Announcing the Art Museum’s Winter 2024 Exhibition Season

Celebrate the opening reception of Pizandawatc / The One Who Listens / Celui qui écoute and Sediment: The Archive as a Fragmentary Base on Wednesday, January 17

Caroline Monnet, Okikad, 2023. Bronze, 15 in x 22 in x 12 in. Photo: Charlie Leroy. Courtesy of the artist.

Pizandawatc / The One Who Listens / Celui qui écoute

January 17 – March 23, 2024
Opening Night: Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 6pm–8pm
University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle

Caroline Monnet’s first exhibition in a Toronto public gallery comprises a survey of her prolific production, centering around a new series of sculptures exploring the deep relationship between land, language, and intergenerational transmission of knowledge. Presenting a range of connected new and existing works, Pizandawatc offers a comprehensive view of Monnet’s complex aesthetic vocabulary, polyvalent material dexterity, and cohesive conceptual investigation. Combining the vocabulary of Anishinaabe visual culture with industrial materials, Monnet’s sculptures, mixed media works, videos, and installations expand on the centrality of the land and its resources in Anishinaabe spirituality, history, and resilience. Curated by Mona Filip.

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The Art Museum acknowledges the Indigenous Art Centre, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada for additional support of the exhibition.


Louis Henderson, Bring Breath to the Death of Rocks (film still), 2018. Super 16mm transferred to HD, 34 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Sediment: The Archive as a Fragmentary Base

January 17 – March 23, 2024
Opening Night: Wednesday, January 17, 6pm–8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle

Sedimentation is a geological process of settlement and solidification. Free-floating fragments come to rest at the bottom of a body of water where over time they lose their liquid content. Then gravitational pressure transforms these fragments into solid rock beds that not only become a firm base, but each layer serves as a record of human and natural activity.

The artists in this exhibition re-imagine the archive as these material fragments that may narrate presences, proximities, and solidarities. Sandra Brewster, Filipa César, Justine A. Chambers, Michael Fernandes, Louis Henderson, Pamila Matharu, and Krista Belle Stewart present image, sonic, and performance recontextualizations of state and official repositories, as well as familial and personal documents, to engage the archival image as counter-image through collapses of time, embodied memory, witnessing, and storytelling. Curated by Denise Ryner.

This presentation is an augmented version of an exhibition first produced and presented in 2023 at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University.

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Public Programs

Performance: Justine A. Chambers, Heirloom
Wednesday, January 17, 5:30pm
East Common Room, Hart House

Movement-based artist Justine A. Chambers performs a new iteration of Heirloom, a performance that presents an archive of evolving vernacular gestures and apparel, transporting cultural knowledge and establishing a third space beyond the surveillance and over-policing of Black bodies and space.

Opening Reception: Winter 2024 Exhibitions
Wednesday, January 17, 6pm–8pm

Opening remarks will take place at 6:30pm at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, followed by opening remarks at the University of Toronto Art Centre at 7pm.

Becoming Collective through the Archive
Saturday, January 20, 2pm–4pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

A discussion between curator Denise Ryner, interdisciplinary historian Sónia Vaz Borges, and art historian and curator Gabrielle Moser about their work on the educational uses of the colonial and decolonial image-archive in narrating presences, proximities, and solidarities.

Curatorial Tour: Pizandawatc with Mona Filip
Saturday, February 3, 2pm–4pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

All programs are free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit artmuseum.utoronto.ca/programs


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