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SANDRA BREWSTER: BLUR

July 24, 2019 - March 29, 2020
Art Gallery of Ontario

In the Blur series, Brewster explores layered experiences of identity – ones that may bridge relationships to Canada and elsewhere, as well as to the present and the past. She is influenced by vernacular photographs, particularly images of Caribbean Canadians not long after their arrival in this country.

WEATHER AMNESIA

September 18, 2019 - June 26, 2020
Jackman Humanities Institute

How often do we take note of the strange weather? The artists’ works included in Weather Amnesia offer visual insight into the profound disruptions that are under way. With strangeness becoming the new normal, the exhibition makes us wonder and think about what kind of future awaits us

ERIC N. MACK, DYE LENS

September 19, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Scrap Metal Gallery

On March 11, 2019, Eric N. Mack’s site-specific work Halter vanished from an abandoned gas station located on the edge of the Salton Sea

Naeem Mohaiemen What we found after you left

September 21, 2019 - May 10, 2020
The Power Plant

Spanning two seasons, a rotating program of films and accompanying footnotes explores historical ruptures, documentation and archives.

RASHID JOHNSON: ANXIOUS AUDIENCE

September 21, 2019 - May 10, 2020
The Power Plant

For his first solo presentation in Canada, American artist Rashid Johnson stages a major new site-specific commission. Entering the Clerestory, we find ourselves surrounded by two monumental tiled panels, each containing an accumulation of nearly one hundred faces.

NATIVE ART DEPARTMENT INTERNATIONAL: BUREAU OF AESTHETICS AT KADIST SAN FRANCISCO

October 12, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Mercer Union

NADI presents a selection of objects that highlight, through their art-making process, how collaboration and cooperation might interrogate art history and strengthen communities. Through a multi-disciplinary practice–comprising performance, sculpture, and video–NADI engage collaborative and collective action as strategies to challenge essentialist readings of contemporary artworks projected onto Indigenous cultural producers.

Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment

October 17, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Gardiner Museum

Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Englightenment explores the story of this transformation with rare objects, fascinating histories, and amusing stories.

SLAVS AND TATARS: PICKLE POLITICS

October 17, 2019 - January 31, 2020
SUGAR

Pickle Politics is the inaugural exhibition at SUGAR by the artist collective Slavs and Tatars. In the context of our site, the artists activate a cycle of work that uses fermentation to consider the transformative conditions of politics and culture.

HITO STERYL: THIS IS THE FUTURE

October 24, 2019 - February 23, 2020
Art Gallery of Ontario

First solo show in Canada for the German artist, filmmaker, writer and cultural critic. Hito Steyerl is an acute observer and interpreter of globalized and digitized cultures; her work often blends the personal with the political and irony with seriousness as she investigates how images are created, packaged and consumed.

MARGARET PRIEST: THE CONSTRUCTION SERIES AND OTHER CONCRETE MATTERS

October 25, 2019 - April 26, 2020
Art Gallery of Ontario

Margaret Priest's drawings, sculptures, paintings and prints explore the spatial and material qualities of modern structures, reflecting her commitment to insightful observation, personal memory and feminist philosophy.

New Circadia (adventures in mental spelunking)

November 7, 2019 - April 30, 2020
Architecture and Design Gallery at the Daniels Building

The interactive installation will be made up of three zones. Beginning at the east entrance of the Daniels Building, visitors will enter a subterranean space through a Transitory Zone or “mouth of the cave,” illuminated with an artificial skylight created via digital technology. Here, visitors will store their belongings and choose from a variety of body wearables or “spelunking gear”.

Bloodsuckers, Legends to Leeches

November 16, 2019 - March 22, 2020
Royal Ontario Museum

Quench a thirst you didn’t even know you had in Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches, a ROM-original exhibition where nature and culture truly collide.

HANNAH PERRY: LIQUID LANGUAGE

November 16, 2019 - March 21, 2020
Arsenal Contemporary

Using dissonant imagery, fragmented narrative and immersive, sensorial environments, Perry considers the unsettling nature of our times. Often her works respond to personal circumstances that consider the visceral impact of pain, loss, mental health and our shared experience of living in a hyper-accelerated, technologically dominated world.

Archiving Eden: Exchange

November 20, 2019 - May 3, 2020
MOCA Toronto

"Archiving Eden: Exchange" presents x-ray images of 5,000 seeds — the smallest number required to preserve a single plant species. Over time, the installation will change both physically and visually: from representational to actual, dark to light.

