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Onsite at OCAD University

Four Must-see Art and Museum Exhibits for Fall

From imaginative monsters to Nazi history to indigenous art to crafted textiles, there’s a wealth of exhibits to experience this season

Delve into the collection of imaginative items at Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters.


Raise a Flag: Works from
the Indigenous Art Collection (2000–2015)

To Dec. 10

OCAD University, Canada’s largest art and design school, christens its new 8,000-foot flagship galley in September with an exhibit that creates a dialogue surrounding Canada’s national identity. Works by more than two dozen First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists will be on display from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s comprehensive art collection.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W., ocadu.ca


Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

To Jan. 7

Few modern filmmakers have made their stamp on the fantasy genre like Guillermo del Toro. This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits a selection of items from del Toro’s famous personal collection of curiosities, including art, books and ephemera surrounding the afterlife, magic, occultism, alchemy, freaks and imaginary creatures. This show provides a window into the creative process of the mind behind Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim and The Hobbit.

Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.


The Evidence Room

To Jan. 28

In 2000, architectural historian Robert Jan van Pelt proved in a landmark court case that Auschwitz was purposefully designed by the Nazis as a death camp. His research became a source for the emerging discipline of architectural forensics. The Evidence Room—an acclaimed exhibition when it debuted last year at the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice—displays key objects central to that research, including full-scale reconstructions of three major components of the Auschwitz gas chambers along with more than 60 plaster casts of additional architectural evidence.

Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park


Diligence and Elegance: The Nature of Japanese Textiles

To Jan. 21

This exhibit displays 19th- and 20th-century fabrics and garments from Kyoto’s professional weaving workshops alongside Canadian-made cotton, cloth and silk kimonos created using traditional techniques. The show features work by contemporary artists Hiroko Karuno and Keiko Shintani, both of whose work has evolved from Japanese textile traditions.

Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave.

OCAD U’s Ads for People Shows the Power of the Web

An advertising series for online newspaper The Zimbabwean is just one example of the Ads for People highlighted by Onsite [at] OCAD U.

An advertising series for online newspaper The Zimbabwean is just one example of the Ads for People highlighted by Onsite [at] OCAD U.

FEBRUARY 7 TO MAY 25  If you’re not careful, surfing the Internet can turn into an exercise in trying to avoid advertisements, such is the prevalence of promotion online. While we may not like that companies can take advantage of the web’s freedom and low cost to try to sell us all manner of products and services, Ads for People, the latest exhibition at Onsite [at] OCAD U, examines how the Internet can also help charities and non-governmental organizations get their messages out. Sure, you may see a lot of pop-ups for hair products and online gambling; the flip side is that mass marketing is now similarly available for everything from breast cancer–awareness campaigns to a newspaper for exiled citizens of Zimbabwe.  —Anna Marszalek

>> Onsite [at] OCAD U, 230 Richmond St. W., 416-977-6000; ocadu.ca
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Hot Art: OCAD Shows Off Pictures and Books

Gary Taxali’s The Official Language

JULY 6 TO OCTOBER 6 The interplay between visual art and literary expression goes far beyond the design of book covers. Today, the printed word—in everything from novels to magazine articles to websites—is often linked with graphic design, illustration and even photography in cross-disciplinary packages that are greater than the sum of their individual media. Onsite [at] OCAD University explores this intersection of practices and products in its Letter Rip! exhibition. Featuring the work of top Toronto-based artists and designers complemented by a showcase of niche publications from venerable local bookstore The Monkey’s Paw, the display offers further evidence of the ongoing and highly fruitful marriage of images and words.

Staff Picks: 10 Popular Public Art Galleries

The Art Gallery of Ontario features works by Michael Snow and many, many other artists

Become a part of Toronto’s hot art and culture scene by exploring these public art galleries, which are home to timeless masterpieces, contemporary creations, travelling exhibitions and everything in between. (more…)