The Archives hosts exhibits and events throughout the year. Find out what’s on.
Between 1947 and 2000, Toronto artist Aba Bayefsky made hundreds of artworks based on his observations of Kensington Market. This exhibition features 13 original works from the Bayefsky Family Collection, alongside five decades of historic photographs from the City of Toronto Archives. Bayefsky first visited Kensington as a child in 1920’s when the Market was the centre of Jewish life in the city. His love for the Market, its atmosphere and ever-changing character kept Bayefsky returning with sketch pads for over five decades. The exhibition is free and runs until August 2023 at the Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road.
The City of Toronto Archives, in partnership with BAND, Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue Gallery and Cultural Centre, presents Black Women in Leadership – an exhibition featuring portraits of 40 Black women leaders by four Toronto-based visual artists, Janice Reid, Leyla Jeyte, Jon Blak, and Patricia Ellah. Curated by Sarah Edo and Belinda Uwase, Black Women in Leadership celebrates and highlights contributions from Black women leaders across various sectors including arts and culture, business, health and wellness and activism. These women have led and continue to inspire change in their communities and have paved the way for the next generation of Black women leaders through community involvement and advocacy.
This ground-breaking exhibition reveals little-known, as well as renowned stories of successful women, all told through the eyes of four photographers whose creative backgrounds capture the essence of each of the featured women. In 2021, a selection of these portraits was displayed at pop up locations across Toronto as part of the public art celebration BigArtTO. Now you can see the full exhibition, showcasing all 40 portraits of Black Women in Leadership.
The exhibition is free and will run until August 2023 at the Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Road, open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon – 5 p.m.