k.g. Guttman: Visiting Hours

k.g. Guttman
Visiting Hours

Performed by k.g. Guttman, Ahlam Hassan, Johanna Householder,
Kelly Keenan, Mikiki, Shahir Omar-Qrishnaswamy and Bee Pallomina

With contributions by lo bil, Seika Boye, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Jessica Karuhanga, Matthew-Robin Nye and Joshua Vettivelu.

Gallery TPW
June 29—August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 29, 2:00—5:00pm

Performers are present Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00—5:00pm and Wednesday 3:00—8:00pm.

Positioning the image as an encounter between performer and audience, Visiting Hours presents new work by Montreal-based artist and choreographer k.g. Guttman. A live exhibition hosted by an ensemble of performers, visitors are guided in relational and embodied observation techniques with images pulled from the practices of six Toronto-affiliated artists.

Working with varied forms of performance documentation from lo bil, Seika Boye, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Jessica Karuhanga, Matthew-Robin Nye, and Joshua Vettivelu, Guttman develops the conditions for visiting each artist’s image. These conceptual and performative visits explore how embodied practices can trouble the clear boundaries of where an image ends and a performance begins. In positioning spectatorship as a choreographic process, Visiting Hours asks what it means to be in embodied proximity with an artist’s practice, to consider an image not as a fixed object, but rather as a lived event.

Upon entering the gallery, visitors may choose the duration of their guided participation: five, ten, twenty minutes, or more. Audiences may engage with performers one-on-one or in small groups.

Guttman’s Visiting Hours is the first in a series of annual summer residencies at Gallery TPW, featuring artist-led explorations into how forms of spectatorship are produced in and with a public.

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Public Programs

July 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
A work in progress discussion with k.g. Guttman, Kelly Keenan, Ahlam Hassan, Shahir Omar-Qrishnaswamy and other artists present

July 31, 6:00pm-8:00pm
A closing week reflection with k.g. Guttman, Johanna Householder, Mikiki, Bee Pallomina and other artists present

k.g. Guttman is a Montreal-based choreographer, artist, educator, mother, and research candidate in the PhDArts program of Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands. Her work, funded through Stichting de Zaaier and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, considers how territoriality and choreography are intertwined in site-situated practices.

Recent performances and exhibitions have been hosted by Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, Dazibao and VIVA! Art action, Montreal, Musée d’Art de Joliette, Quebec, Visualeyez International Performance Art Festival, Edmonton, Klupko, Amsterdam, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Her choreographic residencies and commissions include the Canada Dance Festival, Dancemakers, Toronto, LeGroupe Dance Lab, Ottawa, the University of Sonora, Mexico, Buda Kustencentrum, Kortijk and Pointe Ephémère, Paris.

From 2008-2013, Guttman was Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Dance, Concordia University, Montreal. Guttman’s teaching practice include the dance LOVE-IN, Toronto, and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands.

For biographies of all participating artists and performers, click here.

Gallery TPW 2018-2019 Season Sponsor:


For more information, contact:

Daniella Sanader
Program and Publications Coordinator

Image credit: k.g. Guttman, Visiting Hours, production still, 2019. Gallery TPW. Photo: k.g. Guttman.

Gallery TPW
170 St Helens Ave., Toronto, ON M6H 4A1
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12pm–5pm

Gallery TPW is an accessible venue with ramp access, an accessible ground-floor washroom, and clear, unobstructed pathways within the gallery. Please note that there are no automatic doors at the entrance and no designated accessible parking nearby.