Friday , November 8, 2013

Saturday , November 9, 2013

The Ecology of an Art Scene Symposium

The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series is pleased to present “The Ecology of an Art Scene” in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto as part of Paris-Toronto, a 10 month series highlighting contemporary art from France in the Greater Toronto Area. The symposium is sponsored by BMO Financial Group, with support from the Institut français.

The Ecology of an Art Scene is a two-part symposium assembling chief innovators in contemporary art from Paris and Toronto. Using experimental formats in two diverse venues, it is designed to stimulate dialogue and debate between artists, curators, gallerists, museum workers, patrons, publishers and other cultural producers and community members about what creates and sustains vital art ecologies. The symposium recognizes that art ecologies are composed of dynamically interacting parts, including a multitude of practices, subjectivities and institutions; the communities they create; and the economies they rely upon, deviate from or invent.

Part I Community: Un PrÉambule
Friday, November 8, 2013 7:00 p.m.

Facilitated by Misha Glouberman
The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Reception to follow at the Power Plant
Free and Open to the Public

Each symposium participant will have two minutes to put forward one proposition or response to the concept, practice or role of “community” in an art scene. Read more →

In collaboration with

Part II Ecology: The Conversations
Saturday, November 9, 2013 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Toronto City Hall Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West
Coffee and lunch will be served

Brief presentations from symposium participants will lead to in-depth conversations about the role of institutional innovation, curating in context, informal infrastructures, alternative economies, pedagogical impulses, the evolution of museum missions, and zones of mobility in Paris and Toronto’s art scenes. Read more →


Artist, Toronto

Co-Director, Galerie Marcelle Alix, Paris

Writer, Curator and Co-Founding Editor of ∆⅄⎈, Paris

Artist, Toronto

Director, Bétonsalon: centre for art & research, Paris

Director, Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto

Co-Curators, Under New Management, Toronto

Executive Director/Chief Curator, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto

Director, Art Metropole, Toronto

Project Manager for Visual Arts, Institut français, Paris

Artists, Paris

Independent Curator and Writer, Paris

Curator of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Artist, and Member of castillo/corrales, Paris

Model Minority, Gendai Gallery, Toronto

Artistic Director and Curator, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto

Co-Directors, Feminist Art Gallery, Toronto

Director, Visible City Project + Archive, York University and Curator, LAND/SLIDE, Toronto

Director/Curator, Blackwood Gallery and Lecturer, Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, Toronto

Director, The Power Plant, Toronto

Co-Director, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris




Features from the Paris-Toronto special in the Fall 2013 issue of Canadian Art.

The Dirty Pretty Things We Do: A celebration of curatorial joie de vivre

Sarah Robayo Sheridan
“Hapax Legomena” opened last year at Toronto's Mercer Union. Here, Sarah Robayo Sheridan explores the show's cross-Atlantic origins.

Chance at Work: Mohamed Bourouissa pushes at the limits of photography

Daniel Baird
The Algerian-born artist reflects the relatively new, multicultural face of what it means to be French in the 21st century. Recently, he brought his unique perspectives to Canada, Daniel Baird reports.

The Rose Without Why: Ami Barak honours Duchamp’s readymade at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche

Richard Rhodes
Impressive large-scale works by Ai Weiwei and Michel de Broin will take over Toronto as part of this Paris-based curator's homage to Duchamp. Find out how in this profile.

To Name a Few: Six artists build a new aesthetic vocabulary in France

Vincent Honoré
On the eve of FIAC, the major Paris art fair, curator Vincent Honoré highlights six French artists making waves at home and abroad.

Assembled in the Light: Louidgi Beltrame and a fiction of the modern

Lisa Steele
Ten years ago Louidgi Beltrame made an evocative film about Toronto. Recently, he returned with new work on cities and modernism.

Backstory: New France

Claire Le Masne
In this first person account, Claire Le Masne, Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Toronto, gives readers the background on this year's Paris Toronto project.


The Ecology of an Art Scene is presented by the Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, in the context of Paris-Toronto, a project of the Consulate General of France in Toronto, with support from the Institut Français.

Since its establishment in 1991, the Canadian Art Foundation has worked to advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in Canada through many channels: by publishing Canadian Art magazine,, Canadian Art in tablet form and by providing educational, provocative and lively opportunities for audiences to engage with artists and their work. All our efforts are dedicated to providing a destination for artists and art enthusiasts to connect with and be inspired by art, in turn creating greater local, national and global visibility for the extraordinary artistic talent in Canada.

Coordinated by the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français, Paris-Toronto aims to foster collaborations between France’s capital and the thriving visual art scene of Canada’s largest city.

An unprecedented ten-month series highlighting contemporary art from France, Paris-Toronto assembles numerous events taking place across the city from March to December 2013 to expose Toronto audiences—professionals and the general public alike—to Paris’ diverse and vibrant art scene


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