Archive for February, 2008

Headlines from around the art world

New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Image: 1. Thomas Krens To Step Down As Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation: Read it HERE at

VoCA Recommends…Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War, Toronto

There’s an important exhibition on at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Blackwood Galleries, Toronto on the relationship between art and war. January 17 – March 2, 2008 Art and war may make strange bedfellows, but artists have long explored the emotions provoked by war and documented its realities… Kristan Horton, Drawing of A History of the First World
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VoCA Recommends…Arthur Danto at Guelph

Art Critic Arthur Danto lectures at Guelph University March 4, 2008 at 5 p.m World-renowned philosopher (and one of VoCA’s favorite art critics) Arthur Danto will speak on “From Photograph to Philosophy: Two Moments of Post-Traditional Art.” Arthur Danto. Image: Well known for his expertise in philosophical esthetics, Danto is highly regarded for his work on the classic question
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VoCA Recommends…Peter Greenaway in Waterloo

Filmmaker extraordinaire Peter Greenaway is in conversation with Robert Enright, Editor-at-large for Border Crossings magazine at the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo Ontario Filmmaker Peter Greenaway. Image: Wednesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. At the Perimeter Institute’s Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas

Honouring Tradition: Native art at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary

Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art at the Glenbow Museum, Calgary February 16th – July 13th, 2008 Frederick R. McDonald, Nêhithawak (Woodland Cree) (1957-) Big Bear’s Dilemma, Paper Promises, 1998. Image: The Glenbow Museum’s new exhibit Honouring Tradition: Reframing Native Art sets traditional and contemporary Native art, side-by-side. Traditional beaded shirts, moccasins and birchbark baskets are displayed alongside artwork by
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VoCA loves…Improv Everywhere

Performance art at Grand Central Station, NYC: [youtube]jwMj3PJDxuo[/youtube] Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

David McCallum speaks!

David McCallum is a Toronto based media artist and musician. His is characterized by a playful appropriation of everyday technology towards idiosyncratic and often performative ends. He has a background in physics and Music and received a Masters in Art and Technology from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. His Warbike project was featured as one half of Sound
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VoCA Recommends…The Reel Artists Film Festival, Toronto

The Reel Artists Film Festival, February 21 (today) – 24, 2008, Toronto. Don’t miss this weekend of films on today’s hottest contemporary artists! The world premieres of Jeff Wall: Retrospective (2007) by Michael Blackwood and Takashi Murakami (2008) by Marina Zenovich are two highlights of the festival, as are the Canadian premieres of Robert Wilson: Video Portraits (2007) by Marina
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VoCA Recommends…Performance at Pavilion Projects, Montreal and Holger Kalberg, Toronto

1. Justice Yeldham, Christof Migone, Just’Au Crâne and DJ Debbie Wayne at Pavilion Projects, Montreal Tuesday February 26th 2008 at ZOOBIZARRE Doors 8pm, Admission: $5 – $8

Nuit Blanche Montreal, March 1

The Montreal High Lights festival, February 21 – 2 March, 2008. “Let’s spend the night together!” Nuit Blanche Montreal kicks off on March 1 – Certainly the most extensive, if not the best, all-night celebration in Canada. It’s a fully-fledged cultural celebration – art, music, folies, theatre, poetry, dance, food…how do they fit it all in one night? 123 mostly
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