Current exhibition

Public Sins / Private Desires: Tracing Lesbian Lives in the Archives, 1950 - 1980
Public Sins / Private Desires: Tracing Lesbian Lives in the Archives, 1950 - 1980
Exhibit Dates:
Friday, June 22, 2012 to Monday, August 6, 2012
Reception date & time:
Friday, June 22, 7:00pm
Description

 

Public Sins/Private Desires, celebrates the 20th anniversary of Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman’s 1992 documentary, Forbidden Love: Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Livesand examines the contradictions, tensions and victories in the daily lives of lesbians during the period from 1950 to 1980. The culmination of several activities seeking the participation of older lesbians in Toronto, the exhibition includes the presentation of the film Forbidden Love and display of related artifacts. Lesbian pulp fiction of the period is used to provoke conversation about the apparently simple dichotomies of femme/butch identities. The installation seeks to document and trouble the records of public and private lives of lesbians in the 1950s, 60s and 70s – and their forbidden loves. Thematic enquiries about love – play – work surface in interviews and prompt questions about degrees of visibility in daily lives. Often the last place to be ‘out’, the work environment rarely supported anything other than a strict heterosexuality. In querying the complexity of lived experience that could shift from hidden to out within minutes, the exhibition seeks to draw attention to the women’s voices that linger in the archives. Audio recordings allow the anonymous and unknown to acquire a certain presence – stories of trauma, relief and laughter inhabit the exhibition, bringing life to the bits and pieces of ephemera that serve to document these lives.

Curated by Karen Stanworth, with the assistance of curatorial intern, Talia Linz, the exhibition is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and supporting partner, Special Collections, York University. Karen also receive a Minor Research grant from the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.

See also: The lesbian pulp fiction virtual exhibition drawn from the Dworin Collection at Special Collections, York University.https://webmail.edu.yorku.ca/owa/redir.aspx?C=0ad72cb12e2c4144abf8861e4cec13f1&URL=http%3a%2f%2farchives.library.yorku.ca%2fexhibits%2fshow%2fspeccoll_rdc

Biographies:

Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman are interdisciplinary artists and award-winning filmmakers, who co-directed the Genie and internationally award-winning documentaries Forbidden Love: Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives (1992) and Fiction and Other Truths: a Film about Jane Rule (1995).

Karen Stanworth, the curator, is an historian of visual culture at York University and has published on visual culture and feminist cultural history.

Talia Linz, co-curator,and curatorial intern has just completed a collaborative Masters in Curating and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

The exhibition is produced with the support of the Toronto Arts Council, and with supporting partners, Special Collections, York University.

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At the Same Time.
Exhibit Dates:
Friday, August 10, 2012 to Monday, September 24, 2012
Reception date & time:
Friday, August 10, 7:30-10:00
Description

Three takes on living as couples, here, there, and there.

Biographies:

Artist/curators: Steven Beckly & Dylan MacNeil (Toronto), Zachary Ayotte & Ted Kerr (Brooklyn, NY), Colin Quinn & Oisín Share (Manchester, UK)

National Portrait Collection
Exhibit Dates:
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 to Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Reception date & time:
Description

The National Portrait Collection (NPC) is a central part of our archival holdings at the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives (CLGA). We commission portraits to honour individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth of diverse, out and proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities in Canada.

The collection was established in 1998 with 25 original portraits, and coincided with our 25th anniversary. Since then, the collection has grown to 70 portraits of various mediums that include photography, oil and watercolour. The collection is regularly exhibited in our home in Toronto as well as at other venues across Canada, in celebration of all LGBT communities. We are committed to continuous expansion of the collection, thereby actively engaging in the creation of our own historical record.

 

Biographies:

For more about the history of the NPC see The CLGA National Portrait Collection: A History.

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Sexy SmART
Exhibit Dates:
Thursday, December 9, 2010 to Friday, January 7, 2011
Reception date & time:
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Description

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Gallery is proud to present Sexy SmART: Women of Beauty and Substance, an exhibition of the photography series behind the Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality’s (HSSE) 2011 Calendar.

Sexy Smart 2011 is an empowering fundraising calendar that promotes the strength and beauty of Toronto women.  Sixty-four models from different walks of life have been captured by local photographers demonstrating their support for same-sex rights and reminding us that beauty can be found everywhere.

HSSE strives to promote understanding by correcting the misinformation and cultural myths that have hampered the struggle for same-sex civil rights. The organization enables all people to develop and demonstrate their support for same-sex equality through a variety of means. For more information about HSSE or to purchase a calendar, visit www.straightnotnarrow.ca. Calendars will also be available for purchase at the Archives Gallery during the Opening Reception.

Sexy SmART will run from December 9th, 2010 to January 7th, 2011.  Opening Reception December 9th, 7:30pm- 10pm, 34 Isabella Street, Toronto.

Biographies:

The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives Gallery is proud to present Sexy SmART: Women of Beauty and Substance, an exhibition of the photography series behind the Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality’s (HSSE) 2011 Calendar.

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Vintage Blue for Nuit Blanche
Exhibit Dates:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Reception date & time:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Description

The night has always been a time for those outside the mainstream to communicate themselves more freely. After all, it was by the cover of night that provided many queers the opportunity to mingle, explore their sexuality and reveal their truest selves. For Nuit Blanche, the Archives has dug into its vintage collection of moving pictures to create an exhibition that examines what happens behind closed doors through a historical context.  As you engage with the work you becomes the voyeur into the CLGA’s house, taking pleasure in the desires and fantasies of others.  Consider the range of representations and effects of erotic imagery, its power as a representational form and how it has influenced our sexual desires, identities and behaviours.

