Posted in Art
Contributed by Christopher Jones
11/3 2015

Sculpture Garden blooms again

An Te Liu's Solid States (2015)
Nuit Blanche 10 may be a sweet memory but there’s one extended project that keeps on giving. Co-Produced by the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and The City of Toronto, the exhibition of artist An Te Liu’s Solid States (2015) has revived the moribund Toronto Sculpture Garden and will remain on show until next month, possibly longer.

The popular Sculpture Garden, on King Street East across from St. James Cathedral, has been fallow since last year, following the end of a 35-year lease agreement between the City of Toronto, which owns the property, and the Odette Foundation, brainchild of late philanthropist, Lou Odette. The arrangement was complicated – suffice it to say that following the death of Odette in 2011, enthusiasm for the Sculpture Garden wilted.

“Looking back at the arrangement it’s something we probably couldn’t do today,” says Terry Nicholson, Director of the City’s Arts & Culture Services. “A private developer proposed fixing up a derelict city property (La Maquette restaurant) in exchange for being able to run it and then use the revenue to fund the sculpture garden exhibits. Its conception was visionary. And Rina Greer, who was hired to direct the Sculpture Garden, did a tremendous job for 30 years.”


Posted in Art
Contributed by Navneet Sahota
10/1 2015

Nuit Blanche Retrospective

When an event starts counting its age in double digits, well that’s a cause for celebration! For Nuit Blanche, this weekend’s anniversary marks a decade of artistic innovation and popularity that has seen it become one of Canada’s largest and most anticipated annual cultural events.

So how will you celebrate this event beyond participating in it from sunset to sunrise on October 3? Here are some suggestions for how to put the cap on a great decade of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche . . .


Posted in Art
Contributed by Sazant Matamoros
09/30 2015

Nuit Blanche: Ten Years After

Fujiko Nakaya's 2006 Fog

Fujiko Nakaya’s “Fog” in Philosopher’s Walk, 2006, photo by Sam Javanrouh.

Can it really be 10 years since that magical first Nuit Blanche took the city by surprise? What started in 2006 as an artistic free-for-all attracting 425,000 curiosity seekers has grown into a must-see event with an estimated attendance exceeding one million, including close to 200,000 out-of-town visitors.

The event, which kicks off this Saturday (Oct. 3) at 7 pm, has hosted internationally acclaimed artists and curators such as Ai Weiwei (2013), Douglas Coupland (2012), Jeff Koons (2009) and Yoko Ono (2008). This year, world renowned artist, JR will transform City Hall and Bay Street (see below).

JR's Inside Out
So what can Torontonians expect this Saturday? Nuit Blanche Toronto will present four curated exhibitions including HTUOS/ HTRON The New Coordinates of The Americas, JR’s Black and White Night, The Work of Wind, and in celebration of the 10th edition, 10 for 10th – Memory Lane. A series of independent, special and extended projects joins the fray throughout the city.


Posted in History
Contributed by Christopher Jones
09/29 2015

Magna Carta: No One is Above the Law

Guarding Magna Carta

How do you build an exhibition around two ancient pieces of parchment?

“You have to tell a story,” says Len Rodness, the man who, along with his wife, Suzy Rodness, catalysed the exhibition opening at Fort York Visitor Centre on Sunday (October 4).

Titled Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy, the exhibition delves into the origins and impact of this foundational document of democracy which has underpinned basic human rights for the past eight centuries.

Latin for “the Great Charter,” Magna Carta was essentially a peace treaty between England’s King John and a crew of rebellious barons determined to alter the balance of power in 13th century England.

“Magna Carta set the framework under which King John would be allowed to go forward with his rule,” explains Rodness. “The exhibition is highly interactive and we think very engaging. We hope that all kinds of people, not just history buffs, will find it interesting.”