18 March 2018




Welcome back to the #MMSt2018 project coverage! Today, we're featuring the first eight exhibition projects my talented colleagues in second year of the program are currently working on.

Each of the 23 exhibition groups in this series kindly agreed to speak about their project. Their exhibitions will open across the city in the next few months. They are listed here in chronological order, starting with Nikita and Amanda, whose exhibition opened last week!

Toronto: The Views are Different Here (March 6-29, 2018)
Nikita Lorenzo-Vicente, Amanda McNeil
The exhibition is on display at the Aird Gallery!
Photo courtesy of Nikita Lorenzo. 
Location: John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), MacDonald Block, Toronto
Opened: March 8, 2018, 6-8pm

Our multimedia exhibition examines Toronto identity through the individual narratives of its people. It strives to display personal thoughts and emotions from a variety of backgrounds within Toronto to unpack the ways in which we think of our city.

Partners: City of Toronto Art Connections Program

Ontario Science Centre Robotics Hot Zone (March 9, 2018 –)
Jessica Baptista, Christopher Shackleton, Napat Malathum, Shannon Crewson
Location: Ontario Science Centre Hot Zone, on Level 6
Opened: March 9, 2018

For our project we worked as co-producers for the Ontario Science Centre’s Hot Zone. Focusing on the topic of robotics, we developed an educational program which allows participants to experience robotics through both hands-on activities and four specific robot stories. The Robotics Hot Zone will be presented daily by the Ontario Science Centre’s hosts.

Team members Christopher and Jessica help with the presentation of INDY - an archaeology robot used to explore tunnels in Egypt and created by Ryerson University's N-CART Lab. Photo courtesy of Napat Malathum.

(From left) Shauna, Emily, and Karley at the Art Museum! 
Photo courtesy of Shauna Taylor, Emilie Albert-Toth, 
and Karley Staskus.
2018 Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition (March 23-April 14, 2018) 
Emilie Albert-Toth, Karley Staskus, Shauna Taylor 

Location: Art Museum at the University of Toronto, 15 King's College Circle, Toronto
Opening Reception: March 23, 2018, 7-9 pm

We are currently in the process of installing the SPSAE 2018 and have had the opportunity to handle some amazing artwork and work with some wonderful people. Here’s a picture of us looking cool and casual while discussing In My Dreams by Lisa Veregin. Please come look cool and casual with us on the night of our opening, we’d love to discuss some artwork with you!

Case Studies: A history of physics innovation at the University of Toronto (April 2018 –)
Erin Beaubien, Daniel Rose

Location: McLennan Laboratory Foyer, 60 St. George St., University of Toronto
Opening Reception: April 4th, 2018, 4-6 pm (remarks at 4:30) in the Physics Grad lounge (rm 111, McLennan Physical Laboratories, 60 St. George St.)*

Our project is in partnership with the U of T physics department and the University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection (UTSIC). We wanted to use this exhibition as an opportunity to explore the department's history and highlight some stories of invention and innovation that have occurred here. The exhibition features four instruments and processes that were developed or created at the University and the people and history behind them.

To RSVP for the opening reception, please email outreach@physics.utoronto.ca.

University of Toronto Archives. Boris Stoicheff Fonds. B2010-0025/001P(10). 

Collections storage at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).
Photo courtesy of Naomi Recollet. 
Reconfiguring the Collection (Project; April 2018)
Naomi Recollet 

Location: Royal Ontario Museum

This project is focused on reconceptualizing and reconfiguring the Northeast and Subarctic material in the First Peoples collection at the ROM. The purpose is to improve the facilitation of research and exhibition planning from scholars, and particularly from members of Indigenous communities. I hope that this reconfiguration will be easier for members of Indigenous communities to access the collections, approach materials, locate object types and identify any future relationships with the collections and the ROM.

Here Emily takes notes regarding the location of the exhibition
and the cases available for the objects. Photo courtesy of Emily
Welsh and Madison Stirling.
Hazel Stuart and the Indigenous Peoples of Papua New Guinea (April 9, 2018) 
Emily Welsh, Madison Stirling

Exhibition Name: Hazel Stuart and the Indigenous Peoples of Papua New Guinea
Location: Department of Anthropology (Third Floor), University of Toronto, 19 Russell St, Toronto

For our exhibition project, we are a producing a permanent display of artifacts and ephemera from the Department of Anthropology’s Hazel Stuart Collection. Hazel Stuart lived and worked in Papua New Guinea from 1973 – 1975 after recently graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. Our display will examine the study of anthropology, the process of collecting, and the knowledge represented by the Indigenous cultural objects gathered by Hazel Stuart.

Made-Up Toronto features 21 participants from Toronto 
sporting their own makeup looks. Photo courtesy of 
Leeor Wild. 
Made-Up Toronto (TBD) 
Jessica Svenningson, Sarah Rolko

Location: Downtown Yonge BIA Pop-Up Gallery, 385-387 Yonge St., Toronto
Opening Reception: TBD

We came together to work on this project because we both had noticed how little makeup was highlighted in the museum and art gallery world. We collaborated with Downtown Yonge BIA to bring our vision to life by focusing on the makeup culture in Toronto. Our goal with this exhibition is to demonstrate how makeup is a powerful tool for self-expression and expression of cultural identity.

Art & Mindfulness (April 13, 2018-April 2019) 
Julia Zungri, Tabitha Chan, Kelly Manikoth 

Location: Claude T. Bissell Building, University of Toronto
Opening Reception: April 13, 2018, 5-7 pm (remarks at 6pm)

Our exhibition explores the relationship between art, students and mental health. The artists featured in this exhibition use art as a tool for wellness, resilience and mindfulness. As an exhibition curated by students and for students, we hope that showcasing these works will contribute to the destigmatization and awareness of mental health issues on campus. Also featured in this exhibition is the 1000 Words Campaign by the UMatter initiative, and students’ pieces created from the Rethink Recovery workshops.

(From left) Julia, Kelly, and Tabitha while selling bookmarks and postcards as part of their fundraising event in December 2017. They wish to thank everyone who contributed! Photo courtesy of Julia Zungri, Kelly Manikoth, and Tabitha Chan.


Congratulations to my fellow MMSt students for all you've accomplished! Thanks for sharing your work. I can't wait to attend the exhibition openings. Maybe I'll see you there, dear readers!

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