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DMG Open House & Film Screening

The Doris McCarthy Gallery is holding an Open House & Film Screening on Wednesday, October 17 from 11am - 3pm - and you are all invited!

There will be a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "In the Realms of the Unreal" about outsider artist Henry Darger. The film will be shown inside the gallery at 1pm.

While you visit, tour the current exhibition "Ron Giii: Hegel's Salt Man", a selection of drawings, oil-stick paintings and ephemera representing Toronto-based artist Ron Giii's 35 year career. The exhibit finishes October 21, so don't miss out! Gallery staff will be on hand to talk about the show and the gallery in general.

DMG is located on the upper floor of the Academic Resource Centre, directly across from the UofT Scarborough Bookstore. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4pm & Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Admission is always free.

Please see below for more information about the exhibition and film, or visit our website at


Ron Giii: Hegel's Salt Man

September 11 - October 21, 2007

Curated by Rosemary Heather

This long overdue survey exhibition brings together a selection of work by Toronto-based artist Ron Giii that ranges over 35 years. A key figure in the city's vibrant performance scene in the 1970s, Giii has gone on to develop a practice notable for the depth of its engagement with artmaking and its associated philosophical issues. The show will feature some of the artist's early work, performance documentation and other ephemera, a selection from his voluminous writings (free to take away for gallery visitors) and more recent drawings and oil stick paintings.

Accompanied by a 48 page catalogue, with essays by Rosemary Heather and Eli Langer.



An innovative feature length documentary, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jessica Yu and produced by Susan West, explores the parallel lives of legendary outsider artist Henry Darger. Reclusive janitor by day, visionary artist by night, Darger’s 15,000 page novel details the exploits of the Vivian Girls, seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against godless, child-enslaving men. Featuring the voices of Dakota Fanning and Larry Pine, the music of Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal and the work of a team of animators, this wholly original film tells the story of a hidden universe.

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