September 25th, 2007
The AGO will be going out in style by throwing a fantastic farewell party featuring cutting-edge contemporary artists from September 29 to 30 as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Before closing its doors to the public as of October 8 to begin reinstallation of 5,000 artworks in 110 galleries, the AGO will host the “End of the Party” Party, a twelve-hour goodbye bash. Installation artist Will Munro will transform a portion of the Gallery into a stunning party room, and performance artists “Ina unt Ina” and Ryan G. Hines will be the Diva Hosts for the evening. Guests are invited to create going-away postcards, listen to amazing music and enjoy a wild celebration full of surprises. As part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’s city-wide all-night contemporary art event, the AGO’s party is free and will extend from 7:03 pm on Saturday, September 29 until sunrise on Sunday, September 30.
“What makes Scotiabank Nuit Blanche so exciting is the way it challenges perceptions of art in public space, and this year’s event will see some of the most unique and ambitious art projects the city has ever seen,” says AGO assistant curator of contemporary art Michelle Jacques, who is responsible for city-sponsored programming in zone B, one of the night’s three main zones. “I think people are going to be very surprised at how innovative and edgy the AGO’s project will be.”
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. Last year’s inaugural all-night celebration drew more than 400,000 art enthusiasts. This year’s event promises to be even bigger.
In conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the AGO will also be part of the Toronto Public Library’s art à la carte program with a special installation at the Toronto Reference Library entitled The Public Trust. Visitors are encouraged to contribute a keepsake, memento, story or collection that they are willing to share online. These virtual contributions will be photographed, scanned or recorded, and will then be uploaded onto Collection X (www.collectionx.museum), the AGO’s online initiative. Over time, The Public Trust will reveal unique stories about the people of Toronto and evolve into a collection that is truly reflective of its community. Visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/nuitblanche for more information.
The AGO’s closing celebration events are generously supported by Living Shangri-La Toronto, a Proud Partner of the AGO. Celebrating Art and Community.