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Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto

Still from Oliver Husain, Purfled Promises, 2009. Video, 9:20 min. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery.

Curated by Luis Jacob

Opening reception
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Hart House Quad, University of Toronto

Exhibition Continues to December 10, 2016

How do artists in Toronto visualize their sense of place? Are there particular made-in-Toronto ways of thinking about the city?

Works by Kim Adams, David Anderson, Napo B, Carl Beam, Adrian Blackwell, Deanna Bowen, Peter Bowyer, David Buchan, Michael Buckland, Colin Campbell, James Carl, Ian Carr-Harris, Carlo Cesta, Paraskeva Clark, Wendy Coburn, John Collins, Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge, Greg Curnoe, Tom Dean, Bonnie Devine, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Keesic Douglas, Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten, Robert Gagen, General Idea, Janice Gurney, Frederick Hagan, Lawren Harris, Isobel Harry, Bobs Cogill Haworth, Karen Henderson, Robert Houle, Yvonne McKague Housser, John G. Howard, Oliver Husain, Rae Johnson, G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce, Nobuo Kubota, Will Kwan, Suzy Lake, Michel Lambeth, Gordon Lebredt, Arthur Lismer, Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, Peter MacCallum, Annie MacDonell, Arnaud Maggs, John Marriott, Sandra Meigs, Olia Mishchenko, Kent Monkman, Bridget Moser, Charlie Murray and Thom Van der Vaag, Shelley Niro, Daniel Olson, Charles Pachter, Roula Partheniou, Christiane Pflug, Ed Pien, Jaan Poldaas, Public Studio, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Steve Reinke, Arthur Renwick, Mitch Robertson, Jon Sasaki, David Armstrong Six, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, Tess Boudreau Taconis, Ho Tam, Jeff Thomas, Joanne Tod, The Toronto Ink Company, Harold Town, Kwan Tse, Camille Turner, Renée van Halm, Frederick Varley, Lorne Wagman, Joyce Wieland, Robert Wiens, Shirley Wiitasalo, and Tony Wilson.

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.


ARTbus tour with Oakville Galleries
Sunday, September 25 at 12:00pm
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Curator’s tour with Luis Jacob
Wednesday, October 5 at 6:00pm
Meet at the University of Toronto Art Centre

Collateral Programming

Lecture by John Ralston Saul, part of The Toronto School: Then | Now | Next Conference
Friday, October 14, 5:30pm
Isabel Bader Theatre
Followed by a reception at 7:30pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre

The lecture is part of international conference revisiting The Toronto School of Communications, presented by the University of Toronto Faculty of Information McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology. More information here.

The Toronto Project: Tributes and Tributaries
September 28, 2016 - April 2, 2017
Art Gallery of Ontario

A landmark exhibition co-curated by Andrew Hunter, Curator of Canadian Art, and Wanda Nanibush, Curator of Indigenous Art. More information here. More information here.

The 20th Annual Janet E. Hutchison Lecture "Researching Contemporary Indigenous Art in Public" Dr. Richard Hill

Presented in Collaboration with the MVS Program,
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
In conjunction with Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto
Monday September 19, 4:30pm
University College, Room 140

A little more than a year ago Richard Hill began research for a book on Contemporary Indigenous Art from 1980 to 1995. In March of this year he began a regular column on the Canadian Art website through which he aspired to “think out loud in public about questions and controversies arising” from this research. This talk will simultaneously address the primary motivations for undertaking this research, why he attempted to make parts of the research process public in advance of the completion of the book and what it has been like to do so.

All This Time

Faith La Rocque, chisel to carve light thoughts, 2014. Georgian marble, feather, rotator, steel tube, plinth. Documentation by Walter Willems.

September 15, 2016 - June 15, 2017
Curated by Jaclyn Quaresma

Organized by the Art Museum for the Jackman Humanities Institute 2016-17 research theme Time, Rhythm and Pace, All This Time brings together geologic samples and texts alongside artworks in diverse media by Carl Beam, Eric Cameron, Kelly Jazvac, Faith La Rocque, Micah Lexier, Ken Nicol, Tamiko Thiel, to consider multiple ways of thinking and representing time. More information here.

Opening reception
Thursday, September 15, 4:00-6:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
170 St. George Street, 10th Floor

Art Museum
University of Toronto

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
University of Toronto Art Centre


Visiting the Art Museum
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

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday Noon-5:00pm
Wednesday Noon-8:00pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Media Contact: Brittany Brooks,, 416-978-5488.