June 15, 2007
by Canadian Architect
Established as an archive of 20th-century Canadian architecture and design, Dominion Moderns goal is to collect, catalogue, preserve and disseminate, but also to present, inform, engage and delight. The organization proposes to be a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting public understanding and widening thought and debate on the art of 20th-century Canadian architecture and design, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.
Two exhibitions are currently on view in Toronto, Endangered Species and OISE D&A.
In Endangered Species, modern architecture is presented as an endangered genus, and the show includes long-lost Toronto buildings like the Shell Oil Tower, Wawanesa Insurance and Union Carbide, all on exhibit like some long-extinct beasts. This exhibition continues until June 30, 2007 at the Urbanspace Gallery located on the ground floor of 401 Richmond Street West in Toronto. Admission is free, and the gallery is closed on Sundays.
OISE D&A celebrates the design, art and architecture of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE). Established in 1965 and officially merged with the University of Toronto in 1996, OISE was first envisioned by Premier William Davis as an institution for graduate studies and education research in Ontario. From its inception, OISE was a part of the grand vision of Ontario. Along with TVOntario, Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre, OISE was a project undertaken by a government adept in architecture, art, and graphic and industrial design.
Erected in 1970 by architect K.R. Cooper, a University of Toronto graduate, OISEs interior was enhanced by the art of Jack Bush, Sorel Etrog and Kazuo Nakamura and by the furnishings of Eero Saarinen, Jan Kuypers and Paul Arno. The OISE building stands as a wonderful example of provincial post-war planning and of late-modern concrete architecture, a real presence in downtown Toronto.
This exhibition continues until November 18, 2007 in the ground-floor library of OISE, located at 252 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Admission is free. For more information, please call 416.923.6641 x2900.