AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall: Art and Nationhood @ Massey Hall, Toronto [21 April]

AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall: Art and Nationhood

20:00 - 21:30

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Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T7

With Sir David Adjaye, Christi Belcourt, Junot Díaz & Paul Gross
Musical Performance by Whitehorse
Moderated by Matt Galloway

After a sold-out launch last fall, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns to address Art and Nationhood through the eyes of four acclaimed artists. Architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross join moderator Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, for an evening of inspired conversation on the nation-state and its impacts. The discussion will address current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress. The event kicks off with a performance by Whitehorse, acclaimed folk-rock duo.

With the rapid rise of nationalist movements in the West following Brexit and the election of Donald Trump—and as we mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation—there is no better moment to ask, ―What makes a nation?‖ Galloway will lead the artists in a discussion that begins with the ways each has approached this question in their practice before opening up the conversation to debate broader questions about today’s political moment, including issues of migration, colonialism, protest and how we might find connection across difference.

A landmark partnership between the Art Gallery of Ontario, Massey Hall, CBC and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Creative Minds is supported by Series Presenters Jonas and Lynda Prince, whose leadership inspired the development of the project. The semi-annual series aims to examine the present and imagine our futures through the eyes of some of the world’s most innovative and socially-engaged artists, while celebrating the vitally important role their work plays in shaping our lives.

The event will unfold over 90 minutes, opening with a performance by Whitehorse before moving into the discussion.
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