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President's Speaker Series

OCAD U is hosting one of the UK’s most influential curators Dr. Zoé Whitley and famed Star Trek Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips, as part of the President’s Speaker Series featuring BIPOC leaders in art and design.

Sustaining Black Creativity:
A conversation with Dr. Zoé Whitley

January 11, 2022 - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EST)
Register for Sustaining Black Creativity: A conversation with Dr. Zoe Whitley

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Dr. Zoé Whitley
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Join us for a conversation with one of the UK’s most influential curators and cultural leaders, Dr. Zoé Whitley on the future of Black art. The free-ranging conversation will cover the sustainability of diverse talent in the arts community, including how we can support the mosaic of artistic talent, while building a future where BIPOC artists thrive, including our galleries, monuments, street art and infrastructure. This includes the present and future of expanding art history and shifting institutional frameworks for artists. The talk will be hosted by Dr. Fatona, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production.    

About Dr. Zoé Whitley

Dr. Zoé Whitley is an American art historian and curator who has been Director of Chisenhale Gallery since 2020. Based in London, UK, she has held curatorial positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate galleries, and the Hayward Gallery. She is a Black leader in the arts and is at the forefront of empowering diverse voices. Her work promotes exceptional Black and BIPOC art through local activism that reverberates globally. Her research interests include contemporary artists and art practices from Africa and the African diaspora. The sustainability of diverse talent is in the minds of many in the artistic community.

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Dr. Andrea Fatona
About Dr. Andrea Fatona

Dr. Andrea Fatona is an independent curator, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Canadian Black Diasporic Cultural Production. She is concerned with issues of equity within the sphere of the arts and the pedagogical possibilities of art works produced by Black Canadians in articulating broader perspectives of Canadian identities. Her broader interest is in the ways art, ‘culture’ and ‘education’ can be employed to illuminate complex issues that pertain to social justice, citizenship, belonging and nationhood.  She is the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and was the 2017/18 OCAD U-Massey Fellow.

Dr. Andrea Fatona will guide Dr. Whitley in free-ranging conversation on how she thinks we can sustain the multiplicity of artistic talent, while building the future where BIPOC artists thrive, including in our galleries, our monuments, street art, and art infrastructure.

How to Dress a Terran Emperor: A Respectful Dialogue with Costume Designer Gersha Phillips

Postponed. Check back to register for newly scheduled date/time (formerly scheduled for February 11, 2022 at 10 a.m)

Join us for a conversation with winning costume designer Gersha Phillips who will discuss the thinking and making of costumes for Star Trek: Discovery and her long list of film and television credits. Topics will include the role of 3D printing and other innovative technologies in costume design; diversity and inclusion in the film and television industry; and tips on where design students might find opportunities in the Toronto film and television industry. The talk will be hosted by OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall. 
 

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Gersha Phillips
About Gersha Phillips

Gersha Phillips' merits an international eye for fashion. Born in England to parents of Caribbean and African descent, she and her family moved to Canada when she was twelve years old. Since then, her work has carried her all over the world. 

Phillips is currently designing for the feature film, “The Woman King” in South Africa, starring Viola Davis, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, scheduled to be released in 2022. Phillips is best known for her Costume Design work on the TV series Star Trek: Discovery (2017-2021), for which she won the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design (CAFTCAD) award for Best Costume Design in TV Sci-Fi/ Fantasy in 2021. 

Phillips and her team have been nominated for three Costume Designers Guild (CDG) Awards, an Online Film and Television (OFTA) Award and a Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts & Design (CAFTCAD) award. Alongside the seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, Gersha has designed eight Trek Shorts, also streaming on CBS All Access. Phillips was the Consultant on the first four episodes and Co-Designer of episode 101 of the eagerly anticipated Star Trek: Strange New World. After Star Trek: Discovery, rumour has it she’ll beam onto another Star Trek endeavour, keeping her creative energy in orbit for a while to come.  

Phillip's film credits include, but are not limited to, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2", “Miles Ahead'', "Life", and "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones", which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Limited television credits include "Incorporated", "House of Cards" and “Falling Skies.” Gersha is a member of IATSE 892, 829, and 873 Toronto. Phillips is a founding member of CAFTCAD, the Canadian Alliance of Film and Television Costume Arts and Design in 2008. 

Her costume design work was shown in exhibitions such as Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume Design (2001 – 2012) at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the 12th Annual Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition (2018) at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum in Los Angeles and in 2022 (dates TBA), Phillips Star Trek Discovery fans will be able to view Phillips costumes live and in person at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC which is scheduled for 2022.

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Dr. Dori Tunstall
About Dr. Dori Tunstall

Dr. Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture and design. As Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, she is the first Black and Black female dean of a faculty of design. She is a recognized leader in the decolonization of art and design education.  

