Current

November 2, 2018 to March 3, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION & Artist talk

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.

UNARMED VERSES & PANEL DISSCUSSION
Co-presented with The Film House, First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
September 19, 7 pm

D: Charles Officer | 86 min | 2017 | Canada | RATING: G
Unarmed Verses follows Francine Valentine, a 12-year-old girl who is just one of many people facing eviction from a low-income housing block in Toronto’s north-east end due to the impending demolition of their home. With a creative spirit, love for art and perceptive point of view beyond her years, Francine and other neighbourhood children turn to creative expression.

A panel followed the screening with Vicki-Lynn Smith and Dylan Powell. Vicky-Lynn Smith spoke about growing up in St. Catharines. She is a fifth-generation St.Catharines resident and her ancestor, freedom-seeker Adam Nicholson, settled here after travelling the Underground Railroad. Dylan Powell Dylan is current completing his MA Thesis at Brock University and spoke about his research on the history of race, inequality and housing policy in St. Catharines from 1915-1965.

FROM FAR AWAY, NEARBY: A CONCERT SITUATED AROUND NORTHERN ORACLE
Gallery Players of Niagara

Saturday, November 24, 1 pm

This program of traditional, new and experimental music brings together three leading instrumentalists from diverse musical worlds: Ben GrossmanArja Kastinen and Alison MelvilleWhat do you get when you blend the shimmering sound of the kantele (Finland’s dulcimer), the multi-faceted pungency of the hurdy gurdy, and the evocative colours of wooden flutes?

MANIFESTOES IN A ROOM
November 29 to December 30, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 29, 5 to 7 pm

Reflecting on the exhibition Heather Hart: Northern Oracle, Brock University students in Visual Arts, Studies in Arts and Culture, and French Studies transform the Studio Gallery into a “manifesto room” in which they present their own statements in a space both radical and respectful.

ART ME UP NIAGARA GROUP SHOW
February 1 to 10, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31, 7 pm
An exhibition of works by Start Me Up Niagara’s Art Me Up participants following their interaction with Heather Hart: Northern Oracle. Start Me Up Niagara (SMUN) works with individuals facing significant life challenges such as addiction, mental illness, poverty, homelessness and unemployment, providing opportunities to improve health, increase community integration and support employment.

STREETS AND SHADOWS
Thursday, February 7, 7 pm
Art Me Up Facilitator, Julia Blushak, reads from her Streets and Shadows: Notes from Outreach and volunteers and participants share stories from Start Me Ups community newspaper, Street News. Street News conveys Voices from the Streets—a paper by and for those living close to the streets.

ECHO
Sunday, February 10, 2 to 4 pm

A sound performance raising the roof of Northern Oracle, featuring DJ MaBonzo (music from the African diaspora), Dragon (black secret technology modular synthesizer set) and Marinko (rubbed and dubbed). Bring a blanket, take a chair or stroll around the Harris-Godwin Gallery and enjoy some music.

AFRICAN VOICES / VOIX AFRICAINES / SAUTI ZA AFRIKA
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7 pm

Members of the Niagara African diaspora community share in manifestos their thoughts and experiences in the Niagara region as visible minorities, shouting from the rooftop in English, French and African languages.