(TORONTO – May 11, 2011) The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will celebrate the arrival of the exhibition Abstract Expressionist New York: Masterpieces from The Museum of Modern Art with two major public events. The first is a public party featuring some of Toronto’s hottest DJs and an exclusive exhibition preview. The AbEx Opening Party, with DJ sets by Egyptrixx, The Makeover, Luis Jacob, and Jaime Sin, will take over the AGO’s Walker Court on May 27 from 9 pm to midnight. The exhibition opens to the public the next day at 10 am.
Two weeks later, on June 13, the AGO will host an all-star performance presented in partnership with the Luminato Festival that celebrates the explosion of creativity that rocked New York in the 1950s. Spontaneity: A New York State of Mind features some of Toronto’s most talented musicians and writers performing landmark works from the era in which the Abstract Expressionists dominated the international art world, including:
- acclaimed jazz trumpetist Nick “Brownman” Ali, leading a jazz ensemble that will play works by New York jazz giants Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others;
- dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker, performing choreography inspired by Merce Cunningham;
- pianist Eve Egoyan and musician Paul McCulloch performing the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman; and
- writers Lynn Crosbie and Stuart Ross reading poetry and prose by the New York School and the Beats.
Misha Glouberman, host of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, will host the evening, which will include screenings of films by Hans Namuth and Shirley Clarke. The event begins at
8 pm and ticketholders will have exclusive access to the exhibition from 6 pm.
Tickets to the AbEx Opening Party are $25 for the public and $20 for AGO members; tickets to Spontaneity are $30 for the public and $15 for AGO members. Tickets to both events are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ago.net/tickets and by phone at 416-979-6655.