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Celebrate Black History Month at OCAD U, 2017

Black History Month 2017

February is Black History Month and in recognition, OCAD U Library and Library Services: The Learning Zone have installed Black History Month books and zines displays in honour of this month—books reflecting A Canadian Perspective as well as diverse collection of zines from a global perspective.

Black History Month Zine Display 2017

This year OCAD Zine Library Black History Month display features zines that take on issues of identity, activism, race, racism, queers, feminism, black punks and systemic injustice told through personal story telling, poetry and more. The creators of these zines share their cultural history from Caribbean, African and American perspectives.

Do you have a zine that you would like to submit to the OCAD Zine Library? Visit us here to learn how.

Black History Month: From A Canadian Perspective

OCAD U’s Library’s book display, Black History Month: A Canadian Perspective features a collection of books that explore history, identity and art and literature of black Canadians—discovering perspectives from the many diverse voices of Black Canadians. Visit http://ocad.libguides.com/blackhistory to see all of the titles available at OCAD U’s Library.

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OCAD University will be hosting Black Creators’ Month from January 30th to March 1st. A month of exhibition and programming that explores the multifarious ways of being Black in Canada in 2017.

The exhibition features 28 artists who explore the meaning of Blackness in Canada in the year 2017 through visual culture. Members of OCADU BLXCK ASSOCIATION, Khadijah Morley and Maisha Marshall-Ende curated this exhibition which is being held in multiple locations on campus, including the Main Lobby and Ada Slaight Gallery, 2nd level of 100 McCaul St. and the Open Gallery at 49 McCaul Street. http://bit.ly/2jWMn3m

 

 

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02 2017

Summer in the Learning Zone = zines, books & fun

OCAD Zine Library

Summer in the city of Toronto can warm up very nicely with a host of cultural and diverse events and festivals. It’s also a great time for students to catch a breeze, relax and read. Which inspired me to ask the Learning Zone team a few summery questions.

Dylan North, Faculty of Design: Illustration.

Dylan North. Breeze, 2016

In recognition of International Zine month, what’s your favourite zine from the OCAD Zine Library?

I’ve read many of the zines in the collection…so I’ll just choose a personal classic; College Type Funnies by Chris Kuzma and Patrick Kyle.

What else has been on your summer reading list?

I haven’t been reading any books recently but I always love to kick back with a design annual from the 80s or 90s; Society of Illustrators, Graphis Poster, Graphic Design in Japan, JCA Annual and American Illustration to name a few.

Where’s your favourite place to cool down around or near campus?

The ROM on Tuesdays but the Learning Zone always has the air conditioner on blast.

Khadija Aziz, Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies.

Khadija Aziz. Untitled, 2016.In recognition of International Zine Month, what’s your favourite zine from the OCAD Zine Library?

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade.

I like this zine because Adam Gnade gives his readers a pep talk to overcome feelings of sadness and anxiety. He uses light, humourous, and real-talk language to address issues like how to deal with critics and haters in person or online, self-doubt, and positive and toxic friendships, to name a few—all of which students especially art students are very vulnerable too.

What else has been on your summer reading list?

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor.

Achor emphasizes the importance of focusing and acknowledging positive psychology, which means to invest our time and resources in understanding what makes humans happy, and then asking ourselves how we can make ourselves happier.

One exercise Achor mentions is to note three good things of each day at the end of that day. Write them in a notebook, your phone, or best yet—do this with a friend to hold each other accountable for being happier. This keeps us constantly and consciously looking out for the positive parts of our days. We become actively engaged with our positive energy and wake up wondering what will be on our list tonight.

Where’s your favourite place to cool down around or near campus?

My absolute favourite place to cool down near campus, even in the winter, is by the lake near Harbourfront, and my favourite way to get there is through Simcoe St.

Tetyana Herch, Cross-Displinary Art: Publications and 2016 Publications Medal recipient.

Tetyana Herych. Collage, 2016

In recognition of International Zine Month, what’s your favourite zine from the OCAD Zine Library?

My favourite zine from the zine library right now is 3 Minute Girlfriend by Zeesy Powers, made in 2007. She put out a Craigslist ad, advertising that she will be your girlfriend for three minutes at xpace, on a specific date, between 1 to 6pm. The rest of the zine is various responses that she has received from users. It’s kind of really entertaining to read the amount of responses she generated just by including a cute picture of herself.

What else has been on your summer reading list?

I keep on bouncing from book to book but right now I’m enjoying The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick. It’s a lot better than The Book on Information by James Maiangowi.

Where’s your favourite place to cool down around or near campus?

My favourite place to cool down around campus is the library!

Tom Colleran, Faculty of Art: Drawing and Painting.

