Fall 2020 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


On view from 26 September 2020–3 January 2021, The Power Plant is thrilled to re-open its doors and present three new exhibitions by Canadian artists Nathan Eugene Carson, Manuel Mathieu, and Howie Tsui. Each artist explores individual and collective histories to consider the political dynamics of place- and identity-making.

Nathan Eugene Carson: Cut from the same cloth
Curator: Laura Demers, TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow

In his first major institutional solo exhibition, Nathan Eugene Carson presents several interrelated series of paintings and mixed-media works on paper. Known for figurative explorations of hybrid creatures, animals, and human figures—both fictional and historical—Carson’s subjects emerge from richly-pigmented surfaces, and illuminate narratives that weave together themes of Black identity and history, personal memories, and charged symbolism.

Manuel Mathieu: World Discovered Under Other Skies
Curator: Amin Alsaden, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow

Manuel Mathieu’s first solo exhibition in Toronto features a constellation of new and past works—including paintings, drawings, and ceramics—shedding light on the relationship between his familial homeland, Haiti, and the world. Mathieu is known for vibrant paintings that seamlessly merge abstraction with figuration. His work reflects on our intertwined lives, in which the boundaries between the past and present or the personal and political are often blurred. By unearthing the traumas of state violence, he addresses issues that remain as urgent today as they have been throughout Haitian and global history.

Howie Tsui: From swelling shadows, we draw our bows
Curator: Justine Kohleal

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui presents two algorithmic animations, accompanied by lenticular and chromogenic prints in lightboxes and a site-specific installation in the Clerestory, to collectively examine the complexities of the Chinese diasporic experience. Growing up between Hong Kong, Lagos, and Thunder Bay, Tsui has described his childhood and adolescence as existing on the threshold of Chinese and Colonial culture. His artworks reflect this duality, blending classical and contemporary Chinese art, particularly wuxia—a popular form of martial arts literature that emerged in China during the mid-20th century, and which advocates for resistance and dissidence—with Western popular culture.

Fall 2020 Programs and Events

This season, The Power Plant presents numerous opportunities to expand on the exhibitions by engaging with thought-provoking perspectives and meaningful insights—both in person and online. All in-person programs will follow COVID-19 protocols as mandated by federal, provincial, and city public health officials. Visit thepowerplant.org for updates.

Learn more about exhibiting artists’ processes and works during In Conversation programs featuring Manuel Mathieu with award-winning author Edwidge Danticat, in partnership with the Toronto International Festival of Authors, and Howie Tsui with art historian and curator Rhiannon Vogl, co-presented with OCAD University.

In a continued partnership with Art Toronto, The Power Plant is thrilled to present three online studio visits with established and up-and-coming Canadian artists Brenda Draney, Curtis Talwst Santiago, and Nathan Eugene Carson. Free creative writing workshops, in collaboration with the Toronto Writers Collective, provide a safe and inclusive setting for both new and experienced writers to explore their written voice as they respond to artworks on view at the Gallery.

Participate in Portfolio Nights and a Master Class, which provide Artist Members the opportunity to discuss their work with our curators, exhibiting artists, and special guests. Post-secondary students and emerging art professionals are invited to make new connections at a student-focused event, in partnership with Alpha Arts at the University of Toronto.

Our Sunday Scene series brings in artists and professionals from across disciplines to offer dynamic perspectives about on-view exhibitions. Be sure to visit fieldtrip.art for engaging programming from The Power Plant and other top arts organizations from across the country. Parents, caregivers, and children are encouraged to engage with our widely popular Power Kids programs, each of which includes a hands-on art making activity inspired by Power Plant exhibitions.

As a public institution, we are determined to ensure our exhibitions and programs are accessible to all. With the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Gallery continues Expanding Access programs to welcome and better serve visitors who have lived experience with disability. Programs include audio recordings of wall texts, select programs with American Sign Language interpreters, and outreach workshops, among other initiatives.

Support for Cut from the same cloth includes Support Donor: Anonymous; Donors: Sarah Dinnick & Colin Webster, Dr. Kenneth Montague & Ms. Sarah Aranha; Supported by: The Drake, Superframe.

Support for World Discovered Under Other Skies includes Lead Donors: Steven & Lynda Latner; Major Donors: Fonds Hamelys, Pamela J. Joyner, Jay Smith & Laura Rapp; Support Donors: Bita Doagoo & Mazyar Mortazavi, Linda Frum & Howard Sokolowski, Jad & Roula Shimaly; Supported by Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, HdM Gallery, Kavi Gupta.

Support for From swelling shadows, we draw our bows includes Support Donors: Catherine Barbaro & Tony Grossi; Donors: Jennifer Grant & David Dattels; Supported by: Art Labor, Panasonic, Patel Brown Gallery.


Admission to The Power Plant is ALL YEAR, ALL FREE, presented by BMO Financial Group.

Director: Gaëtane Verna

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Image: Nathan Eugene Carson, Shine On, 2016. Mixed media on Kraft paper. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jonathan Groeneweg, Smokestack Studio.