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Rocks, Stones, and Dust

Rocks, Stones, and Dust
15 King's College Circle, University of Toronto Art Centre
Time: Oct 28th, 6:00 pm End: Oct 28th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Humanities, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS)
Opening reception for art exhibition curated by John G. Hampton at University of Toronto Art Centre

The University of Toronto Art Centre and the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are pleased to present

Rocks, Stones, and Dust: An Exhibition Devoted to Rocks and their Relations

Curated by John G. Hampton

Exhibition Launch Reception: Wednesday 28 October, 6-8 pm

Exhibition runs 28 October to 18 December 2015


  • Michael Belmore
  • Bonnie Devine
  • Jimmie Durham
  • Jason de Haan
  • Spring Hurlbut
  • Kelly Jazvac
  • Susanne Kriemann
  • Lindsay Lawson
  • Nicholas Mangan
  • Marcelo Moscheta
  • Kerri Reid
  • Egill Sæbjörnsson
  • Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
  • Lawrence Weiner

Rocks, Stones, and Dust is an exhibition devoted to rocks and their relations. It surveys diverse speculations on the roles that rocks play in the development of human culture and how they exist to and for themselves. Rocks are everywhere—they are in our tools, architecture, philosophy, theology, beneath our feet, and flying far above our heads—but this ubiquity sometimes masks their ontological significance. Rocks are prototypically non-human and characteristic of the least animated objects in our world, yet stones are born, they move, age, breed, and return to dust. Some ask us to pick them up off the side of the road and carry them with us, and others invite us to stare into their surfaces to look for inner truths. In their omnipresence, rocks can go unnoticed, but within object-oriented philosophies, aboriginal epistemologies, panpsychism, and countless other systems of knowledge, rocks are recurring characters that show us how even in what seems to be the least mobile of things, we can find life. The works brought together in Rocks, Stones, and Dust address this vitality and unearth the role rocks play in helping us understand questions of beingness outside of human being.

This exhibition is supported by The Ontario Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Jackman Humanities Institute, Manulife Financial, and The Goethe-Institut.

Event website:  http://utac.utoronto.ca/index.php/future-exhibitions/295-rocks-stones-and-dust

Image credit:  Jimmie Durham, Self-Portrait Pretending to be a Stone Statue of Myself, 2006

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