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation, Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions include UX strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dr. Tunstall holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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OCAD U is hosting one of the UK’s most influential curators Dr. Zoé Whitley and famed Star Trek Discovery costume designer Gersha Phillips, as part of the President’s Speaker Series featuring BIPOC leaders in art and design.   

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Enduring Resilience and Flow: The Lower Don River

Thursday, September 23

2:00 pm

Pre-registration required - registration will open Thursday, September 2 at 12:00pm; register here.

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience.

Join artist, writer, and cartographer, Daniel Rotsztain, for a walk exploring the Lower Don River’s shallow, silty flow; its importance to the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee and its history of being both a gateway and a barrier to early industrialization. Outdoor event with limited capacity; pre-registration required.

Daniel Rotsztain is the Urban Geographer, an artist, writer, cartographer and landscape designer whose projects seek to understand and support the diverse settings of the city’s public life. Daniel is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Here and Now, where he recommends local day trips in Southern Ontario. The author of All the Libraries Toronto and A Colourful History Toronto, his work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Now Magazine and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Gladstone Hotel, and as part of Nuit Blanche.

*Meeting point near the Lower Don River will be shared with registered participants in advance of the event.

The program will be about one hour long, and the route takes sidewalks. Please contact us with any specific questions or inquiries regarding accessibility.

 

Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience

September 15 to December 11, 2021

Ours is a world in flux. Extreme weather events are propelling governments, cities, developers, designers and others to question our ability to confront and survive the repercussions of climate change, natural disasters and other shocks to our communities. As we face increasingly unpredictable environmental conditions, many of the world’s poorest residents are at risk of drought, sea level rise, and the loss of habitat that supports fishing, farming, and other livelihoods.

Art Works for Change invited visionary architects and artists to consider artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter. In  Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience, science, technology, architecture, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to survive and thrive amid a changing climate?  How can we address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable citizens? Through a variety of innovative ideas — high-tech and low-tech, extravagant, and affordable — the exhibition begins to address the challenges of excess heat, droughts, flooding, food insecurity, homelessness, mass violence, biological disaster, and earthquake.

Featuring works by:

Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE, Mary Mattingly, Vincent Callebaut, Chris Jordan, Thomas L. Kelly, Liam Kelly, The Empowerment Plan, Phil Ross, Pedro Reyes, ZO-loft Architecture and Design, William McDonough + Partners, Achim Menges, Andrew Maynard Architects, Tina Hovsepian, Alejandro Aravena, Jenny Sabin and Eric Ellingsen Studio Lab: Jingyang Liu Leo, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, Peta Feng and Malgorzata Pawlowska, Davison Design: Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao, Journeyman Pictures, IKEA Foundation and UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency)

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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; click here to book a visit.

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OCAD U student group Art in Public Spaces invites you to their speaker series of artists and members of the Toronto public art world who discuss their work, including inspiration, proposals, fabrication, and they will respond to your questions:

Speaker: Morris Wazney
Date: Monday, November 23, 2020
Time: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. EST
Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams

Morris Wazney is an artist based in Toronto. Morris' sculptural work is often focused on the combined absence and presence of the human body and memory, and in looking at the natural imperfections in symmetrical forms. Working in two disciplines, Morris' painting practice is driven by the research and observation of natural and architectural forms and her sculptural practice leans more towards fabrication research, interactive art and installation. Currently, her work has been centred around metal fabrication, with a specific focus on bronze and aluminum casting.

Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page:
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/9Iif9RctyEa36DXq0HA5qg2

Click on the date AND the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!
The event will appear in your Outlook Calendar with a new link to follow on the date/time of the workshop.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS IN THE SERIES:
December 7: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Bornis

ABOUT ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
Art in Public Spaces club is a public art incubator for students and grads at OCAD U, generating a supportive community to critique, advise, and, if desired, collaborate on public art submissions.

For more information about this student group and others, visit www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

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OCAD U student group Art in Public Spaces invites you to their speaker series of artists and members of the Toronto public art world who discuss their work, including inspiration, proposals, fabrication, and they will respond to your questions:

Speaker: Blue Republic
Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. EST
Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams

With their recently installed “Stargate” on Redpath Ave., Blue Republic’s research is concerned with discourses around globalization, contemporary experience, and disruption of the binary that divides art from a broader social space. Our artistic practice consists of trans-media and site-specific installations, public interventions, as well as land art, new media, performance and participatory projects. Blue Republic is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects in Toronto, and can be contacted through the gallery, or email: anna@bluerepublic.ca.

Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page:
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/i8bHjmWD0Emynr13HfSZZw2

Click on the date AND the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!
The event will appear in your Outlook Calendar with a new link to follow on the date/time of the workshop.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS IN THE SERIES:
November 23: Morris Wazney
December 7: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Bornis

ABOUT ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
Art in Public Spaces club is a public art incubator for students and grads at OCAD U, generating a supportive community to critique, advise, and, if desired, collaborate on public art submissions.

For more information about this student group and others, visit www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

 

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