Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



Pint-Sized Conversations: Body of Work with Clare Butcher

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
 | 7:00 pm
 – 9:00 pm 
 | $5

Pint-Sized Conversations with MOCA is a monthly night brought to you by Henderson Brewing Co. MOCA will present Body of Work every second Wednesday of the month.

Body of Work talks invite artists and those who have worked across the floors of MOCA Toronto—members of Akin’s Studio Program, Art Metropole, the Ontario Science Centre’s studio residency and the Toronto Biennial—to discuss their individual practices. ‘Body’ is a term used to describe the texture and weight of beer, and the word body in artistic practice often refers to a particular arrangement of artworks. The speakers in this series have been invited to respond to this duality.



Clare Butcher is the Curator of Public Programming and Learning at the Toronto Biennial of Art, an international contemporary visual arts event presented in the GTA every two years. In this talk, Clare will discuss some of the conversations and questions generated following the Biennial’s first iteration in 2019. How might we consider not only the body of work involved in thinking and making together, but also the body at work within art’s organizational logics and support structures? Reflecting on this question, Clare invites us to consider some of the ways we learn and unlearn with our bodies through arts programming and education.

Clare Butcher is a curator and educator from Zimbabwe who cooks and collaborates as part of her practice. She is Curator of Public Programming and Learning for the Toronto Biennial of Art, before which she coordinated programs such as unsettling Rietveld Sandberg in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and aneducation for documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany. Clare has worked with museums, academies, and communities in Europe and Southern Africa, and holds an MFA from the School of Missing Studies, an MA in Curating the Archive from the University of Cape Town, and has participated in the De Appel Curatorial Program. Some collective and individual endeavors include Men Are Easier to Manage Than Rivers (2015); The Principles of Packing… on two travelling exhibitions (2012); and If A Tree… on the Second Johannesburg Biennale (2012).

This event is free and all are welcome. If you’d like to reserve a spot, you can buy a ticket for $5 and enjoy a free pint when you arrive.

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Excavating the Garrison Creek with colleagues in TBA Public Programming and Learning’s collaboration with Maria Thereza Alves and her Garrison Creek project, 2019.