of Wendy Coburn’s artwork. The exhibition provides an opportunity to bring together four decades of sculpture, installation, photography and video that reveals her ability to sense the pulse of a deep present while asking us to pay attention to other futures. Coburn’s work explores representations of gender, sexualities, everyday objects, material culture, and human/animal relations. Click here for full exhibition information.

The Estate of Wendy Coburn is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Wendy Coburn’s video works are represented by Vtape; please contact for exhibitions, rentals and purchase.

logos: Onsite Gallery, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Nexus, V Tape With additional support from: Anonymous, Jess Dobkin, Barbara Fischer, Alice Klein, Caroline Seck Langill and Angela Robertson

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.


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Guest panelists Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer, and Liz Magor, with moderator Caroline Seck Langill, will discuss Wendy Coburn’s facility as a maker and her uncanny ability to imbue her works with the principles by which she lived.

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Accompanying Onsite Gallery's current exhibition, Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, this online panel moderated by Michael Piper of the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty will present and discuss practices of collaboration, creation, and community research that aim to address systemic issues of oppression, with speakers including artist Cindy Blažević (Toronto, ON); Jessica Kirk, Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism (Toronto, ON); Rowan Lynch, Hearth (Toronto, ON); and Derrick Meeking, Empowerment Plan (Detroit, MI). Presented in partnership with John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.

Online event; Zoom link will be sent to registered attendees. Click here to register.

ASL interpretation provided.


Michael Piper is an Assistant Professor of urban design and architecture and director of the Master of Urban Design program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching focus on the relationship between design, equity, and political-economic contexts with particular attention on the social and formal transformation of North American suburbs. He is a co-founder of tuf lab, a research group that brings together urban design and urban planning faculty at U of T. He is also a founding partner of dub studios, a design studio with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles where he manages urban design projects. Current projects and coursework focus creating multi-family housing in North American single-family suburbs and cultural spaces of citizens underrepresented in mainstream design and planning. He is a co-coordinator of Engage-Design-Build, a research and outreach program in partnership with the Toronto District School Board that connects with underrepresented youth about their communities and the design lead for Toronto Housing Works exhibition. Michael is from Atlanta and has also lived in Alaska, Abu Dhabi, New York, Los Angeles, Croatia, Paris, Columbus, OH, and Boston.


Cindy Blažević is a visual artist whose research-based practice uses photography, performance and multimedia to investigate identity, belonging and systems of power and exclusion. Deeply invested in activism and social engagement, she has spent years exploring Canada’s penal system, immigration policies and constructions of citizenship, often through collaborative processes with diverse communities. Through both documentary and fiction, she critiques the systems within which she operates. Her work has been exhibited and awarded internationally. Blažević was the inaugural Artist in Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. She currently lives in Toronto with her three rambunctious kids and her partner, Pascal. You can see her work at

Jessica Kirk is a cultural worker, curator and community organizer based in Toronto. She is the Executive Director of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism, a project of Black Lives Matter Canada that serves as fertile ground for Black creativity and organizing in the city. She holds an M.A. in Social Justice Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and her thesis was written on Black geographies and critical creative practice within and beyond the city.

Founded in 2019 as an artist-run space, Hearth seeks to provide a site to present projects within a context that values collaboration, experimentation, and community. As a structural element in the makeup of a house, and a tool providing warmth, light, and food; a hearth gathers us towards itself, and towards each other. Hearth is located on Ulster St. just east of Three Star Variety (621 Bathurst, Toronto, ON, M5S 2R2). See or @hearth.garage for information on past and present programming.

Derrick Meeking is native Detroiter with a professional background in nonprofit management, workforce development, local economic development, and social enterprise business models. His experience spans over 12 years which creates a unique professional profile rooted in a desire to improve the quality of life for historically disenfranchised people and marginalized communities through education, research, grassroots activism, and the promotion of innovative community economic development solutions. Derrick currently serves as the Director of Workforce and Programs at the Empowerment Plan, where their mission is to “End generational homelessness through employment”. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University.

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Onsite Gallery, OCAD University is happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition, ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.

What is the family kit?

The family kit is a self-guided tour designed for families or younger visitors. It contains questions and activities to help younger audiences engage with the artwork within the exhibition.

