The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) are located at UofT’s St. George campus, just a few steps apart. The galleries present a year-round program of contemporary and historical exhibitions alongside interdisciplinary public programs of lectures, screenings, performances, and tours.
The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery was built in 1982 to house and care for the growing Hart House Permanent Collection of Canadian art. UTAC opened to the public in 1996, designed to house and display three distinct collections of art: the University College Collection, University of Toronto Art Collection, and Lillian Malcove Collection. Since federating in 2014, the two galleries’ joint mandate is to increase interest, awareness, and access to contemporary art and its histories.
The Hart House Collection and the 'Cosmopolitanism' of Canadian Art
Lecture by Barbara Jenkins
Wednesday, January 28 - 7:00-8:30 pm
UTAC art lounge
15 King's College Circle, University of Toronto
Please join us for the upcoming event held in conjunction with Re-Collections: Between History and Storytelling, the event series occasioned by the joint-venue winter exhibition program at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre.
F.H. Varley, Portrait of Vincent Massey, 1920.
Vincent Massey’s insistence that Canadian works of art should hang on the walls of Hart House was more than a nationalist attempt to support Canadian artists. In his quest to provide U of T students with a taste of the broader cultural education he experienced at Oxford, he was cultivating a ‘cosmopolitan’ perspective that can be viewed as a sort of cultural legitimation for the free flow of goods and services in a transatlantic political economy. Thus, the development of the Hart House collection should be viewed as part of a larger project that Massey was intimately involved in: Canadian participation as an equal partner in a cosmopolitan, transatlantic cultural economy. From a broader theoretical perspective, Massey’s efforts underline the importance of critically considering cultural factors in our understanding of the construction of global economic markets.
Barbara Jenkins trained as a political economist, receiving her PhD in Political Science from Yale University and completing a postdoc at Harvard Business School. She taught International Political Economy at Carleton University for many years, then left academia for a brief period to become the director of an artist-run center, Gallery 96. She now teaches in the department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, focusing her research on the political economy of art and architecture in the context of the blossoming field of cultural economy. In addition to studying cultural policy, she is currently working on a project entitled Evoking the Feminine: A Cultural Economy of the Curve that combines aesthetics and political economy in an examination of the cultural aspects of sexual difference.
A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection
January 15 to March 7, 2015
University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated by Dr. Christine Boyanoski
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Assistance Program. Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du ministère du Patrimoine canadien.
A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection is generously supported by Manulife Financial.
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
January 15 to March 7, 2015
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and Manulife Financial.
Byzantine and Post Byzantine Icons from the Malcove Collection
This is an ongoing exhibition.
This exhibition, drawn from the University of Toronto’s Malcove Collection, is organized around two central themes: icons dedicated to Mary and the Christ Child, and icons representing Christ and important saints in the Christian tradition.