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Yvonne Singer

Media & Culture/ Technology in Practice

University   York University
E-Mail Address
Phone Number   416-736-2100; ext 77411
Office Location   CFA 240
Office Hours   TBA


B.A. English Literature (McGill); M.F.A. (York)


Professor Singer was born in Budapest, Hungary. She received a BA in English Literature at McGill and an MFA Honours from York University. She also studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Singer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts and currently the Graduate Program Director in visual arts. She is a member of the Loop Gallery, a former board member of the Toronto Arts Council and current board member C International Art magazine and the Koffler Centre for the Arts.

Professor Singer is a practising artist with an active national and international exhibition record. Her installation works employ multi-media techniques, often with cryptic texts to articulate cultural and psychological issues of disjuncture and perception. Singer is particularly interested in the intersection of public and private histories. Recent exhibitions include /Signs of life; an intimate portrait of someone I don't know /, Loop Gallery, Toronto, /The Trouble with Translation/, touring Germany, France and Canada, /Picturing Her: Images of Girlhood, McCord Museum/, Montreal, Quebec,/ Crossroad/, the Visual Art Centre of Clarington, /le stade du miroir/ the Red Head Gallery, /Staging Memory/, Montreal Holocaust Centre, /The Veiled Room/, ACC Gallery, Weimar, Germany.

Research Interests

Five key research words: memory, history, identity, perception, psychoanalysis

Selected Pulblications

2008 “Signs of life; an intimate portrait of someone I don’t know,” review by Dan Adler, Artforum online

2007 _The Trouble with Translation_ ;Invited to contribute 15 pages to _Pro Forma: Language/Text/Visual Art,_ volume 3, editor Jessica Wyman, published by YYZ Books
2005 Selected entry for women artists in Jewish Encyclopaedia, by Dr. Carol Zemel
2003 “Yvonne Singer. Red Head Gallery, review of /le stade du miroir /by Dr.Sarah Parsons, _Canadian Art magazine,_ September 2003
2003 “Mirror, mirror”, about /le stade du miroir/, by Dierde Kelly, _ELLE magzine_, summer issue
2003 “The writing is on the wall”, Alphabets, Stewarrt Hall, review by Henry Lehmann , _The Montreal Gazette_, Saturday, April 19, 2003
2002 “Family Album”, review by Barbara Sternberg, _Lola_ magazine, spring
2001 “Fugitive Places: The Art of Addressing National Identity and the Site of the Holocaust”, a paper written and presented by Dr. Shelley Hornstein which includes the work of Yvonne Singer, Vera Frenkel, Chantal Ackerman, Rafael Goldchain for a panel titled, _Gender, Place and Life,_ Association of American Geographers, New York City.
2000 "Probing the Surface: The Family Archive Revisited in Installations by Wyn Geleynse, Mindy Yan Miller and Yvonne Singer" by Shannon Anderson, MA Thesis, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.
2000 "Looking back, looking forward; Canadian women artists of Eastern European origin and postmodern remembering", by Dr. Loren Lerner, Canadian Ethnic Studies, journal
2000 "Canadian Artists of Eastern European Origins", by Dr. Loren Lerner,, Montreal*singer*.html_
2000 "Contemporary Canadian Sculpture", by Joyce Millar, _Canadian Encyclopaedia_, _World Edition_, McClelland and Stewart, Toronto
2000 "Yvonne Singer at Red Head", review by Gary Michael Dault, _The Globe and Mail_.
1999 "Through a glass darkly", Joyce Millar, essay for depliant/brochure for exhibition Projections for the Unseeing, Galerie L' Expression, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.
1999 _Parachute,_ Spring edition, "The Veiled Room", reviewed by Dr. Christine Conley.

1999 " First Person Plural, Rhythms and Rhymes: Sheila Butler", Elizabeth Mackenzie, _MAWA News_ (Mentoring Artists for Women's Art), May/June 1999


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2008 /Signs of Life an intimate portrait of someone I don’t know/, Loop Gallery, Toronto

2003/ le stade du miroir/, bronze and video installation, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto

2002 /Family Album/, video installation, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto

2000 /doing time/, 2 channel video installation, The Red Head Gallery, Toronto

1999 /Projections for the unseeing,/ (site-specific installation) Expression, galerie de l'art contemporain, Michel Groleau, directeur; St-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2008 /Flex, /members’ exhibition for world / /WASHI summit, loop Gallery, Toronto

2007 /Titles, /curator Yam Lau, Balfour Books, Toronto, University Bookstore, Amherst Massachusetts

2006 …./forest for the trees/, curator, Anne O’Callaghan, Francesca Vivenza, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, IL GABBIANO, La Spezia, Italy; Delio Gennai, Studio Gennai, Pisa Italy; StFX University Art Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia/./

2005-06 /Picturing Her: Images of Girlhood/ , Dr. Loren Lerner, curator, McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec

2006 /Reflections, /curator Joyce Millar, Stewart Hall Gallery Montreal, Pier 21,Halifax

2003-04 /Ironic Turn, /touring exhibition of Canadian artists, curated by Kunsthalle Erfurt, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany, Faux Mouvement, Metz, France, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Owens Art Gallery, New Brunswick,

2003 /Alpha-bets: Art and Language, Language in Art, /group exhibition and catalogue with Robert Racine, and Therese Bolliger, Brigitte Radecki, curator, Joyce Millar, Stewart Hall, Montreal

2001 /Crossroad ,/Broadview Group, curated by Margaret Rogers and Carolyn Bell Farrell, The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario (group)

2001 /“commute/”, ARC Gallery, Chicago

2000 /Staging Memory/, work for /Afterimage; Evocation of the Holocaust in Contemporary/ /Canadian Art/, with Sylvia Safdi, Marion Wagschel, Wendy Oberlander, Sorel Cohen; curator, Dr. Loren Lerner, Montreal Holocaust Centre

2000 /Redrospective/, 10 year retrospective of gallery artists, The Red Head Gallery, curated by Jenifer Papparo, Toronto

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