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May Editor’s Picks: Art


The Creation by Judy Chicago, woven by Audrey Cowan (Image © Donald Woodman).

ON NOW The practice of needlepoint—for centuries seen as an innocuous domestic hobby for women—takes on profound political, cultural and artistic implications in When Women Rule the World: Judy Chicago in Thread, the latest exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. Numerous striking works produced cooperatively by the American artist and volunteer textile makers hang from the museum’s walls and enshrine female iconography in a sphere historically dominated by masculine viewpoints. Spanning Chicago’s four-decade career, the survey offers a distinct feminist perspective with such pieces as The Creation, a large-scale tapestry from the 1980 to ‘85 Birth Project, which explores the physical, emotional and spiritual experiences shared by women through childbirth.

Yousef Karsh

Albert Einstein (Photo © the Estate of Yousuf Karsh).

ON NOW What do Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Muhammad Ali have in common? Each of these historical luminaries sat for a portrait by the late Armenian Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh. The McMichael Canadian Art Collection commemorates the 100th anniversary of the renowned artist’s birth with Karshed, a display of 30 iconic images capturing the souls of these and other 20th- century luminaries. Also showing at the McMichael is Yousuf Karsh: Industrial I Images —selections from Karsh’s commercial portfolio that reflect work and life in post-WWII Canada.

1858 Boulton Atlas

Detail of the Boulton Atlas, 1858.

ON NOW Mark Toronto’s 175th anniversary by examining its structural identity. Architecture at Harbourfront Centre presents Building on History, a trio of installations that interpret the city’s built heritage.

1. Contemporary design facilitates a reconnection with the past in Take 2, a demonstration of the ways in which existing buildings can be invigorated through adaptive reuse, by Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects.

2. One of the earliest known maps of Toronto, the 1858 Boulton Atlas, is recreated in the Found Toronto display by E.R.A. Architects Inc.—visitors can compare modern Toronto with the city it once was.

3. The Redemptorist Project, by Taylor Hazell Architects Ltd., questions the role played by institutions in the transformation of ecosystems by exploring the process of designing a Catholic monastery in downtown Toronto.

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