EXHIBITION: A Riveder le Stelle

January 22, 2015 - February 5, 2015

Featuring works by Mary Hambleton and Sara MacLean
Curated by Heather Nicol

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our guest curating program with the two person exhibition, A Riveder le Stelle. Featuring a selection of rarely seen works on paper by the late New York painter Mary Hambleton, and a video installation by Toronto artist Sara MacLean, the exhibition is curated by interdisciplinary artist and independent curator Heather Nicol.

Taking its name from the final line of Dante’s Inferno (1314), A Riveder le Stelle, “to gaze once more upon the stars,” is conceived as a virtual conversation between two artists, separated by time, place, and practice, whose work nevertheless manifests striking formal and conceptual correspondences. Among the many such convergences are a mutual interest in the body, the scientific gaze (particularly as it relates to diagnostic medicine), relationships between the infinitesimal and the celestial, and the sense of wonder such scrutiny engenders.

Programs, Events, and Public Art

Public opening reception
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
6:00-8:00 pm:
Join us for an opening reception with guest curator Heather Nicol and artist Sara MacLean (same night as Koffler Gallery’s opening for Kristiina Lahde downstairs). Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!


A Riveder le Stelle. Exhibition Catalogue.


Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) was founded in 2013 under our former name, TYPOLOGY. Established as a not-for-profit space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation, we devoted our first three years to providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. In 2016, we relaunched under our new name (CDCC) with a new Board of Directors and a commitment to meet the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that both supports emerging and underrepresented curators, and advances curatorial practice and inquiry. A Riveder le Stelle took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2015 under our former name, TYPOLOGY Projects, originally located at 180 Shaw Street, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.

Image, left: Mary Hambleton, Untitled (Mirus Series) (detail), 2005; right: Sara MacLean, CHROMO2 (installation view), 2015

About the Curator(s)

Heather Nicol

Heather Nicol is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes immersive sound installation, sculpture, performance and participatory actions. Her site-specific interventions explore the architectural, sonic, historic and operational conditions of her locations. Throughout her interdisciplinary practice, she has worked with actors, musicians, choreographers, educators and fabricators. She has generated site-driven exhibition possibilities for her community as an independent curator / producer.

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About the Artists

Mary Hambleton

Mary Hambleton (1952–2009) was a Brooklyn-based artist who exhibited her work in the US and abroad at venues including Leslie Heller Gallery, Littlejohn Contemporary, and Pamela Auchincloss Gallery (New York), and the Machida City Museum (Tokyo). Her many honours include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial, Adolph Esther Gottlieb Foundation, and two Pollock-Krasner awards.

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Sara Maclean

Toronto-based Sara MacLean (b. 1974) employs embodied camera techniques, darkroom experiments, sculpture, and set design to create subtly choreographed encounters with her time-based media projections. She has exhibited in North America, Europe, and Asia at festivals and venues including Anthology Film Archives (New York) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

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