AMPD News

A box full of 3M brand masks.
April 6, 2020

AMPD donates masks for frontline workers fighting COVID-19

Brandon Vickerd, a professor in the visual arts and art history departments in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) and the director of the University’s digital sculpture lab, spearheaded an effort to donate more than 600 masks, as well as gloves and face shields, to Hamilton Health Services for distribution across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.


Portrait of Janine Marchessault
April 3, 2020

SSHRC project ‘Archive/Counter-Archive’ both visionary and disruptive

Three recent projects, part of the ground-breaking venture ‘Archive/Counter-Archive,’ illustrate the progress to date of this high-profile SSHRC-funded venture that looks at moving images and is designed to disrupt conventional narratives. In doing so, they reinforce the value of this work.


March 11, 2020

Re:Framing Gender – York University’s First Fashion Exhibition

Re:Framing Gender privileges an ethic of collaboration, both between the participants and the exhibition team, and the wider institution. The show was devised in collaboration with multiple faculties across York University, uniting the departments of Theatre, Film, Women & Gender Studies, Art History Graduate Studies, and the Art Gallery of York University.


March 11, 2020

Professor Stephanie Martin to receive the AMPD Research Award

An important story of Canadian history and tragedy that was retold through an opera written by Stephanie Martin, associate professor of music at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), will be the subject of a special lecture on March 11 at York University.


Photo of a woman in a red dress looking curiously at an egg in her left.
February 26, 2020

World premiere of ethnographic performance at graduate theatre symposium

The world premiere of the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…, a multimedia ethnographic performance will be presented as part of the 2020 conference and symposium "Imagining Differently: Research-Creation Practices in Urgent Times" co-hosted by the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies at York University.


February 24, 2020

Milestone Wendy Michener Lecture will feature participatory artist Wafaa Bilal

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal will present the 34th annual Wendy Michener Lecture at York University. The free lecture, hosted by York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), will take place at 12 p.m. on March 5 in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building at the Keele Campus. All members of the community are invited to attend the annual lecture, which commemorates a milestone year as 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Wendy Michener’s death.


February 18, 2020

Black History Month event features spoken word poetry, gospel music

As part of Black History Month, York University invited members of the public to learn more about the origins of gospel music at the concert on Wednesday. The event, entitled Word, Sound, Power: Black Artistic Expression, was hosted by the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora, which is currently held by York University professor Carl James.