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"The Wheel Project: 400 wheels Mounted in a Design by Toronto Architect Philip Beesley"
2002-02-21 until 2002-04-28
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Discovered before history was recorded and still one of humanity's most important inventions, the wheel is a formidable and repeating icon. Artist/curator Sanjit Sethi saw the wheel as an exceptional starting point for a community art project, allowing members of the public to tell their own stories through the medium of clay wheels.
The more than 400 wheels are mounted on iron stands, on topographical islands, and on walls, massed throughout the gallery in a design by Toronto architect Philip Beesley. And at the heart of the space, images of all the members of the public who participated in the project.
Sanjit Sethi, whose works deal with labour, ritual, and the residue both activities leave behind, saw the wheel as a point of departure for a project that calls for varied members of the Toronto community to assume the role of artist rather than audience, and the museum to assume its role of social communication rather than mere veneration of objects. Over twenty groups from Toronto, both formal and informal, came to workshops to create ceramic wheels. Such an undertaking involves risk, a role reversal for both museum and public: the museum cedes control to non-specialist wheel makers, who in turn are asked to reveal themselves through their creations. In order to highlight the community access theme, admission is free to the museum for the duration of The Wheel Project.
In partnership with the United Steelworkers of America, Sketch and the York University Faculty of Education.
March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28, 1:30 - 4 pm
Every second Sunday, the different community groups who participated in The Wheel Project, along with their friends and families, will be special guests of the Museum. Share with them the celebration of their work and join them in making a communal clay wheel for display. Absolutely free.