Figures of Sleep

17 Feb 2018 – 3 Mar 2018

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Art Museum at the University of Toronto

Ontario, Canada


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Figures of Sleep, a major international exhibition, considers the cultural anxieties manifest in the popular and critical imagination around the collapsing biological function of sleep under economic, social and technological transformation.


If the night was the space of mystic quandary, and a creative catalyst and spiritual and cultural resource, today’s globalized capitalism and market and military demands for 24/7 service hours are stretching human body and mind in unprecedented ways. Is sleep in crisis? Exceedingly, artists have adopted the motif of sleep as a cipher for material, aesthetic, existential and political considerations of these urgent cultural concerns.

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Sarah Robayo Sheridan

Exhibiting artists

Jasmeen Patheja

Sophie Calle

Louise Bourgeois

Rebecca Belmore

Gabriel Orozco

On Kawara

Ron Mueck

Chris Curreri

Liz Magor

Liz Magor

Rodney Graham

Jon Sasaki

Peter Fischli & David Weiss

Francis Alÿs

Chris Burden

Tehching Hsieh

Hassan Khan

Mladen Stilinović

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman


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