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"Reincarnation" Exhibition at the Doris McCarthy Gallery


The Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough,

is pleased to present

(in conjunction with the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Conference)

an art exhibition titled "Reincarnation",

curated by renowned specialist of contemporary Chinese Art Zheng Shengtian.

Free and Open to the Public.

Opening November 2, 2007

Visit for more exhibition information for special events information associated with the conference.

The Doris McCarthy Gallery has a new exhibition opening this week, running to December 16. Reincarnation investigates how Buddhist imagery has been adopted in contemporary art practice and how close it is to our daily life in the context of globalization. The exhibition features work in a variety of media - painting, sculpture, video installation and photography - by artists from China, Tibet, Korea and the United States.

There are several events taking place this weekend to accompany the exhibition - all are listed below. Hope you're able to join us for one or more!

Reincarnation is co-presented with the Department of Humanities, U of T Scarborough, in conjunction with the TLKY conference Visualizing and Performing Buddhist Worlds. For more on the exhibition please visit DMG's website at


Opening Reception

Friday, November 2, 4 - 8 pm

Curator's Talk at 7 pm

Zheng Shengtian is the Managing Editor of the contemporary Chinese art journal Yishu and Board Member of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. He was the Curator of the 2004 Shanghai Biennale. Born is China, he is now based in Vancouver.


Artist's Talk by Michael Zheng

Sunday, November 4, 12:45 pm

Michael Zheng is a San Francisco based artist. Born and raised in China, he studied Computer Science in both China and U.S. He later attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Paul Kos, Tony Labat and John Roloff. Zheng's artistic and philosophical concern is rooted in his Taoist and Buddhist heritage. His work is conceptually based and often takes the form of site-specific installation, sculpture or performance. His interest focuses on bringing awareness to how our perception of reality is influenced by the phenomenological, cultural and political conditioning.

Zheng has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including an intervention project “Art For Sale!” with the 9th Baltic Triennial of International Art at the ICA in London; “Portland Museum of Art Biennial” in Maine; and the ERNST Museum in Budapest, Hungary, all 2005. He has just participated in the VierWände Kunst (Four Walls Art Festival) in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2007.

Michael Zheng's sculptural installation, Enlightenment Guaranteed (2003-2007), will be exhibited in Reincarnation.


Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Sunday, November 4

Get on the bus to see five contemporary art exhibitions across the GTA, all with guided tours. Everyone is welcome! And it's free!

11:30 am – The day begins at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue) with an exhibition tour of The Blues

12:00 noon – Bus departs from the front entrance of the TMC

12:45 pm – Tour of Reincarnation at Doris McCarthy Gallery, U of T Scarborough

1:45 pm – Tour of BGL: La senteur de mes mains / The Marks of My Hands at The Koffler Gallery

2:45 pm – Tour of FASTWÜRMS: DONKY@NINJA@WITCH at Art Gallery of York University

4:15 pm – Tour of Thierry Geoffroy: Awareness Muscle at Blackwood Gallery, U of T Mississauga

5:30 pm – Bus returns to the TMC

Seats are limited. To reserve, please call Mona Filip at The Koffler Gallery at 416.636.1880 x 270 by November 2.

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