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Archive: October, 2006

African Art from the Frum Collection

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.

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Nuit Blanche by Numbers

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?