26 January – 26 March 2006

We are on an intellectual and artistic adventure…
and we want to take you along.
The adventure begins January 25 with our grand opening.
Please come.
— Philip Monk

The News from the Near Future is OUT THERE:

The new, beautiful AGYU galleries open with the first survey in North America of Indonesian-born, Amsterdam-based artist Fiona Tan and will premiere a newly commissioned work. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Wednesday, January 25 from 6–9 pm and will continue until March 26, 2006.

Fiona Tan’s work has generally been recognized for its investigation of the West’s look at the colonial other or archival examination of itself through collective portraiture in film and photography–until now. This exhibition will be an oblique take on her work, as it posits an undisclosed poetic behind the art whose subject is the flow of time. Time does not secure the archive as a memorial but portends a disaster that unsettles knowledge, whether those of our archival classifications or the critique of them—though it is composed from the very resources, film and photography, of the archive. Fiona Tan and curator Philip Monk will collaborate on a publication derived from the exhibition, available sometime in the near future.

…The New AGYU is Here.

Check out the Kodak Lecture!
In conjunction with the exhibition at the AGYU, Fiona Tan will give a lecture on her work as part of the Kodak Lecture Series at Ryerson University on Friday, January 26 at 7:30 pm. The lecture is free but arrive early to the Centre for Computing and Engineering, Lecture Theatre 103, 245 Church Street, Toronto to ensure a seat. Visit for more information or, if you are late and miss the lecture, view the lecture footage online.

Time travel with the AGYU!
On Wednesday, February 8, 4 pm, the AGYU hosts Explorations in Time Travel: Fiona Tan and the Archival Image, a panel discussion, moderated by Philip Monk and featuring: Corinn Columpar, Assistant Professor in Cinema Studies at Innis College/Department of English, U of T; artist Vid Ingelevics, who teaches at OCAD; and Suzie Young, Associate Professor, Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts, YorkU. The first experimental music performance in the new AGYU galleries features a joint performance by Toronto-based guitarist and jazz composer Tim Posgate and percussionist and hurdy-gurdy player Ben Grossman on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 pm. On Sunday, February 5, a free bus departs from OCAD (100 McCaul St.) at noon for a contemporary art bus tour, and the AGYU is on the list! The bus also visits Koffler Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga before returning to OCAD around 5 pm.

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