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                                                                                                                                                            ROM:  Big

   The newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume on Level 4 in the Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, BIG is exclusively drawn from the ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes objects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways. With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM's renowned collections.
  "This installation highlights objects that, in one way or another, are BIG," states Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator in the ROM's World Cultures department. She continues, "BIG is not just about size. Even the smallest textile can have BIG personal, social, and cultural value that shifts according to context. BIG brilliantly looks at the meaning of textiles and fashions from around the globe and across time. We look forward to illustrating for our visitors that less can most definitely be more."
  A recent acquisition, and now a highlight of the Museum's permanent collection and this exhibition, Passage #5was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture. Specially commissioned by the ROM and made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, this dramatic coat-dress was inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau's drawings of the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st century reworking of Dior's 1947 New Look. Passage #5 was a highlight of Dior's Spring 2011 collection.
  Other exhibition highlights representing the breadth of the ROM's international collections include a Pre-Columbian Peruvian feather cape dated to 1000 -1476 AD; an Indonesian bark cloth wrapper; and spectacular textiles created for Exposition Internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes - the BIG Art Deco exhibition held in Paris, 1925. Textiles from Albania, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom, and USA, vibrantly demonstrate the exhibition's BIG global scope. In addition to Galliano for Dior, contemporary fashions by leading designers Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Tam, and Tom Ford for Yves St Laurent are among the other BIG names on display.

On Now Until Sept. 2013   Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4 in the Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, 100 Queens Park


                                                                                DX EXCHANGE:  Christian Louboutin Retrospective

   Canada's design museum, the Design Exchange, and Toronto's fashion community will celebrate a designer label that has changed the female silhouette forever. Best known for his iconic red-soled shoes, Christian Louboutin personally brings his 20-year retrospective exhibition to the DX from June 21 to Sept. 15.
  Talks and events, as part of the exhibition , include;

Curator's Tour - Friday, June 21   Donna Loveday, Head of Curatorial, Design Museum (London) 'A Behind the Scenes Insight into Curating the Christian Louboutin Exhibition'   Time 12:30pm   Tickets $22 for members, $25 for non-members

FGI presents: "Red Hot Soles - A Discussion of Footwear Fashion & Design"- Wednesday, June 26  Shauna Levy, President, Design Exchange; Barbara Atkin, Vice President Fashion Direction, Holt Renfrew and Leesa Butler, Director, Fashion Group International Toronto  Time 6:30pm   Tickets $22 for members, $25 for non-members

Flashing Red: Christian Louboutins and the Culture of Desire - Tuesday, July 9  Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum   Time 6:30pm  Tickets $22 for members, $25 for non-members

"Protecting Canada's Most Fabulous: Intellectual Property Laws in the Fashion Industry" - September 10   Gilbert's LLP fashion lawyer, Ashlee Froese, will lead a discussion with renowned fashion brands on how intellectual property laws can protect the fashion industry.    Time 6:30pm   Tickets $22 for members, $25 for non-members

Grand Marnier 'Grand Soiree'    In partnership with the Design Exchange, Grand Marnier® will be a hosting a series of Thursday night events throughout the duration of the exhibition themed The Grand Soirée. Indulge in the luxury of signature Grand Marnier® cocktails and canapés from Parts and Labour while enjoying the exhibit.  Grand Soiree Dates June 27th, July 18th, August 15th and September 12th   Time 5:00pm to 9:00pm    Tickets With the purchase of a regular admission ticket.

On Now Until Sept. 15    the Design Exchange, 234 Bay St.   |   Admission: $12 - $28


                                                                                              ROM -  Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World

   The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is the sole Canadian venue to host Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World during its international tour.
  This impressive exhibition explores over 3,000 years of accomplishments of this ancient civilization to reveal the significance many still have on our lives today, Mesopotamia features over 170 priceless objects from the esteemed holdings of the British Museum. These artifacts, most of which have never been seen in Canada, are augmented by iconic objects from the ROM's own renowned collections and other leading institutions, including the University of Chicago Oriental Institute Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archa.
  Geographically, Mesopotamia (from the Greek "[land] between the Rivers") encompasses present-day Iraq, north-eastern Syria, and south-eastern Turkey. Urban civilization originated in the area, accompanied by the establishment of the first cities and complex forms of social organization and economic activity. Significant developments during this period include the invention of writing, long-distance communication, trade networks, and the first empires. Sophisticated art and literature began and flourished concurrently with remarkable intellectual, spiritual, and scientific advances.
  While Mesopotamia addresses numerous benchmarks of the society's social and technological developments, including the Agricultural Revolution and the development of village economies, its main focus is on the emergence of cities and states in ancient Sumer (4000 - 2000 BCE); the Assyrian World Empire (1000 - 600 BCE); and the rise and fall of Babylon (600 - 540 BCE).

