Winter 2024 Exhibitions at Richmond Hill Public Library

Ehiko Odeh: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

On view until February 24, 2024
Central Branch, Glass Case Gallery

An immersive art exhibition by Nigerian Canadian artist Ehiko Odeh. Aligned with Black History Month, this exhibit explores symbols of memory and healing within Black communities.

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About the Artist:

Ehiko Odeh is a Nigerian Canadian artist based in Toronto. Motivated by a search for cultural connection after moving from Lagos to Toronto, she drew comfort from braiding hair and sketching African masks. Through her paintings, drawings and installations, Ehiko examines the sense of social identity that comes from these artistic traditions.

Related Events:

Virtual Artist Visit
February 5, 2024 via Zoom, for school-aged kids and teachers. Registration required.

Collage Workshop with Ehiko Odeh
February 10, 2024, for kids (9-15). Registration required


DesignTO Festival Feature: Braver than Loneliness

On view until January 31, 2024
Central Branch, Events Room

This collaborative effort, led by designer Stephanie Reimer in collaboration with Claudia Spengler, Heera Sen, Morgan Henwood, Victor Tsang, and Piper Treadwell, explores the complexities of human social interactions. The exhibit sheds light on the alarming prevalence of loneliness, an epidemic affecting communities across Canada. Through thought-provoking art, the exhibit raises awareness and provides various coping mechanisms to address this pressing issue.

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Paul Aloisi: Language Structures

March 1 – May 12, 2024
Central Branch, Glass Case Gallery

Paul Aloisi’s exhibition showcases recently developed artworks encompassing a range of materials and scales. Language Structures critically references the physical structures of mass media in our built environment and their relationship with social structures and power. Through compositions that test the confluence of typography and architecture, the artist envisions a condition where communications become an integral part of the built environment itself. These recent sculptures, developed using algorithm-aided design techniques, advance Aloisi’s exploration of letterforms assembled as architectural units and reveal the structural potential of a communicative exoskeleton.


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