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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.


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


Current Exhibitions

Image Coming Soon #1

museumcircle (1989-1995) by John Cage and Erratum Musicale (1913) by Marcel Duchamp
March 20 to June 6, 2015

Curated by Liora Belford
Image Coming Soon #1 re-stages the late American composer John Cage's groundbreaking composition for a museum, titled museumcircle (1989-1995).



Charcoal Chess Tournament with Lee Walton

Co-presented with the Hart House Chess Club

Documentation of Lee Walton's Charcoal Chess Tournament is currently on display in the hallway lobby of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, including drawings, video, and the Charcoal Chess Trophy.

The Charcoal Chess Tournament occured on April 24th in the Hart House Reading Room, and was presented in conjunction with "This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance,” curated by Yan Wu at the Jackman Humanities Institute.

Read more about the Charcoal Chess Tournament here.

Read more about "This Area is under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance" here.


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.



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

Curated by Su-Ying Lee

Benner Image

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



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.



Location & Gallery Hours

Hart House at the University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

Gallery Hours

Monday to Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, 12:00 - 8:00 pm

Closed statutory holidays

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