Revealed: Jun Kaneko @ the Gardiner Museum

Revealed: Jun Kaneko
What’s inside the box?


On Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m.,
artist Jun Kaneko will unveil his monumental art on the steps of the
Gardiner Museum. Afterward, there will be a reception toasting the
artist and the many generous donors and Museum members who helped make
this exciting piece of public art installation happen. The reception
will be followed by a lecture in the Terrace Room where Jun Kaneko will
speak about his work.

“We are extremely excited to present Jun
Kaneko’s art to the City of Toronto, as it is his first major
installation here. The sculpture will become the new face of the
Gardiner Museum and comes at a very proud time for us – celebrating our
30th anniversary later this year,” says Rachel Gotlieb, Interim
Executive Director & Chief Curator.

     What:        Revealed: Jun Kaneko – The New Face of the Gardiner 

     Where:     Gardiner Museum front steps – 111 Queen’s Park

     When:       Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 5:30 p.m.; Lecture at 6:30 p.m.

     Follow:     @gardinermuseum   #OutOfClay

     Cost:        Public Art Reveal: Free

                Lecture: $15 general admission / $10 for members

No stranger to the Gardiner, making his final and only Canadian stop of his Travelling Exhibition
at Toronto’s Gardiner Museum back in 2011. The exhibit featured
larger-than-life ceramic sculptures, some of which were over seven feet

About Jun Kaneko

Kaneko (American, born Japan 1942) studied painting in his native Japan
as a young man. In 1963, he moved to the United States where he studied
ceramics with a number of influential artists from the California
School, including Peter Voulkos and Paul Soldner. Although Kaneko is
best known for creating large-scale ceramic sculptures and
installations, painting has remained an important part of his artistic
practice throughout his career. In recent years Kaneko has also branched
out to design opera sets and costumes for several productions in Omaha,
Atlanta, Philadelphia and Vancouver.

About the Gardiner Museum

Gardiner Museum connects people, art and ideas by offering an intimate
look at one of the world’s oldest and most universal art forms –
ceramics. The Museum’s collections span continents and time, giving a
glimpse into the development of ceramic processes, decoration and form.
Year-round, the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and
clay classes to complement its permanent collection. The Museum also
features the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist-designed,
artist-made merchandise. More information about the Museum and its
exhibitions can be found online at Members of the media can register to access the Gardiner Museum’s online media room ( where they may download images and additional media materials.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Raffaele
PUNCH Canada          
o. 416.360.6522 x239  
c. 647.896.0743

Rory MacDonald: Public Craft

Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:30 – 8 pm
Rory MacDonald discusses the importance of ceramics within the realm of public activism. Examples of Rory’s public interventions are his street tags of traditional blue and white Willow pattern made during his residency at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alta. In another project called Curb Work, he drew attention to the deterioration of curbsides and sidewalks in downtown Regina. Repairing the fissures with exquisitely decorated ceramic patches, his strategic activism highlighted the deterioration but improved the urban streetscape. His discussion on Public Craft will look at these projects as well his most recent works. Ceramicist Rory MacDonald is currently Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the 2007 winner of the Winifred Shantz Award for emerging ceramics in Canada. Central to his current research is the exploration of the concept of public craft. His lecture will give an overview of both old and new works.

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Toronto, Ontario
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