Fall 2020 exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Burlington


P. Mansaram, Moon Trip, 1966. Mixed media, 27 ½ x 27 ½”, Courtesy of the artist.

The Medium is the Medium is the Medium opens TODAY!

The Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB) welcomes you back! Not only is this the auspicious re-opening of the gallery, but it is the homecoming of our beloved P. Mansaram. Thirty years after his last exhibition at the AGB, we celebrate the life and work of Burlington’s senior media artist, educator, and maverick. On view from September 11, 2020 – January 3, 2021, in the Lee-Chin Family Gallery, this exhibition is curated by Indu Vashist and Toleen Touq of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre).

The Medium is the Medium is the Medium thinks through the artist’s decades-long practice of repetition. For Mansaram, repetition is art practice, repetition is meditation, repetition is spirituality, repetition is falling in love, and as he says, repetition is a way to finding god. Strategically using recurrence and reproduction through a variety of medium including drawing, painting, collage, text, sculpture, xerox, silkscreen printmaking, and film, Mansaram’s work invokes unending feelings of travel: through time, dimension, and territory.

Spanning more than five decades, the selection of works highlights both material and spiritual elements from the artists’ surroundings and everyday life–including characters, symbols, and spaces–to convey the artist’s meditative and transcendent processes in both form and content. In that regard, the ways in which Mansaram assembles different media and creates a sense of place present the viewer with a nuanced narrative of the diasporic experience.


Stylo Starr, Eartha Kitt, from the series 89DAMES, 2015. Toner transfer on paper, lace, 12 x 12”, Courtesy of artist.

Hamilton-based artist Stylo Starr opened 89DAMES in the RBC Gallery, which runs until December 31, 2020. This exhibition explores the beauty of Black women from the so-called ‘glamorous’ era of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Stylo Starr strives to commemorate and preserve the light and beauty of a myriad of Black women from the past, in a current social climate that insists, rather, on demonizing and marginalizing contemporary Black women. Where history stops short at Monroe, Hepburn, or Taylor, Starr focuses her scope on the Kitts, Fitzgeralds, and Hornes of the same era that graced the covers of former weekly digest, JET Magazine. Stylo places value in becoming familiar with the faces and energies of each woman through the careful, yet impulsive manipulation of photo transfer on paper collage.

Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist, known primarily for her multi-layered collage work, which has been featured on large public installations, international publications, and apparel. Starr’s visual investigations surround BIPOCs and their relationship to the basic principles and elements of design, while reaffirming their agency as revered subjects of art history. Starr will host two digital workshops exploring various methods of hand cut collage on Thursday, October 8, 6 – 7 PM & Thursday, December 3, 6 – 7 PM. Play with composition, colour, texture, and more through a collection of found images. Learn simple techniques that can amplify your collage making practice. Registration is required, visit www.agb.life to reserve your spot.

You Are Me opens in the Perry Gallery on September 11, 2020 and runs until January 3, 2021. The work of Québec-based ceramic artist Paula Murray foregrounds the exchange of energy that is essential to life, be it intrinsic or extrinsic. Her practice is rooted in the relationship between process, material and meaning. As ceramic materials and processes have affinities with the human condition, she questions how we respond and engage with the injury of experience.

The Medium is the Medium is the Medium is a circulating exhibition is co-organized by SAVAC and the Art Museum at the University of Toronto and with the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. The AGB’s presentation has been generously supported by our reopening partner and exhibition sponsor, DJB Chartered Professional Accountants, as well as the Government of Canada.


1333 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario, Canada, L7S 1A9
The AGB is accessible.

Exhibition guided tours are available upon request
Colleagues in the media are invited to connect with:
Laura Buisman, Marketing Coordinator, 905-632-7796, ext. 304 or laura@agb.life

The ART GALLERY OF BURLINGTON is Burlington’s art gallery and community art centre, a place of intersection where creators, cultures and communities converge. It presents many regional, national and international exhibitions each year, and is home to the world’s largest collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics, as well as seven art and fine craft guilds. The AGB provides art and craft education programs and public tours for people of all ages, and spans over 44,000 square feet with seven fully equipped studios, three galleries, a one-of-a-kind gift shop, a sculpture courtyard and year-round conservatory. The AGB is proud to acknowledge that the land where it is located is part of the ancient Dish With One Spoon Treaty and also the Brant Tract Purchase, Treaty No. 3 3/4 of 1795, and it is grateful to the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the Six Nations of the Grand River for sharing this territory. The location of the Art Gallery of Burlington is one of the most stunning spots in all of Burlington, facing Lake Ontario. The Art Gallery of Burlington is located at 1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Ontario.