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Art Exhibits Opening in Toronto This Fall

Art Exhibits, Toronto, Fall 2023

Including a major Keith Haring survey and Indigenous artwork from coast to coast

By Joseph Cicerone

As the city prepares to embrace the changing hues of autumn, it also ushers in a season of artistic excellence. Among a captivating array of exhibits and events opening across Toronto this fall, we’ve rounded up the must-see programming for you to mark in your calendar.

Fall Art Exhibits, 2023, Toronto, MOCA Toronto
Dancing in the Light curated and designed by Farida Abu-Bakare and Kate Wong. photography courtesy of MOCA Toronto.

September 7: Dancing in the Light

Drawn from one of Canada’s largest private collections focusing on African diasporic culture and contemporary Black life, Dancing in the Light is a group exhibition showing at MOCA Toronto now through February 4, 2024. The expansive art exhibit features work from more than 40 artists, including Oreka James, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and examines portraiture across a variety of mediums as a way of entering into a more nuanced consideration of contemporary Black life. MOCA.CA

Indigenous Art Exhibits, Canada
Guná Jensen, Healer. Photography courtesy of JL Philips Gallery.

October 10: Art from the Turtle’s Back

Head to Yorkville Village now through October 24 to browse works from Canada’s vibrant Indigenous art scene. In its third year, Art from the Turtle’s Back: Indigenous Artwork from Coast to Coast aims to showcase the rich diversity of artistic styles, mediums, and cultures from across Turtle Island by way of sculptural work, paintings and visual media. JLPHILIPS.COM

Artist Abdelkader Benchamma
Artist Abdelkader Benchamma. Photography courtesy of Fondation GGL.

October 13: Solastalgia: Archaeologies of Loss

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s display of drawings, murals and installations from French artist Abdelkader Benchamma will be his first major solo exhibition in Canada, and the most comprehensive to date in North America. Visitors can expect a variety of newly created works, as well as an immersive, site-specific mural for the gallery’s Fleck Clerestory Commissioning Program. Following the exhibition opening, Benchamma will be in conversation with exhibition curator Noor Alé, to talk about their collaborative work on the show and the complex motifs prevalent in the artist’s creative practice. THEPOWERPLANT.ORG

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Installation by Rande Cook, presented by Fazakas Gallery. Photography courtesy of Art Toronto.

October 26: Art Toronto

One of the city’s biggest arts events returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from October 26-29; showcasing works from more than 100 galleries from across the globe. To mark the occasion, Art Toronto kicks off with an Opening Night party to benefit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection on October 26, where guests can mingle with some of the more than 20,000 collectors, curators, and art enthusiasts who attend the event each year. ARTTORONTO.CA

Station Independent
Fabrizio Sclocco, The Bather at Dawn, 2023. Photography courtesy of Station Independent Projects.

October 27: Omar Saenz and Fabrizio Sclocco 

In its ongoing commitment to amplifying the work of new emerging and mid-career artists, Station Independent Projects will be presenting a two-person show at its Geary Avenue gallery from October 27-November 18. The showcase will present the work of contemporary figurative artist Fabrizio Sclocco and painter Omar Saenz, including works from both of the artists’ latest collections. STATIONINDEPENDENT.COM

Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto arts

October 28: The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts

Organized by BANNS (Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia), this upcoming art exhibit at the Textile Museum of Canada brings together historic and contemporary quilts from makers connected to Nova Scotia, embodying the stories and voices of the province’s African diaspora. TEXTILEMUSEUM.CA

Fall Season Art Exhibits in Toronto
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982. Photography courtesy of © Keith Haring Foundation.

November 8: Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody

Following a six-month presentation of artist Wolfgang Tillman’s celebrated photographic survey, the Art Gallery of Ontario is once again generating buzz around a new monumental exhibition in the realm of modern art. This time, it showcases more than 120 artworks and archival materials by the late artist Keith Haring in an exhibition exclusive to AGO members and annual pass holders. Beginning with early student artworks made while Haring was at the School of the Visual Arts in New York, Art Is for Everybody – which makes its only Canadian stop in Toronto – shows a young artist finding his voice, developing his artistic vocabulary and experimenting with mediums. AGO.CA

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