The City of Toronto today announced the new curators for the 2010 edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. Gerald McMaster, Anthony Kiendl, Sarah Robayo Sheridan and Christof Migone will curate four exhibitions featuring a total of 40 contemporary art projects for one night only, all night long on October 2 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further improve the accessibility of the event and accommodate massive audiences, all City-produced projects will be positioned directly on the Yonge-University TTC subway line. Yonge Street will be entirely closed to car traffic from Bloor Street south to Front Street., providing pedestrians safe and easy access to the exhibitions.
Gerald McMaster (Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario), will curate the area in and around Yorkville, from Yonge Street to Avenue Road. “The Good Night” speaks to the mystery of the untamed night and the creative possibilities that exist in the urban landscape after dark. The artists McMaster features, including French artist Agnès Winter and New York’s digital artists The Open Ended Group (Paul Kaiser, Shelley Eshkar and Marc Downie), will use light to transform the darkness and provide a meeting of opposites.
Anthony Kiendl (Director of Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg), will curate the west side of Yonge from College Street to Queen Street West. Through a range of multi-sensory experiences, languages and forms, “Sound and Vision” explores how art and popular music create, anticipate, and document some of our most inspired, passionate and widely appreciated cultural moments. His exhibition includes a new collaborative work by Leah Singer and Lee Ranaldo of the band Sonic Youth, and a new work by celebrated New York conceptual artist Dan Graham.
Sarah Robayo Sheridan (Director of Exhibitions and Publications at Mercer Union), will curate the east side of Yonge from Gerrard Street south to Queen Street West. Her exhibition entitled “The Night of Future Past” transposes one tense for another. It is composed of histories revisited, futures explored and the present in flux. Sheridan will be working with the United Kingdom’s Ryan Gander and Toronto’s Darren O’Donnell, among others.
Christof Migone (lecturer at the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Director/Curator of the Blackwood Gallery), will curate the Financial District, straddling Yonge Street from Queen Street to Front Street. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” explores concepts of movement, gridlock and mobility, responding to daily urban life and to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche as a mass event. Projects deal with transience and traces of the psychic, physiologic and geographic. Migone’s exhibition features artists such as France’s Davide Balula and Halifax’s Michael Fernandes.
While the exhibition projects are centralized downtown, the entire event remains city-wide, with nearly 100 independent projects located in various sites and neighbourhoods throughout the city. Audiences will be able to reach all of the projects easily and safely by using the all-night TTC service on trains, buses and streetcars.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. The event continues to be structured around two separate streams of programming: the first is four City-produced Curated Exhibitions in three exhibition sites, featuring a total of 40 projects including 25 commissioned works and 15 additional projects selected through an open-call. The second programming element is a series of Independent Projects featuring self-funded new or existing installations by Toronto’s schools, neighbourhoods, community organizations, galleries, art institutions or individual artists.