Constructing Mythologies, at the University of Toronto Art Centre

Tour Toronto with graduating students from Museum Studies

Shows curated across the GTA

Explore the galleries of Toronto and you might find yourself enjoying an exhibit curated by a student graduating from the University of Toronto's Museum Studies program.

"What the students have been able to achieve is spectacular," says Matt Brower, who teaches the exhibition project class.

"It's very important to give the students real opportunities to have projects that allow them to synthesize what they have learned in the program. Our museum and gallery partners, many of whom are alumni, have provided an incredible amount of support and opportunity."

Brower, also a curator and researcher/author in history of photography and animal studies, says this course is taken by second-year museum students at the Faculty of Information to earn their Master of Museum Studies degree.

Click on the pinpoints of the interactive map below to learn more about the exhibits and see a selection of images from the galleries around Toronto. (Addtional information appears below.)

Use the "-" or "zoom out" button to see exhibits at galleries further afield. To get directions from your location to these galleries, visit the full map.

View Museum Studies Graduating Exhibition Projects in a larger map

1. Doris McCarthy’s Canada

Patricia MacAulay

Doris McCarthy Gallery
Launching: March 2013

Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) was a major Canadian artist. Inspired by the landscape, she painted in every province and territory in Canada - outside, in all seasons. This series of short podcasts talks about her experiences across the country through her art and her writing. Produced for the Doris McCarthy Gallery at UTSC and with support from the McCarthy Estate & the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, the podcasts will be available for free online.

Image: Doris McCarthy, St. Adèle, Québec, 1940. Collection of the Doris McCarthy Gallery.

2. Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit

Laura Warren-Causton

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
March 4 - 17, 2013
Opening: March 10, 2013, 10 am - 1 pm

Visitors will be ushered into a whimsical dreamscape of somewhat ambiguous imagery that will challenge spatial awareness and perceptions. Intimate Immensity: Spaces We Inhabit presents the work of four Alberta-based artists, each of whom reveals a significant aspect about how we occupy and experience space, both physically and psychologically. Working within varying artistic disciplines, Scott Cumberland, Jennifer Poburan, Alma Visscher, and Ryan Wolters exemplify the symbiosis between our bodily existence and the space we inhabit.

Image: Ryan Wolters, Untitled (Void Series), 2012.

3. Tip of the Hat: Celebrating Community, Identity, and Culture in Brant County

Marie-Claire Eylott
Ashley Mackenzie
Ceiridwen Robbins
Angharad Wenz

Brant Museum
57 Charlotte Street, Brantford
March 18 - June 8, 2013
Opening: March 21, 2013, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

As the heartbeat of the community, Brant County residents will be celebrated through a common theme: hats! In partnership with the Brant Historical Society, four candidates from the Master of Museum Studies program at the University of Toronto are creating an exhibit, both at the Brant Museum and online. Residents are encouraged to submit pictures, illustra­tions and stories related to one or many hats in their personal collections. The exhibit centres around five of life’s milestones: learning, working, having fun, starting a family and getting involved. As emblems of identity, the hats will reflect the people of Brant County, past and present.

4. Innovators in Instrumentation: Advancing Astronomy at the Dunlap Institute

Samantha Haddon
Lauren Herzog
Emily Horne
Laura Imrie
Claire MacDonald-Matthews
Amanda McGee

Third Floor, Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
March 21 - October 2013
Opening: March 21, 2013, 7:30 - 9:30 pm

In the search for distant galaxies, exoplanets and life beyond Earth, the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & As­trophysics is an international leader. The current and next generation of astronomers at the University of Toronto are creating their own innovative instruments in collaboration with institutions around the world. This exhibition high­lights three areas of research at the Dunlap: spectroscopy, Arctic astronomy and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Artifacts, activi­ties and models show how astronomical instruments are developed and used to make groundbreaking discoveries.

Image Courtesy of Dr. Nicholas Law; Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.

5. Speaking the Inuit Way

Brittany Holliss

Wilson Hall, New College
40 Willcocks Street
March 28 - April 12, 2013
Opening: March 28, 2013, 5 - 7 pm

The Canadian Language Mu­seum’s new travelling exhibit Speaking the Inuit Way serves as an introduction to viewers south of the Arctic on the diversity of the Inuit language. Through an examination of different writing systems, regional differences and modern revitalization efforts, the exhibition will showcase the spectrum of dialects that comprise the Inuit language and will illustrate how lan­guage reflects historical and contemporary Inuit culture and identity.

