Salon 81: Lynn Hart, Creative Time Summit, Toronto

Lynn Hart, Art and Activism: A Mini-Tour of the CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT, Toronto, 2017 

Tuesday, March 27th 2018 – 7.30 PM

At RIA, Please email for your personal invitation and the address.
Seats are limited, so please rsvp, asap



Lynn writes: In September 2017, over 1000 artists, including 3 members of RIA, as well as curators, art historians, and others in the Canadian and international art world gathered in Toronto at a major annual 3-day conference titled “CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT – Of Homelands and Revolution.” This fantastic conference was planned to fall on the same weekend as Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, where the central “piece,” comprised of 21 works, was curated by Nato Thompson, who is also Artistic Director of Creative Time. This salon takes the participants on a mini-tour of highlights of this 3-day immersion in the timely topic of Art and Activism, as more and more artists, curators and art historians are currently searching for ways to bring political activism into our own work.

Lynn Hart is an Ottawa installation and performance artist, incorporating multimedia, mixed-media, poetry and contemporary dance in her work. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Paris.


A note on the Salons.

1. Every month or so (there have been some hiatuses) Rene and I invite an artist, who has done a project outside the Ottawa area, to give a presentation in our home. This could be about an exhibition, a presentation, a residency or a research trip. It is a nice, informal way to get to know about something that we don’t have a chance to experience in person.

2. We have also invited artists who are new in town to give a presentation about their work.

3. And we are interested to hear from artists who have graduated from the MFA program at Ottawa U. and have settled in Ottawa.

The get-togethers are super casual, and the talks are short so there is lots of time for discussions about all sorts of things. People take turns to bring wine (we ask different people each time). This isn’t about food, so we usually have only chips. Invitations to speakers are based on coincidence, happenstance and word of mouth. There is only space for 20 people, first RSVP-ed first served, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If there are more people than seats, we create a waiting list. For the following salon, the people on the waiting list get an advanced notice. We are trying not to turn the salons into a club, and this is the best way we know of getting different people together at different times. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t get in the first time. Although there are now more than 330 names on my list, people usually can attend at least 1 out of 2 salons.
If you sign up but can’t make it at the last moment, let us know, so we can contact someone on the waiting list.

Petra and Rene