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TOAF60 Art Talks

Art Collectors in Conversation 

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Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Meet the Speakers: Hirbod Human & Farnoosh Talaee
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Collecting precious objects is a human urge dating back to the ancients in Babylonia, Egypt, China, India, Mesoamerica, Greece and Rome. But what compels people to collect art? How do they decide what to collect? And once they possess it, what do they do with it? This lively trio of conversations featured Josh Heuman, The Power Plant's Curator of Education & Public Programs, with three different collectors of contemporary art.

Joshua Heuman has been an art museum educator and curator since 2000. Before joining the staff at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as Curator of Education and Public Programs, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Salt Lake Art Center (now Utah Museum of Contemporary Art); Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University; and, Joslyn Art Museum. He has organized education and public programs; organized exhibitions; juried exhibitions and competitions; published essays, interviews, and reviews; presented conference papers; and, lectured at museums and universities. Born and raised in Toronto, Josh attended York University where he completed a BA in Visual Art (Art History) and an MA in Art History, focused on "content" in American post-World War II abstract painting.

Hirbod Human is an art enthusiast and businessman who graduated from both business and art school after he migrated in 2002 to America. He owns a branding firm and consultant agency, TRIXMEDIA, based in Beverly Hills, California. He is part of a few boards of advisory of institutions such as The Power Plant, Toronto,  Authors Ai, and Binge Book, Florida.

Farnoosh Talaee is an independent curator, arts manager, and writer based in Toronto. Her curatorial practice examines the intersections of contemporary art with migration, diasporic identity, and decolonization with an emphasis on art from the Mena region. She has contributed to curatorial research, exhibition management, and public programs at The Power Plant, Toronto; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Toronto; and Art Dubai, alongside some known commercial galleries.

Emerging Artists to Watch

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Moderator: Glodeane Brown, Culture Fancier

Get to know the next generation of TOAF artists who are demonstrating exceptional talent in pushing the boundaries of their art forms.

Glodeane Brown is an arts management professional and an arts and culture blogger. She is the Founder and Editor of Culture Fancier, the arts and culture blog she started in 2016 with the aim to educate, entertain, and inspire people. She is currently working as the Programming and Operations Coordinator at CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area, an organization that presents a biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of Waterloo Region.

 

Art Collectors in Conversation with Aaron Milrad 

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Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Meet the Speakers: Aaron Milrad
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Aaron Milrad, a prolific art collector and philanthropist, has been supporting the arts and the artists of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair for over forty years now.

Mr. Milrad awards $3,000 towards the Best of Ceramics Award, but his support of the artists goes beyond financial contribution. He is truly invested in nurturing a deep understanding and connection to the artists and their works, and has established a special ritual to do just that; every year, he invites the winning artist for a tour of his extensive ceramics collection, followed by a lunch discussing the commission of an art piece or an addition to the collection. 

 

6Q's with StARToronto

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Co-presented by StARToronto
Meet the Artists: Jessey Pacho and Elicser Elliott

Join StreetARToronto Artists Jessey Pacho from Toronto's East end, and Elicer Elliott from downtown, for a lively discussion on the evolution of graffiti, its role in movements for social justice. They'll also discuss the art of the aerosol can and Toronto street art styles from East to West.

 

Glimpsing the Future, Vol. 3

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Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Participating Artists Coming Soon 
Moderator: Joséphine Denis, TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Going on its third year, this program will introduce you to some of Toronto's diverse, innovative and emerging artists. This fast-paced format allows each artist only 10-14 images and 30 seconds per image to describe their studio practice, process, and artworks.

Joséphine Denis was born in Haiti, raised between Port-au-Prince and New York, and currently resides
in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is a curator and writer whose practice addresses the creation and narration of
BIPOC spaces. Denis is an advocate of Black diasporic art, critical engagement, and institutional
transformations through which artists and publics can co-create affective networks of radical change. She
is currently the TD Curator of Education and Outreach Fellow at the Power Plant in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her
writing has been published in RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting (Phi, Hirmer, 2020), Ada x, and the
upcoming issue of Brooklyn Rail. Denis previously worked at Serpentine Galleries, London, UK;
Faurschou Foundation, Beijing, China; Lehmann Maupin, New York, USA: and SBC Gallery of
Contemporary art and Places des Arts, in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal.

 

Art Collectors in Conversation

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Co-presented by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
Meet the Speakers: Rudy Adler, Wealthsimple
Moderator: Joshua Heuman, Curator of Education & Public Programs, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery

Join Rudy Adler, top NFT collector, Co-founder of Wealthsimple, as he speaks with Joshua Heuman about his passion for supporting artists through various and cutting-edge ways of collecting. 

Rudy Adler is a top art collector of NFTs and Co-Founder of Wealthsimple

 

 

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