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Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Sunset to sunrise
Free

The AGO is pleased to co-present two artworks, Legacy by Jérôme Havre and a new performance by Rebecca Belmore. Join us for on the dot tours and a visit to the new exhibition, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, while experiencing contemporary new works alongside the AGO’s permanent collection and exhibitions located on the main floor and the Weston Family Learning Centre.

Rebecca Belmore - Montreal, Canada

World-renowned multi-disciplinary artist, Rebecca Belmore will enact a new durational performance in Walker Court at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Belmore has earned international acclaim, notably at the Venice Biennale’s Canadian Pavilion in 2005 where she was the first Indigenous woman to represent Canada. Most recently she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual Arts and holds an honorary PhD from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). 

This performance also kicks off the AGO’s Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries Live Performance series.

Presented in partnership with Nuit Blanche Toronto as part of the Exhibition Militant Nostalgia curated by Paco Barragán.   


Jérôme Havre - Toronto, Canada

Jérôme Havre's Legacy guides audiences through a visit of the AGO's galleries in a new and unexpected way. Throughout the galleries, GIF animations feature puppets modelled after notable black art historians, culture critics and key art figures of colour from across time. They redefine a sense of history, belonging and affiliation while referencing a selection of historical and modern paintings and artworks found amongst the AGO's collection. 

Havre’s work invites visitors to reflect on the politics of the images presented to them, and to layer their potential reading and meaning through a re-appropriation of the pictorial models found within the museum displays. Havre’s practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. 

A Nuit Blanche Toronto Independent Project presented through the AGO’s Artist-in-Residence program.


Rebecca Belmore is a Montreal-based artist and a member of the Lac Seul First Nation at Frenchman's Head, Ontario. In 2013, she won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. She gained international acclaim at the 2005 Venice Biennale where she was the first Indigenous woman to represent Canada. She won the prestigious Jack and Doris Shadbolt VIVA Award in 2004 and the 2009 Hnatyshyn Visual Arts Award. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, and others.

Jérôme Havre is a Toronto-based artist, whose practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. Havre adopts a multidisciplinary approach in his exploration of these themes and their attending questions; he uses myriad tools and methods to make tangible the conditions of identity within situations of social transformation. 

Presented in partnership with the City of Toronto

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Signature Partner, AGO Artist Projects

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