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Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker

Gallery with french doors and dresser

Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker

September 8–December 5, 2009

Curated by Glenn Adamson

University of Toronto Art Centre

The University of Toronto Art Centre will be the only Canadian venue to mount this important retrospective of contemporary Canadian artist Gord Peteran. Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Chipstone Foundation with generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the exhibition of twenty-two works has been shown at the Cranbrook Art Museum and Winterthur Art show Museum among others, and will come to Toronto, its final venue, from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.

Peteran has launched a boundary-crossing career opening up the category of furniture to an unprecedented range of psychological and conceptual content. He uses: fine cabinetry, found objects, assemblage and sculptural techniques to create a series of works that do not function as furniture, that are quite distinct from craft and which are not quite classifiable as design. Equally, if attempting to view them as sculpture they do not perpetuate the figurative and commemorative connotations of the Western tradition of three-dimensional art, nor can they be plotted on the graph of Rosalind Krauss’s “Sculpture in the Expanded Field.” They constitute a completely sui-generis form of Conceptual art.

Furniture Meets its Maker will be complemented by the smaller scale exhibition Gord Peteran Recent Works, curated by Matthew Brower, UTAC Curator and Lecturer in Museum Studies.


13th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture
The Black Art of Furniture Making
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 4:30pm
Featuring Gord Peteran
University College, Room 140

Opening Reception

Tuesday September 15, 2009, 6-8pm
University of Toronto Art Centre


Tuesday October 13, 2009, 3pm
Gord Peteran and the Conceptual Tradition
Featuring Niamh O’Laoghaire
University of Toronto Art Centre


Gord Peteran: Borderline Case
Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:30pm
Featuring Glenn Adamson
University College, Room 140


Rethinking Postmodernism
Tuesday November 17, 2009, 6:45pm
Featuring Glenn Adamson
OCAD Central Hall, Room 230, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support of The Ontario Arts Council, and Lead Supporter Peter Allen, Manulife Financial.

Title Image: Installation view of Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets its Maker, 2009. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.

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