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Urban Field Speakers Series
2019 Programme

Urban Field Speakers Series is back for its fourteenth season. Series passes available now!

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the fourteenth season of the Urban Field Speakers Series. Programmed by Scott McLeod and Gerald McMaster, this international lecture series brings together an array of global and local participants, including artists, architects, curators, designers and scholars, who offer unique perspectives on the role of art in transforming the experience of the city. Moderated by a host of local luminaries, past series have featured presentations by such erudite speakers as Theaster Gates, Lucy Lippard, Chantal Mouffe, Paul Chaat Smith and Rebecca Solnit, among many others.

The upcoming season includes the following events:

January 24, 2019, at 7:00 PM
Dieter Roelstraete
Sara Knelman, moderator

The curator of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago speaks about the work of Canadian photographer Jeff Wall, with an emphasis on Wall’s early work, including his only public sculpture, Lost Luggage Depot. Moderated by Sara Knelman, director of Corkin Gallery. Presented in conjunction with The Man in the Mirror: A Symposium on the Work of Jeff Wall.

February 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM
 (New date)
Deimantas Narkevičius
Vid Ingelevics, moderator

The Lithuanian artist speaks about the representation of political and social ideals in public space and the consequences for a city when its monuments no longer reflect a new political reality. Moderated by Vid Ingelevics, photography program director at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

March 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM
Candice Hopkins
Britt Gallpen, moderator

The senior curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art offers a critique of monuments as a colonial enterprise. Moderated by Britt Gallpen, editorial director of Inuit Art Quarterly.

April 10, 2019, at 7:00 PM
Iván Navarro
Tamara Toledo, moderator

The Chilean artist speaks about the relationship between his sculptural installations and his experience of being raised under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Moderated by Tamara Toledo, director and curator of Sur Gallery. Presented in partnership with Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP). Please note that this is a Wednesday-night event.

April 25, 2019, at 7:00 PM
Rosalyn Deutsche
Adrian Blackwell, moderator

The scholar of art, urbanism and feminism speaks about the relationship of art to spatial politics. Moderated by Adrian Blackwell, associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.
Series pass sales
Series passes are available for $45. Special series passes, discounted for students, seniors and Prefix Photo subscribers, are available for $30. Gold series passes, featuring front-of-the-line privileges, guaranteed seating until 6:50 PM, and a charitable receipt for $100 for income-tax purposes, are available for $180. Quantities are limited.

Orders may be placed by phone, e-mail or through Eventbrite; payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard. Please note that tickets to single events are not available for advance purchase and are only sold at the door. Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place on Thursday evenings at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 124, Toronto.

For series-pass purchases and other inquiries, please contact Sebastián Benítez at or T 416-591-0357.

For the presentation of the Urban Field Speakers Series, Prefix ICA acknowledges the support of its staff, volunteers and patrons. Prefix ICA also acknowledges the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.