Don Dialogue: Virginia Overton in conversation with Tom McDonough

A structure from Virginia Overton's installation along the Lower Don Trail.

July 29, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30pm, doors open at 6:30 in the BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works.

The Don River Valley Park Art Program is pleased to host acclaimed New York-based artist Virginia Overton at Evergreen Brick Works on July 29, in conversation with writer and critic Tom McDonough. Overton and McDonough will discuss Overton’s artistic practice, with a focus on her current public installation, Built, on view along the Lower Don Trail until November 2019.
Built, presented in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park in New York, is an outdoor exhibition by artist Virginia Overton, featuring five sculptures installed in the Lower Don Valley and at Evergreen Brick Works. In her work, Overton looks closely at the industrial and natural materials used in infrastructure across North America. She re-purposes familiar objects found in cities, rural environments and in the places she works: the steel I-beams, logs, wooden joists, salvaged pipes, gantries and motors that shape the built environment. In Built — originally commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park and adapted for the Don River Valley Park — Overton brings these materials together in unexpected new sculptural forms that explore issues of circulation, adaptation and reuse, and reflect our surroundings in cities like Toronto and New York. Built ultimately speaks to the material language of Toronto’s urban environment and the ways in which urban and rural, industrial and post-industrial, converge in places like the Don Valley.
The centerpiece of the Toronto iteration of Built is a sixteen-foot salvaged pine beam suspended from a found steel gantry, which Overton has transformed into a massive communal swing. In Toronto, Overton has also created a new sculpture from scrap materials found in the city; this new work will be installed at Evergreen Brick Works in summer 2019, for the final stage of Overton’s exhibition. 

About the speakers: 

Virginia Overton was born in Tennessee and currently lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions have been presented at Socrates Sculpture Park (Long Island City), The Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Memphis, Museum Of Contemporary Art Tucson, The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield), White Cube (London), All Rise (Seattle), Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Storm King Art Center (Mountainville), Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster), Kunsthalle Bern, The Kitchen (New York), and The Power Station (Dallas). Recent group exhibitions and projects include Frieze Sculpture (London), FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Office Baroque (Brussels), MAY68 (New York), Maisterravalbuena (Lisbon), Lever House (New York), The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street (San Francisco), Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Parcours (Art Basel), Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis), High Line Art (New York), MoMA PS1 (New York), and SculptureCenter (New York).  Her work is collected by The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Kunstmuseum Bern, and Kunsthaus Zürich. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Francesca Pia Gallery (Zürich) and Bortolami Gallery (New York), and a record release with Future Audio Graphics in New York. 

Tom McDonough is a writer and critic based in upstate New York and Toronto. He writes extensively on contemporary art, including recent essays on Leonor Antunes, Theaster Gates, Mario García Torres, Amie Siegel, Christopher Williams, and Haegue Yang. His articles have appeared in journals such as BOMB, Canadian Art, Parkett, Texte zur Kunst and OSMOS, where he is a contributing editor. Boredom, his anthology in the “Documents in Contemporary Art” series from the Whitechapel, appeared in 2017. He has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Harvard, and currently is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

About the Don River Valley Park Project:

Co-presented by Evergreen with the City of Toronto and TRCA, the Don River Valley Park Art Program is a series of temporary, site-specific public art projects sited along the Lower Don River, curated by Kari Cwynar. Since 1991, Evergreen, a not-for-profit, has provoked bold action in transforming public landscapes into thriving community spaces. We believe that connecting people, natural and built worlds create flourishing cities for the future.

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Dates & Times

Date: July 29, 2019 | 7:00pm–8:30pm

Prices & Fees

Free but registration is required



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BMO Atrium at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

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