CURRENT EXHIBITION

TEMPORARY CLOSURE

21 November 2020 - 21 December 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Following new government guidelines, Mercer Union will be temporarily closed and our current exhibition postponed until further notice. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook or Instagram for updates on gallery hours.

A minaret peeks out of the bottom left corner of the frame sheltered by thin branches of a taller, towering tree. Shot from the perspective of one looking up at the sky.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

Erdem Taşdelen: A Minaret for the General’s Wife

21 November 2020 - 27 February 2021
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

The starting point for Erdem Taşdelen’s commissioned work is a little-known architectural oddity located in the Lithuanian city of Kėdainiai, approximately 120 km from the capital Vilnius. Built in 1880 and restored in 2007, this structure is a freestanding Ottoman-style minaret that peculiarly has no mosque below or attached to it, and currently sits in […]

CURRENT EXHIBITION

SPACE: The BAU | Functioning Circuits: Aunty Lucy’s

2 November 2020 - 10 January 2021
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Mercer Union’s SPACE billboard commission has invited The Black Artists Union (BAU) for its 2020-21 season, featuring Functioning Circuits: Aunty Lucy’s as the first billboard in this yearlong series.

PAST EXHIBITION

What’s Love Got To Do With It?
A new podcast series by Beatrice Gibson

4 September 2020 - 18 September 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

This September, artist Beatrice Gibson pairs six contemporary poets discussing the topic of love: CAConrad and LeAnne Howe, Alice Notley and Precious Okoyomon, and Ariana Reines and Sophie Robinson. This three-part podcast series makes sonic space in which these poets share, listen and respond to one another’s work, and features unique compositions by Crystabel Riley. Gibson’s poetic reflections and citations on friendship, disobedience and […]

PAST EXHIBITION

SPACE: Erdem Taşdelen | Vicissitudes: Act Four

18 July 2020 - 8 September 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Erdem Taşdelen’s Vicissitudes: Act Four (2019) is the last edition in a series of four billboard images commissioned by Mercer Union. Installation views: Vicissitudes: Act Four, Commissioned by Mercer Union, 2019. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. — SPACE invites one artist to produce a yearlong series of images for a public-facing billboard located on the east façade of […]

PAST EXHIBITION

23 June 2020 - 20 November 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

isthmus is a connection; a site forged between places. This collaborative research commission invites artists whose thinking and work are bolstered by peer exchange and participatory forms of knowledge assembly. Presented on the Mercer Union website and using Miro, commissioned projects bridge geographies and temporalities between artists, their collaborators and publics; gathering a multiplicity of […]

PAST EXHIBITION

Deanna Bowen: On Trial The Long Doorway (2019) on Shift Key

30 May 2020 - 26 June 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Mercer Union presents Deanna Bowen’s video On Trial The Long Doorway (2019), streaming for a limited time on Shift Key—MOCA Toronto’s rotating platform for moving image artworks. In Fall 2017, Mercer Union presented a commissioned solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Deanna Bowen. The work takes as its starting point a lost 1956 CBC teledrama ON TRIAL The […]

PAST EXHIBITION

19 May 2020 - 31 August 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Intervals is a digital image commission that engages the in-between—intervening times, spaces, pauses, and breaks in activity—as taken up by artistic practice. Presented on the Mercer Union website and Instagram, this program invites artists to consider their experience of temporality through its disruption, and the sense of before, during, and after that is punctuated in the process of reflection. Artists: […]

PAST EXHIBITION

SPACE: Erdem Taşdelen | Vicissitudes: Act Three

14 March 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

LISTEN: The Perfect Crime by Jacquelyn Zong-Li Ross with musical accompaniment by Bog Myrtle The Perfect Crime  I’ve heard of exactly two perfect crimes in my lifetime: the first, the strangulation of a fraudster on the run by their own pet boa constrictor; the second, the murder of a man by icicle.             The others […]

PAST EXHIBITION

Native Art Department International: Bureau of Aesthetics

14 March 2020 - 31 October 2020
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Mercer Union presents the first Canadian exhibition of Native Art Department International (NADI), a long-term collaborative project created and administered by Toronto-based artists Jason Lujan and Maria Hupfield. While Hupfield and Lujan have respective artistic practices, their work together is authored under the designation of NADI, a collective that produces artworks, exhibitions, events and screenings. […]