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November 28th, 2016


Artist projects and performances are a highlight of every AGO First Thursday, giving local artists the chance to experiment and engage with our visitors – and December’s edition (this Thursday, December 1) is no exception.

Beginning at 9 pm, Toronto artist Lisa Smolkin will be performing Interior Lyfe, a unique tour through the collection of the AGO that is punctuated by examples of her own work.

According to Smolkin: “I’m interested in the art gallery as a physical space, a place where we can confront our own sadness, beauty, emptiness and politics. As we move through the AGO, the audience will watch me perform my own original art while joining me in interfacing with the art on the walls. A tour through a gallery becomes a way to tour my inner life, and my performance will interpret the collections through my life experiences–in their varied funny, gendered, sad and nullifying dimensions. I hope this project can encourage people to feel.”

A mix of humour and critical introspection, the 30-minute tour features stops in the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art and in the Georgia Ridley Salon. Along the way, the tour group will encounter foam core boards, posters, an article of clothing belonging to a giant, a live alpha male and more.

The tour will commence in the Irina Moore Gallery on Level 2 of the AGO with a screening of Smolkin’s 2016 video work Epigenetics, introducing visitors to her performance style and aesthetic while setting the scene for the performance to come.

Don’t miss out on Lisa’s tour and check out the rest of the great programming at this week’s First Thursday. Don’t forget to buy your tickets before they’re gone!

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