History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Felicity Tayler

Email: felicity.tayler@utoronto.ca | Website: http://www.atthetime.ca/

My postdoctoral research project, Geographies of Eros, will address concerns articulated through Toronto’s artists and art institutions, as a contribution to an emerging field of study: urban art histories. This approach recognizes the symbolic value of visual art, exhibition practices, art writing, and publishing as they intersect with civic participation in the democratic public sphere. Recent conferences such as This is Paradise (UofT Art Centre, 2015), and exhibitions such as Is Toronto Burning? 1977/1978/1979 (AGYU, 2014), Form Follows Fiction (U of T Art Museum, 2016), and Tributes + Tributaries (AGO, 2016), generated active debates and raised questions about the centrality of urban sites within the geographies of post-national global art worlds; the dichotomies of rural versus periphery; and of settler cartographies versus Indigenous world-views. These exhibitions, their catalogues, and the media/critical responses, addressed diverse audiences, fostering shared social imaginaries that have implications for national and transnational publics as well as for the local and urban. I would like to explore how these social imaginaries simultaneously conflict and overlap through the effects that Sarah Ahmed has ascribed to the “cultural politics of emotion,” in which affective states determine which bodies are drawn into or excluded from community formations – whether these are officially designated or self-organized from the ground up. The theoretical foundation of this project draws on recent scholarship, in which psychoanalysis and public sphere theory is applied to art historical studies of the 20th century avant-garde and neo-avant-garde, and 21st century digital culture. I will also engage with the work of curators, critics and scholars who have previously addressed aspects of artistic community, media transmission, sociality, and sexuality in this city. My project grows out of curatorial and artistic practice as well as PhD research into Utopian geographies of artistic and poetic community, and related counter-national narratives proposed in conceptual bookworks and artists’ magazines of the early 1970s.

  • PhD, Interdisciplinary Humanities Concordia University
  • MLIS McGill University
  • BFA Concordia University
Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming 2017

    “Linguistic Therapy c. 1973: Archival Traces from Véhicule’s Press” in Un-Archiving the Literary Event: CanLit Across Media. Eds. Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod. McGill-Queen’s University Press.  Peer reviewed.

  • Forthcoming 2017

    Grey Guide: Publishing from Artist-Run Culture. ARCA (Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés). Serial e-newsletter and print publication.

  • 2016

    “Serial Positionings: Roy K. Kiyooka’s ‘Conceptual Art Trips” Journal of Canadian Art History / Annales d’histoire de l’art canadien, 36.1 (2016), 128-153. Peer reviewed.

  • 2014

    “Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography” Book review. Montreal Review of Books, (spring 2014).

  • 2013

    “West of Center : Art and the Countercultural Experiment in America, 1965-1977” Book review.
    C Magazine 118 (2013).

  • 2013

    “Light Years : Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964-1977” Book review. Ciel Variable, 94 (2013).

  • 2012

    “Information from the Quebec Underground” in Des actions parlantes / Actions that Speak. Ed. Michèle Thériault. Montréal : Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 2012.

  • 2012

    “Artexte metadata conversion to EPrints: adaptation of digital repository software to visual and media arts documentation.” Tomasz Neugebauer, Corina MacDonald, Felicity Tayler. International Journal on Digital Libraries, 6.2 (2012): 1-15. (DOI) 10.1007/s00799-011-0077-5. Peer reviewed.

  • 2009

    “Publishing as Alternative Space” in Documentary Protocols (1967-1975). Ed. Vincent Bonin. Montreal : Leonard and Ellen Bina Art Gallery, Concordia University, 2009.


  • Selected Lectures:

    Mainmise: Countercultural Geographies in Reproduction” SHARP 2017: Technologies of the Book,
    University of Victoria, BC. June 2017. Panel organizer: Libidinal Economies: Networks of Activist and Countercultural Print Cultures in the Early 1970s.
    “The Spirit of Those Spaces Where Networks Overlap” Underground in the Aether Conference, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC. 8 April 2017.
    “Conceptualizing ‘Our City” 30th Annual 2 Days of Canada Conference: The Concept of Vancouver. Brock University, Saint-Catharines, ON. 14 October 2016.
    “Imagining the Book as Counter-Environment: Roy K. Kiyooka’s Transcanada Letters” SHARP 2015:
    The Generation and Regeneration of Books,
    Université de Sherbrooke, Longueuil, QC. 9 July 2015.
    “Sound as Visual – Visual as Sound: Documentary Traces of Literary Events at Véhicule Art in the early 1970s” Can Lit Across Media: Un-Archiving the Temporal Event, Concordia University, Montréal, QC. 6 June 2015.
    “Toronto via Vancouver: Image Banks and Filing Systems for Networked Bodies” This is Paradise Art and Artists in Toronto, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery & University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto, ON. 29 May 2015.
    “Metadata as a Complex Network: A Case Study of Data Visualization for Art Historical Research” co-presented with Tomasz Neugebauer and Corina MacDonald. Constellations, Clusters, Networks, AHGSA Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montréal, QC. 7 March, 2015.
    “Constellation and Correspondences : Networking Between Artists, 1970-1980” Traffic: Conceptualism in Canada, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. 26 November, 2010.
Recent Awards
  • 2018-2019 FAS Postdoctoral Fellow, History of Art, University of Toronto
  • 2017-2019 FRQSC Bourse de recherche postdoctoral, Histoire des arts
  • 2014 Nomination for “Meilleur commissariat – Commisaire emergent(e) de l’année” Gala des Arts Visuels, Association des galleries d’art contemporain (AGAC)
  • 2013-2014 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec (CALQ), Programme de soutien aux projets pour les organismes et les commissares indépendants en cinema et video, circulation des oeuvres.
  • 2011-2014 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2010-2013 Faculty of Fine Arts Graduate Fellowship, Concordia University
  • 2011 Brenda and Jamie Mackie Fellowship, The Banff Centre
  • 2010 Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant to Professional Artists
  • 2009 Canada Council for the Arts, Curators and Critics Travel Grant
  • 2007 Canada Council for the Arts, Inter-Arts Creation/Production Grant
  • 2004 National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives TD Bank Financial Group Internship

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