PLATFORM Speaker Series & Power Talks

Art Toronto is delighted to present PLATFORM, our engaging series of lectures and panel discussions from prominent art world figures, including Power Talks, organized in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Discover what’s happening on the international scene from artists, writers and curators and get inspired to build your art collection in this comprehensive line up of talks on the new PLATFORM stage.

Talks last approximately one hour and are complimentary with admission.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

1 PM
Stories of Art Recovery from a World of Stolen Works
Presented by AXA ART
Christiane Fischer, President and CEO of AXA Art Americas in conversation with Robert K. Wittman, former Senior Investigator and Founder of the FBI’s National Art Crime Team. Fischer will probe stories behind astonishing true cases and successful recoveries led by Mr. Wittman and his team.

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2:30 PM
Taking Measure: Women in The Arts
Presented by RBC
RBC presents a panel discussion on the current state of women in the arts, and the challenges and successes they experience in their field.

Panel includes: Sara Angel, Art Canada Institute Massey College; Christy Thompson, Art Gallery of Ontario; Linda Rodeck, Waddington’s; Robin Anthony, RBC. Moderated by David Balzer, Canadian Art.

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4 PM
POWER TALK / Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy: Fieldwork in Latin America
Presented by The Power Plant
Sophía Hernández Chong Cuy will speak to her role in building the contemporary holdings of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, one of the world’s foremost collections of art from Latin America.

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6 PM
Where We Are Now: Mapping Toronto’s Contemporary Art Histories
Presented by C Magazine
Wanda Nanibush, guest curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and Sarah Robayo Sheridan, curator at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, will discuss some of the nascent ideas of a history not yet written – the history of contemporary art in Toronto.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

1 PM
Latitude-West: Latin American Art After the Canon
Presented by Americas Society
The panel is moderated by Gabriela Rangel, Americas Society, New York, who will converse with curators Beverly Adams, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, and Tahia Rivero, Colección Mercantil, Caracas, about the curatorial strategies used to position Latin American art within the larger western art historical canon.

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2:30 PM
How to Build an Audience for Art
Presented by Canadian Art
Is the art audience singular or plural? Plural, we hope. Join Canadian Art editor Richard Rhodes with a panel of art experts as they discuss individual projects that have helped to develop a broader public impact for contemporary art.

Panel includes: Kenneth Montague, Wedge Curatorial Projects; Yves Trépanier, TrépanierBaer Gallery; Caroline Andrieux, Darling Foundry; John Kissick, University of Guelph.

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4 PM
POWER TALK / Carlos Amorales: Black Cloud
Presented by The Power Plant
Carlos Amorales’ large scale installation, Black Cloud, currently on view at The Power Plant, consists of 30,000 black moths cut out of paper. Amorales will address Black Cloud within the context of his artistic practice including his Liquid Archive, a digital database of images he has been building since 1998.

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6 PM
FOCUS: LATIN AMERICA Artist Talk with Abaseh Mirvali
This artist talk is organized and moderated by international curator Abaseh Mirvali, who will converse with visiting artists particularly focusing on the outline of painting as it relates to their work.

Panel includes: Catalina León, Artist; Eduardo Basualdo, Artist; Max Gomez Canle, Artist; and Gabriela Rangel, Americas Society.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

1 PM
Public/Private: The Relationship Between Public and Commercial Galleries in the Visual Art Ecology
Presented by the Art Dealers Association of Canada (ADAC)
The ADAC panel discusses the relationship between the public and commercial realm, how it contributes to the advancement of art historical discourse and stewardship, and considers new avenues where they could work in tandem to further support public engagement.

Panel includes: Michelle Jacques, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Sharon London Liss, art dealer and advisor; Dr. Sarah Stanners, McMichael Collection; Yves Trépanier, TrépanierBaer Gallery. Moderated by Gregory Humeniuk, Curatorial Assistant, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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3 PM
POWER TALK / Elisabeth Vollert: La Otra Bienal, Bogota: Contemporary art practice as social, environmental and urban integration
Presented by The Power Plant
Elisabeth Vollert will discuss La Otra Bienal as a vital platform for contemporary art of Latin America and consider art within the public sphere as an interactive meeting point in the urban imaginary.

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