Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism at University of Toronto

A few of us recently had the great pleasure of attending an event at this hidden gem of a gallery on the grounds of U of T.  If you have never been, you must.

This guided tour of UTAC's current exhibition is a great companion piece to the Guggenheim Collection currently at AGO.  In fact, many of the artist works at UTAC, you may have never heard of before...but all are worthy of knowing more about.  Each piece has an incredible story attached to it.

 

Art of the early and mid 20th century featured  in Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism - by Klee, Matisse,  Moore, Picasso, Schlemmer and others - is foundational  to our received  notions of modernism in art and modernity in Western culture more broadly. These  artists frequently focused on the human form, whether in a broadly humanist or  more specifically existentialist and historical contexts. Exploring both the  wisdom and limitations of this emphasis on the human condition, I will ask if  modern art of this sort retains its aesthetic and ethical authority today.

 

 

Co-curated by former UTAC Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire and students in the Spring 2013 UTAC Exhibition Course this curatorial project began with a core set of works drawn from the Malcove, University College and University of Toronto Art Collections, three permanent holdings in the care of UTAC. The works, by major artists within the Western canon range in date from the 1500s to the 1940s

 

Directions:

http://www.utac.utoronto.ca/visiting

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  • Serge

    Does anyone know if today's 2pm tour is still on or off?? Thank you.

    March 1, 2014

  • Alesya

    Hi, Karen, I'm also an Info guide with the AGO, nice to meet you here. I would be interested to join the group on Saturday too.

    February 25, 2014

    • Alesya

      Unfortunately can't make it today...can't arrange babysitting for my child

      March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A thoroughly enjoyable learning experience! 20 Arts & Culture enthusiasts braved the bitter -30c and was guided by three knowledgable art experts through the exhibition at UTAC. The current curation, Framing Narratives: Renaissance to Modernism, includes rarely seen gems from Manet, Picasso, Klee, portrait study from Moore, and (my favourite) a full wall of etchings from Rembrandt! This exhibition both compliments and challenges AGO's Great Upheaval. Thank you for organizing this treat of an event!

    February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A thoroughly enjoyable evening. The collection has pieces from large and imposing to tiny and charming. Great names here including Picasso, Matisse and Klee. Though these are tiny, unimportant works. More impressive are the Rembrandt etchings. Enjoyed the talks and the curators came to life when asked questions rather than reading from their prepared scripts. Over a chance to see a wonderful collection that feels intimate and charming. Alive early and make sure to view the other works which includes a wonder Collier and an impressive collection of Byzantium artifacts.

    February 27, 2014

  • afzal

    I enjoyed it oh yeh! Seen Picasso's (one paint) n others ,Da rest is downstairs in Da Vault . Don't get lost remain wid da tour guides . That was a nice taste

    February 26, 2014

  • Greg

    A tour is confirmed for this Sat at 2pm at UTAC.
    For those attending tonight on list, pls make some comments here this week and let others know your thoughts. tks

    February 26, 2014

  • karen P.

    I am on duty to do tours at the AGO on Saturday.
    Sorry to miss it.

    February 26, 2014

  • Priya

    I'm interested in the Saturday group.

    February 26, 2014

  • karen P.

    I am a guide at the AGO and really enjoyed the Great Upheaval exhibition. Hope to get in with the second group.

    February 25, 2014

  • Serge

    Confirming that I plan to attend this Saturday March 1 at 2pm + 1 guest. Thank you.

    February 24, 2014

  • Greg

    We will meet just inside doors on Wed..get there close to 615 pls. Check the map for directions!
    Tour is about 45 mins. As there is a large waitlist, pls check your rsvp once again. If you can attend..excellent, if not..pls let someone else with some advance notice.

    For those of you not able to attend this Wed/or are on waitlist, this Sat March 1 @ 2pm there will be another tour..a shorter one, maybe 20-25 mins. It will be led by U of T student volunteers, fully trained, but with shorter content. Pls support the students!!

    Let me know your interest in Saturday tour by posting here and I'll let UTAC know. This exhibition is a MUST see, and closes soon. Enjoy a walk around U of T afterwards. I won't be there personally but will have everything arranged in advance.

    February 24, 2014

  • Micky

    Would love to join. Please add me to the wait list but prefer a Monday or Tuesday night. Thanks so much for organizing this!

    February 24, 2014

  • Alan Y.

    I always enjoyed the subject art history and the interpretation/appreciation of artistic work. I am disappointed that I cannot attend.

    February 23, 2014

  • Richard

    I still plan to attend - how long is the tour?

    February 21, 2014

  • Anjani B.

    Me too hope I make it into the 2 round

    February 21, 2014

  • Greg

    For this event next week...please check your schedules.

    1) If you are still able to attend and are one of of the first 20, stay on this list. If not, pls update your RSVP.

    2) We are working on another date to host the balance of people on waitlist. It would take place within the week after.

    3) UTAC can only take maximum 20 people at a time

    4) Hang in there, hopefully everyone here will enjoy this exhibition..which closes in a few weeks

    February 21, 2014

    • Serge

      That would be great. Thank you.

      February 21, 2014

    • Serge

      Hoping to be included in the second showing

      1 · February 21, 2014

  • Kathryn

    With so many people still on the waitlist, maybe a second group could be added?This sounds like a very informative and intellectual presentation for those of us who are serious about the Arts!

    February 20, 2014

  • Sheeraz

    Hi, My friend Shermeen (also on wait list) and I are both new to the city and would love to be a part of this… hope it happens :)

    February 20, 2014

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