Toronto-born womenswear designer Tanya Taylor generated a lot of hype after her first presentation in New York last February (she now counts both Rashida Jones and the New York Times as fans). So it was no surprise that her second show, at the Museum of Modern Art, was packed (it was also the first time a fashion show had ever been held at the MoMA—Taylor had to keep calling the museum for months to secure the space). Her new collection draws inspiration from the vacation wear of the 1960s, with reimagined hibiscus prints and flirty bustier crop tops, all styled by fellow Torontonian Natasha Royt.
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The performance artist Marina Abramović comes across as positively otherworldly. She looms on the stage, tall and imposing like a pagan priestess. She moans and writhes, chanting in a sonorous, Slavic-accented alto. She flogs her naked body and carves pentagrams into her abdomen. She stands passively, surrounded by sharp objects and a gun (with one bullet) and challenges her audience to harm her. In her most recent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, she sat for eight hours a day, staring both blankly and piercingly at an endless parade of curious patrons. In all of her pieces, she exhibits supernatural stamina, a wilful disregard for social norms and a chilling solemnity. The new documentary The Artist Is Present, currently playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, dismantles that carefully guarded public persona—in it, Abramović is disarmingly human.
TIFF Bell Lightbox Fan Expo Canada has announced that Torontonians will get the opportunity to preview snippets of Tim Burton’s upcoming feature film, Frankenweenie, in August. The touring exhibit, which was organized by New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, will be in Toronto from August 23 to 25, well before the film opens in October. Guests will be able to see the real sets and puppets used in the film, which of course will include the title character, Frankenweenie.