November 19, 2009

The University of Toronto, Department of Art Is offering a new program of study at the graduate level

University of Toronto


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Students enrolled in the MVS: Curatorial Studies will develop skills in curatorial practice, art criticism, and exhibition practice in the field of contemporary art within an interdisciplinary environment appropriate to a University setting. Led by internationally respected curator Barbara Fischer (Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto), this 2-year program will also provide students with opportunities to work with the directors and curators of the Blackwood Gallery (UTMississauga), Doris McCarthy Gallery, UTScarborough), the University of Toronto Art Centre; as well as U of T professors Mark Cheetham (Contemporary), Elizabeth Harney (Contemporary African), Louis Kaplan (Photography), Elizabeth Legge (Contemporary), An Te Liu (Architecture and Art), John Ricco (Performance and Video Art); artists/curators Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak (Media and Video Art), and numerous adjunct faculty, including Deepali Dewan (Curator, South Asian Arts and Culture, ROM).

MVS: Curatorial Studies students will enjoy access to the wide range of internationally renowned galleries associated with the U of T including the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Eric Arthur Gallery, and the University of Toronto Art Centre (all on St. George campus), and the Blackwood Gallery (UTMississauga campus) and the Doris MacCarthy Gallery (UTScarborough campus). Professionally operated, some of these galleries hold important historical and contemporary collections and all present a broad scope of exhibitions in the areas of Canadian and international art and/or architecture. The galleries and their curatorial staff support the curriculum of the MVS through direct roles on advisory panels, critique, internship and summer positions, financial and spatial resources, as well as international reputation and prestige.

MVS: Curatorial Studies students will enjoy a wide range of local, national and international visiting curators, writers, and artists as well as individual critique sessions with visitors. Over the past 4 years, MVS visitors included:

• IARA BOUBNOVA, Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
• AA BRONSON, artist and curator; 2007-8 Artist-In-Residence, Visual Studies program; New York, USA
• GREGORY BURKE, Director, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
• NANCY CAMPBELL, independent curator, Toronto, Canada
• STAN DOUGLAS, artist, Vancouver, Canada
• YILMAZ DZIEVIOR, Director, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
• MARNIE FLEMING, Curator, The Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada
• ANSELM FRANKE, 2009 International-Curator-in-Residence, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto; Director, Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium; Canada
• VERA FRENKEL, artist, Toronto, Canada
• GILLES FOREST, Director/Curator Centre d’art contemporaine, Basse-Normandie, France
• PEGGY GALE, independent curator, Toronto, Canada
• BORIS GROYS, Philosopher, Professor, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
• FRANÇOISE JOLY, Editor, Professor, University of Stuttgart, Germany
• NICKY S. LEE, artist, New York, USA
• MARK LEWIS, artist, London, England
• NINA MÖNTMAN, Curator, Professor, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
• PHILIP MONK, Director/Curator, Art Gallery of York University, Toronto, Canada
• HELENA RECKITT, Curator of Programs, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
• SUSANNE TITZ, Director, Städtisches Museum, Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
• GERALD McMASTER, Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
• DANNYS MONTES DE OCA MOREDA, Member of curatorial team, Havana Biennale 2009, Havana, Cuba
• DIANA NEMIROFF, Director, Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
• SISLEY XHAFA, artist, New York, USA


Barbara Fischer, Curatorial Studies
Commissioner and Curator, Canada Pavilion, Venice Bienniale 2009
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House

Lisa Steele, Studio

[email protected] (416) 946-3960
Application deadline for September 2010 admission: January 11, 2010.


Matthew Brower, Curator
University of Toronto Art Centre
Lecturer, Faculty of Information Studies

Barbara Fischer, Executive Director/Chief Curator
JM Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
University of Toronto, St. George

An Te Liu, Coordinator
Eric Arthur Gallery
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
Ann MacDonald, Director/Curator
Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto, Scarborough

Christof Migone, Director/Curator
Blackwood Gallery,
University of Toronto, Mississauga

Niamh O’Laoghaire, Director
University of Toronto Art Centre
University of Toronto, St. George

Ydessa Hendeles, Director/Curator
Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation

George Hawken
Marla Hlady
David Hlynsky
Alexander Irving
Will Kwan
Sue Lloyd
Tanya Mars
John Massey
Ed Pien
Susan Schelle
Lisa Steele
Joanne Tod
Kimn Tomczak
Shirley Wiitasalo

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