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June 2019

Toronto Overgrown by Nature | Lisa Jackson in Conversation with Mathew Borrett

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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$5
Mathew Borrett

For 'Biidaaban: First Light', Lisa Jackson joined forces with 3D artist Mathew Borrett to create an interactive virtual reality experience that pictures a future Toronto overgrown by nature. Intertwining scenes of the city’s downtown core overtaken by plant life with spoken and written text of the Wendat, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway), 'Biidaaban: First Light' is a work of Indigenous futurism that creates a world where languages and vegetation thrive. Join Jackson and Borrett for a conversation that delves into the process of making this extraordinary work.

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Invasive Species with Dr. Sandy Smith | ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

June 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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$5
Mark Dion Talks

Dr. Sandy Smith is a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. She specializes in forest health, urban forestry, and is a leading expert in the ecology and biological management of invasive forest species. Taking the ash tree on display in Mark Dion’s exhibition as her starting point, Smith discusses her research investigating the effects that invasive insects and dying trees have on forests.

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Decomposers: Molds, Fungi, Mushrooms, Yeast | With in-museum scientist Alexandra Ntoukas

June 2 @ 2:00 pm - July 28 @ 3:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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Free
Decomposers Ntoukas

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. 

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Invasive or not? | With in-museum scientist Alexandra Ntoukas

June 1 @ 11:00 am - July 27 @ 12:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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Free
Invasive or Not? Ntoukas

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.

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May 2019

Nature in the City with Melanie Sifton Talk | ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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$5
Mark Dion Talks

Horticulturalist Melanie Sifton presents a talk on urban ecosystem management and nature in the city. Intersecting with Mark Dion's exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree', Sifton discusses her in-depth experience in building and supporting urban oases and natural areas in cities. Soil ecology and restoration—often overlooked factors in urban design and construction practices—will also be discussed.

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Nature Drawing and Journaling | ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - June 15 @ 4:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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$35 – $45
Nature Drawings MOCA Toronto

Join botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter for a workshop that explores the world of nature drawing and journaling. In this workshop, participants will learn about different journaling styles and will be guided on how to render natural objects and begin their own nature drawing and journaling practices. This workshop takes place in the gallery on Floor 3 alongside Mark Dion’s exhibition 'The Life of a Dead Tree'. Participants will have the opportunity to draw directly from the tree on display and study some of the myriad life forms it supports.

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Sterling Weekend

May 25 @ 10:00 am - May 26 @ 5:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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Free
Sterling Weekend

Coinciding with Doors Open, MOCA’s Sterling Weekend activities take inspiration from Mark Dion’s exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree' and the 100th anniversary of the Tower Automotive Building. Reflecting on the life that has returned to the Tower Automotive Building, artist Mark Dion’s exhibition brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree into the gallery along with its inhabitants, to create a sensory experience and exploration of the natural cycle of life and death.

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Dead Tree Walks | ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

May 25 @ 10:00 am - July 27 @ 12:00 pm
$8 – $10
Dead Tree Walks

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.

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Mark Dion in conversation with Marc Mayer | ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

May 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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$10 – $15
Mark Dion Image

Mark Dion is an artist whose work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. In Dion’s practice, the lines between art and science are often blurred. On the opening of his exhibition, 'The Life of a Dead Tree', the artist is joined by Marc Mayer for a lively discussion that focuses on the intersections between art and science in relation to nature and how these considerations manifest in his exhibition at MOCA.

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Members’ Preview: Spring 2019, Mark Dion: ‘The Life of a Dead Tree’

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
MOCA Toronto, 158 Sterling Rd.
Toronto, Canada
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Be part of a “live” and sensory experience. Artist Mark Dion brings a massive, fully grown, deceased tree, along with its inhabitants, to MOCA for the museum’s first summer exhibition in the Tower Automotive Building.

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