Fonds LA.SC147 - Pleasure Dome fonds

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Pleasure Dome fonds


  • 1989-2016 (Creation)

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70 cm of textual records
3 photographs
3 posters

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Pleasure Dome (active 1989– ), also operating as Artists Film Exhibition Group (Ontario), is an exhibitor of experimental and independent motion pictures and video recordings in Toronto, administered by an artistic collective. The original collective, comprising Jonathan Pollard, Barbara Sternberg, Gary Popovich, Phil Hoffman and Michael Hoolboom, presented its first program 22 Sept. 1989 at the Euclid Theatre in Toronto. Since then, Pleasure Dome has presented as many as 17 exhibitions per year, with works varying in length from less than 5 minutes to over an hour.
While it was in principle a requirement of the provincial government that publicly-exhibited motion pictures be approved by a board of examiners, the collective nonetheless declined to submit films and videos to the Ontario Film Review Board (previously the Ontario Censor Board) for approval as a matter of policy.
Annual membership subscriptions for Pleasure Dome events were introduced in the third season (1991–1992). Film and video exhibitions and associated lectures have been held in various locations in downtown Toronto apart from the Euclid Theatre (which closed ca. 1994), including chiefly Cinecycle, but also Latvian House, Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario and others.

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AGO credit line: Gift of Pleasure Dome, 2017

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Fonds consists of material produced by Pleasure Dome in Toronto for its programs of film and video exhibitions between 1989 and 2016, including press releases, clippings of notices and reviews, programming records with correspondence, and related material.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only.

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Copyright is held by the creator. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch

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Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Created 4 October 2018


  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Gary Fitzgibbon, 2017

Archivist's note

Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

Prepared by Gary Fitzgibbon, 2017

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