Plastic Heart is an experimental exhibition that examines plastic as art material, cultural object, geologic process, petrochemical product, and a synthetic substance fully entangled with the human body.

Overview

The exhibition includes new commissions, historical and contemporary artworks that relate to plastic as a politically loaded material, and investigations into the paradoxes of plastic conservation in museum collections. The exhibition acknowledges plastics as both lubricants of artistic, gallery, and museum practices and also as ‘wicked problems,’ made even more complex by their use and discard during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plastic Heart mobilizes practices of institutional critique and proposes an alternative method of exhibition development and presentation that addresses ecology and sustainability in content and form. Seeking to stimulate viewers to be active observers, the exhibition challenges received modes of artmaking and viewing that are deeply dependent on fossil fuels. It also features data visualizations of a study conducted by the Synthetic Collective that provides a first-ever snapshot of post-industrial microplastics pollution on the shores of the Great Lakes. This exhibition links scientific and artistic methodologies to show how arts-based approaches to thinking and working can make viable contributions to environmental science and activism.

Works by

Christina Battle, IAIN BAXTER&, Sara Belontz, Leticia Bernaus, J Blackwell, Amy Brener, Hannah Claus, Sully Corth, Heather Davis and Kirsty Robertson, Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Fred Eversley, Naum Gabo, General Idea, Kelly Jazvac, Woomin Kim, Kiki Kogelnik, Les Levine, Mary Mattingly, Christopher Mendoza, Tegan Moore, Skye Morét, Meagan Musseau, Claes Oldenburg, Meghan Price, Françoise Sullivan, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Lan Tuazon, Marianne Vierø, Joyce Wieland, Nico Willliams, Kelly Wood

Trailer

Watch the exhibition teaser.

Plastic Heart Dialogues

Interdisciplinary conversations with artists, arts workers, activists, scientists, and policy experts about urgent issues around plastic and plastic pollution. Reserve your spot on the Art Museum website.

Wed, Sep 15, 2021  / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Plastic Pollution, Toxicity and Policy Change

Part of a Dialogue Series in conjunction with the exhibition Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through on view at the Art Museum.

Wed, Oct 6, 2021  / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Plastic Pollution in the Laurentian Great Lakes: Industry and Invisibility

Part of a Dialogue Series in conjunction with the exhibition Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through on view at the Art Museum.

Wed, Oct 13, 2021  / 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Plastic Conservation Conundrum: Preserving Plastics in Museum Collections and Plastics’ Durability in the Environment

Part of a Dialogue Series in conjunction with the exhibition Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through on view at the Art Museum.

Wed, Oct 27, 2021  / 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Sustainable Museums

Part of a Dialogue Series in conjunction with the exhibition Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through on view at the Art Museum.

Virtual Spotlights

Commissioned essays, interviews, and video content offering a deep dive into the themes explored in the exhibition. New content published monthly on the Art Museum website.

Presented by

Art Museum

Supported by

Canada Council for the Arts
Ontario Arts Council
Toronto Arts Council
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Jackman Humanities Institute
Concordia University Beaux-arts
Western University
Espace 4th space

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Event Website: Official Website
  • Date: Wed, Sep 8, 2021
  • Upcoming Recurrences

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  • Time & Duration: (all day) (1 days)
  • Cost:
    • General

      FREE

  • Venue:
    Art Museum, University of Toronto Art Centre
    15 King's College Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
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  • Note: All visitors are required to reserve their timed-entry tickets in advance of their visit. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins.
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What's On

  1. Jun 15  – Jul 12
  2. Jun 15  – Jun 30
  3. Jun 15 – Jul 27
  4. Jun 17 – Jul 22
  5. Jun 18 – Jul 27
  6. Jun 19 – Jul 27
  7. Jun 19 – Aug 7
  8. Wed, Jun 19