The Art Museum at the University of Toronto reopens with Drift: Art and Dark Matter

Presenting artists’ experimentations with the unknown

Josèfa Ntjam, Organic Nebula, 2019. Carpet, photomontage. Collection of the artist.

Drift: Art and Dark Matter

May 11–October 8, 2022
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

An invisible matter is having a gravitational effect on everything. Without the gravity of this “dark” matter, galaxies would fly apart. Observational data in astroparticle physics indicate that it exists, but so far dark matter hasn’t been detected directly.

Given the contours of such an unknown, artists Nadia Lichtig, Josèfa Ntjam, Anne Riley, and Jol Thoms worked with the physicists, chemists, and engineers who are contributing to the search for dark matter at SNOLAB’s underground facility in Sudbury, two kilometres below the surface of the Earth. Through their transdisciplinary exchanges with scientists, the artists have created artworks—sculpture, installation, textile, and video—that emerge as multi-sensory agents in the search for an experience of dark matter.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in partnership with the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB, the Stonecroft Foundation, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council. Curated by Sunny Kerr with assistance from Michelle Bunton.

Medellín, Video still of Jesús Mosquera and Sebastián Gamboa Ricaurte holding the national flag, just before falling, 11.08.2019.

MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions

May 11–July 30, 2022
University of Toronto Art Centre

A Guide for the Afflicted and Defiant
Curated by Nicole Cartier Barrera

An ode to the gestures of resistance and disobedience, both individual and collective, loud and quiet, grandiloquent and modest, A Guide for the Afflicted and Defiant brings together seven collaborators from Colombia—visual artists, dancers, journalists, designers, circus performers, civil rights organizations—who translate into words and images their personal experience of the country’s most recent crisis, exacerbated by a global pandemic.

This exhibition was funded in part by a Latin American Studies program Engagement Award.

A scaffold with, against
Curated by Žana Kozomora

A scaffold with, against features works by Jasmina Cibic, Caroline Monnet, and Pejvak that take as their material the forms that prop up constructions of the future—processes that may appear elusive in the face of larger, seductive propositions for icons of progress. Beginning with references to material structures, the artworks expand to recognize the ambiguous scaffold as a perpetuating apparatus across geographic borders and political contexts.

The aleatory object
An exhibition-as-research
Curated by Shani K Parsons

Originating in an encounter with a psychoanalyst’s collection, The aleatory object makes visible a curatorial process that is critically oriented toward the unknown. Through an intentional embrace of uncertainty, and pursuit of associative and improvisational approaches to knowing, The aleatory object proposes a different kind of curatorial engagement with knowledge production, one that does not simply restate what is known or strive to demonstrate expertise in any conventional sense. This does not mean that knowledge won’t be produced or shared, but rather, that the ideas generated will not be so constrained, to paraphrase Freud, by the imposition of reason on the imagination.

Homo on the Range
A mise-en-scène
Curated by Logan Williams

Prompted by the childhood lawn, Homo on the Range elucidates the dialectic of desire and violence inherent in the conception of home. Through artworks staged in a theatrical mise-en-scène, the complexities of desire, personal mythology, and mementos from the past deconstruct the picket fence in search of possible futures, paying close attention to embodiment, affect, and performativity.

The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges project support from the Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award and International Travel Fund.

Arezu Salamzadeh, Promotional cover for Stand By Your Men, 2022. Photo, 5061 px x 3374 px. Courtesy of the artist.

MVS Studio Program Graduating Exhibition

May 11–July 30, 2022
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 2022 Master of Visual Studies graduate students Arezu Salamzadeh, Kevin Schmidt, Anran Guo, and Jeremy Laing. The new works demonstrate a capacious invocation of craft, utilizing techniques that critique the historical present and imagine worlds otherwise.

The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges project support from The Valerie Jean Griffiths Student Exhibitions Fund in Memory of William, Elva, and Elizabeth. Additional support comes from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.


Opening Reception: MVS Studio Program and MVS Curatorial Studies Program Graduating Exhibitions
Wednesday, May 11, 5pm–7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Writing by choice or by chance
Responding to The aleatory object with poet Maureen Hynes
Saturday, June 4, 5pm–7:30pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Join curator Shani K Parsons and poet Maureen Hynes as they guide participants to respond ekphrastically and aleatorically to any aspect of The aleatory object. Register


Following the Afronautic Trail
Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 12pm–2pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

In partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art

In Following the Afronautic Trail, artist Camille Turner invites participants on a two-day, multi-sensory exploration and interrogation of sites and monuments within the vicinity of the University of Toronto’s downtown campus. Register


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

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

Admission is free. No advance registration necessary.

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

Media Contact:
Marianne Rellin,


The Art Museum gratefully acknowledges operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.