2020 Winter Exhibitions at the Art Museum: Listening to Snow | Night of Ideas | Lorenza Böttner

Please note: Accommodations for accessibility are available upon request for the Art Museum’s University of Toronto Art Centre location while wheelchair access is limited due to University College building revitalization. The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery location in Hart House is wheelchair accessible.


Michael Snow, Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids), 2002. Courtesy of Michael Snow.

Listening to Snow

January 18 – March 21, 2020
Curated by Liora Belford

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Listening to Snow is a devoted-to-listening space, a music box, focusing on ideas and thoughts arising from a selection of Michael Snow’s sounds. Composed and tuned, the exhibition manifests as one sonic experience from three sound installations [Diagonale (1988), Waiting Room (2000), Tap (1969-1972)], one screening [Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids) (2002)], two recordings [Falling Starts, W in the D (1975)], and a piano for Snow’s performance – all sharing the same acoustic space.

The exhibition is part of the Hart House’s centennial programming recognizing the special place the institution holds in Snow’s biography. More information.

Public Programs

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 18, 2020 (3-5pm)
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Screening: Rameau’s Nephew by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (16mm film, 270min)
Saturday, February 22, 1pm
Innis Town Hall

Curatorial Listening Tour with Liora Belford
Wednesday, February 26, 5pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Screening: Wavelength (16mm film, 45 min) and Laurie Kwasnik’s documentary Snow in Vienna (HD Video, 34 min)
Saturday, February 29, 1pm
Innis Town Hall

Screening: La Région Centrale (16mm film, 190 min)
Saturday, March 14, 7pm
Innis Town Hall

Solo Piano Performance by Michael Snow
Saturday, March 21, 4pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Exhibition Tours
Every Tuesday at 2pm

Night of Ideas: Being Alive

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 5pm – 2am

Hart House

Part of a global initiative across 50 cities, Night of Ideas: Being Alive will bring together a dynamic mix of international artists, writers, philosophers, performers, and activists to explore what it means to be alive in the multiplicities of the body and the entanglements of identity.

Join us for an evening of free lectures, performances, and screenings presented in partnership with the the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Canada and Hart House.

The keynote lecture with Paul B. Preciado, presented in the Hart House Great Hall, launches the evening at 7pm, following the opening reception for Lorenza Bottner: Requiem for the Norm, 5-7pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre. More information.


Lorenza Böttner and Johannes Koch, Untitled, 1983. Black and white photograph.

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm

January 25 – March 21, 2020
Curated by Paul B. Preciado
Presented in collaboration with Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona

University of Toronto Art Centre

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm is the first North American presentation of the work of Chilean/German artist Lorenza Böttner. Born Ernst Lorenz Böttner in Chile in 1959, at eight he lost both his arms in an accident. Institutionalized in Germany, where he moved with his mother for treatment, he rejected prosthetics intended to compensate for his supposed disability. In art school, he started identifying as female and assumed the name Lorenza. Although her career spanned just sixteen years, Lorenza Böttner created over 200 individual works, painting with her feet and mouth and using dance, photography, street performance, drawing, and installation to celebrate the complexity of embodiment and gender expression. Casting herself as a ballerina, a mother, a young man with glass arms, a Greek statue, Böttner’s work is irreverent and hedonistic, filled with the artist’s joy in her own body. More information.

The production of the exhibition was funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany, with additional project support from the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Public Programs

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 25, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Night of Ideas: Being Alive Keynote Lecture
Saturday, January 25, 7pm
Great Hall, Hart House

Exhibition Tours
Every Tuesday at 2pm

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.


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

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

Admission is FREE to all exhibitions.

Media Contact: Marianne Rellin, marianne.rellin@utoronto.ca