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Carrie Mae Weems: Heave

room with papers flying around the ceiling and a wooden desk
black and white photo of a children's classroom
man walking against a blue background set by a projector and tree branches in view
woman standing alone in a white robe against a chalkboard

Carrie Mae Weems: Heave

May 4 – July 27, 2019

Curated by Barbara Fischer and Sarah Robayo Sheridan

Organized by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and co-presented with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Throughout her artistic trajectory, noted American artist Carrie Mae Weems has undertaken sustained investigations of social conflict. The multi-part installation Heave combines photography, video, news media sampling, as well as ephemera to probe the devastating effects of violence in our life and time. The complex installation explores the spectacle of violence in our contemporary lives relocating this present within sustained histories of conflict and uprising.

Weems’ exhibition in five parts, sited at distinct locations across Toronto, represents the artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada. Her work will be presented in two gallery exhibitions, including a new iteration of her recent project, Heave (2018), at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The CONTACT Gallery will display a series of Weems’ photographic works, and present three major public art installations downtown, including on the exterior of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Spotlight Lecture

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 4pm
Daniels Building, Main Hall, 1 Spadina Crescent

Opening Reception

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6-8pm
Extended exhibition hours – galleries open from 12-8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Exhibition Tours

Tuesdays at 2pm (Beginning May 7, 2019)

Exhibition Resources

Press Release
Media Coverage
Exhibition Documentation
Watch Spotlight Lecture

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

Supported by Liza Mauer and Andrew Sheiner, Cindy and Shon Barnett, The Stonefields Foundation, and an anonymous donor.




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