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AGYU FALL 2018: GIVE-ON-AND-WITH
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Opening Tomorrow Night: Betsabeé Romero: Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces

Join us Thursday, September 13, 6 – 9 pm for the opening reception of Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces by Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero. Monumental in scale and comprised of five commissioned works, Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces is shaped by Romero’s experiences, encounters, and exchanges in Toronto and New Credit in May 2017 as well as further research developed over the past year and a half—particularly in the aftermath of the Mexico City earthquake—into Canada and its mining practices in the Americas. Bookended by a post-apocalyptic landscape of “lost” marker trees pointing in all directions and an invitation to commune under a Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent) reinterpreted as a series of inter-connected plumes, Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces weaves together a sophisticated story of strength, solidarity, and wisdom.

Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces is co-curated by Emelie Chhangur (AGYU Interim Director/Curator) and Cathie Jamieson (artist, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Band Council Member). Commissioned work produced in collaboration with Department of Visual Art and Art History’s L.L. Odette Artist-in-Residency and the Computational Arts Program in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD). Financial and travel support for the artist was provided by Mexican Consulate and AEROMEXICO.

Public Programs

Unaligned Seminar: The We Love Édouard Glissant Edition! | Wednesday, 26 September @ 7pm
Join us on Wednesday, September 26, at 7pm as we re-launch our Unaligned Seminar: The We Love Édouard Glissant Edition, hosted by Jonathan Adjemian. We venture forth to read in style … TTC style, that is, discussing in transit and in situ in some of the many TTC stations in the city. We consider Édouard Glissant’s poetics, and the links between his thought and our current state. RSVP to Michael Maranda for location: mmarand@yorku.ca

Student Tour Series | Wednesday, 17 October @ 6–7 pm | AGYU
Join PhD candidate in Indigenous Studies at York University Lance Morrison for a tour of Betsabeé Romero’s AGYU exhibition. Lance discusses the artist’s transposition of Indigenous art and production in the North Americas through his experience with Indigenous scholars, the teachings of Elders, and participation in ceremonies.

Contemporary Bus Tour | Sunday, 14 October @ 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) at 12 noon and then departs for the Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of Mississauga, and Doris McCarthy Gallery. RSVP to october-art-bus.eventbrite.ca

Tour with Cathie Jamieson | Sunday, 21 October @ 2 pm | AGYU
Join Braided Roots / Trenzando raíces co-curator Cathie Jamieson and fellow members of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation for a discussion of Betsabeé Romero’s work. Cathie lends a personal perspective on the trajectory of the exhibition and discusses the coincidental connections forged through its making.


AND! DON’T MISS AGYU ACROSS THE GTA THIS FALL

Opening Thursday, September 27:
Anthony Gebrehiwot
AGYU @ CONTACT GALLERY | 80 SPADINA AVE., SUITE 205

From September 16 – October 20 at the CONTACT GALLERY in downtown Toronto, AGYU presents a commissioned set of photographs by Scarborough-based photographer Anthony Gebrehiwot. As a documentary photographer of the spoken word scene here in Toronto, Gebrehiwot has a long history with R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) and a long-standing commitment to social justice work through photography. AGYU commissioned Gebrehiwot to be the on-set/still photographer for our commissioned film RISE (by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca) but also to use this opportunity to begin a series of portraits of the poets and rappers engaged in the film. Gebrehiwot spent six (long, tiring) overnights on set in the TTC Line One Subway Extension photographing the behind-the-scenes of the film and using the stations as the mise-en-scène for this brand-new series of portraits. Curated by Emelie Chhangur. Artists in attendance.

AGYU @ NUIT BLANCHE SCARBOROUGH | Cineplex Odeon Theatre,
Scarborough Town Centre | 29 September | 7 pm

It is with the full-clamour of “Scarborough sounds” that AGYU celebrates the inaugural Nuit Blanche Scarborough! (Insert finger snapping here.) We were elated to hear that this all-night contemporary art event has finally turned its attention to this formidable suburb. (Jeeez.) Especially since we just spent the better part of this year working in collaboration with Randell Adjei’s R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) and spoken word poets and rappers from across the GTA. (Hmmmm.) So, it is with respect that we announce the Canadian Premiere of RISE, AGYU’s newest film commission directed by Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca at the Cineplex Odeon Theatre at the Scarborough Town Centre on September 29 from 7 pm – 2 am.


The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm; and Saturday, closed.

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.
Everything is FREE

Directions: TTC: Ride LINE ONE to York University Station: the gallery entrance faces the south exit. Driving: Enter YorkU Keele Campus via The Pond Road. Park in the Student Services garage. WheelTrans: the closest WheelTrans stop is York University Subway Station, North Exit.

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership.

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For more information or to request images or interviews with the artists, please contact Emelie Chhangur, Interim Director/Curator at Emelie@yorku.ca or 416.736.5169.

IMAGE: Betsabeé Romero, Swinging hearts with our hands on our maternal belly/Vientres batientes con nuestras manos en nuestro vientre matern and Wall that Moves Me/Muros que me Mueven (installation view), 2018, Art Gallery of York University

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