Summer 2024 at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Join us for the opening night on Wednesday, May 1

Joshua Schwebel, Hiding, 2007–2010. Performance ephemera (postcards, newsprint, Freedom of Information document, envelopes), dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions
May 1 – July 27, 2024

Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Curated by Dallas Fellini

Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances explores opacity, illegibility, and invisibility as productive alternatives to contemporary trans hypervisibility, a circumstance wherein the realm of the representational risks becoming all that is offered to trans people. Featuring works by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Lucas LaRochelle, Joshua Schwebel, Chelsea Thompto, and Lan “Florence” Yee, this exhibition tests the potentials of opacity to subvert the extractive dimensions of knowing the other. Rather than approaching visibility as an issue to be resolved, these artists consider the potentials of retreating from view, framing opacity as a protective act and archival illegibility as an escape.

Liberation in Four Movements
University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated by Ingrid Jones

Centering Black scholarship, artistry, and embodied practices,Liberation in Four Movements traverses non-linear paths, inviting spillage and contemplation as we navigate narratives of dehumanization, ultimately arriving at meditations on states of humanity and freedom. The journey flows through the provocative lens of Fred Moten’s query in “Blackness and Nothingness: Mysticism of the Flesh” of what it would mean for the enslaved to remain in the ship’s hold. Within Moten’s moment in the hold, the exhibition offers a hypothetical mix of shifting outcomes and potentialities yet to come, illuminating how to resist dehumanization through the power of action. The exhibition features works by Erika DeFreitas, Ja’Tovia Gary, Amir George, Onyeka Igwe, Donna James, Elsa James, and Michaëlle Sergile.

The Love that Remains
University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated by Samantha Lance

In The Love that Remains, three Toronto-based artists recover matrilineal histories of displacement and belonging through their contemporary textile practices. Artists Par Nair, Julie Gladstone, and Carol Ann Apilado revitalize ancestral practices to reconnect with their families, genealogies, and homelands. They seek to reconcile with the loss, trauma, and grief tied to their histories in the South Indian, Sephardic, and Filipino diasporic communities respectively. In the exhibition curated by Samantha Lance, the artists’ acts of weaving, embroidery, and knitting evoke how fabric has served as a material for survival, protection, and resilience. The works prompt a deeper understanding of the role and history of women’s cultural work as weavers, embroiderers, and knitters.

The MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions are produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges additional project support from the Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award and International Travel Fund.


a. portia Ehrhardt, Dream Cast i, 2024. Oil and soft pastel, gouache, and pencil crayon on found technical drawing and canvas, 39″ x 61″. Photo: Krystle Merrow.

2024 MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition
May 1 – July 27, 2024

University of Toronto Art Centre

The Art Museum, in partnership with the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, is pleased to exhibit the graduating projects of the 2024 Master of Visual Studies graduate students a. portia ehrhardt, Adrienne Scott, Cason Sharpe, Rachel Ormshaw, and Sandy Callander.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS Studio degree in Visual Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto. The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges project support from The Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva, and Elizabeth.


Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience (still), 2015. Single-channel SD video, digitized 16mm film 6 minutes, looped, colour/black & white. Directed, edited, animated by Ja’Tovia Gary, dimensions variable. © Ja’Tovia Gary. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.

Public Programs

Opening Reception: Summer 2024 Exhibitions
Wednesday, May 1, 6pm–8pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Curatorial Tour: Liberation in Four Movements with Ingrid Jones
Saturday, May 4, 2pm–3pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Curatorial Tour: The Love that Remains with Samantha Lance
Saturday, May 11, 2pm–3pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Threading Through Time: In Conversation with Par Nair, Julie Gladstone, and Carol Ann Apilado
Saturday, May 25, 2pm–3pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

North Wishcourt After Relocation: A Public Reading
Saturday, June 1, 2pm–3pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Registration required.

Joint Curatorial Tour: Indiscernible thresholds, escaped veillances and Mnemonic silences, disappearing acts with Dallas Fellini
Friday, June 7, 2pm–3:30pm
Jackman Humanities Institute and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
This event is co-presented with The ArQuives and the Jackman Humanities Institute.
Registration required.

Story Time with Cason Sharpe: The Streets Are Free
Saturday, June 8, 2pm–3pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Registration required.

Prom Night: MVS Studio Graduation Reading
Wednesday, July 10, 6pm–8pm
University College (UC) Quad

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


About the Art Museum at the University of Toronto

The Art Museum is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary art and interdisciplinary inquiry located on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, in Canada’s largest and most diverse city. With its two distinct gallery spaces (the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House and the University of Toronto Art Centre at University College), the Art Museum offers intensive cycles of programming dedicated to artistic and curatorial experimentation. Featuring works in a wide array of traditional and contemporary media, the Art Museum’s exhibitions are complemented by energetic offsite projects, widely accessible digital programs, and research engaging with the University of Toronto’s extensive contemporary and historical collections.

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