The family kit has:

  1. Activity cards that includes questions and activities organized by artwork. It consists of three parts:
    1. Something to think about…
      This section has questions that encourages viewers to have a closer look at the artwork in order to help them engage with the main ideas proposed by the artwork. Great for any age 3 years+.
    2. Activity (each has its own name)
      These are didactic activities thought to stimulate the use of diverse senses as well as the imagination of the young visitors and their companions.
    3. Let’s continue the discussion!
      Questions with a higher level of complexity. They are meant for a teen audience and those that are critical-thinking oriented.
  2. Family kit (the box) with diverse materials that are provided for the activities.


Intended audiences

  • Children from 3 years +, but toddlers may also join the fun
  • Teenagers
  • Their companions and/or caregivers

How to access the family kit
Simply visit Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West) and ask for the family kit at the front desk.

The family kit was created by Karina Roman Justo and activity cards designed by Ghislan Timm.


Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Artists from throughout the circumpolar north share kinship with each other and their ancestors, love for their homelands, and respect for the land and its inhabitants. Yet they also share histories of colonialism and experience its ongoing legacies and are united in their desire to protect northern ecologies, languages, peoples and knowledge from the nefarious effects of climate change, encroaching industry and competition. These resistance efforts do not merely express, they give shape to a collective ecology of care, a “decolonial love” (in the words of Leanne Simpson and others) that is both generous and generative. These works invite viewers to contemplate relationships between textual and embodied Indigenous knowledges, innovation and sustainability, humour and resilience, and our collective responsibility to northern life and land. The exhibition publication is available online here.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

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Call to: OCAD University Faculty of Art Students

Position: Member on Onsite Gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee

Onsite Gallery is currently recruiting an OCAD U student who is currently enrolled in the Faculty of Art to participate as a member of the gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee. The member will attend and participate in biannual committee meetings.

Onsite Gallery’s Advisory Programming Committee

Purpose and Role:

  • The committee is a component of the internal Onsite Gallery advisory council.
  • Members of the committee are non-voting and will provide advice and input on overall direction for exhibitions, public programming, artists/designers, as well as discuss possible risks, related conversations, and other related items.


  • The committee is made up of five members from OCAD University’s Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Onsite Gallery's administrative staff.

Duration and Frequency:

  • Must be able to serve on the committee for two years.
  • The members will meet biannually (twice a year), with the first meeting the afternoon of April 21, 2020.


  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student in the Faculty of Art.
  • Must be able to serve on the committee for two years and attend all biannual meetings.
  • Interest in contemporary art and design.


Please submit the following to Lisa Deanne Smith, Curator, at

  • A cover letter outlining:
    • your program and year of study
    • your interest in the position
    • your interest in art and design

Deadline: Deadline is March 1, 2020. It is recommended you submit your cover letter as early as possible, as submissions will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be filled if a suitable candidate applies prior to the deadline.

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raise a flag: works from the Indigenous Art Collection

A capacity crowd gathered yesterday evening for the opening night of Onsite Gallery’s new exhibition, T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers, which showcases the artist’s recent series of images featuring blooms from unique gardens across the globe and vessels from international museums.

Some of the images were photographed at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, England, a residence that Prince Andrew shares with his two daughters and Sarah, Duchess of York. The Duchess travelled to Toronto especially for the exhibition opening and highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of the artist’s work during her speech.

The artist, an Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) graduate, produces works that combine photography with digital painting, which allows complex adjustment of pixels to enhance the image. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the result is an interesting combination of old and new.

“Flowers play a significant cultural role with their virtually audible messages of congratulations, condolences, get well, forgive me, welcome, and peace,” said Glass. 

The artist also recently started to use 3D printing technology to create sculptures of flowers in vases, based on photographic scans, which are shown in the exhibition. A video work in collaboration with Bob Ezrin, the Canadian producer behind Pink Floyd’s album The Wall is also displayed at the gallery for the public’s appreciation.

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers is curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries and is part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Supported by Epson, B3K, Phase One, Carlos Fernandes and Nexus, the exhibition is free and runs until August 18.

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Sarah, Duchess of York, with President Sara Diamond at Onsite Gallery, photo by Kathryn Hollinrake
Sarah, Duchess of York, with Francisco Alvarez at Onsite Gallery, photo by Kathryn Hollinrake


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