A collection of artistic adventures to get you out of the house this summer
By: Thomas Publow
Visual art doesn’t hibernate for summer from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) stream of constant new and exciting exhibits to some of the other demonstrations from Toronto’s diverse collection of galleries, summer 2023 is rich in artistic options.
Her Blood Spoke presents a collection of 16 artworks by Joscelyn Gardner, Kara Springer and Alberta Whittle, all artists of Barbadian descent. The work re¡ ects both the modern and historical experiences of Black maternity, featuring lithographs, photographs, paintings and videos, all helping to bring awareness to “the historical systems of racial and gendered violence that continue to shape our contemporary moment.”
This retrospective explores German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and the impact the uncompromising work has had on photograph. Featuring images of nightlife, architecture, social movements, astronomical phenomena and more. The collection highlights Tilmans’ ability to find the extreme and beauty in every day, his love of vibrance.
This exhibition features the work of two pioneering women in Impressionism, Mary Cassatt and Helen McNicoll, Impressionists Between Worlds shows how both artists depicted modern womanhood in their respective eras as well as intimate renderings of children through their work.
When I grow up I want to be a namer of paint colours is an exhibit showcases the over four-decade-long career of South Asian Canadian artist Sarindar Dhaliwal and is her first solo exhibition in the AGO. With themes of memory, identity and migration, Dhaliwal’s art features evocative imagery and severe use of colours.
This massive exhibit examines the breadth and diversity of Inuit musical expression and the connections between Inuit visual arts and two prominent musical genres: drum dancing and throat singing. Presenting over 100 sculptures, prints, drawings and installations themed around music from the 1950s to the present, this exhibition explores the fundamental role music plays in Inuit life while providing a rare opportunity to appreciate differences in style and content among artists in different regions.
Queen West’s Paul Petro Contemporary Art’s first exhibition in collaboration with Two-Spirit artist Michel Dumont. Mukwa Dodem translates to “I am bear clan,”. The exhibit features Dumont’s animal mosaics produced between 2017 and 2022. Dumont is sensitive to multiple chemicals, so the work is made with non-traditional materials like packing tape.
The Cardinal Gallery in Davenport Village features the diverse and moving work of photographer Joan Latchford. celebrated for her exploration of urban life through her works, capturing the reality of Toronto in the ‘60s and ‘70s. One Fine Day is a collection meant to encourage its viewers to “relish in the moment that may seem mundane or ordinary,” to encourage the appreciation of the small moments in life.
Visit the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in King East to see this collection of images from documentary photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado. Salgado’s work traverses over 100 countries, representing his love of nature as well as his drive to represent the socio-economic conditions of people around the world. As his latest collection, Magnum Opus represents the “culmination of his illustrious career” through 50 photographs that represent the nearly five decades of impact he has had in the world of the image arts.
For a period of two years, artists working out of the Kinngait Studios in Nunavut created a collection of collaborative drawings on display at this downtown gallery. Featured artists include Shuvinai Ashoona, Ningiukulu Teevee, Saimaiyu Akesuk, Padloo Samayualie, Johnny Pootoogook, Ooloosie Saila and more.
Fastwürms artists’ have been creating round breaking art in Canada since 1979. , #VOLCANO_LOV3R is self-described as a “primordial geo-queer liberation narrative.” Fastwürms uses volcanoes to tell a story of “unexpected abundance brimming with obsidian sexual potential.”The piece is a barrel sauna that serves as a high-temperature sauna and as a painting.
Fastwürms make a second appearance, this time at Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse collaborative team will be transforming MOCA’s Lightbox into a makeshift advertisement for a fictional academic book. The Field Guide to Seismic Sex will allow viewers to not only engage with this book as passive viewers, but contribute themselves through “a form of mutual speculation and collective imagining.” It once again uses geology for its exploration of sex, using “speculation and points to the generative potentials of subterranean geological forces.”
Visit the InterAccess gallery to see how VibraFusionLab’s new haptic technology is being used to create an interactive hybrid-online venue. Haptic Voices is an artistic experience wholly unique, employing sounds like chants and hums from online participants and playing the sound through vibrotactile transducers in the walls of the gallery for those present.
There’s always a wide range of art on view at the annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). Established in 1961, TOAF is Canada’s largest and longest- running annual art fair and showcases a diverse range of new and established artists, bringing together over 150,000 art lovers yearly.