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AGO Throws Goodbye Celebration at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Date Posted: September, 25, 2007

The AGO will be going out in style by throwing a fantastic farewellparty featuring cutting-edge contemporary artists from September 29 to30 as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.

Before closing its doors to the public as of October 8 to beginreinstallation of 5,000 artworks in 110 galleries, the AGO will hostthe “End of the Party” Party, a twelve-hour goodbye bash. Installationartist Will Munro will transform a portion of the Gallery into astunning party room, and performance artists “Ina unt Ina” and Ryan G.Hines will be the Diva Hosts for the evening. Guests are invited tocreate going-away postcards, listen to amazing music and enjoy a wildcelebration full of surprises. As part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’scity-wide all-night contemporary art event, the AGO’s party is free andwill extend from 7:03 pm on Saturday, September 29 until sunrise onSunday, September 30.

“What makes Scotiabank Nuit Blancheso exciting is the way it challenges perceptions of art in publicspace, and this year’s event will see some of the most unique andambitious art projects the city has ever seen,” says AGO assistantcurator of contemporary art Michelle Jacques, who is responsible forcity-sponsored programming in zone B, one of the night’s three mainzones. “I think people are going to be very surprised at how innovativeand edgy the AGO’s project will be.”

Scotiabank Nuit Blanchehas quickly become one of the most anticipated events in Toronto. Lastyear’s inaugural all-night celebration drew more than 400,000 artenthusiasts. 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 orcollection that they are willing to share online. Over time, The Public Trustwill 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 byLiving Shangri-La Toronto, a Proud Partner of the AGO. Celebrating Artand Community.

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For media information or visuals, please call:
Antonietta Mirabelli, 416 979 6660, ext. 454, Antonietta_Mirabelli@ago.net

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Culture. Additional operating support is received from the Volunteers of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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