Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris
Saturday, October 15, 6:00 PM
The Machine Shop
75 Huron St
Co-founder and leader of the legendary Group of Seven, Lawren Harris has become the most valued artist in Canadian history. His canvasses routinely sell at auction for several million dollars. Who was this curious man and why was he so determined to battle the critics and paint a radical new vision of Canada with bold brush strokes and brilliant colours?
“I’m searching for the summit of my soul, up there, where the universe sings.”
“Art is a bridge between the great moral harmony of the universe, and our own souls. What I want is for my paintings to be models of that harmony, reflections of an ordered, spiritual, and creative universe.” – Lawren Harris
An intimate portrait of Canada’s most renowned artist, Where the Universe Sings is the most comprehensive film on Harris to date. It features over 130 of his paintings, dozens of previously un-seen photographs and 8mm family films, plus works by those who influenced him, including Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Emily Carr and Georgia O’Keeffe.
In addition to rare archival footage (some of which was shot by Harris himself), Where the Universe Sings is told through interviews with the top Harris experts including actor/comedian Steve Martin, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Andrew Hunter, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Ian Thom, curator and former Globe art critic Sarah Milroy, biographer Peter Larisey, author Dennis Reid, curator Roald Nasgaard, collector Ash Prakash, author Lisa Christensen of Heffels and Harris’ grandchildren Stew Sheppard and Toni Chowne.
Following the film, participate in an animated behind-the-scenes discussion with the film’s director, producers and special guests.
Directed & Produced by: Nancy Lang & Peter Raymont
Produced in collaboration with Stewart Sheppard, grandson of Lawren Harris and executor of Lawren Harris’ estate.
Colm Feore as the voice of Lawren Harris
Eric Peterson as the voice of A.Y. Jackson
Based, in part, on Inward Journey: The Life of Lawren Harris, by James King.
Produced in association with TVO, Documentary Channel, and Yes TV.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Exhibition Opens: 6:00 p.m.
Film at 8:00 p.m.