The Textile Museum of Canada reopens with Anna Torma: Permanent Danger
The Textile Museum of Canada is open to the public, and ready to safely welcome back visitors to explore three exhibitions which ask us to consider our sense of belonging and access.
Just opened – Anna Torma: Permanent Danger
Until March 2021
Anna Torma’s large embroideries show her deep concern for the world we live in. Her unique drawing style is an expression of her complex experiences of family, immigration, joy, and the act of artistic creation. Her works are richly layered narratives with references to popular culture, thrift shop aesthetics, and traditional Hungarian textiles.
The exhibition takes its title – Permanent Danger – from a 2017 piece of the same name, making reference to human strife and vulnerability, threatened natural environments, and the highs and lows of daily life. The installation is comprised of 15 large-scale works made since 2011, most of them on view for the first time.
Winner of the 2020 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts, Anna Torma is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and a recipient of the New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in Visual Arts.
Just opened – Petrina Ng’s Distant water will not quench a nearby fire
Until Saturday, October 3
With contributions by Amy Lam, Serena Lee, Morris Lum, Amy Wong, and Florence Yee
A personal essay by Amy Lam accompanies the exhibition
View the exhibition catalogue
“How do we navigate feelings of confusion, anxiety, and grief when confronting political violence in a distant motherland? Distant water will not quench a nearby fire is a new project that looks at diasporic experiences of Hong Kong’s colonial histories and ongoing political unrest. In 1997, Hong Kong’s sovereignty was transferred from the United Kingdom back to the People’s Republic of China after over 150 years of colonial rule. Taking cue from a popular souvenir t-shirt commemorating the event, I have invited five diasporic artists to create bootlegs of the original design, re-appropriating dominant narratives of sovereignty and cultural identity.” –Petrina Ng
Until June 2021
This exhibition presents the little-known story of a group of Inuit artists and printmakers who produced a collection of graphic textiles in Kinngait, (Cape Dorset, Nunavut) in the 1950s and 60s – a period of social change that disrupted traditional language and relationships to the land. Made for interior décor during a period when artist-designed textiles were popular in North America and Europe, these mid-century designs depict legends, stories, and traditional ways of life. They provide vital points of connection between contemporary Inuit community members and the creativity and resourcefulness of previous generations.
The Museum Shop on Level 2 is open.
Beautiful cloth masks sewn by Textile Museum of Canada volunteers are available at reception and in the Museum Shop for a suggested donation of $10-$15. Each mask comes with a free sample of SOAK, a locally made, eco-friendly laundry solution.
The Museum has implemented timed ticketing to facilitate social distancing. Tickets can be reserved online or by phone. Walk-ins will be accommodated based on availability; visitors may be asked to wait for the next open timeslot.
The Museum space has been updated and staff are following new cleaning protocols to ensure the safety of visitors. See our full guidelines for visitors for details.
“We look forward to welcoming our visitors back–we have missed you greatly. I hope that local, Toronto-wide and Ontario audiences will take this opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the Museum. Come and be inspired!” – Emma Quin, Textile Museum of Canada Executive Director
Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 2H5
Wednesday to Friday 11:30 am–7:00 pm (last admission at 5:30)
Saturdays 10:00 am–5:30 pm (last admission at 4)
3:30, 4:30, 5:30 pm timeslots on Wednesdays
10 am, 11 am, 12 pm timeslots on Saturdays
The Textile Museum of Canada has been exploring ideas and building cultural understanding through the universal medium of textiles since 1975. Connecting international textile traditions to contemporary art and design, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions, welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 15,000 artifacts from about 200 countries and regions, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the Textile Museum of Canada is recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research, and creative initiatives.