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Let’s talk about art: six must-sees in March

Present day can seem overwhelmingly bleak, with scary headlines blaring from TV screens and newspapers, and disagreement in every corner. Take a break from the hectic disarray and explore urgent concerns through art – these nuanced perspectives guide viewers in appreciating the negotiation of contemporary issues. From exhibitions to performances and discussions, find beauty in today’s pressing questions.

Add these events to your calendar, you won’t want to miss them.

SHOW: “The Shell” 

How does colonialism, technology, and being a mortal constrain an artist? Questions about the nature of art and the artist play out on stage in this production by the Theatre and Performance Studies program at U of T’s Scarborough campus.

When: Thursday March 14: 8pm-10pm

Cost: $8 Students/Seniors, $10 adults

SHOW: Trashion Show 19’

Fashion and art come together in this show at U of T Mississauga to promote environmental sustainability. See what can be made with re-used and recyclable materials for artwork that is both classy and trashy.

When: Friday March 15: 5pm-8pm

Cost: Free

PANEL: Artistic Ethics in an Age of Social Consciousness 

Arts and culture contribute to social movements – and vice versa. With #MeToo, decolonization efforts, and rampant cancel culture, the intersection of an artists’ talent and morals is often brought into question. Join the Hart House Debates and Dialogues Committee’s discussion, with speakers Quill Christie Peters, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Georgiana Uhlyarik, Indu Vashist, and moderator Gabrielle Moser.

When: Monday March 18: 7pm-8:30pm

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Vision Exchange: Perspectives from India to Canada 

Paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more. These works at the Art Museum at U of T make up an exhibition about land and sovereignty, reframing historical narratives, and migration, sharing perspectives that foster dialogue.

When: Wednesday March 20: 6:30pm Exhibition tour with Dr. Deepali Dewan/Exhibition on until March 23.

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Trinity Art Show 2019: Statements 

Explore the urgency of art and how it negotiates our personal identities, sociopolitical issues, ideologies, technology, and culture today. See some art and make your mark, with statements about art in interactive curatorial installations.

When: Friday March 29: 6pm-9pm Opening Reception/Saturday March 30 and Sunday March 31: 11am-3pm Exhibition

Cost: Free

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: Unbroken 

Take a trip to the Gardiner Museum to view Ai Weiwei’s unconventional and thought-provoking ceramic works, exploring timely social justice issues including immigration and dissent. While you’re there, see Unswept Floor (Tesserae) by Nurielle Stern, an exhibition in response to themes in Ai Weiwei’s Unbroken.

When: On until June 9

Cost: Free (post-secondary students on Tuesdays) + discounted admission on Fridays

Seven free film screenings on campus this March

Catch a free screening of a cult classic or a timely documentary this month with a number of film screenings on the St. George campus. These films are worth braving the cold, and none of them are on Netflix. I’ve checked.

Othello 

Liz White’s Othello (1980) featured an all-Black production, cast and crew and all, the first time Othello was not portrayed by a white actor in blackface. This is a rare chance to see this film, as it will be screened on 16mm archival print – it is not available on DVD or Blu-ray.

When: Sunday March 10

Where: Innis Town Hall

The Human Scale 

Congested roads. Unfriendly spaces. Loneliness. These are some of the symptoms of the mega city. In this documentary featuring architects and urban planners from around the world, Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl shows that it is possible to make cities better for us all. Part of the Ethics in the City film series.

When: Wednesday March 13

Where: Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building

City of God 

This fun crime drama is set in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Drug empires, guns, money, and the evolution of organized crime. Part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Thursday March 14

Where: Room 200, 1 Spadina

Josie and the Pussycats 

End your week with this cult film: full of bubbly fun, throwback fashion, and commentary on crass consumerism. Part of the CINSSU Free Friday Film series at Innis Town Hall.

When: Friday March 15

Where: Innis Town Hall

The Lives of Others 

East Berlin, before the fall of the wall. A playwright is under surveillance, and he doesn’t even know. He does some transgressional stuff. Will he be caught? This is also part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Wednesday March 20

Where: Main Hall, 1 Spadina

Metropolis 

See this classic sci-fi film by Fritz Lang as part of the Ethics in the City film series. Enjoy the story that plays out in the visually powerful scenes of this sharply divided dystopian city, complete with art deco influence. To make it more fun, a case of mistaken identity throws a wrench in the characters’ pursuit of love.

When: Wednesday March 27

Where: Centre for Ethics, Larkin Building

In the Mood for Love 

A doomed love affair, driven by fantasy but never fulfilled. This classic film is hauntingly beautiful and is set in 1960s Hong Kong, with the city cast in lush colours and deep shadows. Also part of the ARC354 History of Housing film series.

When: Thursday March 28

Where: Room 200, 1 Spadina

Do I have to be a Trin student to…

Trinity College may seem insular and exclusive, with high barriers to entry. I’ll have you know though, you don’t actually have to be a Trin student to partake in some of the quintessentially Trin experiences. Whether you want to though, is totally up to you.

If you’ve ever wanted to ask, “do I have to be a Trin student to do this?” Here are the answers to all your pressing questions.

Can I step on the grass in the quad?

No one is allowed to step on the grass in the quad anymore. The grass has been fenced off for the season.

Can I use study rooms in Graham Library? 

Yes, and no. Study Rooms 1 and 2 can be booked by any U of T student. The exclusive study Rooms 3 and 4 can only be booked by groups with at least one Trin student or Wycliffe College student.

Can I walk around in a gown (like a pompous ass)? 

Yes. You probably know that academic gowns are steeped in tradition at Trinity College. You don’t have to spend $125 to traipse around in a Harcourts gown. You don’t even have to be a Trin student to borrow one from the College. Sign out a gown from the Porter’s Lodge – I mean, Welcome Desk – and leave your T-Card or driver’s license as collateral.

Can I dance the night away at Conversat?

Yes. Find a Trin friend to buy you a guest ticket to the 136th Conversazione: Conversin City, if there are any left.

Can I dine in Strachan Hall

Yes. Feel free to pack your lunch and eat in the Hogwarts-esque space that is Strachan Hall. You might feel a little out of place, I recommend you visit with a Trin friend or acquaintance. If you, for whatever reason, desire the dining hall food, you can pay in cash.

Oh, and make sure to sit at the right table – rules may not be enforced, but upper year tables are for upper years, and God forbid you sit at the don’s round table or the high table.

Can I submit artwork to the Trinity Art Show?

Yes. You don’t actually have to be a Trin student to have your artwork featured in the hallowed halls of the college. You don’t even have to be a current U of T student – recent alumni are invited to submit their work too. The call for submissions is on until January 31.

Can I get involved in a Trinity College Dramatic Society production?

Yes. If you look at any TCDS playbill or program, you will see names not affiliated with the College. Talent is talent, and Trin recognizes that.

Can I join a Hart House Committee

Yes. While it seems that every other Committee is chaired by a Trin student and can be disproportionately populated with Trin students, everyone can join. Hart House values diversity, including diversity of colleges, faculties and campuses. No matter where you come from, there is space for you at Hart House.

Can I get married in the Trinity College Chapel?

You don’t have to be a Trin student, alum, or affiliated in any way, to get married in the Chapel. However, booking priority  is given to Trinity College graduates and their family members.

Can I also be “the salt of the earth”?

No, not if it wasn’t instilled in you throughout the course of orientation week. Because Trin students are truly the salt of the earth. Damn the dissenters, hurrah for old Trinity!