November 2, 2018 to March 3, 2019


Thursday, November 1, 7 pm

Heather Hart: Northern Oracle

Organized and circulated by the Doris McCarthy Gallery

Northern Oracle is an ambitious rooftop installation that emerges from the floor of the gallery, and is accompanied by a series of mixed media drawings. Through her work, Heather Hart considers Black histories, access to ownership, taking up physical space, and the significance of having a place to call home. Visitors will be able to access both the rooftop and its floor level attic, while further contemplating and enacting upon the corollary of these vantage points. The “Oracle”, located in the attic, is the heart of the work and is a site-specific shrine where visitors may leave behind offerings.

Northern Oracle will provide a performative area, a locale for demonstration of power, influence, and direction where the idiom, “shout it from the rooftop” will be made literal. Throughout the exhibition, the space will be activated by performances, lectures and workshops.

Heather Hart is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including interactive and participatory installation, drawing, collage, and painting. Her work has been included in a variety of publications and exhibited worldwide including at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA), the Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC), The Brooklyn Museum and the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. She studied at Princeton and received her MFA from Rutgers. Born in Seattle, Hart now lives and works in Brooklyn.

This exhibition is supported by the St. Catharines Culture Investment Program, City of St. Catharines.

Image: Heather Hart, Northern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, 2017. Installation view, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough.

January 27 to December 30, 2018

Phase 9/11 currently on view

Opening reception

Saturday, January 27, 2 pm

Up close and in motion

Selected Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Emma German

Rodman Hall Art Centre is home to a collection of nearly 1,000 works from the past three centuries, with a growing focus on current practices in contemporary Canadian art. The permanent collection is the result of a legacy of art collecting and philanthropy dating back to 1960 when Rodman Hall Art Centre was established as a public art gallery by community members. Up close and in motion, a year-long constantly changing exhibition, is an effort to make Rodman Hall’s holdings visible while highlighting the collection’s purpose as a tool for research, study, and interpretation.

Up close and in motion features installation changes throughout its duration to slow down the act of viewing and stimulate close looking. Works enter the space, and then leave the space – the cycle occurs continuously over the course of the exhibition period, forming new iterations of itself with each shift. By dismantling the structures of linear display practices, Up close and in motion frames the exhibition space as flexible, and makes visible the institutional practices concerning the permanent collection’s scope and care.

With a focus on recent acquisitions of contemporary Canadian art, Up close and in motion examines Rodman Hall’s recent exhibition history alongside the permanent collection. Tracing important developments in contemporary art across genres such as hybridity within material structures, sculptural experimentation, performative gesture, and time-based media, many of these works will be displayed for the first time since being acquired for Rodman Hall’s permanent collection.

At this moment, we invite you to experience the permanent collection and consider the role it plays in representing our common aspirations, collective imagination and community spirit. Help celebrate this invaluable resource and support our commitment to a sustainable future.

The final season of Up close and in motion features works from the permanent collection selected by St. Catharines-based artist Jimmy Limit, alongside new works created in response.

Image: Rodman Hall archives