The Flesh of the World at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre

The Doris McCarthy Gallery and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre present:
The Flesh of the World Curated by Amanda Cachia
June 25 – October 10, 2015
Featuring work by: Katherine Araniello, Ingrid Bachmann, Mowry Baden, Louise Bourgeois, Lisa Bufano andJason Tschantré, Raphaëlle de Groot, Arseli Dokumaci, Helen Dowling, Lindsay Fisher, Erin Gee, Ann Hamilton, Sara Hendren, Wendy Jacob, Martin Kersels, Noemi Lakmaier, Tim Lee, Darrin Martin, Bruce Nauman, Carmen Papalia, Catherine Richards, Stelarc, Aaron Williamson, Alexa Wright, and Artur Zmijewski
Opening Reception at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre Wednesday, June 24, 6:00 – 8:00pm Featuring performances by Raphaëlle de Groot, Wendy Jacob, and Catherine Richards
For up-to-date programming and accessibility information, please visit the exhibition website.

Darrin Martin, Untitled (pink noise) from the series Noise Print Sculptures for BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids), 2008 – 2010. Digital print on Arches paper. Courtesy of the artist.

Inspired by the 2015 XVII Pan American and Parapan American Games and the work of the philosopher of phenomenology, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Flesh of the World is an exhibition presenting diverse and complex views of the body that might deepen qualities typically associated with competitive sports and games, such as the relationship between the body and technology, and how the senses might offer new forms of knowledge to corporeal performance and potential. The Flesh of the World will push the limits of the body and challenge dominant culture’s understanding of normativity and embodiment through work by Canadian and international artists who use the body as a medium.
The artists critically inquire and experiment with the shape and forms of bodies, proving that, within the context of both the exhibition and the field of athleticism itself, the body is unfixed and indeterminate. The exhibition also makes important connections between the language of complex embodiment and the language of sports, given that many of the issues relating to endurance, physical limits, failure, pathos, and the human psyche, inform both these fields. It is within the confluence of these two worlds, sometimes playful, sometimes reflective, that we can radically expand our ideas of the corporeal apparatus as a whole. The works span across various media, including film and video installation, sculptures, framed photographs, drawings, paintings and several performances. The exhibition aims to emphasize how visitors might engage with this work across multi-disciplinary, multi-modal platforms. Just like the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games itself, this project offers up the artists’ work to the audience through a wider fulcrum of knowing the contours of our flesh.

Public Programming:
Raphaëlle de Groot, The Wait – Experimenting Expectation  Performance: Thursday June 25 & Friday June 26, 12:00 – 5:00pm Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Artist Talk with Martin Kersels (with ASL interpretation) Thursday June 25, 5:30pm University of Toronto Art Centre
Catherine Richards, Shroud Chrysalis I Performance: Every Tuesday through August 25, 12:30 – 1:30pm University of Toronto Art Centre
Closing Reception: Thursday October 8, 5:00 – 8:30pm Featuring a Curator’s Talk with Amanda Cachia (with ASL interpretation), 7:00pm Doris McCarthy Gallery
For up-to-date programming and accessibility information, please visit the exhibition website.

In an effort to enable the greatest access possible for visitors, specific accommodations have been made in all areas of the exhibition. The Flesh of the World is installed in consultation with exhibition accessibility standards set forth by the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. The height of most works and mounts reflects these standards. The galleries and events are in barrier-free locations. Interpretive texts will be available in large type and braille. Additionally, there will be ASL interpreters at selected public programs.
For more information please visit the exhibition website.
For any other accessibility arrangements or questions about accessibility, please contact:
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery/University of Toronto Art Centre: Rebecca Gimmi,, (416) 978-8463.
Doris McCarthy Gallery: Julia Abraham,, (416) 208-2766.
Doris McCarthy Gallery University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON  M1C 1A4 416-287-7007 Gallery Hours Monday – Thursday 11am-4pm Wednesday 11am-8pm Saturday 12-5pm Friday and Sunday closed
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery 7 Hart House Circle 416-978-8398 Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm Wednesday 12-8pm Sunday and Monday closed
University of Toronto Art Centre (UTAC) 15 King’s College Circle Toronto, ON  M5S 3H7 416-946-8687 Gallery Hours Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm Wednesday 12-8pm Sunday and Monday closed
Admission is FREE to all exhibitions. The Galleries are wheelchair accessible.   Media Contact: Maureen Smith,, 416-946-7089.


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