Art Museum at the University of Toronto
The Art Museum at the University of Toronto is an interdisciplinary arts hub that offers new encounters with diverse artistic and cultural perspectives. Comprising two galleries located just a few steps apart, the Art Museum brings together the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House and the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College and is one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto. It is a vital cultural resource and destination for the general public and the arts and academic communities worldwide.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3
University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7
Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto
September 6 – December 10, 2016 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated by Luis Jacob
How do artists in Toronto visualize their sense of place? Are there particular made-in-Toronto ways of thinking about the city?
Curated by internationally renowned Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob, Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto concentrates on a period of more than fifty years to consider the ways in which artists visualize Toronto. Presenting a thematic clustering of works by eighty-six artists, the exhibition is premised on the tendency of artists in this city to favour performative and allegorical procedures to articulate their sense of place. Four gestures – mapping, modelling, performing and congregating – serve as guideposts to a diverse array of artistic practices. The exhibition is a constellation of symbolic forms, or memes, that repeatedly appear in the work of artists of different generations; it presents a panorama of the blueprints that artists have drafted over many decades to give form to life in one of North America’s largest cities.
The exhibition signals the Art Museum’s continued, energetic engagement with art and artists in Toronto, to foster research and histories concerning sense of place.
Image Credit: still from Oliver Husain, Purfled Promises, 2009. Video, 9:20 min. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery.