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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Film Series finds a new home!

The popular Mississauga Film Series has found a new home. The Art Gallery of Mississauga has teamed up with the Living Arts Centre to give Mississauga residents the opportunity to view films selected from the Toronto International Film Festival's Film Circuit, in a central location, at Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre at 4141 Living Arts Drive.


Film Series Tickets: available at the Living Arts Centre Box Office in person or by calling 905 306 6000. To order tickets online, visit
Admission:AGM Members/Students/Seniors: $10.00General Admission: $12.00Series Pass: $30.00 (4 film package)
Screening Location:Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive, Mississauga

The Visitor
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 8pm
Director: Thomas McCarthy, 2008, USA
Language: English

Walter Vale, a lonely widower, reluctantly goes to New York City for a conference to find an undocumented couple living in his long-vacant Manhattan home. He ends up befriending them, especially Tarek, a Syrian street musician. But, Tarek is profiled by the police and incarcerated, becoming subject to imminent deportation. With the appearance of Tarek's widowed mother, Mouna, Walter's connection to this family in distress deepens. A film of unadorened precision, The Visitor points the way for us to a place where tolerance becomes active engagement.

October 28th film: The Band's Visit

Monday, September 08, 2008

Vessna Perunovich Exhibition & upcoming performance

Who is Vessna Perunovich?

Vessna Perunovich
Midnight Mirage, September 27, 2007 from 7 pm to 7 am as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto
at #60 McCaul Street

Originally from the former Yugoslavia, Perunovich came to Canada in 1988 and has been continually building a consistent and compelling body of work devoted to exploring several basic human urges and the challenges to their satisfaction which arise in a shifting identity-context and an amorphously altered homeland. The pieces selected for this show comprise a wide spectrum of physical media and format, from painting and drawing, to video and performance, to sculpture and installation, all marshaled to investigate the way our desire for a safe place creates emblematic experiences which amount to dreaming with our eyes wide open.

Visit to find out more.

Art Gallery of Mississauga
September 11 to October 26, 2008
Emblems of the Enigma: Vessna Peunovich
Guest Curated by Donald Brackett

Opening reception: Thursday, September 11th from 6 pm to 9 pmArtist and Curator will be in attendance.

A free shuttle bus departs from the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street W., Toronto) at 7 pm to the Art Gallery of Mississauga returning by 9pm.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to announce a solo retrospective exhibition of the multi media work of Canadian artist Vessna Perunovich. This survey show offers a fascinating glimpse into the inter-disciplinary themes and techniques of postmodern sculpture and installation formats, with a special emphasis on the mutable nature of our personal sense of self.

"Perunovich's work employs paradoxical takes on a multitude of human appetites", the Curator comments, "she is able to make a deft commentary on our shared values as embodied creatures who require metaphysical as well as physical sanctuary. In fact, the search for sanctuary has become an emblem in itself for the multitude of miniature enigmas we all face on a daily basis."

A handsome and extensively illustrated catalogue is being published with an essay by the Curator and personal insights from the artist on the subtle nature of her multi-faceted work.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Vessna Perunovich performs I Hug the World and the World Hugs Me Back
Location: University of Toronto at Mississauga

Vessna Perunovich will be on the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus asking the students to consider physical and psychological barriers-whether gendered, cultural or religious-which serve to both unite and divide us with a dynamic performance in their space. In conjunction with her exhibition Emblems of the Enigma at the AGM, this exploration of thresholds and spaces between people, features the artist tied to a stationary object with large red fabric straps, which she pulls against in order to reach out and hug the closest passerby. Investigating themes of home, gender and transition, Perunovich's performance reveals the divisional space between individuals on both an intimate and international scale.

Perunovich is a Toronto based artist and has performed I Hug the World and the World Hugs Me Back in places as distant as London, England and as local as Cambridge, Ontario.

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