AGYU Winter 2020: Archives of Futurities – opening January 15



From 15 January to 15 March, 2020, AGYU presents Sky Hopinka: Around the Edge of Encircling Lake alongside a program a film program curated by the artist entitled What Was Always Yours and Never Lost.

Artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka’s work centres around personal investigations of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable. This exhibition brings together a selection of Hopinka’s recent films and related artworks. Weaving together experimental and documentary practices, these films explore diverse yet interconnected topics, taking up land (and landscape), language, music, and memory.

Featuring works by Caroline Monnet; Colectivo Los Ingrávidos; Thirza Cuthand; Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; and James Luna, What Was Always Yours and Never Lost is a screening program of works of other artists and filmmakers is curated by Sky Hopinka. Following screenings at Yale Union (Portland, Oregon) and The Whitney Biennial (New York), it is the most recent iteration in an ongoing series. Hopinka writes: “Here you have a number of films from a number of makers that come from different backgrounds, different countries, different homelands, and different nations. Each making works that traverse a wide range of topics dealing directly and indirectly with indigeneity— assertions of identity and presence in the face of and regardless of colonial history and outdated traditions of anthropology and ethnography. They make space for poetry, for beauty, for movement between cosmological and visceral worlds, sometimes blurring the lines between both. They claim what was always theirs and celebrate what was never lost.”

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington, and is currently based between Vancouver, and Milwaukee. Hopinka was most recently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019 and is currently an Assistant Professor in Film Production at The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver.


RE:framing Gender
Curated by Jason Cyrus
15 January – 17 April 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 15, 6:00-8:00 pm
6:30 pm Remarks
7:00-8:00 pm Round Table * Live Taping with The Possibilities Podcast
Joan Goldfarb Visual Arts Study Centre | Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts

RE:framing Gender explores the intersection of gender, identity, and race to reveal how clothing has historically framed our view of gender. This exhibition juxtaposes garments with interviews of BIPOC non-binary and trans* individuals to ask: How do we respond to, challenge, or adopt fashion’s gender binaries? How does the development of personal style empower us to face a world hostile to marginalized identities?

Film Screening & Tour: Thursday, January 23, 5:30-8:00 pm
5:30-6:00 pm Curator’s Tour
6:30-8:00 pm Film Screening


(Re) Conciling Institutional Practice: A Three-day Think Tank
March 5–7, 2020 | Al Green Theatre | Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, York University

(Re) Conciling Institutional Practice is a three-day think tank series that addresses issues of colonialism and reconciliation in the following key museum functions: acquisitions, conservation, research, collections information management, exhibition, education, and curating.

Day One: Reconciling Your Institution’s Acquisitions and Collections
Day Two: Presentation Matters: The Importance of Exhibition and Display in Reconciliation Processes
Day Three: Collections Pedagogy: From Practice to Protocol

Conceived and presented by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries with support from AGYU and Mobilizing Inuit Culture and Heritage (MICH). For a full itinerary and registration information, please visit or contact Jessica Lukas at

Contemporary Bus Tour | Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 12 – 5 pm
The tour picks up at 12 pm at Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) then departs for Blackwood Art Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, and Robert McLaughlin Gallery and returns to Gladstone Hotel at 5 pm. To RSVP, email or call 905.828.3789 by February 28 at 5 pm.

For more information on public programming presented this season, please visit:

The AGYU is located in the Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto.
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm; and Saturday, closed.

AGYU promotes 2SLGBTQIAP positive spaces & experiences and is barrier free.

Everything is FREE

Directions: TTC: Ride Line 1 to York University Station: the gallery entrance faces the south exit. Driving: Enter YorkU Keele Campus via The Pond Road. Park in the Student Services garage. WheelTrans: the closest WheelTrans stop is York University Subway Station, North Exit.

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is a public, university-affiliated, non-profit contemporary art gallery supported by York University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and by its membership.


For more information or to request images or interviews with the artists, please contact Emelie Chhangur, Senior Curator, at


Image: Lore (still), 2019. 16mm to HD video, stereo, colour. Courtesy the artist.