For centuries, the light and lustre of materials have captivated cultures and societies, artisans and artists, attributing to even simple objects an allure of beauty, luxury and opulence. Throughout the world, reflective metals, mirrors, silver- and gold-wrapped thread, sequins, beads and even insect wings have been skillfully transformed to create some of the most mystifying and coveted cultural and personal expressions.
Shine spans 200 years of extraordinary human ingenuity – handmade objects that are both celebratory and commonplace, excessive and unassuming. The exhibition features an array of exquisite traditional garments and accessories from the Museum’s permanent collections integrated with the work of contemporary artists, creating timely conversations that engage complex and sometimes conflicting ideals of desire, status, wealth and beauty.
Shine features contemporary artists Carmelo Arnoldin (Toronto), Ghost of a Dream (New York), Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky (San Francisco and Toronto).
The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Toronto International Jewellery Festival and the 2013 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Conference with the generous support of Carole Tanenbaum.
Related Programs and Events
Opening Reception: Shine
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 - 8 pm
Artist will be in attendance.
Free admission, all are welcome.
Curators' Tour: Shine
Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:30 pm
Join curators Natalia Nekrassova and Sarah Quinton on an exhibition tour that highlights the TMC collection as well as the work of contemporary artists Carmelo Arnoldin (Toronto), Ghost of a Dream (New York), Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky (San Francisco and Toronto).
Free with admission.
Lecture with Dr. Gisela Helmecke: The Ottoman Robe of Honour
Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 6:30 pm
Join us for a rare opportunity to learn about a unique Ottoman textile from the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art, one of the richest and best documented European collections. This lecture by Dr. Helmecke, Curator of Islamic Textiles and well known Oriental textile specialist, is part of an international tour coordinated by the American Conference of Oriental Rugs in conjunction with the TMC’s Friends of Oriental Rugs (FOR) affiliation group.
FOR members $10, TMC members $15, Non-members $20, and Full-time students Pay-what-you-can. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2228.
Exhibition Tour with Sarah Fee
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6:30 pm
Join Sarah Fee, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles & Fashion at the Royal Ontario Museum, as she explores converging ideas of desire, wealth, status and beauty revealed in both the traditional techniques and contemporary art practices featured in the exhibition Shine.
Free with admission.
Textile Seminar: Shiny Textiles from the TMC Collection
Wednesday, June 5, 6:30 pm
Join curator Natalia Nekrassova for an intimate look at the TMC's global collection and explore the materials and magic of 'shiny' garments, accessories, and fabrics from around the world.
Members $20, Non-members $25, Full-time students Pay-What-You-Can. Advance registration is required, class size is limited. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2228.
Walking Tour: Gold and Steel
Wednesday, June 12, 6:00 pm
Join Museum Educator Shawn McCarty as he reveals how public art and iconic architectural monuments have transformed Toronto’s downtown core and reflect the evolving history of our city.
TMC members $8, Non-members $12, and Full-time students Pay-what-you-can. To register, call 416-599-5321 x 2228.