A Nested Situation: mMOCCA at Gendai; Silent Auction at mMOCCA, Mar 3



A Nested Situation: mMOCCA at Gendai
January 29 – March 17, 2012

Gendai Workstation

Hours: 11am-6pm, Tue-Sat

From January 29 through March 17 2012, Gendai Workstation shares its site with the main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (mMOCCA)*, a slightly for profit, arms length agency that was founded mostly from wood and old nails in 2011 in the City of Toronto. The mMOCCA is relocating all the time. In each new location the mMOCCA redefines the heart of North America’s most dynamic arts community. Its facility is modest in scale, impressive in design, and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for cultural production and exchange.

This co-habitation of Gendai Workstation and mMOCCA acts as witness to the interplay of each organization’s role in respect to their administrative functions and artistic productions. In this sense both organizations mutually override each other’s domain in an attempt to (de)mystify the byproducts of this nested situation.

* It should also be noted that mMOCCA (main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) bears absolutely no relationship to the MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art), another fine institution located in the city of Toronto.


Toronto, ON., The main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present its upcoming programming at its temporary location at 1265 Bloor Street West.

– Silent Auction Exhibition and Fundraiser – March 3rd
– No Reading After the Internet – March 7th
– FANDOM; Exhibition Opening – March 15th

Shh! – Silent Auction Exhibition & Fundraiser
Exhibition Preview: February 28th – March 3rd 2012. 11a.m.-6p.m.
Silent Auction and Reception: March 3rd, 2012. 7p.m.-12a.m.

In partnership with the Art History Graduate Students’ Association at York University (AHGSA; http://www.ahgsay.com), the mMOCCA is pleased to present a silent auction fundraiser featuring the work of Annie Onyi Cheung, Miles Collyer, David Court, Xan Hawes, Stephen Fisher, Lauren Hall, Laurie Kang, Caroline Larsen, Julieta Maria, Anders Oinonen, Suzy Oliveira, Ryan Park, Kerri Reid, Luke Siemens, Miles Stemp, Josh Thorpe, VSVSVS & Jessica Vallentin.

Funds raised at this event will be directed to support AHGSA‘s 11th annual symposium: New Growth, Dialogues on the Tree, taking place on March 31st 2012, developed in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, on the occasion of the exhibition “The McMichael Tree Project”.

The Art History Graduate Students Association is a student-run organization open to all members of the York University community. The AHGSA seeks to represent the interests of those in the graduate programme in Art History.

No Reading After the Internet
March 7th, 2012. 8p.m.
Free Admission

LIFT and the Gendai Workstation present No Reading After the Internet: excerpts from Bring the Noise, Inside the White Cube and The Emancipated Spectator, selected in conjunction with the main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

Excerpts from Claire Bishop + Boris Groys’s Bring the Noise, Brian O’Doherty’s Inside the White Cube and Jacques Ranciere’s The Emancipated Spectator have been chosen by Braden Labonte, Director of the mMOCCA and Yan Wu, Programme Director of the Gendai Workstation, in collaboration with the AHGSA, to be read aloud and discussed by participants at March’s No Reading After the Internet.

No Reading is a salon series that aims to provoke theoretical illumination on particular art works and the broader scope in which they exist. No Reading means to offer an engaged pedagogical space where participants can retrace the steps used in constructing understanding, productively challenging individual and collective ways through the realms of language and interpretation. To participate in No Reading is to invoke an exuberant not-knowing, seeking out moments of collective illumination.

March 6th – March 17th, 2012
Opening Reception: March 15th, 2012. 7p.m.-12a.m.

The main Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition FANDOM, with participating artists Rory Dean, Terrence Houle, and Hanna Hur. Curated by Dory Smith.

For mMOCCA related media and other inquiries, please contact Maria Coates at mcoates@yorku.ca