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IKG Exhibition 15 Sep 2022 - 26 Nov 2022

Heather Hart: Northern Oracle

Photo of installation art work, comprised of the slanted ashphalt shingled rooftop of a house, which appears as though it is emerging from the gallery floor. One person sits atop one of two shed dormers, another sits between the dormers, both looking into the distance.

Heather Hart, Northern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, Doris McCarthy Gallery, 2017. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Heather Hart: Northern Oracle


15 Sep 2022 - 26 Nov 2022

IKG gallery hours

Opening Reception: Thursday September 15, 4-7pm

Tues – Fri: 11-6

Sat: 12-4

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

The Library in partnership with Black Lunch Table (BLT) and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery will host an online edit-a-thon that focuses on important but underrepresented Black visual artists, curators, and art workers on October 6th 2022 from 3-6pm. An overview of Wiki basics, an introduction to the Wikimedia Community, and how to update and edit articles will be held at the beginning of the session. No specialized knowledge of the subject or Wikipedia editing experience required and help will be available throughout the event. The event is free and open to all. Bring your own computer or use one in the library!  

Artist Spotlight

Heather Hart

Heather Hart, based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them.

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Northern Oracle

Northern Oracle

Organized and circulated by Doris McCarthy Gallery University of Toronto Scarborough

Northern Oracle is an ambitious rooftop installation that emerges from the floor of the gallery, and is accompanied by a series of mixed media drawings. Through her work, Heather Hart considers Black histories, access to ownership, taking up physical space, and the significance of having a place to call home. Visitors will be able to access both the rooftop and its floor level attic, while further contemplating and enacting upon the corollary of these vantage points. At the heart of the Oracle, in its attic space, visitors will find a site-specific lounge space to visit, relax and research.

Northern Oracle will provide a performative area, a locale for demonstration of power, influence, and direction where the idiom, “shout it from the rooftop” will be made literal. Throughout the exhibition, the space will be activated by performances, lectures and workshops.

Oracular Rooftop (Touched)

Close up of two hands touching an art work. The portion in the image is comprised of a light blue painted 2D surface covered with irregular, rectangular shaped pieces of gold leaf. The index finger of one hand touches a piece of gold leaf. The other had holds a piece of gold leaf between thumb and index finger, appearing to place it on the surface.

Detail, Heather Hart, Oracular Rooftop (Touched), 2016. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.