2019 Hart House Centennial Art Commission

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero are set to transform the Hart House Great Hall 

photo of Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero

This May, Hart House announced the artist team of Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero as the winners of the 2019 Hart House Centennial Commission.

A collaborative venture between Hart House and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, of which Hart House is a founding member, the completed work will be unveiled on November 12, 2019 at a Gala celebration to mark Hart House’s 100 years of student learning outside the classroom.

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Rebecca Belmore on her landmark commission entitled, Adoopoowiningemuh Waabandizo (seeing yourself at the table):

The form of the mirror will be based on the dimensions of the heavy wooden tables that are used in the Great Hall. We feel the room calls for a minimal, subtle artwork that can quietly take its place in this century-old room. Our mirror, in the form of a table, will look back on itself and anyone who enters the room.

Following a review process involving Elders, knowledge keepers, and key stakeholders of Hart House, the jury chose Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero’s proposal from a short-list of nine, commissioned submissions by contemporary Indigenous artists and artists’ teams from across Canada. The artists were invited to exceed the centenary aspect of commemoration and to re-imagine Hart House as a place where the vestiges of its colonial past are disrupted and as a place where everyone will find welcome and unique ways to connect with each other and with the broader world.

Our Supporters

The Hart House Centennial Art Commission continues to seek donations to support the acquisition and installation of this important work of art. Dr. Edward G. Thompson (BA 1967, MA 1973, PhD 1979) has the distinction of being our first supporter. A vibrant member of the Hart House community, Ed served on the Hart House 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee, is a regular at the Hart House Fitness Centre, and was member of the Hart House Senior Members Committee. We thank Ed for his continued friendship and support of this important initiative.

I was grateful for the opportunity to support Hart House at this important moment. As I reflect on the many wonderful people I’ve met and experiences I’ve enjoyed at Hart House, it was an easy decision to give back. I invite other friends of Hart House to join me in support of this transformative artwork.

—Dr. Ed Thompson

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. Additional Centennial Commission individual support has been provided by Dr. Edward G. Thompson.
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