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Ingenious Danish Craft

TORONTO, September 28, 2004 — SUPERDANISH: Newfangled Danish Culture at Harbourfront Centre explores innovative Danish craft. stuff–Ingenuity and Critique, a probing craft exhibition of more than 150 works by 30 artists, examines the groundbreaking work of artists coming out of the renowned Danish craft tradition. Ingenuity and Critique: International Creators, October 1 to 3, is an exciting symposium that brings together a rich array of writers, curators, thinkers and craftspeople from Denmark, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom and the United States, which focus on international perspectives to contemporary craft curatorial practices and critical writing in the field.

The public opening reception at Harbourfront Centre for the stuff–Ingenuity and Critique, takes place on Tuesday, September 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. in York Quay Gallery. Opening remarks at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the reception and the exhibition is free. The exhibition runs from September 29 to December 23, in York Quay Gallery, Studio Works and Uncommon Objects, 235 Queens Quay West. For information on this exhibition and other SUPERDANISH events, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

stuff - Ingenuity and Critique, organized by Danish Crafts and Harbourfront Centre, curators Louise Campbell of Denmark and Melanie Egan of Canada have selected works that explore a refinement of expression. The title refers to a phrase that craftspeople often use in referring to their work, as in “Let me show you my stuff.” Stuff can refer to the actual objects created, as well as the mettle a craftsperson asserts. Both meanings can challenge, provoke and intrigue! The subtitle, Ingenuity and Critique, emphasizes the importance of craft works that combine the art of questioning, experimenting and commenting, alongside a sublime level of craftsmanship.

Ingenuity and Critique: International Creators, presented by The Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre and Danish Crafts, takes place from October 1 to 3 at Harbourfront Centre. An important element of this collaboration with Danish Crafts is the interaction between Canadian and Danish craftspeople.

Symposium registration (not including GST): $125 adults/$75 students & seniors (includes keynote address). Student group rate:10 or more $50 per student. To register, the public can call 416-973-4000. For information and questions, the public can call 416-973-4928.

Ingenuity and Critique: International Creators symposium
Information Session
October 1, 4:30 p.m.
Marianne Heggtveit, Visual Arts Officer, Canada Council for the Arts; Birgitte Jahn, Executive Director, Danish Crafts; Kristian Kastoft, Project and Communication Manager, Danish Crafts. Please note that this session is FREE.

Keynote Presentation
Kevin Murray, Director, Craft Victoria, Australia
October 1, 7 p.m.

Curatorial Practice
October 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, ceramist, Denmark; Pipaluk Lake, Katrine Borup, artists exhibiting in stuff: Ingenuity and Critique; Sarah Quinton, Curator, Contemporary Gallery - Textile Museum of Canada; Christopher Mount, Director of Exhibitions & Public Programs, Parsons School of Design, United States. Moderated by Alan C. Elder, Curator of Craft & Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada & Adriane Abbott, Director of Advancement, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University, Canada.

Critical Writing
October 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Merete Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Critic, Denmark; Tine Nygaard, Critic, Denmark; Paula Gustafson, Critic/Author, Canada; Tanya Harrod, Critic/Author, Great Britain; Louise Mazanti, Critic, Denmark. Moderated by Alan C. Elder & Adriane Abbott.

Master Classes are offered on September 29 & 30, from 10 to 5 p.m. As part of the International Creators Series, Danish craftspeople participating in the exhibition – Pipaluk Lake, glass; Martin Bodilsen Kaldahl, ceramics; and Katrine Borup, jewellery – will give two-day master classes. The workshops will provide a number of insights and provide sympathetic models for Canadian craftspeople. The cost of master classes includes symposium. The cost is $225 for adults and $200 for students & seniors. To register, the public can call 416-973-4963. For information and questions, the public can call 416-973-4928.

SUPERDANISH is made possible through the generous assistance of the Danish Arts Agency and Council, Danish Architecture Centre, Danish Crafts, Danish Film Institute – all institutions under the Ministry of Culture in Denmark, The Royal Danish Embassy, Maersk Sealand, Creekside Winery, Georg Jensen, Silkeborg, Westin Harbour Castle, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Lego, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council. Thanks for support from patrons Danfoss Inc., Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., Vestas-Canadian Wind Tec, Ltd., Arla Foods Inc., The Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce and from donors IC Companys Fashions Inc., Group 4 Falck (Canada) Ltd., Bang & Olufsen North America, Hartman Canada, Diemaco, Net Electric Limited and Ecco Shoes Canada Inc.

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Media Contacts:
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
Bill Bobek, 416-973-4428, wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
David Gates, 416-973-4494, dgates@harbourfrontcentre.com
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