Barbara Fischer is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre, as well as Director of the Master of Visual Studies Curatorial Studies in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
Fischer’s curatorial work focuses on contemporary art and its histories, encompassing the international circulating exhibition General Idea Editions 1967–1995 (2003), Projections (2007) and the multi-partnered survey of conceptual art in Canada Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965—1980 (2010) which toured nationally and internationally. She received the 2008 Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art, and curated Mark Lewis’ Cold Morning for the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Fischer curated the current exhibition Mark Lewis: Invention.
Canadian-born and UK-based artist Mark Lewis has made films in cities all over the world. This lecture focuses on the film works that are set in Toronto, examined in the context of his interests in the intermixing of cinematic tropes, architecture, urban settings, time, and duration.