Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



Creative Conversations: Impostor Cities with David Theodore, Cameron Cummings and Rui Mateus Amaral

Saturday, May 7, 2022
 | 12:00 pm
 – 1:00 pm 
 | Adult: $10; Senior/Student: $5; Member: Free

Join MOCA and Rui Mateus Amaral, curator of Felix Gonzalez Torres: Summer, for a panel discussion with Impostor Cities curator David Theordore and team member Cameron Cummings, whose project represented Canada at the 17th Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The three will discuss the thematic ties between Impostor Cities and Gonzalez-Torres’s exhibition, Summer, looking at Toronto as a city that poses as other cities in the history of cinema, shaping its identity in unique and unexpected ways. This conversation also builds on research conducted in the process of curating Greater Toronto Art 2021, a museum-wide survey exhibition of local artistic practices.

Please note that this programme will be taking place on MOCA’s Third Floor and registration is required. Tickets to this event are available for the same rate as general admission and grant you access to the Museum’s second and third floors, as well as guarantee your seat for the duration of the event.


Impostor Cities is an exhibition that exists online at and previously on site at the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial of Architecture from May–November 2021.

The exhibition is about architectural identity and faking it. It explores the ways Canada’s buildings and cities double as other places in film and television. From our streets to your screens, Canada provides the architecture for the fictional worlds we all love. A playful critique of cultural self-expression, Impostor Cities examines movies as powerful sites of architectural experience, expression, and authenticity.

David Theodore is Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Health, and Computation at the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University. He published regularly in the architecture column for the Montreal Gazette, and has contributed to design journals in North America, Europe, and Australia, including the RIBA Journal, Architecture, e-flux, Frame, Azure, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, and Canadian Architect, where he is also regional correspondent. He has participated in curating and designing exhibitions at McGill University, the Toronto Design Exchange, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Along with T B A, he presented the exhibition Impostor Cities as the official Canadian entry for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Cameron Cummings is a designer based in Montreal and Toronto. Trained in architecture and working between art, publishing and design, his practice employs various media for architectural consideration. Previous work includes the exhibition Impostor Cities (2021), the official Canadian entry for the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by David Theodore. Since 2020, he has taught at McGill University School of Architecture in Montreal.

Rui Mateus Amaral is adjunct curator at MOCA Toronto.

Image Credit: Courtesy of MR. X

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7

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