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Announcing the 12th Annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art

Featuring New York-based sculptor, Tom Sachs

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph

Tom Sachs, a New York-based artist, is the mix-master of contemporary sculpture. His combination of iconoclasm and tradition has produced a body of work that is brilliant, wickedly funny, and utterly captivating. Known for his work inspired by icons of modernism and design, his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo among others. His film, A Space Program, was released by Zeitgeist in 2016, offering viewers a glimpse into the artist’s studio practice, philosophy, and the narrative surrounding his 2012 project with Creative Time at the Park Avenue Armory.

The annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art was established in 2007 and is made possible through the support of Dasha Shenkman OBE, a Canadian art collector and philanthropist who lives in the United Kingdom.

The lecture is open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer period moderated by Robert Enright, University of Guelph Professor in Art Criticism.


Studio Tour:

The University of Guelph offers a two year Master of Fine Arts Degree that combines intensive studio concentration with seminars in theory and pedagogy. The MFA students are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the environment of one of Canada’s premier art programs and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Please also plan to join us for the MFA Open Studios before and after the lecture: 2:00-5:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Open Studios 2017 features: Andrew Buszchak, Aidan Cowling, Sarah Davidson, Cassandra Ferguson, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Jessica Jang, Brennan Kelly, Jackson Klie, HaeAhn Kwon, Deirdre McAdams, Megan Moore, Emily Moriarty, Walter Scott, Xiao Xue.

Fourth-year Specialized Studio undergraduates: Bronte Beggs, Nora Downer, Mackenzie Duncan, Shelby Edwards, Cherie Englehart, Richelle Forsey, Felicity Jones, Emily Lalonde, Rebecca Payne, Kayathry Ratnasabapathy, Theodora Smit, Leonard Walsh.

Press contact: Sandra Sabatini Ph.D.,, 519-824-4120 x53869; Jessica Jang, MFA graduate student coordinator,; John Kissick, MFA faculty coordinator,, 519-824-4120 x53191.

A free bus will leave Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) in Toronto at 12:30 p.m. and leave the University of Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30 p.m. To reserve a seat on this bus –

A free shuttle service between Open Studios buildings is available between 2:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Volunteers will be available to provide directions and assistance.

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