The late 20th century was characterized by a shift away from framing Toronto cultural production in relation to national culture. This working group brings together scholars from three universities in the GTA who wish to think about the city in relation to global art worlds. Understanding this discursive shift requires attention to the way in which the city has been imaginatively projected in the visual arts and artistic scenes in Toronto, taking into consideration such factors as the conditions of production and funding, the critical reception of art, and the teaching of the histories of creative fields. We will therefore look at visual arts as it intersects with other domains in which the imaginary of a city takes form, in literature, music, dance, theatre, cinema, design, and architecture. Over a series of eight meetings, we will work towards a one-day public symposium. We begin with a First Story Toronto bus tour, which engages with Indigenous understandings of sovereignty, space, and place as this intersects with the GTA. Subsequent show and tell sessions will introduce senior scholars and graduate students through shared case studies and methods. A concluding editorial brainstorming session will identify topical areas for the publication of a critical reader.
Faculty, University of Toronto Theresa Enright, FAS Political Science Luis Jacob, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design Shawn Micallef, Lecturer, Innis-One and UC-One program Sean Mills, FAS History Scott Rayter, FAS Sexual Diversity Studies Charles Stankievech, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design Rinaldo Walcott, OISE; Women & Gender Studies
Faculty Outside University of Toronto Gregory Betts, Canadian Studies, Brock University Rosemary Donegan, Art History, OCADU (retired) Andrea Fatona, Art History, OCADU Janine Marchessault, Art, Digital Media & Globalization, York University Martin Reisenleitner, Communications, Culture & the City, York University Dot Tuer, Art History, OCADU
Graduate Students, University of Toronto Liora Belford, Art History Sam Cotter, Architecture, Visual Studies program Andrea Creamer, Architecture, Visual Studies program Corinn Gerber, Comparative Literature Jordan Hale, Faculty of Information Adam Welch, Art History