Choosing from the submissions--Curators CHIEDZA PASIPANODYA and JORDANA FRANKLIN at Walnut Studios, as part of the OCADU Women's Kit mentorship project.
The Women's Kit - REGENERATION
Opening Reception Thursday, October 5 @ 7 - 10pm
Panel Discussion / Tuesday October 17 @ 7pm (ASL interpretation available)
Ada Slaight Student Galleries, Second Floor
Hours 7:30 am to 12:00 am
OCAD University 100 McCaul St, Toronto
*Event is trans inclusive / transphobia will not be tolerated
*Venue has gender neutral washrooms
*Venue is wheelchair accessible
*Scent reduced event / no perfumes or colognes please
drawing from the past
bringing to the present,
forty-two years later
much has changed
and yet not enough
An intergenerational art exhibition and launch of The Women’s Kit website celebrating the history and visibility of feminist art in Toronto.
In 1973, The Women’s Kit was produced in Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) by researcher and artist, Pamela Harris, along with a team of fellow artists and educators. These women assembled a dynamic educational resource with over 150 items that relate to the socialization of femininity.
The Women’s Kit was distributed to high schools and colleges to encourage students to observe and question the limitations set on prescribed gender roles. Since its creation, The Women's Kit has found its home at the Centre for Women's Studies in Education (CWSE) at OISE as a subject of research and scholarly publication.
During a meeting in 2014, members of the Feminist Art Conference viewed the kit and were enchanted by the time capsule of the feminist art movement in Toronto. Through funding by an anonymous donor and hundreds of volunteer hours, they sought to immortalize the kit through a massive digitization project.
FAC is strongly motivated by a feminist imperative to document the pioneering work of the kit’s creators. This new website is as a testament to the importance of feminist history and the necessity of visibility. By publishing The Women’s Kit online, FAC is bridging the feminist generation gap. The creation of the digital platform also allows the kit to return to its origins as an educational tool for wide dissemination.
For the development of the website, FAC procured funding from a generous anonymous donor. The educational expansion on the project solidified with additional funding from OCAD University through the Ada Slaight Foundation and an Arts Education Projects grant from the Ontario Arts Council. This critical funding supported students in an exploration of the kit, culminating in the creation of artwork inspired by its contents. Outfitted with museum gloves, current Drawing and Painting students at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, along with recent alumni and local youth, dug through this rich archive responding with contemporary viewpoints on feminism today.
The resulting exhibition, REGENERATION, seeks to provide an in-depth and intersectional approach to The Women's Kit, one that re-examines several critical conversations rooted in generations of feminism and fertilized by LGBTQ2S+ love, afro-futurist narratives, race politics, diasporic conversations, gender identity and sexual diversity. They explore new feminist realities and amplify artist narratives that were silenced at the time of the kit’s inception due to power and privilege at play. The arts-engaged youth do this through printmaking and zines inspired by pop art and the graphic arts movements contemporary to the kit.
The resurrection of the kit at this critical moment in the feminist movement and the ensuing conversation between past and present culminates with the launch of The Women’s Kit website and the REGENERATION exhibit of new artwork created by a current generation of storytellers.
Join the conversation through art and explore The Women’s Kit website at the opening reception on October 5th!
OCADU Drawing and Painting Youth Participants
Current Students and Recent Alumni Women's Kit Remix Retreat
Becca Wijshijer Anne Vo
Bethany Davis Edan Maxam
Cristine Yunyk Isabel Morris
Curtia Wright Jessica Chang
Debora Puricelli Jessica Zhang
Iman Aziz Bhatti Kira Nguyen Do
Myra Merchant Magda U-Falcon
Natalie King Maude Christie
Niloo Inalouei Mia Yaguchi-Chow
Roxanne Curci Rainier Magtalas
Wei Qi Tina Gong
Will Carpenter Vicky Wang
Sophia Xavion Alexis
Project funded in part by the Ada Slaight Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council
PWYC Donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Cash bar and party snacks!
This exhibition is the culmination of two educational projects that ran concurrently with the digitization of the Women's Kit:
In Response to the Women’s Kit - An Intergenerational Feminist Art Exhibition
Supported by Ada Slaight funding through OCADU’s Drawing, Painting and Printmaking Department, this project includes an open call to all DRPT/PRNT students in third and fourth year to create new work in response to the social justice themes communicated in the Women’s Kit.
Students will explore the kit’s visual and auditory artifacts for points of art-making. The unique aspect of this project is the intergenerational conversation between feminist art-making practices in the 1970s and contemporary practices at OCADU.
At the end of the process, the students’ work will be shown in conjunction with the Women’s Kit to create a visual dialogue between both periods.
The current political climate, particularity with the regressive, pervasive politics of the Trump administration, is a catalyst for the students to create work in response to this critical moment in time. Through this project, OCADU will be able to provide paid professional opportunities for students. The students will be mentored through installation design, exhibition marketing and promotion, and curating a panel discussion.