Come to “Vintage Bleu for Nuit Blanche” Saturday, October 2 from 7:00pm to midnight. Come see an outdoor projection at the Archives in celebration of Nuit Blanche! We’ll be sharing works from our extensive moving image collection transforming our beautiful home.

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CENSORED LIVES: Suppression, resistance and free speech
CENSORED LIVES: Suppression, resistance and free speech
Exhibit Dates:
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 to Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Reception date & time:
Description

This exhibition opens Wednesday, June 30 and runs until September 1st on the 3rd floor, community space of 34 Isabella Street.

This will be the first archival exhibition to be installed in the CLGA’s new home, and it focuses on the moments of tension between what has been defined as obscene and the right to offend or the right to free speech.  Inspired by recent controversy, this show is meant to provide the context for the larger debate about censorship and free speech in the queer community.

The show features a film installation by filmmaker William Craddock.

A few pictures from the show, the contents are materials that have been censored or relating to the efforts of the LGBTQ communities to reverse censorship

Biographies:
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Switch
Exhibit Dates:
Thursday, January 13, 2011 to Thursday, February 24, 2011
Reception date & time:
Thursday, January 13 7:30pm-10pm
Description

A Solo Exhibition by JJ Levine

Switch is a series of large-scale photo diptychs that present pairs of seemingly different “heterosexual couples” in a portrait studio setting. Upon close inspection, the viewer will recognize that these couples are comprised not of four models, but of two, each portraying a man in one image and a woman in the next. This clever parody of prom-style photographs is intended to challenge the foundations of gender through masquerade and drag. The identified gender of each model is never disclosed.

 

Opening Reception for Switch

Thank you to all those who attended the Opening Reception for Switch last Thurday.

We had an overwhelming turn out for the launch of our first exhibition to come out of the Call for Exhibitions which is a very good start to our year of exhibitions!

Biographies:
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Pushing Buttons
Exhibit Dates:
Friday, September 28, 2012 to Monday, October 22, 2012
Reception date & time:
Friday, September 28, 7:30pm
Description

Pushing Buttons reimagines the space of The Pin Button Project, (In Pushing Buttons, the online is brought into the physical – space and content are reimagined. The spectator becomes a witness to the historical and present roles of pin buttons.

Biographies:

Artist/curator, Wil Craddock, presents an archive of virtual chat about pin buttons

Promotion poster for the CLGA exhibition, "Libraries"
Libraries
Exhibit Dates:
Friday, October 26, 2012 to Monday, December 3, 2012
Reception date & time:
Friday, October 26, 7:30-10 pm
Description

'Libraries' is built from three installation artworks: 'Library of Depth and Gender', 'Library of a Traveling Dandy', and 'Delineate'. Each of these works is concerned with classification and normalization of the body, and of beauty in unexpected places. The work functions as an axis where knowledge, nature, and gender intersect to investigate how we classify and order the world around us, what the process of selection reveals, and questions who makes those decisions.

In 'Library of Depth and Gender', McPhee creates a library containing natural history books, Foucault and queer theory, as well as monster movies, Darwin-jellyfish footstools and miscellany of her drag persona Cosimo. 'Library of a Traveling Dandy' posits an early 1900s science writer dandy who travels across North America with nothing but books and a wardrobe. The 65 drawings of cephalopods (squid, octopus, nautilus) of 'Delineation' function as an illustration of an Other body, existing in a realm beyond our access.

Admission to the Archives Gallery is free.

Fully accessible.

Biographies:

Nancy Anne McPhee is a textile installation artist originally from Alberta and now based in Montréal, Québec. McPhee works with themes of knowledge, gender and biological bodies, in large-scale drawings, silk trapunto quilt installations and theatrical performances as a collective member of the Drag King troupe Dukes of Drag. She has shown across Canada in commercial galleries, artist run centres and public theatres, recently including a solo exhibition at Galerie FOFA, Montréal, and as a performer in Dukes Up! at the historic Café Cleopatra Drag Bar in Montréal.

Press Release: http://embracedisruption.com/2012/10/15/client-news-libraries-exhibit-merges-monster-movies-with-a-drag-persona/

words, wit, wisdom, wool exhibition
words, wit, wisdom and wool
Exhibit Dates:
Friday, December 7, 2012 to Monday, January 21, 2013
Reception date & time:
Friday, December 7,2012
Description

Words, Wit, Wisdom and Wool is a series of textile pieces that take words of wit and words of wisdom – all from a gay male perspective – and translates them into visual documents. Gould states, “I have been rather catholic in my choice of sources, from the internet - Squirt.Org (enough said!) to poetry and prose - Walt Whitman and Thomas Glave – song lyrics and personal musings from my 90 year old mother. Some of the texts are bawdy, some loving and some perhaps slightly out there, but they all represent a grab bag of sentences and paragraphs that I have found inspiring and interesting and funny enough to lose blood over!”

Press Release

Biographies:

Matt Gould was born and raised on the prairies, lived in Toronto, France, Vancouver and on-board cruise ships plying the seas of Alaska, the Caribbean and New York to Bermuda. His work is found in public, corporate and private collections in Canada, the US and Europe. Gould has worked as an industrial, residential and commercial designer, a playwright, a singer and a theatre director, all of which feed his rapacious appetite for self-expression. He currently lives in Red Deer Alberta with his partner, where he walks the fine line between the solitary pursuit of a visual artist and the wildly communal existence of an Artistic Director for a theatre company.

 

National Portrait Collection