Consulting with the Ether

Artwork of beaded butterfly suspended in front of panel of small mirrors.

Eh nón:we : Atátken Ao’shatsténhsera (It is where it is : Mirror Energy) by Grace Point.

Consulting with the Ether

May 7 – July 30, 2022
TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library

Consulting with the Ether is a free exhibition on display until July 30, 2022 in the TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library.

The exhibition places original artworks – beadwork, rubbings, drawing, painting, installation and 3D printed vessels – by students in 4th Year Indigenous Visual Culture courses at OCAD University alongside curated materials from Toronto Public Library’s Special Collections.

Visitor on stool with dragon projected onto their back as they look at simple outline of figure on wall of gallery.

descent by Tiffany Hon, a projection installation in response to an image of tattooing from the Library’s Toronto Star Photograph Archive.

This interplay is meant to guide the viewer in rethinking and reimagining their relationship to the materials. It offers a view into how each artist researched and engaged with each material. This work is never disconnected from place, from this land we live on. It necessarily engages with questions of how we meaningfully and ethically work within institutions on Indigenous land. It is curated by Dehmin Cleland, Tiffany Hon, Grace Point and Katie Pretti.

Display case showing object on and around curled bark on vintage document.

Mishomis Rock by Dehmin Osawamick Cleland, a beaded stone-shaped teacher placed on top of a reproduction map of the Great Lakes from 1778.

The Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University combines practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio-based learning, and courses in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.

Watch a video with Susan Blight, Assistant Professor and Delaney Chair of the Indigenous Visual Culture, summarizing the unique partnership behind the show. Read about how the exhibition foregrounds Indigenous research methods in an article from OCAD University.

Logos for OCAD University, Indigenous Visual Culture and Toronto Public Library.

TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street
Main floor, across from elevators.
Accessible. Automatic doors.

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1:30 to 5 pm. See webpage for holiday hours.

TD Gallery at Toronto Reference Library is our main exhibit space at Toronto Public Library. We curate four free exhibitions each year, showcasing our Special Collections and beyond. No tickets or library card needed — just walk in!


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