• Artist: Alvin Luong
  • Medium: Film Installation
  • Project Type: Shoaling
  • Curator: Lillian O’Brien Davis
  • Neighbourhood: Etobicoke

Assembly Hall Gallery Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Alvin Luong uncovers the whereabouts of a missing canvas belonging to the largest painting ever made by Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven.

Location

Assembly Hall - Theatre

  • Address: 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

In 1925, Humberside Collegiate Institute, one of the oldest high schools in Toronto, commissioned Arthur Lismer of the Group of Seven to produce the largest painting of his career. The painting, simply known as “The Humberside Mural,” depicts the process of European colonization of the Indigenous land that Canada is situated upon. When observed from left to right, the mural depicts the arrival of Europeans to North America, the instalment of European ideals, the construction of a young white modern Canada. The painting has been the object of speculation for generations of students from Humberside Collegiate Institute due to its large missing portion. This missing piece disrupts Lismer’s depiction of the modern white Canada. In “The Mystery of the Twisted Fantasy,” artist Alvin Luong visits “The Humberside Mural” to imagine what the missing piece of the painting could be.

The Artist

Alvin Luong works with stories of human migration, land, and dialogues from diasporic working-class communities to create artworks that reflect upon historical development and its intimate effects on the lives of people. His focus is expressed through videos, photographs, and sculptures.

Acknowledgements

  • Exhibition Sponsor

Ahmed K., Humberside Collegiate Institute, Lillian O'Brien Davis, The Art Gallery of Ontario.