Gazing out our third floor window at Artscape Youngplace, we’re reflecting on another whirlwind year and sending heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated, attended, and supported Critical Distance in 2017. We had such a wonderful run of exhibitions, art book fairs, and related events, all made possible by the curators, artists, and organizations we collaborated with, our board and team members working behind the scenes and on the ground/in the gallery to make it all happen, and the art book/edition buyers, funders, contributors, and audiences who help make everything seem both possible and worthwhile.
Special thanks to Alison Cooley, Josée Pedneault, Anthony Stepter, Hailey Kuckein, Noa Bronstein, Clayton Windatt, Vera Frenkel, Megan Press, Lisa Cristinzo, and the staff at Artscape Youngplace, and everyone at Toronto Art Book Fair and at CONTACT Photography Festival for going above and beyond in working with us. :) Thanks also to the Toronto Arts Council for past and upcoming support for our exhibitions and programs.
Which leads us to… 2018! We have so much in store to round out our landmark 5th year of programming, including our upcoming exhibition, We Look At Animals Because, curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour. Featuring a selection of fascinating, and often funny, works by Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, Alex Sheriff and Andrea Luka Zimmerman, this exhibition is our first to be produced in partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), and will be on view in the CDCC gallery on the third floor at Youngplace, on the billboard outside our building on Shaw Street, and in our new pop-up screening lounge on Youngplace’s first floor. Save the date for our public opening reception on January 25th from 6–9 pm, and stay tuned for more details, including exhibition-related events to be held at both CDCC and SAVAC, coming soon.
We will also be announcing the rest of the 2017-18 program and other updates on the organization in our Winter newsletter, scheduled for late January — subscribe at www.criticaldistance.ca/news or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to read all about it.
The gallery is now closed through January 24th for holidays and installation of our next exhibition. Office hours are by appointment only. Best wishes from all of us at CDCC for a peaceful and sparkling start to your new year!