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Wendy Coburn (1963-2015)

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Image credit: Wendy Coburn and Aviva Rubin.

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, our entire team of staff, mourns the loss of Toronto artist and activist Wendy Coburn. Her solo exhibition Anatomy of a Protest, presented at the Gallery from October 30 to December 19, 2014, was a highlight of our program and a summation of her astute, critical, and passionate work as an artist. It was also one of the most important and momentous political works to be produced in Toronto in recent memory.

Anatomy of a Protest was a thorough analysis -- through posters, news footage, amateur photography, and social media -- of events that marked the world's first SlutWalk, staged in Toronto in 2011. Wendy's astutely perceptive and critical analysis of the protest, which included an organized group of infiltrators and the unwitting role of the media, was a tour de force. Monumental in so many ways, it touched all of us deeply, and became one of the most widely and intensively discussed works in the Toronto arts community.

In her work and in her life, Wendy Coburn was driven by a sense of perfection and social commitment. She was a revered and beloved teacher, and as Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, a gifted administrator and respected leader amongst staff and faculty. In recognition of her deep engagements and tireless work on behalf of the LGBTQ community and especially youth and students, she was appointed a Fellow of the University of Toronto's Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Most of all, she inspired us through her work as an artist. Her exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, which included the production of an ambitious, all-new body of work as well as the precise choreography of the overall installation, was exceptional in all respects. Her way of working was understated and yet inexorable; her work, acutely observant and sharply articulate. Above all, we came to know for her sense of inquisitive speculation and curiosity, for her great warmth and wicked wit, and for her intelligence as an artist and thinker whose work has made an indelible mark on the history of art and activism in Toronto, which will remain as one her amazing gifts.

We miss her very much.
Barbara Fischer and team of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre

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Joseph Barnicke (1922-2015)

On behalf of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, we note with sadness the loss of Joseph Barnicke.

His generosity led to the founding of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in 1983 and a major renovation in 2010.
We remember him—his irrepressible stamina and wit, his generosity and convictions—with great fondness and respect.


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Joe Barnicke with President Naylor and Chancellor Peterson receiving a University of Toronto Arbor award in 2009

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Current Exhibitions

The Flesh of the World

June 25 – October 10, 2015

A co-presentation of the Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC)

Guest-curated by Amanda Cachia


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Off-Site Exhibitions

"This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance"

September 4, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

Curated by Yan Wu

Featuring Kim Adams, Myfanwy Ashmore, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Diane Borsato, Shane Krepakevich and Elif Saydam, Gwen MacGregor and Lewis Nicholson, Kelly Mark, Ahmet Ögüt, Roula Partheniou, Vincent Trasov, VSVSVS, and Lee Walton.




Ahmet Ögüt, This area is under 23 hour video and audio surveillance, 2009. Ink on aluminum plate, 8 x 11 1/2 x 1/16 inches. Laumeier Sculpture Park Collection, with funds from the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund. Photo courtesy Laumeier Sculpture Park.

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Ron Benner: Your Disease Our Delicacy (cuitlacoche)

Summer 2012, 2013, and 2014

Hart House Farm Plot
Southeast corner of Hart House, near Queen's Park Cir
cle

Curated by Su-Ying Lee

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Ron Benner, Your Disease Our Delicacy (cuitlacoche), 2012. Courtesy of the artist.

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Travelling Exhibitions


A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection

May 9, 2015 - July 19, 2015
Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia

Curated by Dr. Christine Boyanoski



Image credit: Arthur Lismer, Isles of Spruce, 1922. Oil on canvas, 136 x 179 cm. Hart House Art Collection, University of Toronto, Purchased by the Hart House Sketch Committee, 1927/28.

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7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
Canada

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Wednesday, 12:00 - 8:00 pm

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