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Why Can't Minimal

Why Can't Minimal
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House
Time: Sep 2nd, 9:00 am End: Oct 19th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Digital Art/Humanities, Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
An exhibition of contemporary minimalist art curated by John G. Hampton

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Humour, Play, and Games is pleased to present:

Why Can't Minimal

Curated by John G. Hampton

Why Can't Minimal is an exhibition of contemporary minimalist work that uses humour, humanity, and absurdity to undermine often associated with 'serious' minimal art.

Why Can’t Minimal addresses the humorous side of minimal art by embracing its humanity and latent absurdity. The exhibition rejects the assumption that minimal art requires serious, solemn contemplation, and instead embraces the more intuitive, jovial, and personal pleasures that occur when one has fun with the comically utopian ambitions of unitary forms. Playing with the forms, traditions and incongruities of multiple minimalisms, the presented works elude rational thought, repositioning conceptual value away from cognitive labour, towards the instinctual recognition offered through levity, play, humour and sentiment.


  • Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins
  • John Baldessari
  • John Boyle-Singfield
  • John Marriott
  • John Wood & Paul Harrison
  • Jon Sasaki
  • Ken Nicol
  • Tammi Campbell
  • Liza Eurich

Further information:  Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House

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