Free Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Small Arms Inspection Building, Blackwood Gallery, and Art Gallery of Burlington


FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday, October 13, 2019 | 12-5pm | FREE

The tour picks up at 12pm at Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) then departs for the Small Arms Inspection Building, Blackwood Gallery, and Art Gallery of Burlington, and returns to Gladstone Hotel at 5pm.

To RSVP: email or call 905-828-3789 by Friday, October 11 at 5pm.

September 21-December 1, 2019

The Toronto Biennial of Art is a new international contemporary visual arts event as culturally connected and diverse as the city itself. Throughout September 21-December 1, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time.

Mississauga‚Äôs Small Arms Inspection Building, originally a large munitions plant, is one of fourteen Biennial sites on or near Toronto‚Äôs waterfront. Shaped by the multi-layered history of the city‚Äôs ever-changing shoreline‚ÄĒhistorically a site of migration, colonization, and commerce, and home today to relics of heavy industry and new real estate developments‚ÄĒthe artworks and programs offered at Small Arms engage with the lake‚Äôs ecosystems and respond to the Biennial‚Äôs central question: ‚ÄúWhat does it mean to be in relation?‚ÄĚ

For more information on extensive programs, performances, and artists at Small Arms, please visit


Logics of Sense 1: Investigations
Ursula Biemann, Mikhail Karikis, Susan Schuppli, Jol Thomson
September 4-October 19, 2019
Curated by Christine Shaw

Although the worlds we inhabit are invariably composed of sensations and sense-makings, it is a peculiar challenge to perceive ourselves sensing. Because our human-centred sensory habits are so difficult to discern, we can often mistake them for natural tendencies. As an attunement to the aesthetics of sensation, the exhibition Logics of Sense‚ÄĒpresented in two parts at the Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga‚ÄĒexamines sense-in-the-making, from the surface of incorporeal events to a multiplicity of decentralized perceptions, and from itinerant geo-methodologies to the various disciplinary frames and frameworks that artistic intelligence retrofits for emergent social and political realities.

Logics of Sense 1: Investigations includes works from Ursula Biemann, Mikhail Karikis, Susan Schuppli, and Jol Thomson; their respective videos and video essays address the interactions between land and the atmosphere, changing planetary dynamics, terrestrial micro-events, and the inheritance of knowledge. Moving through modes of prediction, observation, expression, perception, and re-configuration, visitors are invited to explore the becoming-sensuous of technoscience in formation.


The Gender Conspiracy
August 31-December 31, 2019

Artists: Cassils, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Dayna Danger, Raven Davis, Jah Grey, Samra Habib, Manghoe Lassi, Kama La Mackerel, Kent Monkman, Wynne Neilly & Kyle Lasky, Jocelyn Reynolds, Chase Joynt & Kristen Schilt, Vivek Shraya, Adrian Stimson, Chase Joynt & Tanja Tiziana, and Syrus Marcus Ware

The Gender Conspiracy is an Open Letter to the Trans and Gender-Diverse communities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) to express allyship in furthering the discourse on gender fluidity and identity, sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, and consent, to promote the mental health and safety of all LGBTQI2S* communities. On view from August 31-December 31, 2019, the exhibition includes works by eighteen leading LGBTQI2S artists who bear witness to the ongoing and urgent struggles of their communities in the face of violence and discrimination.

IMAGE CREDITS: (clockwise from top left) Kama La Mackerel, Breaking the Promise of Tropical Emptiness: Trans Subjectivity in the Postcard, 2019. Photo: Nedine Moonsamy. Courtesy of the artist. On view at Art Gallery of Burlington; Abbas Akhavan, Study for a Garden (detail), 2017. Bronze, 35 unique pieces, each 120 x 2 x 2 in. (120 x 5 x 5 cm). Installation view, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany, 2017. Courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. On view at Small Arms Inspection Building; Ursula Biemann, Acoustic Ocean (video still), 2018. HD video with stereo sound, 18:50 min. Courtesy of the artist. On view at Blackwood Gallery.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N., Mississauga, ON

Small Arms Inspection Building
1352 Lakeshore Road E, Mississauga, ON

Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON

While all stops on the tour are accessible and barrier-free, we regret that the shuttle bus is not accessible. If you have questions about accessibility accommodations, please contact a Blackwood Gallery staff member at or 905-828-3789.