CANADIAN ART FILM SERIES
MAKING HISTORY: A SYMPOSIUM
2007 REEL ARTISTS FILM FESTIVAL
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Friday February 27 and Saturday
The new Canadian Art Film Series features documentary films on
Canadian and international contemporary visual artists. Leading
directors train their sights on some of the most influential artists
of our time. Come and view these intimate portraits. Organized by
Between two evenings of films, spend the day with some of the
leading voices in Canada's visual art world. Canadian Art, with the
Department of Fine Art, University of Toronto, and the Faculty of
Fine Arts, York University, presents "Making History," a day of
discussion with leading Canadian artists and teachers who examine
the intersection of contemporary art and academia. Join us for a day
CANADIAN ART FILM SERIES PROGRAM
All screenings at Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Room L72, Toronto
MAKING HISTORY: A SYMPOSIUM
Innis College Town Hall,
University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto.
Friday February 27, 7:30pm
AN EVENING WITH RORY LOGSDAIL
With 50 films to his
credit, British filmmaker Rory Logsdail opens up the artists'
personal world. A screening of his films will be followed by a
question period with the director. The Canadian Art Foundation
wishes to thank the BBC for their generosity in granting permission
to screen Artist's Eye: Juan Muñoz and Artist's Eye: Julian Opie.
Rodney Graham, What is Happy, Baby? (6 minutes, 2000) An
insightful look into the world of Rodney Graham that reveals some of the
inspiration for recent works. This film captures both his personality
and musical interests.
Julian Opie, Machines for Looking (9 minutes, 2001) In this
fast-paced film, we see the world through Opie's eyes and his minimal
yet expressive work that explores representation and the process of
Gilbert & George, Serpentine Gallery (6 minutes 30 seconds,
2002) Gilbert & George take us on a personal tour of their "Dirty Words"
exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery with their usual wit and
Shirazeh Houshiary, Invisible Chant (15 minutes 10 seconds,
2003) Painter Shirazeh Houshiary teaches us how to see anew as we
witness her create her contemplative, exquisite paintings.
Juan Muñoz, Double Bind (9 minutes, 2001)
The remarkable Spanish artist Juan Muñoz died tragically following
his exhibition "Double Bind" at the Tate Modern in 2001. This film
captures Muñoz's personal thoughts as he worked toward the completion of
what was to be his final exhibition.
Friday February 27, 9:30pm
Philip Guston: A Life Lived (Michael Blackwood Productions,
US, 58 minutes, 1980) A major influence on painters today, Guston's work
was the focus of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in
2003. In this film Guston speaks candidly about his philosophy of
painting and the psychological motivation for his work.
Bill Viola: The Eye of the Heart (Mark Kidel, UK, 59 minutes, 2003) We
explore the life experiences and images that inspire Bill Viola's art
making — the work of Giotto, death of loved ones and the landscape of
the American southwest. All come together in a powerful portrait of this
quintessential video artist.
Saturday February 28, 7:30pm
Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World (Mary
Lance, US, 57 minutes, 2002) One of the great painters of the 20th
century, Agnes Martin reveals her process of painting starting from the
moment of inspiration. She tells us about her vision after her
twenty-year career, her childhood in Canada and her years in New York in
the 1950s and 60s. Filmed at her studio in Taos, New Mexico.
On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out (Teri Wehn-Damisch, France, 56
minutes, 2002) Wehn-Damisch brings us into Snow's world by reversing
the slow zoom-in of "Wavelength," the artist's influential experimental
film. Commented on and accompanied by Snow at the piano, the zoom-out
becomes a progressive discovery of the artist's work.
Saturday February 28, 9:30pm
The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs (Annette Mangaard, Canada, 50
minutes, 2002) In this intimate portrait, Maggs shares his working
method and life perspective as he prepares for an exhibition at The
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
The Cremaster Cycle: A Conversation with Matthew Barney
(Michael Blackwood Productions, US, 58 minutes, 2003) Matthew
Kimmelman, chief art critic of the New York Times, has called Barney
"the most important artist of his generation." In conversation with
Kimmelman, Barney guides us through his remarkable installation at the
Guggenheim Museum, providing insight into his mythic Cremaster Cycle.
Schedule subject to change.
Saturday February 28, 9:00am-4:30pm
Canadian Art, with the Department of Fine Art, University of
Toronto, and the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, presents "Making
History," a day of discussion with leading Canadian artists and teachers
who examine the intersection of contemporary art and academia.
Registration and Breakfast (included for registered participants)
Who creates contemporary art history? The network of
museums and galleries that show the work; the market that trades it;
the universities and art schools; the artists? What happens to art
not being taught? Is it outside history? Is history made in the
studio or the classroom?
BRUCE FERGUSON, Columbia University
SCOTT WATSON, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia
MARK CHEETHAM, University of Toronto
JOHANNE LAMOUREUX, Université de Montréal
MODERATED BY MARC GOTLIEB, University of Toronto
Lunch (included for registered participants)
What makes an artist? Do artists need academic
qualifications? Does a degree correlate with talent? Is the
university now home for avant garde practice?
KEN LUM, University of British Columbia
SARAH PARSONS, York University
LISA STEELE AND KIM TOMCZAK, University of Toronto
MODERATED BY RICHARD RHODES, Canadian Art
Does contemporary Canadian art have a history? Is it a
Canadian history or a subset of international art history? Is
internationalism the measure of achievement for Canadian art? What role
do our institutions play in supporting contemporary Canadian art?
YDESSA HENDELES, Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation
MATTHEW TEITELBAUM, Art Gallery of Ontario
PIERRE THÉBERGE, National Gallery of Canada
MODERATED BY ELIZABETH LEGGE, University of Toronto
The Canadian Art Film Series and Symposium is presented
with the generous support of
The Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts
Phil Lind - Sponsor of An Evening with Rory Logsdail
Thank you to Robert Burley, Oliver Groom, Laura Michalchyshyn,
Charlotte Mickie, Tom Ready and Jim Shedden for their assistance. And to
Laura Trisorio for inspiring the film series.
|Above image credits
(Left to right):
On Snow's Wavelength, Zoom Out, Courtesy First Run Icarus Films
The Cremaster Cycle: A Conversation with Matthew Barney, Courtesy Michael Blackwood Productions
Rodney Graham, What is Happy, Baby? Rory Logsdail, Courtesy Firefly Pictures
Agnes Martin: With My Back to the World, Courtesy New Deal Films, Inc.