Toronto Tour


The Society for Contemporary Art is pleased to offer an art-filled trip to Toronto, October 3 – October 6, 2019. On the weekend tour we will explore cutting-edge art at the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art, in addition to visiting select museums, private collections, exhibition spaces, artist studios, as we dine at a variety of restaurants selected for notable and inventive cuisine.


Hendrik Folkerts, Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, brings global curatorial experience shaping the itinerary on his first international trip with the SCA. Prior to joining the museum in 2017, Folkerts held positions of broad scope and impact on the curatorial team for documenta 14, Kassel/Athens (2014-17) and further as the Curator of Performance, Film, and Discursive Programs at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2010-2015).


Launching this September, the Toronto Biennial of Art will presents national and international contemporary art in a 72-day, citywide event. Curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, the inaugural Biennial is grounded in the indigenous, immigrant, and settler histories that have shaped Toronto. Our first full day will begin with a private tour provided by curator Tairone Bastien of the two main exhibition spaces: 259 Lake Shore and the Small Arms Building.


Another highlight will be a visit to Canada’s leading non-collecting public art space, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. Curator of Exhibitions Lauren Barnes will lead us through a tour of Rashid Johnson, the American artist’s first solo presentation in Canada, where he undertakes a major new site-specific work as part of the series Anxious Audiences. A visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario, will include the recent groundbreaking expansion designed by Toronto-born and renowned architect Frank Gehry. Our trip will close with the Aga Khan Museum, designed by Japanese Pritzker Prize winning architect Fumihiko Maki.


The trip cost of $2,200/person includes a three-night stay at the Thompson Hotel (incidentals not included); ground transportation; entrance fees; and all meals. There is an additional charge of $700 for single occupancy. Please note the trip cost does not include a donation to the SCA. Any amount given above the trip cost is voluntary and fully tax-deductible.


Members joining our tour will need to book their own flights and transportation to and from Toronto, Ontario on Thursday, October 3 arriving by 2:00pm and a return flight Sunday, October 6 after 5:30pm local time.


To reserve: please register online, call 312.443.3630 with a credit card, or mail a deposit of $500 per person ($200 nonrefundable). Reservations will only be confirmed when the deposit is received and will be on a first-received basis, according to the membership tiers below. We encourage you to reply early, as the interest is high.


Benefactor ($5000) and Patron ($2000)—Registration opens August 14
Sponsor ($1000) —Registration opens August 21
Friend ($500) and Artist/Jr. ($200) —Registration opens August 28


A full payment for confirmed reservations is due September 5. Cancellations after this date will forfeit payment unless a substitution can be found.