New Art Within the Old : Blank Canvas joins Florine Stettheimer at the AGO

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My friends Meghan, Julie, Pamela and I saw a really good performance at the AGO, a week ago Friday. It was held right within the Florine Stettheimer exhibition, (which is on temporary display until this Sunday, January 28th. I previously wrote about this beautiful show, featuring the work of an American painter, designer, Jazz Age saloniste and poet, in this post.)

"Stettheimer Salon : Give Me a Beat", curated by Just John from Blank Canvas Gallery, was described as : "Using Poetry, Live Music & Dance to showcase a contemporary response to Stettheimer salon, the evening will explore the modern art atmosphere and its many layers, leaving the audience lost in rhythm & gaze."

There was live poetry recitation, music, and dance, presented by a talented group of young Toronto artists.

There was a stage/projector area set up in the middle of space, where visitors watched a film-loop of a production called "Four Saints in Three Acts", for which Stettheimer had designed the stage and costumes in 1934. This set-up was used as the stage -- while the poets recited, the film-loop played right over them, giving a very cool lighting effect.

There were also dances performed alongside the artwork.

They had an excellent turnout, which, of course, was great. However, the crowd limited my view of the stage area, making it a challenge to get photos of all the performances, so unfortunately, I missed some. (Here is the FB Event posting with a complete list of everyone involved.)

And here's a look at "Salon Stettheimer : Give Me a Beat" ...

dancer Danah Rosales and violinist Aaron Cheung at ago blank canvas give me a beat show within florine stettheimer exhibit


↑ The program began with violin played by Aaron Cheung, accompanying a dance by Danah Rosales ↑

blank canvas show at ago within florine stettheimer exhibition


↑ Poet Cassandra Myers / @youcancallmemyers ↑

this is scribe onstage at blank canvas show ago


↑ Poet Joshua Scribe Watkis / @thisisscribe ↑

tobi ogude on stage at ago blank canvas give me a beat show tobitheintern


↑ Poet/Singer Tobi Ogude / @tobitheintern ↑

blank canvas give me a beat show at ago in florine stettheimer exhibition hall


musicians David Maclean Aaron Cheung Evan Porter at ago blank canvas give me a beat show


↑ Musicians Ditto Darke, Evan Porter and Aaron Cheung ↑

curator justjohnforreal blank canvas with performers ago give me a beat show at ago


↑ Curator Just John with the mic, and the performers. ↑

Following the show, we got a chance to mingle and look around ...

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portrait of my teacher and poem by florine stettheimer at ago toronto


↑ Portrait of My Teacher - 1929, and one of Stettheimer's poems. ↑

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lake placid florine stettheimer 1919 on temporary display at ago toronto

↑ Lake Placid - 1919 ↑

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at blank canvas give me a beat show at ago florine stettheimer exhibition hall


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... and meet some of the artists ...

talking with the artists at blank canvas give me a beat show in florine stettheimer exhibition ago toronto


poet cassandra myers at blank canvas give me a beat show within florine stettheimer exhibition at ago toronto


↑ Cassandra Myers with "Birthday Bouquet (Flowers With Snake) 1932" ↑

talking with artists at blank canvas give me a beat show in florine stettheimer exhibition ago toronto


Joshua Scribe Watkis thisisscribe at ago blank canvas show with florine stettheimer beauty contest to the memory of pt barnum painting


↑ Joshua Watkis. He requested that this shot be taken with his favourite Stettheimer painting, "Beauty Contest: To the Memory of PT Barnum, 1924" ↑

tobitheintern aka dead poet at ago blank canvas give me a beat show in florine stettheimer exhibition toronto


↑ Tobi Ogude ↑

I love how Florine is watching us from her 1915 self-portrait, called "The Model". She would have loved to be there, witnessing the new art taking place amoungst her 100 year old paintings.

Tobi made a video with the footage he shot that evening, which can be seen here.

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↑ Before we left Julie asked someone to take a photo of all four of us together with her phone. (Me, Meghan, Pamela, Julie) ↑

We all really enjoyed this unique experience.

After the gallery, we went across the street to Provo FoodBar, for drinks and dinner. It was excellent -- the perfect place for us to go.

provo restaurant dundas street west toronto across from the ago art gallery


table top at provo restaurant dundas street west toronto


↑ I had Risotto Jambalaya, which was delicious. ↑

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birthday present for j


↑ A belated birthday gift for Julie, decorated with a crocheting fail. It was meant to be one of these flower brooches, but I'd used the wrong type of yarn. It made a fine gift topper, though! ↑

Thanks for reading,
xo loulou



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2 Responses to New Art Within the Old : Blank Canvas joins Florine Stettheimer at the AGO

  1. That was such a fun night, and so creative and inspiring!!

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