Community/Pedagogy/Action

We consider research as a program in and of itself. Sometimes it leads to exhibitions, sometimes to publications, sometimes to civic engagement. And sometimes it just leads to more research: we never really know and that’s the point. Our research and residencies lead the way—the way in which the gallery itself learns in public and the way in which artists projects take shape at the AGYU. Through our research and residencies, we work closely with artists and curators to develop and shape the new practices that challenge the field. This fosters artistic-curatorial experimentation and, at times, lead to long-term, participatory, and socially engaged projects that shift institutional practices, exhibition time-lines, and the ethics of making one-off projects.

We see our embedded role in our community as a fundamentally pedagogical one: not to teach but to learn along with the individuals and groups we engage through various kinds of actions, be they a ten-year spoken word mentorship program with youth in Jane-Finch or a 300-person public street procession culminating two years of community building across the Greater Toronto Area. And this is true for our role within the university as well. For instance, student engagement is conceived as extended collaborations between contemporary artists, academic researchers, and student activists. While 100s of classes are conducted in the gallery, our influence doesn’t stop there. As a research unit ourselves, the “gallery” goes to the disciplines too, inflecting curricula with contemporary art. Today, we are considered a leader in experiential learning on YorkU’s campus.

After great pain, a formal feeling comes

After great pain, a formal feeling comes

offsite exhibition
2 May 2016
If We Ruled the World

If We Ruled the World

education project
5 Feb – 2 Mar 2014
Marlon Griffith Artist Residency and Talk

Marlon Griffith Artist Residency and Talk

residencies
31 Jan 2014
Chronicles 2013

Chronicles 2013

art education
29 May 2013
Writing Award 2013 Best Review: Sara Angelucci “Provenance Unknown

Writing Award 2013 Best Review: Sara Angelucci “Provenance Unknown

student engagement
1 May 2013
Writing Award 2013 Best Article: Deanna Bowen’s “Invisible Empires”

Writing Award 2013 Best Article: Deanna Bowen’s “Invisible Empires”

student engagement
1 May 2013
Chronicles of the Outspoken

Chronicles of the Outspoken

art education
15 May 2012
Writing Award 2012 Best Review: Generation: Getting Familiar with “History, Glamour, Magic”

Writing Award 2012 Best Review: Generation: Getting Familiar with “History, Glamour, Magic”

student engagement
3 Apr 2012
Writing Award 2012 Best Article: In There and Out There: AGYU’s Will Munro Retrospective as Antirelational Aesthetic

Writing Award 2012 Best Article: In There and Out There: AGYU’s Will Munro Retrospective as Antirelational Aesthetic

student engagement
3 Apr 2012
Rise and Shine:  A Community-based Talent Showcase

Rise and Shine: A Community-based Talent Showcase

student engagement
8 Feb 2011
Writing Award 2010 Best Review: The Erasure of Rhythm: Brendan Fernandes’ Relay League

Writing Award 2010 Best Review: The Erasure of Rhythm: Brendan Fernandes’ Relay League

student engagement
24 Apr 2010
Writing Award 2009 Best Review: The Gallery Killed the Video Star: The Communism of Forms

Writing Award 2009 Best Review: The Gallery Killed the Video Star: The Communism of Forms

student engagement
1 Sep 2009
Writing Award 2009 Best Essay

Writing Award 2009 Best Essay

student engagement
1 Sep 2009
Youtube: History Re-linked

Youtube: History Re-linked

student engagement
1 Aug 2009
Studio Video Screening Hot New Video Art 2009 Dissecting the Narrative

Studio Video Screening Hot New Video Art 2009 Dissecting the Narrative

student engagement
7 May 2009
Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind

art education
24 Jun 2008
Architecture of the Imagination

Architecture of the Imagination

art education
11 Jun 2008
Student and Emerging Artist Video Screening at the AGYU – HOT NEW VIDEO ART!

Student and Emerging Artist Video Screening at the AGYU – HOT NEW VIDEO ART!

student engagement
7 Nov 2007
Black Creek United

Black Creek United

art education
24 Sep 2007
Cover to Cover

Cover to Cover

art education
20 Mar 2007
Looking at the Overlooked

Looking at the Overlooked

art education
17 Sep 2006
Where I End and You Begin: Wrik Mead and Mike Hoolboom

Where I End and You Begin: Wrik Mead and Mike Hoolboom

student engagement
15 Mar 2004
Acting Out

Acting Out

student engagement
19 Jan 2004

HOURS

Monday to Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday closed
Sunday noon – 5:00 PM

Always free

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MAILING ADDRESS

Art Gallery of York University
Keele Campus, Accolade East Building
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

DIRECTIONS

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Nearest TTC Wheel-Trans stop is York University Subway (north entrance)

CONTACTING THE GALLERY

Art Gallery of York University
Accolade East Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

416-736-5169

agyu@yorku.ca

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