Tom Colleran, Self-Portrait, 2016In recognition of International Zine Month, what’s your favourite zine from the OCAD Zine Library?

I like the zine Feels Like Lavender by Madison van Riijn. Madison was part of my social group when I lived in Guelph. I enjoy reading stories written by people that I know and to see what kind of work they do. I like her style of linework used in this zine.

What else has been on your summer reading list?

I’m in between books right now. I’ve finished two Tom Robbins books, Half-A-Sleep in Frog Pyjamas and Skinny Legs and All. He has a good ability to mix his crazy theories into story lines a nice mixture of comedy and thought provoking ideas. I also enjoy looking through the American Illustrators and American Photography design annuals.

Where’s your favourite place to cool down around or near campus?

The Learning Zone, it’s pretty cool but I also enjoy just sitting on my front porch.

OCAD U Library Services: Learning Zone

Looking for a cool space to escape from the heat? Our summer hours are Monday to Fridays, 10 am to 6 pm until August 17th. The OCAD Zine Library is open to the public during these hours so, drop by and discover your favourite zine.

 

 

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07 2016

It’s time to get growing!

Finally, it’s growing season and the threat of frost is finally behind us. It’s time to bring out your gardening books, sharpen your tools, ideas and gather seeds, if you have not already.

Gardens, Plants, and Landscape Design Display; OCAD U's Library

Visit OCAD University’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library this month and check out the Gardens, Plants and Landscape Design display featuring a selection of books from the library’s collection from Monet’s garden design and Vita Sackville-West essays to Guerrilla gardening including Middle East Garden traditions. To see more: OCAD U Library LibGuides

OCAD Seed Library

Then drop by Library Services Learning Zone and visit the OCAD Seed Library. The OCAD Seed Library collection has a selection of seeds for you to grow your own culinary garden—it’s not too late! The OCAD Seed Library is partnered with the Toronto Seed Library bringing seeds and seed saving practices to the OCAD U community.

OCAD Zine Library

OCAD Zine Library

Looking for a space to start your garden? You can join Toronto Community Garden Network, do container gardening on your balcony or rooftop or build your own hydroponic window farm.

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06 2015

Visionaire Periodical Collection & Design Annuals in the Learning Zone

Visionaire: 46 Uncensored, Mario Testino

The Learning Zone Visionaire periodical collection keeps on expanding with two new additions, Issue No. 46: Uncensored by Mario Testino and Issue No. 51: Harmony Black.

Issue No. 46: Uncensored curated by photographer Mario Testino, features many contemporary artists including photographs by Testino himself. Uncensored is a provoking magazine about sex in the contemporary world.

Issue No. 51: Harmony Black is an interactive publication featuring six 25-piece puzzles from leading artists—Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Wilson, Yayoi Kusama, Vik Muniz, Massiom Vitali and Richard Misrach. Stretch your imagination with each puzzle by combining the pieces to create other unique images – on your own or collaboratively.

Visionaire: 51 Harmony

Visionaire is not a traditional art magazine but a contemporary art and fashion publication. Showcasing art, fashion and design using guest curators including prominent artists, designers and photographers. Each issue is unique in format, themes and experience.

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Learning Zone is also host to many Design Annuals including American Illustration, Art Directors Annual, Europe’s Best Advertising, and Art Basel.

Design Annuals

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04 2015

Indigenous Poetics in Canada – Book Launch! Tuesday November 11th, 5-7 pm

Indigenous Poetics in Canada Book Launch; November 11th, 5-7pm; The Learning ZoneJoin us at the Learning Zone Tuesday November 11th, 5 – 7 pm, for the book launch of Indigenous Poetics in Canada presented by The Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD U. With special guests editor Neal McLeod, authors Lillian Allen and Lee Maracle, with introductions by Mark Dickinson.

Neal McLeod, Associate Professor in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University was raised Cree on the James Smith Reserve in Saskatchewan. McLeod is also a National Aboriginal Poetry Award recipient for his first book of poetry, Songs to Kill a Wihtikow.

Authors Lillian Allen, Canadian “dub poet” and prolific First Nation writer Lee Maracle are among the twenty-eight contributors to Indigenous Poetics in Canada.

Indigenous Poetics in Canada

Featuring work by academics and poets, the book examines four elements of Indigenous Poetics. First, it explores the poetics of memory: collective memory, the persistence of Indigenous poetic consciousness, and the relationships that enable the Indigenous storytelling process. The book then explores the poetics of performance: Indigenous poetics exist both in written form and in relation to an audience. Third, in an examination of the poetics of place and space, the book considers contemporary Indigenous poetry and classical Indigenous narratives. Finally, in a section on the poetics of medicine, contributors articulate the healing and restorative power of Indigenous poetry and narratives.

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11 2014


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