Special Events

Fall Exhibitions Opening

Oct 1, 2022, 01:00 PM - Oct 1, 2022, 04:00 PM

Coming from Toronto? We have organized a bus to bring you to and from the opening! Pick up will be in front of OCADU at 100 McCaul St at 12:30PM. The bus will leave the RMG to return to OCADU at 3:45PM. Please fill out this form toreserve a spot on the bus.

On October 1, we are celebrating two new exhibitions at the RMG:

Annie MacDonell and MaĂŻder FortunĂ©, still from Communicating Vessels, HD Video, 2020.

The Beyond Within

Annie MacDonell

September 24, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Curated by: Crystal Mowry and Leila Timmins
Organized and produced in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

At 2:15, Annie MacDonell will deliver a tour of her exhibition with Leila Timmins.

The Beyond Within is an exhibition of recent work by Toronto-based artist Annie MacDonell, exploring feminist conceptions of the everyday as a basis for political engagement with the world. In two videos made in collaboration with Paris-based artist Maïder Fortuné, pedagogical roles are underwritten by radical forms of intimacy. OUTHERE (For Lee Lozano) and Communicating Vessels consider the potential for dissolving an isolated sense of self through friendship and art making. MacDonell’s new film installation, Set and Setting, continues this exploration by juxtaposing animated drawings sourced from early psychedelic research trials with architectural sets that recall institutional examination rooms. The piece suggests that the boundary between subject and viewer is not only thin, but porous and continuously shifting. Through these collaborative video projects and new installations, MacDonell asks whether it is possible, within static institutions and other familiar containers, to follow radical detours that create possibilities to build our worlds anew.

The Sire of Sires

Jordan Elliot Prosser

October 1 – November 13, 2022

Curated by: Hannah Keating

Informed by the legacy of landmarks like General Motors, Jordan Elliot Prosser’s recent projects have documented Oshawa’s uncertain identity as a post-industrial suburban community. In The Sire of Sires, he turns to another performance-driven industry that took root in Oshawa: E.P. Taylor’s enterprise at Windfields Farm. As the leading producer of thoroughbreds in Canada, Windfields produced Northern Dancer, who was first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the most influential stallion in North America. Upon retirement, Northern Dancer became a sought-after studding horse with many of his descendants achieving success as both racehorses and sires. One of those sons, Nijinsky, was named after a famous 20th-century Russian ballet dancer who prophesized he would be reborn as a horse. This unusual and unlikely tie between Oshawa and Vaslav Nijinsky inspired Prosser’s new video The Sire of Sires, which he shot at Windfields Farm and features a character from Nijinsky’s ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune (1912). The ballet itself was created in response to two other works of art by the same name: a symphony (1894) by Claude Debussy and a poem (1876) by StĂ©phane MallarmĂ©. Accordingly, The Sire of Sires reflects on the theme of reproduction, as it relates to artistic inheritance and Prosser’s sprawling record of this place called Oshawa.

Also on view:

True Currency

Artists: Christina Battle, Helen Cho, Alvin Luong, Sofia Mesa, Dana Prieto, Cassie Thornton

June 18 – November 5, 2022

Complete Freedom

Abstract artworks from our permanent collection

December 11th, 2021 – October 9th, 2022

Come Together

Photographs from the Thomas Bouckley Collection

June 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023

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