Jenn Goodwin, Curator – Toronto

Jenn Goodwin is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto. Previously, she received a BFA from Concordia University in Contemporary Dance. A dance artist, curator, and producer, her dance work and short films have been shown across Canada and internationally. She has worked as an artistic producer/programmer with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche since its inception and has curated performance and exhibitions for The Art Bank, Zalucky Contemporary, Summerworks, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre. Her most recent curatorial endeavor, Thunderstruck, with Aganetha Dyck, Brendan Fernandes, Angela Miracle Gladue, Jillian Groening, La calq, Michelle Latimer opens tonight at A Space Gallery. There will be an opening night performance of Révérence by Brendan Fernandes at 7pm.

  1. Meets & moves: dance meetings, walk & talks

Finding ways to combine meetings and movement. Move more, dance more, and meet… more? Or just enough, but differently… and find ways to be together in new ways. Many a meeting I have had with other parents, while pushing swings, walking with strollers, or dancing around various small humans or situations to try to have a conversation and hatch ideas. Most recently one of my favourite after-work meetings was with my friend and co-worker Kate Nankervis. We did a Beyoncé dance class at Underground Dance a couple weeks ago instead of going for an end-of-day bite, drink or the days debrief… It was fun and sweaty and celebratory. Good meeting!

  1. Scarborough

Hiba Abdallah, Everything I Wanted to Tell You, 2018

I have had the immense pleasure to get to know Scarborough a bit over the past two years working as an artistic producer of the Nuit Blanche Scarborough exhibitions curated in 2018 by Alyssa Fearon and in 2019 Ashley McKenzie-Barnes. I have been working in and around Scarborough for a limited period of time, but the Scarborough pride, the doubles, the Bluffs, Fool’s Paradise, the murals, the artists, RISE Mondays, STC, the SRT, UTSC/ DMG, the people, the people, the people have shown me an incredibly special part of Toronto with generous and infectious energy, and a love for people and place that I have never witnessed before.

  1. Parenting/stumbling

I am constantly humbled by and stumbling through parenthood, which often feels like an intimidating, thankless, snuggly warm bed of true love and thorns. It is ridiculously important and serious, and yet a place to also be ridiculously silly and unimportant. It can be hard AF at times, and just pure, unabashed joy at others. I am lucky to be mom to Peter and Sam, and to be parenting them with my husband Neville, who says he’s been ”reading the same line of the goddamn newspaper for ten years” because you can’t actually finish a sentence with kids around. So many friends and neighbors help out so often: the village is real and I am grateful for it. Sometimes I write down things they/we say in a quote book. Contributing to and reading this book brings me joy. It is a document of many small, in-between, meaningful moments.

  1. Sister Co-Resister at the Toronto Biennale this Friday

Claire Lim and Emily Mun, to my past and future ancestors, 2019, Open Source Gallery (photo: Stefan Hagen, courtesy: Annie Wong)

I am thrilled Toronto’s Biennale is flourishing and has been received so well. And it is going way too fast! It ends December 1! Although I wish I could see so many more things, I’ve been talking about JOMO lately (the joy of missing out), happy to know it’s happening even if you can’t a get to it. BUT I definitely won’t miss going to see Sister Co-Resister this Friday, November 22.

  1. Temporary public art

Anandam Dance/Brandy Leary, Ephemeral Artifacts, 2019

I have been working in the field of temporary public art for over two decades: Nuit Blanche, site specific dance and performance, etc. And with Toronto’s mayor just announcing that 2021 will be the Year of Public Art, I’m excited to see the city embrace its public art and also expand the idea of what public art is, and jam on ideas around the importance and far reaching impact of what we may think of as ephemeral.  I love thinking about the traces, presence, markings, and memories of temporary art, and how it is interwoven into the sites and viewers it comes across.