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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

Pompeii: A Roman City
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  6 February - 5 September 2016
A spectacular exhibition that features over 220 archaeological artifacts in a unique multisensorial environment. Mosaics, frescoes, bronze and marble statues, decorative art objects, as well as utensils and personal accessories, will bring to life this small provincial colony of the Roman Empire that was frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website

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

Hannah Höch: <EM>Untitled (Large Hand Over Woman’s Head),</EM> 1930photomontageCollection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Purchase 2012© Estate of Hannah Höch/SODRAC (2016)
Hannah Höch: Untitled (Large Hand Over Woman's Head), 1930
Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Purchase 2012
© Estate of Hannah Höch/SODRAC (2016)
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture.
VANCOUVER, BC  •  Vancouver Art Gallery  •  20 February - 12 June 2016
From the moment that Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper, a newspaper headline or a scrap of sheet music to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art.

The resulting explosion of mashup strategies employed across media and movements offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of visual culture during the 20th century. From Marcel Duchamp to Jean-Luc Godard, Liz Magor to Isa Genzken, artists of diverse disciplines have adopted and reworked this creative strategy. Taking over all four floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this exhibition offers an international survey of mashup culture, documenting the emergence and evolution of a mode of creativity that has grown to become the dominant form of cultural production in the early 21st century.

Vancouver Art Gallery Website

Contact: Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H7
Tel: (1) 604 662 47 19

Photo: Untitled. Serie Maras, 2006Archival pigment ink110 x 145 cm © Isabel Muñoz
Photo: Untitled. Serie Maras, 2006
Archival pigment ink
110 x 145 cm
© Isabel Muñoz
Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art
ONTARIO  •  Royal Ontario Museum  •  2 April - 5 September 2016
Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world.

Royal Ontario Museum Website

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Bestival Toronto 2016
TORONTO  •  Woodbine Park  •  11 - 12 June 2016
Line-up: The Cure, Tame Impala, The Wombats, Grimes, Swim, Deep, Tchami, The Twilight Sad, Joris Voorn, Dubfire, Art Department, Thomas Jack, Lee Foss, Tom Trago, Catz 'n' Dogz
Gaiser, Shaun Frank, hugli, Pusher, Danny L Harle, Reeps One,
4b, Malaa, Rob da Bank, Jonathan Rosa, BLAJK, Hrmxny, Elliott Vincent Jones, Daughter, Porter Robinson, ODESZA, Jamie xx
Madeon, Classixx, Maya Jane Coles, Giraffage


Woodbine Park
Coxwell Ave. & Lakeshore Ave.
M4L 1G7 Toronto, ON

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