Artist Talk with Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero: The Centennial Art Commission

13 Nov 2019
Great Hall, Hart House

Artist Talk with Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero: The Centennial Art Commission

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero. Courtesy of the artists.

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero are the recipients of the 2019 Hart House Centennial Commission at the University of Toronto.

Hart House at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce that the artist team Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero are the winners of the 2019 Hart House Centennial Commission. The commission is a collaboration 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 at a special 100th Anniversary Gala on November 12, 2019. It commemorates Hart House’s 100th anniversary as a student-focused centre at the University of Toronto where it plays a pivotal role as a diverse and inclusive gathering place. Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero will lead an Artist Talk about their work and the project on November 13, 2019.

Art MuseumThe landmark commission will see a major public sculpture entitled Waabidiziiyan doopwining (to see yourself at the table)–working title–transform the historic Great Hall. This permanent work seeks to acknowledge the history, narratives and people who came before us; to honour the land upon which we live and work today; and to imagine other possible futures for generations to come, from an Indigenous perspective.

Wed., Nov. 13, 2019
12–2 pm
Free / Register online
Great Hall, Hart House

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About the Artists

Rebecca Belmore is a multi-disciplinary Anishnaabe artist from Lac Seul First Nation and is currently living in Toronto. She is internationally recognized for her installations, sculpture, photo-based and performance works, which often concentrate on land politics, issues of identity, and systemic violence against Indigenous people. In 2018, Belmore presented her largest solo exhibition to-date, Facing the Monumental, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2017, Belmore participated in the prestigious documenta 14 exhibition held concurrently in Kassel, Germany, and Athens, Greece, where she showcased her major sculptural work, Biinjiyaing Onji (From Inside). She received the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2016 and was the first Anishnaabe artist to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Belmore was recognized for her achievements with an honorary doctorate in 2005 from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2018.

Osvaldo Yero immigrated to Canada in 1997 and currently lives in Toronto, where he works in sculpture and installation. Yero’s artistic practice is concerned with his experience as part of the growing diaspora of Cuba. Politically and socially charged, his work contends with issues of national identity and plays with the boundaries of kitsch and high art. His solo exhibitions include Passage at Access Gallery, Vancouver (2010); Loop at galeria 23 y 12, Havana, Cuba (2008); and Landmark at the Belkin Satellite, Vancouver (2002). Yero has been included in international group exhibitions, including Nuit Blanche in Toronto (2006) and Contemporary Art From Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island at Arizona State University (2001). His work is in the permanent collections of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; and Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany