In conversation with Mark Dion’s exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree', a series of guided walks led by biologists, field naturalists, and arborists will investigate the multifarious lifeforms that are supported by dead trees and their importance to Toronto’s ecosystems.
A biodiversity exploration series, these walks will happen every other Saturday in different park areas across the city of Toronto.Find out more »
Throughout 'The Life of a Dead Tree', insects will be collected as they emerge out of the ash tree on display. This workshop begins with an introduction on what invasive species are, how they enter our ecosystems, and the risks they present. Participants will then have the opportunity to look at insect specimens and identify whether they are invasive or not. Those interested will also have the option to stay and draw an insect or write what about they learned in the workshop.Find out more »
Decomposers, such as molds, fungi and mushrooms, are part of the final stages in the decline of a tree. They break down wood and create opportunities for insect life. Join our in-museum scientist, Alexandra Ntoukas, for a workshop that focuses on the different types of decomposers and their unique characteristics and functions. Using magnifying glasses, participants will learn how to identify molds and the important role decomposers play in our ecosystems.Find out more »
Filled with breathtaking images of plants and animals, The Biggest Little Farm is an inspiring ode to uncompromising idealism and a beautiful homage to the natural world. Visit The Life of a Dead Tree by Mark Dion before the screening who brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree, along with its inhabitants, to MOCA.Find out more »
Join us to celebrate the first exhibition of Akin residency artists at MOCA.
This location at 158 Sterling Road is a site of making: from its beginnings as a historic car parts factory, to an underground venue for raves and artist studios. Throughout the past year, the fourth floor of MOCA has served to extend this legacy by opening space for studios, residencies, as well as programs exploring art’s utilitarian role in contemporary society. In the context of the site’s histories, this exhibition features works by artists who have produced within this space as part of the inaugural Akin Studio Programme. 'An Index' makes visible the labours of artistic creation through an open and honest charting of the processes, challenges, delights, and failures of making art in the city.
This workshop explores different ways to create art using sustainable and natural materials. Artist Maria Queiroga will show participants how to use foods like beet juice and hibiscus tea to create safe and chemical-free inks. You will have a chance to make beautiful, abstract paintings using natural ink on paper.Find out more »
MOCA will be transformed into an interactive art party by a group of Toronto’s talented emerging artists. This building, at 158 Sterling Road, was once the site of legendary illicit dance parties, raves, and punk gigs. Taking inspiration from this past, underground nightlife hub, we will revive its wild legacy for one night only with amazing art and music, lighting MOCA up in the dark. Starting at 9pm, come play with artist-led interactive installations and activities on the ground floor. Dance among art with beats by DJ Lulu Wei on our blacklight dance floor.
This party is presented with the exhibition 'An Index' which features 24 artists from the inaugural Akin Studio Program. An Index makes visible the labours of artistic creation through an open and honest charting of the processes, challenges, delights, and failures of making art in the city. Night Visions credits the importance of social play in creative production. For the first time ever MOCA Goes Dark, and invites you to explore the museum transformed by local artists.Find out more »