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Generations of Queer: Opening Events

Exhibition Dates: March 12 to June 28, 2014

Generations of Queer is an exhibition centred on storytelling, creating a dialogue between the works of two senior artists and two younger artists who have come into queer discourses as beneficiaries of the activism of their predecessors.

Please join us for a lively panel discussion with the artists on Wednesday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8 P.M. in the auditorium 100 McCaul followed by the opening reception from 8 to 10 P.M. at Onsite 230 Richmond West.

Wednesday, March 12 6:30 to 8 P.M.

OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul, Rm 190

A Conversation with John Greyson, Elisha Lim and Kiley May

Wednesday, March 12 8 to 10 P.M.

Onsite [at] OCAD U, 230 Richmond Street West

Opening Reception

Onsite and OCAD U 100 McCaul has fully accessible entrances and washrooms. There is a single-user, gender neutral, restroom on the ground level that is wheelchair accessible.

The closest accessible subway is Osgoode Station. Exit the subway at Osgoode Station and walk west on Richmond St W towards Simcoe Street. Its a 3 minute walk to the gallery from Osgoode Station.

Generations of Queer

Robert Flack/ John Greyson/ Elisha Lim/ Kiley May

Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith


Robert Flack 1957-1993 was bron in Guelph, ON, and moved to Toronto to study at York University BFA 1980. He began employment at Art Metropole in 1980 and assisted on General Idea projects. From 1981 his work was shown nationally and then internationally. Public collections include the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photograph. Paul Petro Contemporary Art represents the Estate of Robert Flack.

John Greyson is a Toronto based film and video maker who has been politically active in the Toronto queer community for the past 33 years. With short videos and feature films he explores topics ranging from anti-censorship battles, AIDS discrimination, same sex marriage, militarism, the tar sands, Israelie apartheid and the fight for AIDS treatment drugs in Africa and the world. He is recognized for his documentary interviews, historical narratives, opera, found footage and camp. His work reflects many of the legal and politically struggles for queers in the 1980s as well as world politics with a strong queer voice.

Elisha Lim exhibits illustrations and animated shorts internationally, and has advocated against transphobia and racism on United Nations panels and as a director of Montreal's first Racialized Pride Week. Their comic strops Favourite Dating Tales, Sissy, The Illustrated Gentleman and 100 Butches are acclaimed by Autostraddle, Bitch Magazine and New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel, and their debut graphic novel 100 Crushes will be published in June 2014 by Koyama Press and launched at Onsite [at] OCAD U.

Kiley May is a young Mohawk storyteller, artist, creator and shaman. Kiley is also a two-spirit, trans, queer and genderqueer human being. Their gender pronouns are they/their/them. They work in film, photography, writing, journalism, fashion, dance and performance art.

Lisa Deanne Smith is engaged in a cultural practice that moves between mediums - art, curating, writing and community events - exploring issues of voice, experience and powers. She has exhibited internationally including White Columns, The New Museum and Mercer Union. Currently, she is Acting Curator at Onsite [at] OCAD University. Recent curatorial projects include Biological Urbanism: Terreform ONE; No Dull Affairs; Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese and Jillian McDonald; and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes.

Please visit our website for a full listing of educational events and workshops!

Onsite [at] OCAD University

230 Richmond Street West, Toronto ON

416-977-6000 ext.265

Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

Free and Open to the General Public.


Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 P.M.: Insite Exhibition Tour with Spencer Harrison

Wednesday, April 2, 6:30 P.M.: Insite Exhibition Tour with Paul Petro

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 P.M.: Insite Exhibition Tour with Richard Fung

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 P.M.: Insite Exhibition Tour with Wendy Coburn

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.: Insite Exhibition Tour with Andrea Fatona, Assistant Professor, OCAD U

Wednesday, June 11, 7 P.M.: The Queer Pride Chronicles Story Slam

Sunday, June 15, 2 to 5 P.M.: Elisha Lim launches their debut graphic novel, 100 Crushes, published by Koyama Press

Monday, June 23, 7 P.M.: Clocked, Don Pyle and Martin Sorrondeguy look at queer content in their punk photographs

Wednesday, June 25, 8 P.M.: DUORAMA, a performance by Paul Couillard Ed Johnson co-presented by Fado Performance Art Centre


Generations of Queer: Opening Events

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