Katie Bethune-Leamen La douche écossaise

November 28, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Susan Hobbs Gallery

With a stream of material shifts within individual works—cast, pierced, studded, dotted, painted, coated, carved, and compressed—Katie Bethune-Leamen makes evident these eternal vacillations. The world’s engine feeds on such provisional contrasts: formation and dissolution, presence and resonance, attraction and repulsion.

SPACE: ERDEM TAŞDELEN | VICISSITUDES: ACT TWO

December 7, 2019 - February 21, 2020
Mercer Union

SPACE invites one artist to produce a yearlong series of images for a public-facing billboard located on the east façade of Mercer Union. Erdem Taşdelen’s Vicissitudes: Act Two (2019) is the second edition in a series of four billboard images commissioned by Mercer Union.

LAURE PROUVOST & JONAS STAAL: OBSCURE UNION

December 7, 2019 - February 22, 2020
Mercer Union

Artists Laure Prouvost and Jonas Staal are co-administrators of Obscure Union, an exhibition focusing on the unionization of obscure relationships between other-than-human and human forms of comradeship are held in focus.

SEASON PREVIEW

December 10, 2019 - February 1, 2020
Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Featured artists include: Charles Bierk, Bobbie Burgers, Greg Hardy, Charles Meanwell, Keita Morimoto, Aïda Muluneh and Ned Pratt.   Image: Charles Bierk, Amika, 2019.

JACK BUTLER, FATEMAPS

January 2 - January 25
Red Head Gallery

FATEMAPS follows the destiny of three extended performative installation drawings at the intersection of developmental biology and visual art - Genesis 1982, The Body as Camera 1993, Vortex 2019.

Anatomy of the Parlour

January 9 - September 25
Orchard Lyceum

Chris Anthon opens January, 9th at the Lyceum Gallery with cocktails and live canvas to celebrate the opening of his show. Chris

Camille Jodoin-Eng: ‘EARTH SHRINE’

January 9 - February 23
Patel Division Projects

Earth Shrine, a fully immersive experiential installation work by Toronto based artist Camille Jodoin-Eng will be opening at Patel Gallery January 9th

Quiet Vignettes, Anahita Azrahimi Presented with DesginTO

January 17 - January 26
Black Cat – Artspace

A collaboration between a collage artist and a floral designer, ‘quiet vignettes’ combines both practices to create a subtle — almost evanescent — experience of a balance and poised marriage of two art forms.

DesignTO

January 17 - January 26

DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making,

Come Up To My Room – Special Events

January 17 - January 19
The Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel's annual art and design exhibition is back! Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) will transform the entire Hotel with immersive design installations for 4 days only! Happening adjacent to DesignTO and the Interior Design Show (IDS), Toronto is set to come alive with artists and designers.

MICHAEL SNOW: LISTENING TO SNOW

January 18 - March 21
Art Museum – U of T Art Centre

Composed and tuned, the exhibition manifests as one sonic experience from three sound installations [Diagonale (1988), Waiting Room (2000), Tap (1969-1972)] one screening (Solar Breath (2002), two recordings (Falling Starts, W in the D, 1975) and a piano for Snow’s performance – all sharing the same acoustic space.

CodeX: PLAYABLE & DISRUPTIVE FUTURIST eART

January 22 - April 25
Onsite Gallery

This exhibition of leading-edge digital art, or eArt, investigates the future of human society through technology, innovation and design.

A HANDFUL OF DUST: FROM THE COSMIC TO THE DOMESTIC

January 22 - April 5
Ryerson Image Centre

A Handful of Dust features a selection of modern and contemporary images from the last 100 years, focusing on the visual representation of dust in photography, both as an element of the everyday and as poetic allegory.

NIR EVRON: A FREE MOMENT

January 22 - April 5
Ryerson Image Centre

Nir Evron’s film, A Free Moment, reveals a dizzying perspective on the never-completed Jordanian Summer Palace’s concrete bulk and the city sprawling beneath it, suggesting that long-ago political conflicts can have persistent influence, disorienting lives and altering the meaning of public spaces far into the future.

EXTENDING THE FRAME: 40 YEARS OF GALLERY TPW

January 22 - April 5
Ryerson Image Centre

Drawing on archival materials from the Art Gallery of Ontario and artworks from the collection of the Ryerson Image Centre, the exhibition and accompanying publication highlight the gallery’s role in advocating for the cultural recognition of the medium in Canada.

CLEA CHRISTAKOS-GEE: A PIECE A SEED A SPREAD

January 22 - February 23
Ryerson Image Centre

A piece A seed A spread interprets the conceptual poetry of Yoko Ono through photography.

