What better place than Toronto Pearson – where people of all cultures and backgrounds come together – to showcase exhibits of art, design, history, science, popular culture and national history. Our ever-changing exhibits feature works by cultural institutions, organizations, collectors, art groups and even the GTAA.
With special emphasis on local institutions and those from around the province, our partners include:
• Canada's Sports Hall of Fame • CONTACT Photography Festival • Design Exchange • Ontario Crafts Council • Open Studio • Royal Ontario Museum.
The program also includes open calls for the submission of new works for thematic exhibitions.
On display June 14 to June 23, 2013.
Toronto Pearson is pleased to once again partner with Luminato, an internationally recognized festival being held in Toronto from June 14-23.
This year, as part of Luminato, our airport is pleased to present the MAI (Marina Abramovic Institute) Prototype – Extension by internationally recognized performance artist Marina Abramovic. More information about the artist is available at www.Luminatofestival.com.
Across a series of interlocking pavilions, audience members are guided through exercises and experiences based on Abramovic’s past work. Rather than creating the performance, Abramovic empowers the audience to craft their own experience, as participants don white lab coats and headphones, and disconnect from the outside world. Afterwards, they’ll be encouraged to share their thoughts about the experience via social media.
Location:Terminal 1, domestic departures.
On display April 24 to August 30, 2013.
Acclaimed British photographer Martin Parr documents everyday objects and scenes that expose cultural peculiarities and clichés. With a characteristic style that is deliberately garish and all-the-more arresting for it, he casts a satirical gaze at tourism, consumerism, and the leisure lifestyle.
Parr often looks at issues around the consumption and culture of food. In November 2012, Parr went on a culinary tour of Toronto, visiting food stalls, big box stores and restaurants. The images Parr captured in Toronto, shown alongside a collection from around the world, highlight how the foods we buy, cook, and eat represent broader cultural values and mediate between local and international contexts.
Martin Parr (b. 1952) has published more than 50 books and is a member of the renowned agency Magnum Photos. His work has been exhibited and collected by many of the world’s most prestigious institutions, including the Tate Modern, London, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com).
Location: Terminal 1, Domestic Departures moving sidewalks.
On display until September 8, 2013.
In celebration of Meta Mosaic (the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference) and the Toronto International Jewellery Festival, Canadian Mosaic of Metal features 18 exceptional artists representing the diversity of metalsmithing across Canada. The work is inspired by the geography of Canada, the times in which we live, and the mosaic that is Canadian heritage.
The exhibition includes work from emerging, mid and late career artists, whose inspiration ranges from the personal narrative to exploring political and social issues to redefining and even inventing new techniques. Curated by Aggie Beynon. View brochure.
Location: Terminal 1: Domestic Departures and U.S. Departures.
How many photographs will you take in your lifetime?
Since the invention of photography almost 200 years ago, people have been fascinated by the power of the camera to capture moments from their lives and images of the world around them. In Canada, we have used photographic equipment and materials made in other parts of the world, added a few of our own, and used a whole range of photographic technologies. A selection of this material history is brought together here. View brochure. The objects in this exhibition are drawn from the personal collections of members of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada (PHSC) (www.phsc.ca).
Location: Malton Airport Gallery, Terminal 1, above Canada Arrivals.
Art by the Inuit people of the Canadian Arctic is exhibited internationally, has been reproduced on stamps, and is given as gifts to heads of state. In other words, it has become an important Canadian cultural symbol.
Telling Stories: Inuit Art from Cape Dorset provides an introduction to Inuit art and culture. The exhibition is organized into sections that provide some chronological sense of the development of Inuit art, as well as introduce some key themes and sources of inspiration.
Location:Terminal 1, U.S. Departures.
Chris Walsh’s paintings simultaneously occupy the genres of abstraction, landscape, and cityscape. Growing up, Walsh was surrounded by landscape – both real and painted. He lived in Littleton, New Hampshire, close to White Mountain National Forest. One of his earliest experiences with art was looking at late 19th century landscape paintings by Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt, who painted in the area.Walsh moved to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1980s to attend art school. His work from that period was inspired by aerial views and plans of the city. The shapes have hard edges and are densely arranged and rigidly organized. Walsh explains that the density of the work very much relates to the density of the city. In 2008, Walsh moved to Toronto. This city is less congested and has more green space than New York, and the new environment influenced his work. Now, the shapes are more organic and the compositions are less densely packed. He says that his most recent work represents an acknowledgment of his roots in the landscape.
Location:Terminal 1, above Canada Arrivals.