ARTbus: Exhibition Tour


ARTbus: Exhibition Tour

    Sunday 23 June 2019, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm

Pick-up and drop-off at the Art Museum at the University of 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! Visit the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Burlington and Oakville Galleries.

This event is generously supported by our Public Programs Partner Chubb. In-kind support provided by Ace Hill Beer Company.

Registration closed.


Our summer ARTbus begins at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto with a tour of Carrie Mae Weems: Heave at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival's spotlight on Weems. Throughout her artistic trajectory, the noted American artist has undertaken sustained investigations of social conflict. This multi-part installation combines photography, video, news media sampling, and ephemera to probe the devastating effects of violence in our life and time. At the University of Toronto Art Centre, Variations in Black, Queer, and Otherwise: Work by Abdi Osman features still and moving images that offer complex iterations of subjectivity, while Common Place: Common-Place, featuring Patrick Cruz, Catherine Telford Keogh, Erika DeFreitas, Walter Scott, and Sojourner Truth Parsons, engages with notions of a common place. Also on view is In & Out of Saskatchewan, with works by Pat Adams, Ryan Arnott, Tammi Campbell, Dagmara Genda, Roy Kiyooka, Kenneth Lochhead, William Perehudoff, Edward Poitras, Jon Vaughn, and Theodore Wan.


The ARTbus continues on to the Art Gallery of Burlington to visit Vuntut Gwitchin artist Jeneen Frei Njootli's touring exhibition my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money, circulated by the Contemporary Art Gallery. The work is comprised of four huge sheets of steel where we glimpse shadowy impressions left by hand-sewn beadwork created by the females in the artist's family. The impressions, created by pressing into the artist's skin, are then transferred via grease prints to the steel. As the exhibit continues its tenure, the art morphs in response to the changes in humidity and temperature. Also on view is 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact, an exhibition of foundational pieces from the Art Gallery of Guelph's collections, which builds on 40 years of creative collaborations with Indigenous artists, communities, and organizations, including artists such as Shuvinai Ashoona, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Qavavau Manumie, Ken Maracle, Michael Massie, Shelley Niro, Arthur Renwick, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and Norval Morrisseau among others. my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money is circulated by the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG), Vancouver and was supported in Vancouver by the Audain Foundation. 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact is organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Government of Canada.


Next, at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square and Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, visit Material Tells. Taking the politics of making as its point of departure, this group exhibition explores the cultural meanings that emerge from the materials artists use. Drawing on the writings of Édouard Glissant, guest curator Daisy Desrosiers assembles a selection of works that engage often-overlooked narratives within cultural histories, considering the itinerant and opaque legacies that surround certain materials. Ideas of belonging, witnessing, domesticity, and migratory journeys are brought to the fore, engaging shared and self-reflective experiences and inviting audiences to be guided by the stories that they tell. Featuring work by Alvaro Barrington, Kevin Beasley, Shannon Bool, Beverly Buchanan, Jesse Chun, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Azza El Siddique, Ja'Tovia Gary, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Iris Häussler, and Kapwani Kiwanga.



12:00 pm: Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery for a tour, followed by the University of Toronto Art Centre.

1:30 pm: Art Gallery of Burlington. Visit my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money and 150 Acts: Art, Activism, Impact.

2:30 pm: Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square. Visit opening of Material Tells.

3:30 pm: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens. Opening of Materials Tells continues, with refreshments.

5:00 pm: Drop-off at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.


Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery: 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
University of Toronto Art Centre: 15 King's College Circle, Toronto

Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Road, Burlington

Oakville Galleries

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

Regrettably, this itinerary is not fully accessible. For accessibility inquiries, please contact

Images (left to right): Carrie Mae Weems, Heave (installation view), 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; Jeneen Frei Njootli, my auntie bought all her skidoos with bead money (installation view), Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 13 July – 16 September 2018. Photo: Michael Love; Ja'Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience (detail), 2015, film still. Courtesy of the artist and galerie frank elbaz, Paris.