Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn


Wendy Coburn, Fable for Tomorrow, 2008, bisque-fired clay, 7” x 7” x 5.5” each. Courtesy of the Estate of Wendy Coburn and Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn

February 16 to May 14, 2022
Curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill
with video programming by Rebecca Garrett and b.h. Yael

Free public reception
Date to be confirmed. Please see our website for more information.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. Toronto

Wendy Coburn had significant impact on the Canadian art community as an artist, educator and activist who has exhibited internationally. Fable for Tomorrow presents the first survey of Wendy Coburn’s artwork. The exhibition provides an opportunity to bring together four decades of sculpture, installation, photography and video that reveals her ability to sense the pulse of a deep present while asking us to pay attention to other futures. Coburn’s work explores representations of gender, sexualities, everyday objects, material culture, and human/animal relations. Click here for full exhibition information.

Core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival.

The Estate of Wendy Coburn is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Wendy Coburn’s video works are represented by Vtape, please contact distribution@vtape.org for exhibitions, rentals and purchase.

Free Public Event Program, February to March

Holding Coburn: exhibition activation with Jess Dobkin
On alternate Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m., beginning February 19

Inspired by Wendy Coburn’s life and practice, Jess Dobkin will create a participatory performance exploring what art works are for, how we engage with and take care of them, and what goes into creating them.

Curators’ Tour with Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill
Date to be confirmed.

Join curators Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill as they share their perspective on Wendy Coburn’s multi-disciplinary practice and themes in the exhibition.

Panel Discussion on Wendy Coburn’s Commitments as an Artist: Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer and Liz Magor, moderated by Caroline Seck Langill
Date to be confirmed.

Our guest panelists will discuss Wendy Coburn’s facility as a maker and her uncanny ability to imbue her works with the principles by which she lived.

Video Curators’ Chat with Rebecca Garrett and b.h. Yael
Date to be confirmed.

Join Rebecca Garrett and b.h. Yael for a conversation discussing the intricacies of Wendy Coburn’s video works.

Please visit our website for event registration, information, and a full list of public events.


About Onsite Gallery

Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and new media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday to Friday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.

Gallery admission and all events are free.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all gender, single user washrooms.
» Detailed accessibility information found here

Please note: proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Information:
Emily Gove
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
416-977-6000, Ext. 456

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