For Immediate Release: April 29, 2019 • Please include in your listings/announcements
THE BENTWAY presents New Monuments for New Cities, a joint initiative of the High Line Network—a group of 19 North American infrastructure reuse projects—and an ambitious touring public art exhibition, May 11- August 30, 2019.
New Monuments for New Cities, is a collaboration between five members of the High Line Network, who each invited five local artists to create proposals for new monuments for a 21st century city. The Bentway, the only Canadian project in the Network, will celebrate the opening of New Monuments for New Cities and The Bentway’s Spring / Summer Season with Monuments Summit, on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
A free day-long public event, the Summit is structured around a series of conversations with participating artists from all five cities, and hands-on activities exploring the issues raised by the exhibition. The program will engage in a collective dialogue about matters of representation, civic histories and monumentality.
1:00 – 1:10 pm — Dan Bergeron workshop introduction
1:10 – 1:15 pm — Opening remarks
1:15 – 1:30 pm — Presentation by Philip Cote
1:30 – 2:30 pm — New Monuments for New Cities panel with artists Life of a Craphead–Amy Lam and Jon McCurley (Toronto), Susan Blight (Toronto), Chris Pappan (Chicago), and Paul Ramírez Jonas (New York).
Moderated by Ana C. Traverso-Krejcarek, Manager of the High Line Network.
2:30 – 2:40 pm — Performance by Ian Kamau
2:45 – 3:00 pm — Dan Bergeron workshop introduction
3:00 – 3:30 pm — Reflecting Authority interactive discussion with Monument Lab
3:30 – 3:40 pm — Performance by Ian Kamau
3:45 – 4:45 pm — New Monuments for New Cities panel with artists Quentin VerCetty (Toronto), Coco Guzman (Toronto), Eric J. García (Chicago) and Teruko Nimura (Austin).
Moderated by Ilana Altman, Co-Executive Director, The Bentway.
4:50 – 5:00 pm — Closing remarks
Throughout the entire day, New Monuments for New Cities exhibition is open for viewing; Philadelphia’s Monument Lab will be conducting a drop-in research workshop, Reflecting Authority; and Toronto’s Dan Bergeron will be leading a DIY poster-making workshop.
The Bentway is excited to launch the Spring / Summer 2019 Season of programming, informed by the theme Communitas: The Spirit of Community, with New Monuments for New Cities and Monuments Summit. Through the lens of culture and recreation, The Bentway explores Toronto’s changing landscape as well as opportunities to unite diverse communities through shared experiences.
Communitas brings together artists, urbanists, innovators, and community activators within the connective space of The Bentway to engage in radical experiments in collaboration, co-creation, and cohabitation: all of which are key to the future of Toronto.
THE BENTWAY launches
NEW MONUMENTS FOR NEW CITIES
High Line Network Joint Art Initiative
May 11- August 30
Reimagining the Future of Public Monuments
Saturday, May 11, 2019
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The Bentway’s summer season is supported by the City of Toronto, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, Richard M. Ivey and the Ivey Commissioning Fund, Donald K. Johnson, O.C. & Anna McCowan-Johnson, Langford Family Foundation at Toronto Foundation, Northwood Family Office, and Diamond Corp.
New Monuments for New Cities is also supported by Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts and Fort York National Historic Site.
About The Bentway
The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for our city’s growing population.
The Bentway knits together seven local neighbourhoods with over 70,000 residents, becoming a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from Fort York National Historic Site, Ontario Place and Exhibition Place to Harbourfront Centre and the CN Tower. The Bentway offers year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skate trail, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances, and more. Since opening to the public in January 2018, The Bentway has welcomed over 150,000 visitors to experience free year-round programming including public art installations, performances, festivals, recreational activities, and much more.
The initial phase of The Bentway stretches from Strachan Avenue in the west to just east of Bathurst Street underneath the Gardiner Expressway, this section of The Bentway is located on the lands of Fort York National Historic Site, recognized by the Government of Canada as a site of national significance. The Bentway is maintained, operated, and programmed by The Bentway Conservancy. The Bentway is a proud member of the High Line Network, an international network of projects that transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes.
About the High Line Network
Presented by Friends of the High Line, the High Line Network is a group of infrastructure reuse projects—and the people who help them come to life. As cities become denser and land for traditional parks becomes scarce, citizens are finding creative ways to bring greenspace to their neighborhoods. Projects in the High Line Network transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes. Redefining what a park can be, these hybrid spaces are also public squares, open-air museums, botanical gardens, social service organizations, walkways, transit corridors, and more.
The High Line Network is made possible by the founding support of The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Amanda and Don Mullen.
About Fort York National Historic Site
Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 Toronto History Museums operated by the City of Toronto. Since 1793, Fort York has been an important military location and is where Toronto was founded as an urban place. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this 43-acre heritage conservation district is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Fort York offers permanent exhibits and immersive multimedia displays at the Visitor Centre, ongoing programming and events, site tours, military displays, historic cooking demonstrations, and the annual Indigenous Arts Festival.
Fort York National Historic Site is also home to the first phase of The Bentway. For more information, visit http://www.toronto.ca/fortyork.