ARTbus: Exhibition tour to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Blackwood Gallery and Oakville Galleries
Sunday 8 June 2014, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto)
$10 donation includes admission to all galleries and afternoon refreshments by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market
For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday 6 June, 4:00 pm


Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the summer’s best exhibitions in the GTA!
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

The summer ARTbus begins at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with a tour of KWE: Photography, sculpture, video and performances by Rebecca Belmore, co-presented by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, KWE delves into the complicated and fertile relationship between Indigeneity, art and feminism. Kwe (woman) is a term of respect and marks out a territory of cultural resurgence. Belmore's photography, sculptures and performances assert what it is to be an Anishinaabe-kwe artist. Violence against Indigenous women as well as their power and perseverance has been the subject of much of her work. Belmore engages her family stories on the role of women while keeping Indigenous self-determination central. 

Blackwood Gallery

The ARTbus continues to Blackwood Gallery for a tour of Incident Light: Gendered Artifacts and Traces Illuminated in the Archives, curated by Leila Pourtavaf and featuring work by Tara Najd Ahmadi & Hannah Darabi*, Ala Dehghan*, Maryam Jafri, Jumana Manna, Nahed Mansour, The Otolith Group, and Tejal Shah (*works commissioned by Azar Mahmoudian). In photography, the term “incident light” refers to both the source emitting the direct light which illuminates a subject, as well as secondary sources which redirect light onto it to reveal unseen details. Incident Light features a group of Middle Eastern and South Asian artists whose works focus on traces of gender and sexuality within various archives from the region. The exhibit questions the authority that nationalist historiographies hold in relation to their subjects through a repositioning of the cultural artifacts from various historical depositories. Building new stories from fragmented knowledge, the exhibition harnesses generative forces that anticipate, foresee and fantasize about what was and could have been.

Oakville Galleries

Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, participants will visit the opening reception of the group exhibition You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me. On the occasion of her retirement from Oakville Galleries, Curator Marnie Fleming organizes a selection of works from the Galleries’ permanent collection that have moved her, challenged her and encouraged her to think in new and unexpected ways. While these pieces do not adhere to a simple unifying narrative, they do tell a notable story: not only of Fleming's two decades at the Galleries, but of the history of the institution and the diversity of art practices that have unfolded since the early 1990s. Featuring work by thirty artists, including Kim Adams, Stephen Andrews, Paterson Ewen, Angela Grauerholz, Susanna Heller, Micah Lexier, Ken Lum, Liz Magor, David Merritt, Kim Moodie, Paulette Phillips, Ian Wallace, Colette Whiten, and many others.


11:45 am: Meet outside the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for sign-in.

12:00 pm: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Tour of Rebecca Belmore exhibition.

1:30 pm: Blackwood Gallery. Tour of Incident Light exhibition.

2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit opening of You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Visit You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me. Opening reception with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

In-kind support provided by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville.


Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Road, Mississauga

Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square: 120 Navy St, Oakville
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens: 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Images (left to right): Rebecca Belmore, sister, 2010. Installation view: Audain Gallery, Vancouver, photo: Kevin Schmidt. Courtesy of the artist; Jumana Manna, video still from A Sketch of Manners (Alfred Roch's Last Masquerade), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and CRG Gallery, New York; Ken Lum,What is it Daddy?, 1994. Collection of Oakville Galleries.