Fall Exhibitions and Programs 2019

Join the Art Museum at the University of Toronto for our fall exhibitions and programs!

Please note: Wheelchair access to University College, and therefore the Art Museum’s University of Toronto Art Centre location, will be closed due to University College building revitalization. Accommodations for accessibility are available upon request, please contact artmuseum@utoronto.ca. The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House is wheelchair accessible.


Deanna Bowen, Deconstructing “The God of Gods: A Canadian Play”, 2019, video, 2h 24min. Production still of Archer Pechawis, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, John G. Hampton, and cheyanne turions in conversation. Courtesy of the artist.

God of Gods: A Canadian Play

September 4 – November 30, 2019
A project by Deanna Bowen
Curated by Barbara Fischer

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

On the occasion of the Hart House Centennial, internationally renowned, Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen revisits The God of Gods (1919), a play written and directed by Carroll Aikins (1888-1967), founder of the first national theatre in Canada and artistic director of Hart House Theatre (1927–29). Aikins’ play, staged at Hart House in 1922, projected the horrors of war into a loose adaptation of Romeo and Juliet — using ‘native’ motifs. Deanna Bowen’s film is a conversation by Indigenous artists and writers John G. Hampton, Peter Morin, Lisa Myers, Archer Pechawis, and cheyanne turions. Learn more.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6-8pm

Deanna Bowen and Maya Wilson-Sanchez in Conversation
On mining the archive for the play The God of Gods.
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 3pm

Deanna Bowen Artist Talk
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6pm

Deanna Bowen and Lynda Jessup in Conversation
Deanna Bowen, artist, and Lynda Jessup, Co-founder and Director of the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI), discuss process-based work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6pm

Drop-In Tours
Tuesdays, 2pm


Isuma, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, 2006. © Isuma Distribution International. Courtesy of ISUMA and Vtape.

Qaggiq: Gathering Place

September 18–November 30, 2019
Works by Isuma
Curated by asinnajaq and Barbara Fischer
Presented in partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art

University of Toronto Art Centre

This exhibition brings together a selection of video works by the internationally renowned Isuma artists’ collective. Officially founded in 1990 by Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Apak Angilirq, Pauloosie Qulitalik, and Norman Cohn in Igloolik, Nunavut, this first ever Inuit production company produces video from an Inuit point of view, which includes language, storytelling, and ways of thinking. Their activist works are part of the ongoing, ever present struggle to sustain Inuit futures in the massive transformation of the North through resource extraction projects and climate change. Learn more.

Qaggiq: Gathering Place – Isuma is presented by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA). Isuma’s related installation for TBA 2019, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, is on view at the Small Arms Inspection Building, Mississauga from September 21 to December 1, 2019. Visit torontobiennial.org for details.

A Conversation with Isuma
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 4pm
University of Toronto, University College, Room 140
Registration required.

Opening Reception
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6-8pm

Workshop with asinnajaq
Wednesday, October 23, 12pm
Registration required.

Curatorial tour with asinnajaq and Barbara Fischer
Wednesday, October 23, 6pm

Drop-In Tours
Tuesdays, 2pm

Weather Amnesia

September 18, 2019 – June 26, 2020
Works by: Lisa Hirmer, Tania Kitchell, Doris McCarthy, Rick McCarthy, David Milne, Graham Noble Norwell, Walter Phillips, Florence Vale, with Mass Timber, a Live Bird Migration Map, and a hygrothermograph
Curated by Yuluo Wei

The Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St. George Street, 10th Floor
Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4 pm
Free and open to the public

With the onset of global climate change, weather patterns historically used by societies to anchor and frame the concept of seasonality are becoming less predictable and reliable. 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. Learn More.

Presented in conjunction with the Jackman Humanities Institute’s 2019-2020 research theme Strange Weather.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 4-6pm
Jackman Humanities Institute

Hart House Collection: Works on View

September 4, 2019 – ongoing

Hart House

To celebrate the Hart House Centennial, the Art Museum will display a new selection of art works recently acquired for the Hart House permanent collection, established in 1922. More recently, the Art Committee has focused on acquiring works by culturally diverse artists in a greater diversity of media, including language-based works, photography, video, and installation. Learn more.

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6-8pm

Monthly Docent Tours: Hart House Collection
The last Wednesday of the month, 2pm
Meet at the Hart House Information Hub (7 Hart House Circle)

Ron Benner’s Cuitlacoche Corn Roast 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 2018, 3-5pm

University of Toronto Student Union Lawn
Across from Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Join the Art Museum for our 8th annual free public Corn Roast with London, Ontario-based artist Ron Benner. Celebrate the harvest, and enjoy a barley salad and fresh corn, roasted and prepared by the artist himself. Learn more.

Art Museum at the University of Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.


Visiting the Art Museum

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

Museum Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.

Media Contact: Sam Mogelonsky, sam.mogelonsky@utoronto.ca