Friday, August 20, 2021

MOCA Toronto 2021

The Toronto Museum of Contemporary Art is open and I'm pretty sure there is a lot of art type stuff in there, so keep it in mind if you want to get out again and do stuff. MOCA reopened on July 23 and you can always check out the first floor for free, then get your tickets and check out the rest of the building. Currently on the ground floor is Kapwani Kiwanga's Flowers for Africa, Archipelago by Michael Lin and a sound installation by Florence Yee and Joy Wong called yeet nao.
Archipelago by Michael Lin

Michael Lin: Archipelago (November 19, 2020 — August 29, 2021)
From MOCA's website "Michael Lin’s unconventional paintings invite visitors to position themselves within an artwork and to reconsider their perception of the space around them. His works take their inspiration from everyday fabrics—pillows, blankets, and other domestic textiles. The juxtaposition of Lin’s florals against stark, institutional architecture—especially at MOCA, a former auto factory—creates spaces that feel both softer and more tranquil. The motifs included in this installation come from Taiwanese, Indonesian, and Hawaiian-inspired textiles."

The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday and is located at 158 Sterling Rd #100, Toronto, ON M6R 2B7. The hours are Wednesday 11 am–6 pm, Thursday 11 am–6 pm, Friday 11 am–9 pm, Saturday 11 am–6 pm and Sunday 11 am–6 pm.

Flowers for Africa by Kapwani Kiwanga

Kapwani Kiwanga: Flowers for Africa (July 23, 2021 — August 29, 2021)

From the MOCA website, "For this body of ongoing work, Kapwani Kiwanga conducted iconographic research that focused on the presence of flowers at diplomatic events linked to the independence of African countries. Placed on negotiation tables and on podiums during speeches, these floral compositions become ambiguous witnesses to these historic moments. Destined to wilt over the course of their display, these flowers invite us to reflect on time, beyond the idea of the monument and the commemoration, in order to continue in the tradition of vanitas art."
The original 1919 industrial building has been repurposed to provide "Art for our sake".

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