February 18, 2009

Anselm Franke, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s First International Curator in Residence

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House at the University of Toronto
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery launches International Curatorial Residency with Anselm Franke, Director of Extra City, AntwerpAnselm Franke

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
7:00 to 8:00 pm
University College, Room 140
University of Toronto

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3H3
Tel: +1 (416) 978-8398
Fax: +1 (416) 978-8387
[email protected]

International Curatorial Residency with Anselm Franke
February 16 – March 6, 2009

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and Partners in Art announce the launch of an International Curator-in-Residence program at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto. The first curator invited in the international series is Extra City Director Anselm Franke who will be in Toronto from February 16 to March 6, 2009 to conduct research for his upcoming projects and collaborations with Toronto-based art institutions. His residency will involve studio visits, and meetings with artists and writers. He will be conducting seminars with students in the Masters of Visual Studies and Curatorial Studies programs at the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design and York University, and present a lecture on his current research on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:00 pm.

Anselm Franke is the Director of the Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art in Antwerp and an advisor to the International Film Festival Berlin. He writes for a variety of magazines, such as piktogram and Metropolis M. In 2008 he was co-curator of Manifesta 7 (Italy, 2008) and the 1st Brussels Biennale (2008), and he is currently completing his PhD at Goldsmiths College London.

Recent curatorial projects include Mimétisme (Extra City, 2008), an exhibition that reflected on the sociological and critical legacy of the study of mimesis and presented alternative genealogies to the modern paradigm. He curated recent solo exhibitions by Peter Friedl (Extra City, 2008) and Smadar Dreyfus (Extra City, 2008), and is currently working on an exhibition of the drawings of legendary Russian filmmaker and theorist Sergei Eisenstein (Extra City, upcoming).

While in Toronto, Anselm will be conducting research for his upcoming exhibition Animism, a collaboration between MUHKA (Antwerp) and the Extra City in 2010. Animism examines the artistic transgression and reorganization of boundaries such as dead/alive and human/thing throughout modern and contemporary artistic currents, and the history of aesthetic strategies of subjectivation and de-subjectivation.

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is a centre for the research, presentation, and dissemination of contemporary art and its histories located in Hart House at the University of Toronto. The JMB Gallery seeks to increase access and awareness of contemporary art practice by presenting a dynamic program of exhibitions, publications and outreach directed at an expanding audience that includes the students, staff and academic community at the University of Toronto, the art community in Canada and beyond, as well as a broad and diverse general audience.

Recent exhibitions produced by the JMB Gallery include: Projections, a survey of projection works in Canada, 1964-2007; Empty Orchestra, an exhibition examining Karaoke strategies in contemporary art, curated by Maiko Tanaka and Heather Keung; James Carl: do you know what, the first major survey of works by Toronto-based James Carl; and Funkaesthetics, guest-curated by Pan Wendt and Luis Jacob. The JMB Gallery is the Commissioning Institution for the Canada Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale and will be presenting the work of Mark Lewis.

The International Curatorial Residency runs parallel to the Culturally Diverse Curators Residencies program sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, and initiated at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in 2006-2008 with Tejpal Ajji (Rightfully Yours, 2007), and 2008-09 with Maiko Tanaka (Empty Orchestra, 2008).

Partners in Art (PIA) is a non-profit group of Toronto art enthusiasts with an interest in supporting the visual arts in Canada in two ways – first, by partnering with established arts organizations on collaborative fund-raising projects; and secondly, by furthering members’ own understanding and knowledge of the visual arts through an active education program.

The group cultivates alliances among artists, dealers, curators, educators, business, and the public to develop vital and exciting contemporary art projects that raise the awareness of Canadian art and artists nationally and internationally.

For information related to this program and other Gallery programming please contact us at:

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON
M5S 3H3

Tel: +1 (416) 978-8398
Fax: +1 (416) 978-8387
Email: [email protected]

Or visit the Partners in Art online at

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is financially supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

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