Tom Sachs - 2018 | College of Arts

Tom Sachs - 2018

University of Guelph,College of Arts
and the School of Fine Art and Music present the

12th annual Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art

Bricolage and Ritual In The Sculpture

Tom Sachs

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:00pm

War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario

Admission Free - Everyone Welcome!  
Free parking in P23/24 and P19 after 5:00 pm


TOM SACHS (b. 1966, New York) is a New York-based sculptor known for work inspired by icons of modernism and design. Using modest studio materials, he creates parallel universes incorporating semi-functional sculpture, sometimes deployed by the artist and his studio assistants for interactive projects, as in Nutsy’s (2001-3) and Space Program (2007, 2012, 2016-17).  Sachs has been described as “the Lenny Bruce of contemporary American art: uncompromisingly, wickedly funny, and whiplash smart”. His wit runneth over in all directions and in all mediums.

His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, all in New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; and the Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo among others. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2017-18), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2016-17), Noguchi Museum, New York (2016), the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016), and the Contemporary Austin, Texas (2015). His film, A Space Program, released by Zeitgeist in 2016, offers viewers a glimpse into the artist’s studio practice, philosophy, and the narrative surrounding his 2012 project with Creative Time at the Park Avenue Armory.

Please also plan to join us for the MFA Open Studios before and after the lecture:

2:00-5:30 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Blackwood Hall, Firehall, Alexander Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario

The MFA students in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph are pleased to welcome the public to their annual Open Studios, offering a rare inside look at the development of new work within the environment of an art program and a chance to chat with artists about their work in progress.

Open Studios 2018 features work by graduate candidates: Andrew Buszchak, Aidan Cowling, Sarah Davidson, Cassandra Ferguson, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Jessica Jang, Brennan Kelly, Jackson Klie, HaeAhn Kwon, Deirdre McAdams, Megan Moore, Emily Moriarty, Walter Scott, Xiao Xue.

Download 2018 MFA Open Studios Brochure

We will also showcase work by our fourth-year Specialized Studio undergraduates: Bronte Beggs, Nora Downer, Mackenzie Duncan, Shelby Edwards, Cherie Englehart, Richelle Forsey, Felicity Jones, Emily Lalonde, Rebecca Payne, Kayathry Ratnasabapathy, Theodora Smit, Leonard Walsh.

  • A free bus will leave Mercer Union (1286 Bloor Street West) in Toronto at 12:30 p.m. and leave the University of Guelph to return to Toronto at 8:30 p.m.  Reserve a seat on this bus. 
  • A free shuttle service between Open Studio buidings is available between 2:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.  Volunteers will be available to provide directions and assistance.  Volunteers will be wearing kelly green toques.

Press contact: Sandra Sabatini Ph.D.,, 519-824-4120 x53869; Jessica Jang, graduate student coordinator,; John Kissick, faculty coordinator,, 519-824-4120 x53191.'