Current Exhibitions

Spring Exhibitions

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

18 April – 24 June 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 6–9 pm

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s works celebrate—and reframe—vernacular cultural forms as they have manifested through time, as popular traditions become pop culture, for instance. Through photography and film, the artists examine a space in between, where cultural forms of the past adapt in response to changing economic conditions—particularly in emerging economies or post-colonial geographical contexts—and where popular genres persist through cultural mixing and diasporic re-fashioning.…

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca is a primary exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and is presented in conjunction with the 2018 Images Festival Off-Screen program.



Subway Cypher: Poetry and Rap Mobilized | Wednesday, April 18

Prepare to be moved! Get on the AGYU’s inaugural Subway Cypher with some  of Toronto’s best and  brightest spoken word poets and rappers!

AGYU Vitrines

Headed for a Cliff by York University MFA student Véronique Sunatori.

Audio Out Listening Bench

Five Songs for Daddy by Red Tree and the Chirikli Collective.

Subway Cypher: Poetry and Rap Mobilized

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6–9 pm, York University Subway Station and environs
Featuring Nasim Asgari, Nathan Baya, Bidhan Berma, Timaaj Hassen, Michael Morales &  T.Dot BANGERZ Brass, Tdot Rapstarz, and Thunderclaw Robinson, from the new subway to the opening of Bárbara and Benjamin’s exhibition.

Student Tour Series: Amil Shivji

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6–7 pm at AGYU
Join Tanzanian filmmaker and MFA candidate in Film Production at YorkU Amil Shivji for a tour of Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s AGYU exhibition.

Jane Street Speaks

Friday, May 4, 2018, 7–10 pm at AGYU
Jane–Finch community activist Jhaavani, rapper Nathan Baya, and AGYU join forces to bring you Jane Street Speaks, a monthly open mic event that provides a platform for West End artists to speak their truth through spoken word poetry, rap, and music.

Beside, Outside: Solidarity and/as Performance
postponed until further notice

Thursday, May 24, 2018, 2–4pm at Special Projects Gallery, Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, YorkU
Presented in conjunction with the opening of al lado, afuera. // beside, outside—a video- and installation-based exhibition organized by Zoë Heyn-Jones, this round table asks: how is solidarity performed? Is it necessarily embodied? Speakers from the Latin American Working Group, the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and Idle No More examine how this performativity manifests in their particular contexts.

Truth Be Told @ REGENT PARK

Friday, May 25, 2018, 6–8 pm at Centennial College Performing Arts Commons, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East
Spoken word showcase event in conjunction with RISE Edutainment.

Artist Talk: Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 2 pm at AGYU
Presented in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Contemporary Bus Tour

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 12–5pm
The tour starts at Koffler Centre of the Arts at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) and then departs for the Art Gallery of York University, Art Gallery of
Mississauga, and Doris McCarthy Gallery.


Monday, May 28, 6:30 – 11 pm at Burrows Hall Community Centre, 1081 Progress Avenue, Scarborough
Spoken word showcase event in conjunction with RISE Edutainment.

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