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AGO open all night long for a buzz-worthy Scotiabank Nuit Blanche project

100 beekeepers to inhabit the Art Gallery of Ontario for special performance 

TORONTO – On Oct. 5, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) current artist-in-residence, Diane Borsato, will host 100 beekeepers, dressed in full beekeeper suits, in a collective act of meditation for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013. The performance Your Temper, My Weather, in Walker Court from 6:51 p.m. to midnight, will feature periods of silent meditation, synchronized stretching and musical accompaniment. Early-morning visitors can watch a recording of the performance in Walker Court from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.

The performance will explore ideas of collective meditation, as the beekeepers contemplate modern environmental conditions. Your Temper, My Weather aims to provoke a discussion about the health and temper of bees and their keepers, as well as the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future.

In addition to her Scotiabank Nuit Blanche project, Borsato has commissioned Winnie Truong to illustrate one of Borsato’s greatest fears as an amateur beekeeper: getting stung in the eyes by bees. Visitors to the AGO during Nuit Blanche can see the astonishing result in the Elizabeth & Tony Comper Gallery on the main floor.

Borsato has worked with amateur naturalists including mycologists (fungus experts), astronomers and beekeepers in past projects that explore ways of learning about natural phenomena. During her residency at the AGO, she will be exploring pieces hidden away in the vaults and special collections and developing projects and interventions that activate objects in the museum.

“Whether it’s serving tea in historic cups from the vaults or inserting the diverse contents of my own artist/forager backpack among A.Y. Jackson’s bushwhacking artifacts, I’m interested in responding to works in the AGO collection from the position of a contemporary artist, a woman and an amateur naturalist,” said Borsato. “I aim to explore ways of knowing that are interventionist, social, affective and multisensory.”

The AGO launched its Artist-in-Residence program in fall 2011. The program is the first of its kind at a major Canadian art museum, hosting as many as six artists each year for periods of up to 10 weeks each.

For more information about the Artist-in-Residence program, please visit

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of Aimia, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.

Diane Borsato has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of York University, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, The Power Plant, TOKYO SOURCE (Japan), Stadtgalerie Kiel (Germany), La Torre de Los Vientos (Mexico) and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Val-de-Marne (France). She is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph, and lives in Toronto. More information about her work can be found at

With a collection of more than 80,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America. From the vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002 Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian and European art inspired Transformation AGO, an innovative architectural expansion by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry that in 2008 resulted in one of the most critically acclaimed architectural achievements in North America. Highlights include Galleria Italia, a gleaming showcase of wood and glass running the length of an entire city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning visitors to explore. The AGO has an active membership program offering great value, and the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre offers engaging art and creative programs for children, families, youth and adults. Visit to find out more about upcoming special exhibitions, to learn about eating and shopping at the AGO, to register for programs and to buy tickets or memberships.

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Sept. 25, 2013 – Nov. 27, 2013: David Bowie is

Nov. 30, 2013 – Mar. 2, 2014: The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918

Contemporary programming at the AGO is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.


For more information, please contact:

Laura Banks; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 504,

Andrea-Jo Wilson; News Officer, AGO Communications
416-979-6660, ext. 403,

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