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Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism

Painting of nude woman in field near ocean

Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism

September 3, 2013–March 5, 2014

Co-curated by Niamh O’Laoghaire, Mary Annunziata, Celeste Braun, Danielle Cadhit, Steve Chung-Yu, Anna Flak, Ashlee Galletta, Olivia Keimel, Kate Kim, Marsya Maharani, Aliya Mazari, Madalen Nicholls, Sofia Reive, Alice Tallman, Marie van Zeyl

University of Toronto Art Centre

Co-curated by former UTAC Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire and students in the Spring 2013 UTAC Exhibition Course, this curatorial project began with a core set of works drawn from the Malcove, University College and University of Toronto Art Collections, three permanent holdings in the care of UTAC. The works, by major artists within the Western canon range in date from the 1500s to the 1940s.

The objectives were multifold: to explore the meanings of the individual objects, to examine the narratives in the history of western art to which they may contribute, and to show how such narrations intersect and overlap. Above all the emphasize was placed on the process of curation itself, and the apparatus, in this case the gallery, through which art histories are created. For this reason the exhibition is an iterative project evolving over three successive phases:

Works on Paper/Secondary Medium (September 3–October 26)
Landscape (October 29–December 7)
Modernism (January 14–March 8)

Gallery Talk

Is the ‘Modern’ Passé?
Thursday January 16, 2014, 7-9pm
Featuring Mark Cheetham
Video Documentation
University of Toronto Art Centre

Gallery Talk

Framing the View, or Viewing the Frame? Landscape as a Way of Seeing in the 19th Century
Thursday November 14, 2013, 7-9 pm
Featuring Jordan Bear
University of Toronto Art Centre

Gallery Talk

Chasing the Sun: Mikhail Larionov and the Russian Avant-Garde
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7-9 pm
Featuring Taras Koznarsky
Video Documentation
University of Toronto Art Centre

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge project support from Manulife Financial, the University College Bartley Bull Fund and The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation.

Title Image: Joseph Turner, Pembroke Castle: Clearing up of a Thunderstorm, 1806. Watercolour on paper. 67 x 101 cm. Gift of Mrs Augustine FitzGerald 1932.

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