Vancouver-based artist Adad Hannah has earned an international reputation for his video-recorded tableaux. His new body of work centres upon a “frozen moment” of personal history, a photograph of his mother painting a portrait at an art club in Kodiak, Alaska in 1953 – 18 years before he was born. Through a variety of means, Hannah breathes new life and meaning into the family snapshot.
Adad Hannah – Three Generations (Kodiak Art Club, 1953) opens with a public reception at the Koffler Gallery, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. Thursday April 24, 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit continues to June 8.
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Film Series on David Lynch: Toronto film critic Adam Nayman presents David Lynch in Nayman’s Terms, an analysis of the film and TV work of filmmaker Lynch from Eraserhead to Twin Peaks, and an assessment of his impact on popular culture. Miles Nadal JCC, Mondays, eight sessions from April 28 to June 23, 7 to 9 p.m. $90 for series, $12 drop-in, students $6. firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-924-6211, ext. 606.
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Names in the News: A host of local cultural organizations including the Miles Nadal JCC, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, Alliance Francaise of Toronto, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Royal Conservatory, Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum, Bata Shoe Museum, Japan Foundation and Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, joined forces earlier this month to proclaim the Bloor Street Culture Corridor into being. The idea is to make residents and visitors more aware of this “mile of cultural treasures in the heart of Toronto,” all squeezed into that thriving stretch of Bloor between Bathurst and Bay.
Arts in Brief
• Beatrice & Virgil is a novel by Life of Pi author Yann Martel about two men, a writer and a taxidermist, and a donkey named Beatrice and a monkey named Virgil. Factory Theatre recently brought Lindsay Cochrane’s adaptation to the stage. The production continues at 125 Bathurst St. thru May 11. $23 and up. 416-504-9971, www.factorytheatre.caw
• Curtain Call Players presents The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, a musical experience based on the movie. Miles Nadal JCC, Al Green Theatre. $26. April 17 to 19, April 23 to 25, 8 p.m.; April 19, 2 p.m. 416-706-6181, www.curtaincallplayers.com
• Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day with a presentation by local survivor George Stern, and receive a free copy of his memoir, Vanished Boyhood. Co-sponsored by the Azrieli Foundation. Miles Nadal JCC, Sunday April 27, 11 a.m. Free admission. 416-924-6211, ext. 154.
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Out of Town: Eddie Carmel supposedly stood more than nine feet tall, weighed over 470 pounds and wore size-36 shoes. He was known as the World’s Tallest Man. The son of immigrants from Tel Aviv, Carmel lived a normal life in New York until the mid-1950s when a rare growth hormone caused his extreme growth. In April 1970 American photographer Diane Arbus visited him at his home in the Bronx and took some photos.
Those photos are the centerpoint of Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant, which opened recently at The Jewish Museum in New York as part of its Masterpieces and Curiosities series. The photos explore the tension between normalcy and aberrance; many other artifacts and memorabilia are included in the show, including items pertaining to the biblical giant Goliath and the Jewish legendary figure of the Golem. On view to August 3, 2014. www.thejewishmuseum.org n