October 26th, 2006
With a focus on some of the highlights of the renowned Frum Collection of African art, Dr. Constantine Petridis, associate curator of African art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and assistant professor of art history at Case Western Reserve University, discusses the close relationship between art and culture in sub-Saharan Africa. Special attention devoted to issues of governance and leadership as reflected in the royal arts of the Cameroon Grassfields.
October 4th, 2006
Last weekend, Toronto hosted its first Nuit Blanche, which transformed the city into a cultural and artistic playground from Saturday at 7 pm, to Sunday at 7 am. Here are some numbers and facts to give you a better sense of the event.
Number of visitors to AGO – 8,605
Number of visitors who dressed up like Andy Warhol – 30
Number of visitors who arrived at the AGO after 2 am – 2,600
Number of visitors in the AGO shop at 4 am – 17
Time during the night in which Warhol attendance was at its peak – 12 midnight to 1 am
The age of the eldest visitor – approximately 80 years of age, around midnight
Heaviest backpack checked in the cloakroom – about 30 lbs
Number of Nuit Blanche visitors overall in Toronto: 425,000
Number of temporary public art installations in Toronto for this event – 26
Number of cultural institutions, museums, and galleries involved – 130
Most common question after 4 am – Are there benches to sit down?