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Art Museum at U of T : Form Follows Fiction

  • Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

    Hart House, University of Toronto 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON (map)

    43.653225 -79.383186

  • How do artists in Toronto visualize their sense of place? Are there particular made-in-Toronto ways of thinking about the city? 

    This show portrays Toronto in a series of "acts performed by artists."

    I've seen this show on 3 separate occasions since it opened in early Sept (it closes Dec 10), and with our groups recent interest in "Shape of the City and What's Next" is highly recommended seeing this show, and more so as Luis Jacob will lead us on a one hour discussion!

    This is a private tour.  I would request that each person contribute $5 to Luis on night of.  I will have an envelope when arriving.

    Curated by internationally renowned Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob, Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto concentrates on a period of more than fifty years to consider the ways in which artists visualize Toronto. Presenting a thematic clustering of works by eighty-six artists, the exhibition is premised on the tendency of artists in this city to favour performative and allegorical procedures to articulate their sense of place. Four gestures – mapping, modelling, performing and congregating – serve as guideposts to a diverse array of artistic practices. The exhibition is a constellation of symbolic forms, or memes, that repeatedly appear in the work of artists of different generations; it presents a panorama of the blueprints that artists have drafted over many decades to give form to life in one of North America’s largest cities.

    The exhibition signals the Art Museum’s continued, energetic engagement with art and artists in Toronto, to foster research and histories concerning sense of place.

    100 works by 86 artists!  Certain things about life in the "city", keep turning up over and over again...since 1780.

    The most comprehensive exhibition of its kind, Form Follows Fiction incorporates historical documents gathered from local archives, contemporary ephemera and artworks by: Kim Adams, David Anderson, Napo B, Carl Beam, Adrian Blackwell, Deanna Bowen, Peter Bowyer, David Buchan, Michael Buckland, Colin Campbell, James Carl, Ian Carr-Harris, Carlo Cesta, Paraskeva Clark, Wendy Coburn, John Collins, Carole Conde & Karl Beveridge, Greg Curnoe, Tom Dean, Bonnie Devine, Sarindar Dhaliwal, Keesic Douglas, Sameer Farooq and Mirjam Linschooten, Robert Gagen, General Idea, Janice Gurney, Frederick Hagan, Lawren Harris, Isobel Harry, Bobs Cogill Haworth, Karen Henderson, Robert Houle, Yvonne McKague Housser, John G. Howard, Oliver Husain, Rae Johnson, G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce, Nobuo Kubota, Will Kwan, Suzy Lake, Michel Lambeth, Gordon Lebredt, Arthur Lismer, Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, Peter MacCallum, Annie MacDonell, Arnaud Maggs, John Marriott, Sandra Meigs, Olia Mishchenko, Kent Monkman, Bridget Moser, Charlie Murray and Thom Van der Vaag, Shelley Niro, Daniel Olson, Charles Pachter, Roula Partheniou, Christiane Pflug, Ed Pien, Jaan Poldaas, Public Studio, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Steve Reinke, Arthur Renwick, Mitch Robertson, Jon Sasaki, David Armstrong Six, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, Tess Boudreau Taconis, Ho Tam, Jeff Thomas, Joanne Tod, The Toronto Ink Company, Harold Town, Kwan Tse, Camille Turner, Renée van Halm, Frederick Varley, Lorne Wagman, Joyce Wieland, Robert Wiens, Shirley Wiitasalo, and Tony Wilson

    Excellent review..

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  • George

    Confirming that I will be there, and that our meeting location is at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at UofT's Hart House.


  • Greg

    PLEASE update your RSVP as we head into this private tour on WED at 6pm. I will be collecting $5 cash at the door for Luis, pls have exact change. tks

    We start at 6 pm sharp, so pls double check the map for location and get your bearings.

    This will be my 4th time at this exhibition, it is excellent..excellent, and Luis Jaccob's commentary is invaluable.

    See you there. Any questions, email me at [masked]


    2 days ago

    • Felicia C.

      I still plan on attending-see you then


  • bren

    See you there


  • Susan

    Looking forward to it!


  • joanne

    See you Wed.

    2 days ago

  • Jill

    Thanks Greg, see you on wed.

    2 days ago


    Hi Greg, see you Wed at 6 pm.

    2 days ago

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