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Events in Art and Archaeology

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  7 May - 27 November 2016
 

Featuring stunning woodblock prints, samurai armour, a kimono, screen paintings, lacquerwork, and illustrated books, the exhibition explores issues of gender and tells a pivotal story of sexuality in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). A Third Gender is the first North American display on wakashu. Four hundred years ago in Japan, a complex social structure existed in which gender involved more than a person’s biological sex. Age, position in the sexual hierarchy, and appearance were also considered. Fundamental to this structure were youths termed wakashu. Neither “adult man” nor “woman”—each a separate gender—wakashu were objects of desire for both, playing distinct social and sexual roles. Constituting a third gender, they are visually represented in these Edo period woodblock prints.

The exhibition features approximately 60 woodblock prints (ukiyo-e), visually representing wakashu. Produced since the 8th century in Japan, woodblock prints, created collaboratively by a designer, engraver, printer, and publisher, became popular in the 17th century. The exhibition’s prints were created in early 18th to mid19th centuries by major ukiyo-e masters including Okumura Masanobu, Suzuki Harunobu, and Kitagawa Utamaro.



Royal Ontario Museum Website


Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

<P>Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), <EM>Derrick Cross</EM>, 1983,Gelatin silver print, 48.5 × 38.2 cm.Promised gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.</P>

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), Derrick Cross, 1983,
Gelatin silver print, 48.5 × 38.2 cm.
Promised gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Focus: Perfection: Robert Mapplethorpe
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  10 September 2014 - 22 January 2017
 
One of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) gained renown for his masterful compositions and subjects that have compelled new reflection on questions of gender, race and sexuality.

Tracing the artist’s entire career, from his early production in the late 1960s to his untimely death in 1989, the exhibition features close to 250 works that shed new light on the key genres that Mapplethorpe pursued: portraiture, the nude and the still life. It reveals the photographer’s working methods and techniques, presenting the improvisational, experimental aspects of his practice alongside the aesthetic perfection of his prints.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website


Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Kerry James Marshall : Biennale de Montréal: The Grand Balcony,
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  19 October 2016 - 29 January 2017
 

Creating portraits, interiors, nudes and landscapes in various mediums, Marshall conflates actual and imagined events from African-American history and culture.

For the Biennale de Montréal, he has produced a new series of lightboxes that are a continuation of his work Rythm Mastr, a comic strip featuring an urban superhero who battles the forces of evil using a combination of futuristic and traditional African accoutrements.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, Marshall grew up in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the Otis College of Art and Design in 1978. He currently lives in Chicago. His works have been presented around the world, including at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2014) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2013). In 2013, he was one of seven new appointees to President Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Other prestigious awards include a 1991 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 1997 grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Wolfgang Hahn Award in 2014.



Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website


Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana
TORONTO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  3 September 2016 - 3 March 2017
 
 
The ROM’s new exhibition, Art, Honour, and Ridicule: Asafo Flags from Southern Ghana takes a historical and contemporary look at Asafo flags. These flags are the insignia created for the numerous military Asafo companies of the Fante states along the coast of Southern Ghana. Historically, Asafo companies were in charge of the safety and protection of the local community as well as warfare. Today they act as the vibrant core of local communities. Their flags depict narratives of pride, wisdom, and defiant messages to enemies and are sacred objects depicting the spirit and history of a company.

Royal Ontario Museum Website


Contact: Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,
ON  M5S 2C6
Tel: (1) 416 586 80 00

Events in Classical Music

Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  5 October 2016
 

Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto (arr. for vibraphone)
Corelli: La Folia (arr. for marimba and strings)
Christos Hatzis: Mirage? for Vibraphone, Yunluo (cloud gongs) and Strings
Michael Oesterle: Kaluza Klein for Vibraphone and String Orchestra
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110a

Manintoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, conductor
Dame Evelyn Glennie, percussion

 



Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 285 20 00

Souffle Nomade – Trio d’argent: Cuarteto Latinoamericano
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  13 October 2016
 

Souffle Nomade – Trio d’argent, a flute trio from France, joins Mexican string quartet Cuarteto Latinoamericano in a programme of modern-day works inspired by Miguel de Cervantes, whose 400th anniversary of death occurs in 2016. A Baroque sonata and a few lively tangos complete the programme.

Georgina Derbez: Marinero soy de amor 3
José Manuel Lopez: Taclam for Flute Trio and String Quartet
François Daudin Clavaud: La noche oscura del alma
Joseph Bodin de Boismortieer: Trio Sonata
Carlos Gardel: Tangos Volver and Por una cabeza

Souffle Nomade – Trio d’argent
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

 

 



Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Fretwork: Suzie LeBlanc, soprano
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  6 October 2016
 

Byrd, Gibbons, Purcell, Gavin Bryers, Tan Dun, Nico Muhley

Fretwork
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano

 



Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website



Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Of Horses and Men: The Émile Hermès Collection, Paris
MONTREAL  •  Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History  •  20 May - 16 October 2016
 

For the first time in its history, Hermès of Paris has agreed to share over 300 remarkable objects---of all things equestrian from the private collection of Émile Hermès.

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermès International began as a maker of harnesses and saddles at a time when horses ruled the streets. Under the leadership of the founder’s grandson Émile Hermès (1871–1951), the firm truly took off, adapting its products to the new lifestyles of an elite clientele. A sign of wealth and power, the horse was long associated with the monarchy, nobility, bourgeoisie, and prestigious racing stables. But as the automobile began to replace the horse in daily life, the saddle maker-turned-leather merchant and avant-garde couturier realized the urgency of preserving the precious treasures of equestrian heritage.

Saddles, stirrups, spurs, and other horse tack from around the world are just some of the many objects along the horse’s trail, which takes visitors on a journey from Antiquity to the Renaissance to the 20th century.

The collection also includes a wonderful selection of paintings by great and lesser-known masters, as well as sculptures, engravings, and drawings.



Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History Website


Contact: 350 Place Royale
Corner of de la Commune
Old Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y5
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 872-9150

Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
Canadian War Museum
Deadly Skies: Air War, 1914–1918
OTTAWA, ONTARIO  •  Canadian War Museum  •  9 June 2016 - 29 January 2017
 
 

Visitors are invited to go beyond the dogfights and immerse oneself in the lives of nine people, from both sides of the conflict, who experienced the first air war.

Join them as they train to fly, gather intelligence, fight aerial battles and drop bombs. Their stories — told with more than 80 authentic artifacts woven into an innovative graphic novel presentation — provide insight into the history and consequences of the first air war.



Canadian War Museum Website


Contact: Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: (1) 819 776 70 00



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