6. iPad Interactions

Elyse Rodgers

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Launching: April 2013

iPad Interactions at the Art Gallery of Ontario will support the Gallery in building the resources and best practices for Gallery Guides to better integrate technology into their visitor interactions. Gallery Guides will use the iPad as a tool, making use of its mobility and user-friendly interface, to enhance visitor experience with multimedia as audio and visual cues. The AGO believes that iPads will help share information throughout the institution, further enhance accessibility initiatives and promote visitor participation.

7. Journey Through Memory | A Reminiscence Exhibition

Naomi Lerman
Tobie Miller
Vanessa Tamburro

Apotex and Water Cooler Galleries, Baycrest Centre for Health Sciences
3560 Bathurst Street
Opening: April 14, 2013

Developed jointly with Bay­crest Health Sciences and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario

Sponsored by the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

During reminiscence sessions, Baycrest residents connect with artifacts from everyday life that spark highly affective memories. Their path of recol­lection has led them to share immersive and empowering life stories. In Journey Through Memory, these testimonies are exhibited alongside the objects that inspired them. We invite you to bear witness and take part in the experience.

8. Through the Looking Glass: Inside Julius' Domestic Portrait

Laura McPhie

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
April 2 - 13, 2013
Opening: April 4, 2013, evening

Julius Poncelet Manapul ma­nipulates queer pornographic images to construct the furnishings and decorations of a fictional home. The repur­posed iconography addresses areas of oppression in his life highlighting his struggles with desire and identity. In this fantasized space, Manapul carves out a place of his own which he invites viewers to inhabit with him.

9. Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition

Anne Ahrens-Embleton
Andrea Dixon
Meaghan Eldridge
Danielle Megaffin

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
April 2 - 13, 2013

The Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition celebrates the work of undergraduate art students in the visual studies programs of the three Uni­versity of Toronto campuses. The exhibition recognizes the achievements and excel­lence of these artists and demonstrates the importance of the visual studies programs in developing their work.The diversity of the artworks produced showcases the ex­ceptional quality and breadth of artistic expression across the three campuses.

Image Courtesy of Pietro Adamo.

10. Spark Something New!

Natalie Charette
Jennie Fiddes
Katrina Lougheed
Caitlin Tracey-Miller

KidSpark, Ontario Science Centre
Launching: April 19, 2013

At KidSpark, children learn through play, creativity and curiosity. This online exhibition project will showcase children’s perspectives of their own exploration and learning, as well as provide caregivers with additional information and resources. Focusing on four exhibits, children will offer their own insights through drawings, photography and video interviews, allowing visitors to see “science” through the eyes of a child.

11. In View: Moments from Canadian Photographic History

Chelsea Jeffery

Malton Gallery, Terminal 1
Pearson International Airport
April 19 - September 20, 2013

Explore moments from Canadian photographic history through historical objects and images used and made in Canada since the invention of photography. See a range of historical cameras, including spy cameras and early 3D cameras; intriguing accessories with inventive designs; as well as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, early colour photographs and more.  

12. Graffiti Works: 1989-2008

Bruce Beaton
Shannon Todd

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue
Launching: April 20, 2013

In 1989, the Don Valley Brick Works were abandoned by their owners. The site then be­came a location for a variety of illicit activities and a blank canvas for graffiti artists. Explore the graffiti around the site through this interpretive self-guided tour. You will see different examples of graffiti styles and come to an under­standing of how this contro­versial art form expresses an untold chapter in the development of Evergreen Brick Works.

Image Courtesy of Michelle Scrivener.

13. Janieta Eyre: Constructing Mythologies

Orysia Goddard
Kristin Martin
Elizabeth Morningstar
Rachel Wong

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
April 30 - June 29, 2013
Opening: May 3, 2013, 7 – 8:30 pm

Janieta Eyre: Constructing New Mythologies presents a survey of the work of local Toronto photographer and artist Janieta Eyre. Throughout her career, Eyre has created images that contrast and challenge traditional notions of femininity in society. This exhibition examines Eyre’s work in its capacity to challenge and rearticulate constructions of femininity. This is a featured exhibition of the 2013 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Image Courtesy of Gallerie Samuell Lallouz.

14. The Cat’s Tomb

Amyn Adatia

Ancient Egypt Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen’s Park
June 1-2, 2013
Ancient Egypt Weekend

The Cat’s Tomb will be a rec­reation of an ancient Egyptian cat’s tomb featuring a mum­mified cat and the artifactual provisions for its afterlife. Set within a glass vitrine, the display will serve to inform Royal Ontario Museum’s An­cient Egypt Weekend visitors about cat mummification and individual cat burials during Egypt’s Late Period (664 BCE – 332 BCE), as well as the important roles which cats played in ancient Egyptian society.

Image Courtesy/Copyright of the ROM.

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