This year’s International Ceramic Art Fair (ICAF) at the Gardiner Museum explores the role of clay as a mediator between the human and non-human, blurring the boundaries with its life-giving properties, its ability to record and hold human memory, and its capacity to connect us to the land.
Artists & Galleries
The exhibition features approximately 50 recent artworks from a dozen artists and four galleries: Crystal Morey, Courtney Leonard, David R. Harper, Itō Tadashi, Jess Riva Cooper, Judy Chartrand, Manuel Mathieu, Ramekon O’Arwisters, Sakiyama Takayuki, Stephanie Hanes, Susan Collett, Yoshikawa Masamichi, Ferrin Contemporary, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Joan B Mirviss LTD, and Patricia Sweetow Gallery.
Toward Future Bodies Symposium
ICAF also includes a symposium, Toward Future Bodies, on June 9 and 10. Supported by the Raphael Yu Centre for Canadian Ceramics and presented in collaboration with A-B Project — a space for exhibitions and alternative education in conceptual ceramics located in Los Angeles — the symposium brings together artists, scholars, and other voices to explore the boundaries of our species and our connection to other life forms as expressed through clay.
2023 Programming Highlights
- Preview Gala (June 7)
Guests will be among the first to view and purchase work before the fair opens to the public.
- Online Artist Talk with Manuel Mathieu (June 8)
Chief Curator Sequoia Miller will be joined by exhibiting artist Manuel Mathieu for an online conversation about his practice. Tickets are “pay what you can.”
- Keynote Presentation by Nicole Seisler (June 9)
Nicole Seisler is a Los Angeles-based ceramic, sculpture, and installation artist whose practice comprises making, educating, and curating. She has exhibited widely at museums ranging from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles.
The International Ceramic Art Fair runs from June 8–18 at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
To see the full schedule and get tickets, visit gardinermuseum.com.