June 22 - Jan. 5, 2014  The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park Circle   |   Admission: $19 - $27 (Mesopotamia Exhibit and General Admission)


                                                                                                         AGO - Ai Weiwei: According to What?

  One of the world's most provocative contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei: According to What? chronicles Ai Weiwei's work from the mid-1990s to the present.
The exhibition blends art history, activism and traditional Chinese materials and symbols to create a compelling vision of the artist's everyday reality and his ongoing fight for freedom of expression in the face of Chinese government censorship.
  Featuring more than 40 large scale works of art including sculptures, photographs and video and audio installations, Ai Weiwei: According to What? is on display from Aug. 17 - Oct. 27 and the AGO is the only Canadian stop on a North American tour. Ai Weiwei: According to What? was organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
It is curated by the Mori Art Museum's chief curator, Mami Kataoka.

  Ai Weiwei: According to What? includes many large-scale and detailed artworks, including:
  Straight (2008-12), which contains 38 tons of reinforced steel rebar recovered from post-earthquake fissures and arranged specifically for the exhibition;
  Château Lafite (1988), a sculpture comprised of a wine bottle and peasant shoes that pays homage to the artwork of Marcel Duchamp and Jasper Johns;
  Grapes (2010), showcasing a number of wooden stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) that artisans have rejoined into a spiky cluster with seats in, legs out;
  New York Photographs (1983-93), a selection of 98 black-and-white documentary photos that Ai took during his time studying art in New York City;
  Surveillance Camera (2010), a piece of technology carefully replicated in marble, recreating the device that the Chinese government uses to keep an eye on the artist in his home; and
  He Xie (2010), an installation of more than 3,000 porcelain river crabs. The term "he xie" refers to the word "harmonious," which is part of the Chinese Communist Party's slogan and is now internet slang for official online censorship.
  In response to the 2008 earthquake tragedy in China's Sichuan province, Ai Weiwei began a commemorative design project called aiflowers to memorialize the thousands of children who perished in the disaster. In celebration of Ai Weiwei: According to What?, Ai has designed several exclusive aiflower items for shopAGO—marking the first retail partnership between a hosting gallery and Ai's studio—including a collection comprising a postcard, commemorative notebook, magnet, pencil, pin and T-shirts.

Aug. 17 - Oct. 27   Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.   |   For admission prices and hours 
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                                                                                             Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair

   F ounded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada's only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market.
  An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation's art world. Considered the country's must-attend event for art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto is the place for galleries wishing to attract a new sophisticated market of collectors, and professionals, and the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of fellow participants. Teh show presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.
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Oct. 25 - Oct. 28   Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.   |   Admission: $18, 3-Day Power Talks Pass $40, Senior(65+) $14, Students (13-17) $14, Opening Night Preview $200, Special Collector's Preview $300


                                                                                          Call For Proposals: Toronto Sculpture Garden

  The Toronto Sculpture Garden has been a leader in Canada in the commissioning of contemporary sculpture since it opened in 1981. Located in an urban park in the downtown core, it serves as a testing ground for artists to explore public space and to address issues of urban context, materials and scale.
  The TSG's Art Advisory Board meets three times a year to review specific proposals. Preference is given to new work that responds to the site; only in exceptional cases will existing work be considered.
  Proposals must be received by the deadlines each year on January 15, May 15 and September 15.

Proposals require:
Drawing(s) showing dimensions and materials and the location of the work on the site.
  Brief statement of Theme
  Budget showing materials, installation/removal, transportation, and critical costs
  10-20 slides, photographs or colour copies (no CD, DVD or video) of relevant work
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