ARTbus: Exhibition tour
Sunday 8 April 2018

Ryerson Image Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga and Oakville Galleries

Program description


Sunday 8 April 2018, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at the Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street, Toronto)
$10 donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments

Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the season's best exhibitions in the GTA!

Ryerson Image Centre

This spring, the ARTbus begins at the Ryerson Image Centre with a tour of two experimental shows confronting the traditional power dynamic between photographer and subject. Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography suggests that photography—a medium traditionally understood as one dominated by singular creative adventurers—is better defined by collaboration and interaction. Jim Goldberg's seminal series Rich and Poor (1977 to 1985) exemplifies this relationship by pairing his portraits with revealing self-observations from his subjects, inscribed directly on the photographs. These images exposed the rising social and economic divide in the United States that has only intensified today.

Art Gallery of Mississauga

The ARTbus continues to the Art Gallery of Mississauga to visit niigaanikwewag guest curated by Rhéanne Chartrand, Curator of Indigenous Art at McMaster Museum of Art. This exhibition brings together the work of senior, mid-career, and emerging female Indigenous artists to celebrate past, present, and future generations of creative kwes as integral to sustaining the creative life force of Indigenous communities. niigaanikwewag, which means “leader women" or “they who lead" (feminine, plural) in Anishinaabemowin, positions the female Indigenous artists included in this curatorial project as leaders within Indigenous art. Featuring works by Kenojuak Ashevak, Christi Belcourt, Rebecca Belmore, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Rita Letendre, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Meryl McMaster, Caroline Monnet, Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Daphne Odjig, Olivia Whetung and many more.

Oakville Galleries

Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, the ARTbus will visit the opening of Sara Cwynar: Tracy featuring her acclaimed works Soft Film (2016) and Rose Gold (2017) alongside her newest film and a suite of recent photographs. Cwynar's densely layered films range over a number of subjects relevant to our image-saturated society. These include the circulation and value of objects through time, our relationship to technology and advertising culture, the potent emotional and aspirational charge of material consumption, and how colour can be coveted as an object of desire. Her photographs enlarge on these themes, asking critical questions about the power at play in the distribution and consumption of images and things.

Lastly, at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens participants will visit the opening of Nadia Belerique: The Weather Channel. The Toronto-based artist cannily combines photo-based image-making with sculptural installation to mine the dynamic relationship between the perceptual, the psychological and the representational. At Oakville Galleries, Belerique will present an installation of new works that extends her recent Bed Island series. Featuring a series of photo-driven sculptures and an elevated steel and glass frame (or "bed") that responds to the architecture of Gairloch estate, The Weather Channel continues Belerique's ongoing engagement with the image plane as an index for the actual and imagined limits of the body, human identity and the spaces they generate.

Program details


12:00 pm: Ryerson Image Centre. Visit Collaboration. A Potential History of Photography and Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor (1977 to 1985).

1:30 pm: Art Gallery of Mississauga. Visit niigaanikwewag.

2:45 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit opening of Sara Cwynar: Tracy.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Gairloch Gardens. Opening of Nadia Belerique: The Weather Channel, with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop off at the Ryerson Image Centre.


Ryerson Image Centre
33 Gould Street, Toronto

Art Gallery of Mississauga
300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga

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

Images (clockwise from top left): Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography (installation view), 2018. © James Morley, Ryerson Image Centre; Caroline Monnet, Creatura Dada (detail), 2016, video still. Courtesy of the artist; Sara Cwynar, Soft Film (detail), 2016, video still. Courtesy of the artist, Cooper Cole, Toronto and Foxy Production, New York; Nadia Belerique, Bed Island (Don't Sleep) (installation detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto. Photo: Guy L'Heureux.

Related Exhibitions

Nadia Belerique

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

In The Weather Channel, Belerique presents a series of new works that respond to the idiosyncratic character of Gairloch estate. Drawing on the trappings of domestic life, Belerique considers the ways in which the home is a site of both intimacy and concealment, where a broad spectrum of moods, identities and relationships are forged and fostered.

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Sara Cwynar

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

In her first museum exhibition in Canada, Sara Cwynar presents her acclaimed works Soft Film (2016) and Rose Gold (2017) alongside her newest film and a suite of recent photographs.

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