14 February 2018

IN THE BACK RIGHT CORNER

COLLECTIONS CORNER

BY: KATLYN WOODER

This time, for Collections Corner I decided to go literal. I went to five institutions in Toronto: The Onsite Gallery at OCAD, The Art Gallery of Ontario, the University of Toronto’s Art Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Gardiner Museum to see what they put in their back right corner (to find out what are the things that I might overlook when visiting one of these fine establishments.)

I was curious about the corners. When I think of a corner I think of something being stuffed in it. It’s not really a power position for artwork to be placed in. The back corner just highlighted this power position because it is the farthest from the entrance.

The Onsite Gallery (a Contemporary Art Gallery associated with OCAD)

The Sunshine Eaters, January 10 to April 15, 2018
https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/the-sunshine-eaters

Jessica Karuhanga being who are there is no other 2017 (a dual screen video produced with the work of Jessica Karuhanga , Xin Lio, Serene Husni and Aaditya Aggarwal, Joyful Joyful and Ahlam Mohammed).
 
                                                                         Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder

                                                                        Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder


Art Gallery of Ontario (a Large National Art Gallery)

AGO’s Marvin Gelber Print and Drawing Study Centre, containing over EIGHTY THOUSAND prints, drawings and photographs.
http://www.ago.net/marvin-gelber-print-and-drawing-study-centre-overview
http://artmatters.ca/wp/category/prints-and-drawings/
Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder

The actual Artwork in the corner is Summer, 1878 by James Tissot from the Four Seasons

Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.


The University of Toronto Art Centre (a University Gallery Space featuring both ancient and contemporary work)


Figures of Sleep, January 17, 2018 - March 3, 2018
http://artmuseum.utoronto.ca/exhibition/figures-of-sleep/
 

Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.        


The Royal Ontario Museum (Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Entrance) (an Encyclopedic Museum)

Gallery of Korea: Ceramics
https://www.rom.on.ca/en/exhibitions-galleries/galleries/world-cultures/gallery-korea
 

Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.
Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.

The Gardiner Museum (a Ceramic Museum focusing on objects and art made out of clay)

Mesoamerican objects in the Ancient Americas
https://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/collection_type/mesoamerica/
On the Right Intellectual Accomplishments of the Classic Maya on the Left and Zapotec 500 BC-AD 800
Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.
Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.
Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.

The Onsite Gallery and U of T’s Art Centre had contemporary art videos in their corners. Both pieces focus on creating a visitor experience through the adoption of new media rather than traditional art practices. While the ROM and Gardiner, both museums, had ceramics (not surprising in a ceramic museum but still) both display exhibits of material culture, and humans' ability to transcend practically to develop aesthetic value. The AGO corner was a practical use of space (NO natural light that would damage the artwork) and presented a sampling of work that is most of the time locked behind the closed doors.

All the corners had something interesting in them, and by concentrating on the corners I spent my time with pieces that I would not ordinarily focus on. Thus I present you all with a challenge: look at what's in the corners. It’s usually something interesting and new, and it is a way of changing up your museum experience.


Many thanks to my Mother for agreeing to a mother-daughter day of visiting museums and gallery spaces in a blizzard! Photo courtesy of Katlyn Wooder.

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