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The December First Thursday: What Now

Thursday, December 1, 2016
7 – 11:30 pm
19+ (ID required) / Cash Bar

Advance Tickets: $13 Non-Members / $11 AGO Members*
At the Door: $16 Non-Members / $14 AGO Members

FIRST THURSDAY ADMISSION + EXHIBITION ENTRY to Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more

Advance Tickets: $23 Non-Members / $11 AGO Members*
At the Door: $26 Non-Members / $14 AGO Members

*Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. First Thursdays consistently sell out, and tickets are not held back for at-the-door purchase.

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Has 2016 been the worst year of our lives? From the untimely deaths of too many artists and icons to the rise of nationalism, xenophobia and oppression across the world, for many, the answer is clearly yes. So, how to move forward? How to find hope? How to heal? The December First Thursday brings a group of artists together to think and feel our way toward new realities and new beginnings. After the deluge, let’s come together and move.

Our headliner is the Brooklyn-based artist, rapper and producer Zebra Katz, whose growling minimalist bangers, including his hit Ima Read, which has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube, have taken him to stages around the world alongside artists like Diplo and The Scissor Sisters. Be prepared to dance your pain away.

The night features artist projects by Lisa Smolkin, who will offer a tour through the AGO designed to share coping strategies and boost self-esteem; ReBaie by Rebée, who will present the Sprée by Rebée Mood Lounge, a salt lamp–lit, nature sound–filled, lie-down dance-womb nap party; and Yuula Benivolski, who will screen Conversations, a series of video collaborations that activate Internet chat transcripts to narrate experiences with systemic discrimination

First Thursdays partners with Canadian Art for a series of talks presented in conjunction with the launch of their winter issue, themed around Futures. Speakers include performer and clinical social worker Kai Cheng Thom; artist Erdem Taşdelen; artist, academic and activist Syrus Marcus Ware; and critic, editor and Canadian Art’s 2016 editorial resident Merray Gerges.

And of course, it’s not a First Thursday without a special collection of work on display in our pop-up Out of the Vaults installation, this month devoted to Canadian artist Annie Pootogook and including a talk on the artist by Wanda Nanibush, AGO Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art , DJs, delicious food and drinks, and an artist-designed program by Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit. Come and celebrate the final First Thursday of the fall season, and start the last month of 2016 together.

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The AGO would like to extend its thanks to the sponsors who partner with us to bring you First Thursdays each month:

Official Beer Partner

Official Vodka Partner

Signature Partner, AGO Artist Projects

Programming Partner

Media Partner

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