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Figures of Sleep

Works by:

Francis Alÿs, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Sophie Calle, Chris Curreri, Fischli & Weiss, Rodney Graham, On Kawara, Liz Magor, Ron Mueck, Gabriel Orozco, Jon Sasaki, Mladen Stilinovic and others

Figures of Sleep

January 17 – March 3, 2018

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan

University of Toronto Art Centre
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Figures of Sleep, a major international exhibition, considers the cultural anxieties manifest in the popular and critical imagination around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation. If the night was the space of mystic quandary, and a creative catalyst and spiritual and cultural resource, today’s globalized capitalism and market and military demands for 24/7 service hours are stretching human body and mind in unprecedented ways. Is sleep in crisis? Exceedingly, artists have adopted the motif of sleep as a cipher for material, aesthetic, existential and political considerations of these urgent cultural concerns.

Opening Reception

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Night of Ideas

January 25, 2018, 7pm-7am
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Program details coming soon

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council, with additional project support from the The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation. The Night of Ideas is supported by The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada, Hart House, and the Janet E. Hutchison Foundation. The Media Sponsor is NOW Magazine.

Title Image: Gabriel Orozco, Sleeping Leaves (Hojas durmiendo), 1990, Silver dye bleach print. 16 x 20 in./ 40.6 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

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