KAREN TAM: THE CHRYSANTHEMUM HAS OPENED TWELVE TIMES

January 23 - March 29
Koffler Centre of the Arts

In her current research, Tam investigates the spatial aesthetics of early 20th century North American Chinese restaurants, opium dens, karaoke lounges and curio shops as sites of cultural blending, interaction, misunderstanding and memory consumption.

Zach Fish: “DAIMONIC”

January 23 - February 2
#Hashtag Gallery

Daimonic presents a collection of generative drawings born of computer code and made real using a robotic drawing peripheral. Daimon is the ancient, Hellenistic forebearer of the modern term ‘Demon’. Whereas the modern term has come to refer to some abstract malevolent entity the ancient term has a more nuanced and esoteric meaning. A Daimon or Daimonion is interpreted as an entity that mediates between the material and the immaterial realms.

Ness Lee, Clare Samuel: Regarding the Enclosures

January 24 - February 29
A Space Gallery

Ness Lee draws upon history and personal narratives to create tender and surreal illustrations, paintings, sculptures and installations. Exploring states of mind

LORENZA BÖTTNER: REQUIEM FOR THE NORM

January 25 - March 21
Art Museum – U of T Art Centre

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm is the first North American presentation of the work of Chilean/German artist Lorenza Böttner. Lorenza Böttner created over 200 individual works, painting with her feet and mouth and using dance, photography, street performance, drawing, and installation to celebrate the complexity of embodiment and gender expression.

NAUFUS RAMIREZ-FIGUEROA: ASYMMETRIES

January 25 - May 10
The Power Plant

Asymmetries, the newest work by Canadian-Guatemalan artist Ramírez-Figueroa reinvents the object to consider its associations with colonial oppression alongside its mythical significance.

Shannon Te Ao: Ka mua, ka muri

January 26 - March 22
Oakville Galleries – Centennial Square

Ka mua, ka muri is a new sound and moving image installation by Aotearoa New Zealand-based artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) that explores our experience of time, history and song. At the heart of the exhibition is an acknowledgement of the critical importance of language as a vital means to maintain links to indigenous knowledge systems, culture, and identity.

Tau Lewis: Sparkle’s Map Home

January 26 - March 22
Oakville Galleries – Gairloch Gardens

Working primarily with found textiles and foraged objects, Lewis' works take shape through slow, labour-intensive processes such as carving, quilting and scavenging, drawing on a material and spiritual resourcefulness that has long been significant to black cultural production.

A SUDDEN BEGINNING – CARLOS BUNGA

February 6 - May 6
MOCA Toronto

For his first exhibition in Canada, Bunga has been invited to produce two major site-responsive works for MOCA.

KEITA MORIMOTO: GARDEN OF LIGHT

February 6 - February 29
Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Image: Keita Morimoto, Garden of Light, 2019 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6 to 8PM.          

NED PRATT: NEW WORK

February 6 - February 29
Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 6, 6-8PM.   Image: Ned Pratt, Spruce Shakes, 2019.    

An Embodied Haptic Space – Shelagh Keeley

February 6 - May 10
MOCA Toronto

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HUSH SKY MURMUR HOLE – Megan Rooney

February 6 @ 8:00 am - April 12 @ 5:00 pm
MOCA Toronto

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Images in Debris – Sarah Sze

February 6 @ 11:00 am - May 10 @ 6:00 pm
MOCA Toronto

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DIANE ARBUS: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1956–1971

February 17 - May 20
Art Gallery of Ontario

Highlighting her evolution as an artist over fifteen years, Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971 features 150 photographs and is curated by Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Curator, Photography. First major solo exhibition in Canada in almost three decades.

ILLUSIONS: THE ART OF MAGIC

February 22 - May 17
Art Gallery of Ontario

Illusions: The Art of Magic transports you back in time to the Golden Age of Magic when death-defying tricks, daring escapes and colourful personas turned performers like The Incomparable Albini and Harry Houdini into world-famous celebrities.

SHAUN FERNANDES: GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR HAMMER

March 4 - April 5
Ryerson Image Centre

 Getting The Most From Your Hammer is a series of staged photographs and videos that examine working-class stereotypes of masculinity and manhood.

SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD: STEPHEN WADDELL

May 1 - August 9
Ryerson Image Centre

This exhibition celebrates the career of 2019 Scotiabank Photography Award winner Stephen Waddell, renowned for his pictures of urban scenes made in Europe and Canada.

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