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Art Museum at the University of Toronto presents

Gabriel Orozco, Sleeping Leaves (Hojas durmiendo), 1990. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.

Figures of Sleep

January 17 – March 3, 2018
Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan

Figures of Sleep, a major international exhibition, considers the cultural anxieties manifest in the popular and critical imagination around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation. If the night was the space of mystic quandary, and a creative catalyst and spiritual and cultural resource, today’s globalized capitalism and market and military demands for 24/7 service hours are stretching human body and mind in unprecedented ways. Is sleep in crisis? Exceedingly, artists have adopted the motif of sleep as a cipher for material, aesthetic, existential and political considerations of these urgent cultural concerns. More information

Works by: Francis Alÿs, Rebecca Belmore, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, Sophie Calle, Chris Curreri, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Rodney Graham, Tehching Hsieh, On Kawara, Hassan Khan, Liz Magor, Ron Mueck, Bruce Nauman, Gabriel Orozco, Jasmeen Patheja, Jon Sasaki, Mladen Stilinović

Opening Events

Thursday, January 25, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Night of Ideas
To sleep or not to sleep
Thursday, January 25, 7pm-7am
Hart House

An evening of lectures, workshops, performances, screenings and readings presented in partnership with the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Canada and Hart House. Part of a global initiative across 50 cities, Night of Ideas will bring together international artists, writers, philosophers, historians, neuroscientists and other restless minds to tackle such wide-ranging subjects as the neuroscience of sleep, the meaning of downtime, the health impact of sleeplessness, the cultural importance of dreaming, and the architecture and politics of sleep. More information

Public Programs

Art Bus Tour
Sunday, January 21, 11:30am
Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery then bus tour continues to the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Oakville Galleries

Drop-In Tours
Every Friday, 2pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Curator’s Tours
Saturday, February 3, 2pm
Saturday, March 3, 11pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Extended Hours
On March 3, 2018, the Art Museum will be extending public hours from 12pm-12am

For program details visit

Art Museum at the University of Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council. With additional project support for Figures of Sleep from The Joan and Clifford Hatch Foundation and TD Insurance. The Night of Ideas is supported by The Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Canada, Institut français, Hart House, the Janet E. Hutchison Foundation, and TD Insurance. The Media Sponsors are NOW Magazine and CIUT-FM.


Visiting the Art Museum

University of Toronto Art Centre
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday 12-5pm
Wednesday 12-8pm
Sunday and Monday closed

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.
The galleries are wheelchair accessible.

Media Contact: Brittany Brooks,, 416-978-5488





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