The Good Host Michael Connor & Heather Keung, Atom Deguire, Janis Demkiw, Corwyn Lund & Duncan MacDonald

April 17 - May 22, 2011

Curated by Su-Ying Lee

Presented by the Blackwood Gallery and the Masters of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

Photos by Toni Hafkenscheid.
Special Events

Opening Reception - Sunday April 17, 12 - 3pm
A FREE Shuttle Bus departs from the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West) at 12noon for Blackwood Gallery (UTM), Metro Hall (Toronto) and returning to MOCCA by 3pm. Artists in attendance.

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday May 22, 12 - 5pm
Tour starts at 12noon at Blackwood's off-site exhibition at the MOCCA (952 Queen Street West) and then departs for the Blackwood Gallery (UTM), Art Gallery of York University, Koffler Gallery off-site exhibition (Sheppard Plaza), Blackwood Gallery off-site exhibition (Metro Hall) and returning to MOCCA for 5pm. To make a reservation, contact the AGYU at or call 416.736.2100 ext 44021 by Friday May 20.

Exhibition Statement

An exhibition taking place in four locations, The Good Host can be experienced as one, or a series of encounters that provoke deliberation. The aim is to unfix the viewer’s perception of prescribed uses for urban space and reconsider their own agency within it.

As a proposition on spatial problems in the urban environment, The Good Host draws attention to access to and denial of space, the prescriptive assignment of spaces and the manner in which these conventions shape our consciousness. Project locations and artists: The Middle Zone, Michael Connor & Heather Keung, courtyard of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West; Everything I’m Not Makes Me Everything I Am, Atom Deguire, Blackwood Gallery (Kaneff Centre) with a corresponding vinyl and poster intervention on Queen Street West between Dufferin and Shaw Streets; MusicBox RevolvingDoor, Janis Demkiw, Corwyn Lund & Duncan MacDonald, King Street revolving door (north entrance) to Metro Hall (55 John Street).

- Su-Ying Lee

Click here for the exhibition brochure.



Atom Deguire
Everything I’m Not Makes Me Everything I Am
Daily at the Blackwood Gallery from 12 to 3pm (closed civic holidays)
and on Queen Street West between Dufferin and Shaw Streets 24 hours a day

Michael Connor & Heather Keung
The Middle Zone
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art courtyard, 952 Queen Street West

Janis Demkiw, Corwyn Lund, and Duncan MacDonald
MusicBox RevolvingDoor
Metro Hall North Entrance, King Street revolving door entrance to Metro Hall (building address 55 John Street)

Installation Views

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Opening Reception

Additional support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the City of Toronto in conjunction with Celebrate 27 Arts Fest.


This exhibition was produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto.

MVS Curatorial Studies Advisory Panel: Emelie Chhangur, An Te Liu and Christof Migone
Faculty Supervisors: Barbara Fischer and Lisa Steele Department of Art: