Visual Art & Art History News

June 26, 2020

AMPD Celebrates Pride

Pride Month 2020 will be remembered as a month of action. Without the big parade or shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on Church Street, we were forced to set aside the free swag, the "gay tourism" and the corporate sponsorships to reflect on why we celebrate Pride in the first place. We were reminded that it is a time to protest, to care for ourselves, care for those who live in the margins, and to make some noise. And looking back at this past year, it is clear that AMPD made a lot of noise.


June 22, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020

Another school year has come to an end, which means it is time to celebrate and send-off our graduating class as they prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers.

These are truly extraordinary circumstances. In any other year, we would gather in the large Centre of Excellence at the Aviva Centre, surrounded by family and friends. There would be hugs, high fives, and photo opportunities. But even though the love cannot be shared in-person, we want the Class of 2020 to know that we hold them deeply in our hearts.


May 27, 2020

UPDATE: Fall Planning in AMPD

Last week, President Rhonda Lenton wrote to the York community about the University’s planning for the fall academic term. That message emphasized adherence to public health and safety and access to courses so that students can progress in their programs. The message also noted the potential for select experiential activities on campus. As explained in that communication, courses will clearly state whether on-campus activities may be required.


Painting by Serena Kobayashi-Lebel. A portrait of a young woman staring downwards, pensive, her hands have the coulour and veins of leaves.
April 9, 2020

Five of Our Artists Set to Graduate this Spring

The weather is getting warmer, the days are growing longer, spring is here and we’ve reached the end of another school year. For our graduating students in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History (VAAH), this time of year usually signifies the opening of a special showcase downtown Toronto; an opportunity to exhibit art for the general public in the cultural hub of Queen West at Gallery 1313.


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.


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.


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 11, 2020

AGYU’s director/curator presents the 2020 Goldfarb Lecture in Visual Arts

In her presentation titled, “No Nowhere,” Papararo speaks about her work as a curator of contemporary art. Her remarks cover her interest in locating art and exhibitions as situations tethered to place and shared experience. She discusses institutional knowledge as developed by the artists she works with, harnessing their approaches to redefine the presumed safety net of museums and galleries that ubiquitously function to be any-place, any-where, any-time. Papararo considers the impossibility of this nowhere.