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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


                                                                                   Art Gallery of Ontario - Patti Smith: Camera Solo

   This winter the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will offer a glimpse into the world of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith through an intimate exhibition featuring over 75 works of photography, objects and film, on view from Feb. 9 to May 19, 2013. Best known for her profound influence on the nascent punk rock scene in the late 1970s and 80s, the exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to experience a different side of this rock icon through her inspired expression in the visual arts.
  The first presentation of Smith's works in Canada, Patti Smith: Camera Solo will highlight the continual connections between Smith's photography and her interest in poetry and literature. The exhibition, originally curated by Susan Talbott, director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, features approximately 70 black and white photographs taken with Smith's vintage Polaroid camera, presented here as gelatin silver prints. Sophie Hackett, AGO assistant curator of photography, will oversee the exhibition's installation alongside Talbott.

On Now Until May 19   Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.   |   Admission: Incuded with admission to the gallery


                                                                                                                                 Arts And Fashion Week

   Arts & Fashion Week kicks off its 8th year with a packed-to-the-brim schedule of runway shows, performances, fashion films, photography exhibits and art installations.
  Spanning 5 days of programming, |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week transforms a historic industrial warehouse into a vibrant multisensory environment.
  Recognized internationally as a ground-breaking platform for up-and-coming talent, this multi-faceted festival combines the world of design and art to establish fresh and dynamic ways of looking at fashion. |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week features the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness with a wider lens than any other fashion event in Canada. The festival is renowned for creating an environment rich in diversity, not only in the art and fashion it showcases, but also through the models that grace the catwalk and audience it attracts.
  The event includes more than 50 collections on the runway, a special focus on Mexican fashion and art this year, multimedia art experiences, and many photographic and film exhibits.
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April 23 - April 27   213 Stirling Avenue   |   Tickets: Day Ticket $30, Guest Week Pass $80, Industry Pass $75


                                                                                                   CONTACT: Toronto Photography Festival

   An annual month-long celebration, CONTACT features the work of more than 400 local, national and international artists, exhibiting their photographs in over 170 venues across the Greater Toronto Area.
  Exhibition venues include coffee shops, restaurants, gallery spaces, retail stores, and many other interesting spaces. Admission is free to most of the exhibitions.
  CONTACT also presents public art installations, a lecture series, workshops, public speakers and lectures, and many other exciting programs.

May 1 - May 30   Various venues, for further information,
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                                                                                          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. We are currently looking for exhibitions for 2010 and beyond. 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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