There’s something for all the freaks out there this winter at AGYU
AGYU starts 2012 by looking back. The exhibition Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic is about the history Will based his work on and the history he was; his glam subjects and the glamourous one he was; the magic dimension of his last work and his magic that lives on.
Celebrating the life and work of Toronto’s beloved Will Munro—the lively centre of so many overlapping communities as DJ, music promoter, activist, queer community catalyst, and visual artist—the AGYU opens a major retrospective exhibition on Wednesday January 11, 6-9 PM that attempts to capture the full scope of the Will Munro experience…right down to his underwear! The exhibition continues until March 11, 2012.
The exhibition concentrates on the multi-media work Munro produced after graduating from OCAD in 2000, i.e., from his first exhibition Boys Do First Aid (2000) to his last, Inside the Solar Temple of the Cosmic Leather Daddy (2010): from his various signature underwear work (his handcrafted underwear made, for instance, from heavy metal concert T-shirts); the banners of legendary queer performers such as Klaus Nomi and Leigh Bowery; his stitching collaborations with West Side Stitches Couture Club, Jeremy Laing, and others, which includes the restaging of The Pavilion of Virginia Puff-Paint, his collaboration with Laing made for the AGYU in 2004; his experimental films; the multitude of hand-made silkscreen posters that accompanied his DJ’ing and music promotions at his venues Vazaleen, Peroxide, No T.O., and Moustache. The dynamic exhibition will be punctuated by a collection of never before seen ephemera and archival material that stitches together the many vibrant activities of this non-stop artist. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex.
An Army of Lovers Will Never be Defeated
Can’t stop, won’t stop. In conjunction with Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic, AGYU continues to celebrate the legacy of Toronto’s feminist and queer communities out there with a series of collaborations, specifically commissioned projects, and new alliances.
Get on the Performance Bus!
Vaseline in His Back Pocket…
Artist and DJ Syrus Marcus Ware turns The Performance Bus into his memory of a circa 2001-2002 Friday night Vazaleen party that was hosted by Will Munro, Miss Barbrafisch, and Rawbrt at the El Mo (with a bear pit and all!). On Wednesday, January 11, ride out there to the opening reception of Will Munro: History, Glamour, Magic on the free performance bus departing OCADU at 6 PM sharp. Bring your memories and your dancing shoes...
Inspired by the systems of support produced by Will Munro that continue to proliferate throughout his community, Emma Hedditch approaches her project for the AGYU vitrines in relation to agency and affect – and the intimacy and hope that remains after watching the classic Toronto lesbian film I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing.
AGYU: the newly minted FAG Matron!
An initiative between AGYU, Feminist Art Gallery (FAG), and The Power Plant, Cinenova: All Hands on the Archive develops a dialogue between the work in the London-based feminist Cinenova film and video collection and Toronto’s long-rooted feminist and queer histories as a means to access, activate, and animate both. Visit www.theAGYUisOutThere.org for more information on the month-long project including: opening night screening on February 3 at The Department, 1389 Dundas Street West at 7 PM curated by Cinenova Working Group member Emma Hedditch; An Audience of Enablers Cannot Fail sessions at FAG 25 Seaforth Avenue, side gate, on Saturday February 4, 11, 18, and 25; closing party featuring a commissioned performance by Sharlene Bamboat, and special screening curated by GB Jones, Alex McClelland, Leila Pourtavaf, and Lex Vaughn on March 4 in the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West) starting at 8 PM.
People, Power, Magic
In this AGYU “in-reach” project, Toronto artist John Caffery engages queer and trans youth through a direct dialogue with Will Munro’s ideas and artwork. John was close to the source as a friend and collaborator in the West Side Stitches Couture Club and, like Will, his practice moves across multiple communities and media, locating his aesthetics and politics in textiles, film, and music (his band is Kids on TV).
This collective, multi-disciplinary program features John working with many members of Will’s army of lovers – frequent collaborators and friends – including Scott Miller Berry, Lorraine Hewitt (aka Coco La Crème), Luis Jacob, Jeremy Laing, and Zavisha, as well as the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, the recipients of the first annual Spirit of Will Munro Award. People, Power, Magic is dedicated to creating real opportunities for self-expression in order to provide a space for outcasts and freaks to thrive without fear. Program presented in collaboration with Supporting Our Youth (SOY).
The Art Gallery of York University is a university-affiliated public non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and our membership.
The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street Toronto. Gallery hours are: Monday to Friday, 10 am–4 pm; Wednesday, 10am–8 pm; Sunday from noon–5 pm; and closed Saturday. AGYU promotes LGBT positive spaces and experiences and all events out there are free and open to everyone.
AGYU is so out.
Do you have questions or require further information or images? Please contact Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director/Curator, AGYU, +1.416.736.5169 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: Will Munro Infinity, 2010, stitched fabric, 34 x 58 inches. Courtesy of the Estate of Will Munro.