Celine Condorelli: The Company We Keep, and Hart House Art Collection: Recent Acquisitions


Join us for a reception celebrating The Company We Keep and recent acquisitions to the Hart House Art Collection.


The Company We Keep is an installation of twenty light bulbs mounted in existing fixtures throughout Hart House. Etched on the glass are words that show up as shadows on surrounding walls. The vocabulary explores the importance of support structures and friendship, something chosen and renewed through thinking and doing.

Internationally renowned, London-based artist Céline Condorelli is the author/editor of Support Structures on Sternberg Press, 2009, and one of the founding directors of Eastside Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Birmingham, UK; she has been teaching and lecturing since 1999, and is currently Professor at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan.


Hart House Art Collection: Over the past year, under the guidance of Curator-in-Residence Wanda Nanibush and with the support of a Canada Council for the Arts Acquisitions Program, the Hart House Art Committee acquired major works by First Nations artists Shelly Niro (Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk), Travis Shilling (Ojibwa), Adrian Stimson (Blackfoot Nation), and Keesic Douglas (Ojibwa). Their work will be featured in a new installation of the Collection throughout Hart House that also includes recent acquisitions of works by Carl Beam, James Carl, Lynne Cohen, Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge, Stan Douglas, General Idea, Hadley and Maxwell, Luis Jacob, Ken Lum, Arnaud Maggs, Liz Magor, and others.


The Hart House Art Collection is developed and maintained by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.



When: Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013, 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Music Room, Hart House
Cost: Free


Staff and student-led tours of the Hart House Art Collection and The Company We Keep will leave from the Music Room at 7:30pm.


Special Performance: LAL – 8:15 pm

Formed in 1998, LAL is a music ensemble comprised of Rosina Kazi and her partner Nicholas Murray. Their musical experience is wide with Murr having been a member of the seminal hip hop collective, da Grass Roots and designed sound for theatre and film and Rosina singing on techno to hip hop tracks, both committing to bridging the gap between art and social justice.


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