Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto
September 6–December 10, 2016
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?
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre
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.
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 6pm
Hart House Quadrangle
The 20th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture
Researching Contemporary Indigenous Art in Public
Monday September 19, 2016, 4:30pm
Featuring Dr. Richard Hill
University College, Room 140
Wednesday October 5, 2016, 6pm
Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Monday November 7, 2016, 6pm
Featuring Luis Jacob and Wanda Nanibush
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
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 Manulife, TD Insurance, and MBNA.
Title Image: Roula Partheniou, Dopplekopf (detail), 2013. Acrylic on wood and MDF, altered found objects, double-sided mirror, vitrines. Courtesy of the artist.