A collection of artistic adventures to get you out of the house this summer

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

AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., On now-Oct. 19.

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.”

Wolfgang Tillmans: To Look Without Fear

AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., On now-Oct. 1.

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.

Cassatt-McNicoll: Impressionists Between World

AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., May 31-Sept. 4.

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.

Sarindar Dhaliwal: When I grow up I want to be a namer of paint colours

AGO, 317 Dundas St. W., Opens July 22

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.

TUSARNITUT! Music Born of the Cold

Royal Ontario Museum, Now until Sept. 24

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.

ROM offers free admission for Indigenous Peoples.

Michel Dumont: Mukwa Dodem

Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St. W., On now-June 24

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.

Fusion - Collaborative Drawings from Kinngait

Feheley Fine Arts, 65 George St., On now-June 17

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: #VOCLANO_LOV3R

Paul Petro Contemporary Art, 980 Queen St. W., On now-June 24

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 - The Field Guide to Seismic Sex

Museum of Contemporary Art, 158 Sterling Rd., June 2-July 23

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.”

VibraFusionLab: Haptic Voices

InterAccess, 950 Dupont St., On now- June 17.

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.

2023 University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition

Art Museum, University of Toronto Art Centre, 7 Hart House Cir., On now.

This annual exhibition celebrates the artistic achievements of undergraduate visual arts students across the three U of T campuses. The work of 19 selected burgeoning artists at the Art Museum.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Nathan Phillips Square, July 2- 9

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.

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