Recent Acquisition: Jalani Morgan, The Sum of All Parts, 2017

Image: Jalani Morgan, The Sum of All Parts: Protesters perform a ‘die-in’ by laying on the ground at Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto. This was in solidarity and in rage of the decision of the New York grand jury to not indict the police officers responsible for the murder of Eric Garner., 2017. Black and white photographic print. Hart House Collection. Purchased in part through the support of the Elizabeth L. Gordon Art Program, a program of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and administered by the Ontario Arts Foundation, 2019.

The Hart House Collection is one of four distinct collections administered by the Art Museum. Inaugurated in 1922, and mandated to support living Canadian artists through the purchase of their work, today the Hart House Art Committee continues building the collection with increased dedication to representing the diversity of our communities.

In 2018/19 the acquisitions committee purchased a selection of photographs from the series The Sum of All Parts by Toronto-based artist Jalani Morgan. Capturing intimate and intense moments in the fight against anti-black racism catalyzed by the Black Lives Matter movement, these images offer a differential perspective from the news media record of the same events, by centering the experience and subjectivity of the organizers.

Over the past fifteen years, Morgan has built an impressive exhibition history with platforms including Photoville New York, the Wedge Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. An established photographer who hails originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Morgan has also been dedicated to giving back to his community through mentorship and empowerment programs that have included The Remix Project, LAMP and We Are Lawrence project created in partnership with City of Toronto and Manifesto. 

This exhibition ends on July 27, 2019. 

When: Wed, June 5, 2019 / 12–5 pm
Where: University of Toronto Art Centre
Cost: Free

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