Onsale Times

What is the meaning of “truth” in this era of fake news, pseudo-science, conspiracy theories and intellectual polarization? Do artists have a role in discerning the truth? Can they speak with authority? Can their work shift the moral compass for evaluating right and wrong? How can art reveal uncomfortable truths? How can art reveal dishonesty?

AGO Creative Minds returns to Massey Hall this spring to discuss Art and Truth. Moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti, internationally celebrated writer Salman Rushdie, provocative performance artist Andrea Fraser, award winning filmmaker Charles Officer and JUNO nominated musician Iskwé take to the stage to debate the role of art in distinguishing right from wrong, and to consider how notions of truth are related to broader social, economic, political and intellectual forces.

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Following a live musical performance, the conversation will begin with a brief exploration of each artist’s engagement with ideas of truth, before opening up to discuss the perils and pitfalls of what it means to speak with authority, with all the risks that it entails.

The event will unfold over 90 minutes, opening with a live performance by JUNO nominated musician Iskwé before moving into the discussion.

IMAGE CREDITS: Salman Rushdie photo by Beowulf Sheehan, Andrea Fraser photo by Jürgen Schulzki, Charles Officer photo by Justin Morris.

CREATIVE MINDS is a landmark series of discussions that brings together visionary artists to discuss their work and the urgent social, political and cultural issues of our time. Four leading Canadian cultural institutions—the Art Gallery of Ontario, Massey Hall, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Banff Centre for Arts + Creativity—have come together to create this initiative with the support of Series Presenters Jonas & Lynda Prince, whose leadership inspired the development of the project. The conversations are moderated by a leading journalist and each event opens with a musical performance, a nod to the legacy of Massey Hall. The events are streamed online and broadcast on radio by CBC, giving audiences across Canada an opportunity to hear what the artists have to say.

Creative Minds aims to examine the present and imagine our futures through the eyes of artists, celebrating the vitally important role they play in shaping our lives, our ideas and our world.