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The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery opens three provoking and exciting exhibitions by international artists
Pedro Reyes, Vasco Araújo and Akram Zaatari


17 June 2014 - The Power Plant presents three new exhibitions this Summer



The gallery opens three solo exhibitions by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes, Portuguese artist Vasco Araújo and Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari, including new work commissioned by the gallery and work premiering for the very first time in Canada. In compelling ways, these projects explore the relationship between ourselves and the larger sociopolitical arena.

The Power Plant opens the exhibitions with a FREE Opening Party for all on Friday, 27 June, 2014 from 8– 11 PM. A cash bar will be available all evening.

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The Power Plant presents Power Ball: Old/New World, Toronto's most anticipated annual art party, on Thursday 5 June
 

23 April 2014 - The Power Plant presents another outrageous art party to raise vital funds for its exhibitions and public programs

This year’s Power Ball theme “Old/New World” pays tribute to the revolutionary time when digital technology developed from an analogue world, transforming everything from music, art, fashion and food. The event will celebrate the best of the old and new world with outstanding work by local and international artists that will surround partygoers with playful and spectacular environments

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The Power Plant welcomes curator Massimiliano Gioni March 27 as part of the ongoing International Lecture Series


18 March 2014 - The Power Plant presents curator Massimiliano Gioni

The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Massimiliano Gioni, curator of the 55th edition of the Venice Biennale and Associate Director of the New Museum, New York.
This lecture will take place at 7 PM on Thursday 27 March in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. This is an exclusive opportunity to hear Gioni discuss his outstanding practice.

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The Power Plant knocks down its walls to welcome Mike Nelson


16 January 2014 - The Power Plant presents the first solo exhibition in Toronto by the renowned British artist Mike Nelson


The Power Plant is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Toronto by the renowned British artist Mike Nelson. Nelson is best known for his large-scale installations, in which visitors move through immersive spaces of his invention. The artist is creating new, site-specific work that is dramatically transforming the gallery's space to explore the ideas of travel, the road trip and the journey, themes that are at the heart of Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide.
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The Power Plant presents a lecture by renowned artist Julie Mehretu


24 October, 2013 - The Power Plant presents Julie Mehretu as a part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world renowned artists, curators and leaders in the arts to Toronto.

The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Julie Mehretu, an award-winning artist who has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. This lecture will take place at 7:30 PM on Thursday, 7 November in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $15, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant.
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The Power Plant presents Power Talks


7 October, 2013 - The Power Plant partners with Art Toronto 2013 to present Power Talks, a series of lectures featuring Tom Eccles, Chantal Pontbriand and Julia Dault.

For the eighth year running, The Power Plant presents its ongoing series Power Talks, organized by the gallery for Art Toronto. This year, influential figures Tom Eccles, Chantal Pontbriand and Julia Dault will discuss their current projects and ideas in the context of the Art Toronto 2013 fair.
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The Power Plant presents Juan A. Gaitán


26 September, 2013 - The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Juan A. Gaitán, curator of the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, 2014.

The Power Plant offers Toronto audiences an exciting opportunity to hear about Juan A. Gaitán’s vision for the Berlin Biennale before it is presentation in May 2014. This lecture will take place at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, 16 October in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre.
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Fall 2013 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


5 September, 2013 - The Power Plant dedicates the entire fall season to a survey of work by Micah Lexier, celebrating a vibrant community of Toronto artists.

One, and Two, and More Than Two is an exhibition that brings together an important selection of recent work by Toronto-based artist Micah Lexier to celebrate the idea of artistic community and its role in contemporary art practice. The Power Plant opens the exhibition with a FREE Opening Party for all on Friday, 20 September, 2013 from 8– 11 PM.
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Summer 2013 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


11 June, 2013 - The Power Plant’s summer season engages text, language and performance with a major group exhibition Postscript and the first Canadian solo exhibition by Jimmy Robert, opening with a FREE party on Friday, 21 June, 2013.

Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art is a group exhibition featuring the work of over fifty Canadian and international artists and writers exploring the place of language within contemporary art. The Power Plant is also pleased to present the first Canadian solo exhibition of work by French artist Jimmy Robert, in which the artist addresses the questions of limits.
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Top Highlights from Power Ball: 15 Minutes


7 June, 2013 - The Power Plant hosted more than 1,500 guests last night at Power Ball: 15 Minutes, proving Andy Warhol's infamous prediction right: "in the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes."

Here are the 15 MFM (Most Famous Moments) of Power Ball: 15 Minutes.
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The Power Plant presents Power Ball: 15 Minutes


22 May, 2013 - Power Ball: 15 Minutes aims for world-wide fame with interactive online art installations

The Power Plant presents Power Ball: 15 Minutes. On Thursday, June 6, 2013, more than 2,500 guests from Toronto's art, fashion and entertainment communities will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party.
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The Power Plant announces new Head of Development


16 May, 2013 - The Power Plant appoints Mariya Afzal as Head of Development

Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mariya Afzal to the position of Head of Development. Afzal is scheduled to begin her new position as lead for all development efforts at Canada’s leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery on 3 June 2013.
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The Power Plant continues ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program


7 May, 2013 - The Power Plant sets a new precedent with the continuation of the ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program, offering FREE gallery admission for three consecutive years beginning June 2013

The Power Plant is pleased to announce the continuation of the ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program due to the generous support of BMO Financial Group. BMO has been a committed supporter of The Power Plant for more than a decade. Partnering with BMO in a brand new way this year, the gallery is able to drop all admission fees for the next three years, commencing 22 June 2013.
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The Power Plant presents Franklin Sirmans


11 March, 2013 - Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to speak in Toronto on 20 March at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans. This lecture will take place at 7 PM on Wednesday, 20 March in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $12, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant.
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The Power Plant presents Anthony Huberman


21 February, 2013 - Anthony Huberman, Founding Director of The Artist’s Institute, New York, to speak in Toronto on 7 March at the Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

As part of the gallery’s International Lecture Series, The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Anthony Huberman, Founding Director of The Artist’s Institute, New York. This lecture will take place at 7 PM on Thursday, 7 March in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $12, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant.
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The Power Plant announces New Curator


23 January, 2013 - Sarah Robayo Sheridan Appointed Curator of Exhibitions at The Power Plant

Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Robayo Sheridan to the position of Curator of Exhibitions. Robayo Sheridan is scheduled to begin her new position as curator of Canada’s leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery after December 2013. The gallery will host guest curators and continue its diverse range of programming this year before Robayo Sheridan officially takes the helm.
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2012

 

Althea Thauberger at The Power Plant


6 December, 2012 - Althea Thauberger to speak in Toronto on 12 December in conjunction with her solo exhibition at The Power Plant

The Power Plant is pleased to present an artist’s talk with Althea Thauberger on Wednesday, 12 December at 7 PM in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $12, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant. Althea Thauberger (born 1970) will speak about her artistic practice in conjunction with her solo project Marat Sade Bohnice at The Power Plant, opening 14 December 2012.
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Winter 2012-13 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


3 December, 2012 - The Power Plant’s winter season is extended to present a major group exhibition Beat Nation and a new solo project by Althea Thauberger, opening with a FREE party on Friday, 14 December, 2012.

Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture describes a generation of artists who juxtapose urban youth culture with Aboriginal identity to create works that reflect the current realities of Aboriginal peoples today. The Power Plant is also pleased to present Althea Thauberger’s Marat Sade Bohnice, an experimental documentary/video installation about the staging of Peter Weiss’s 1963 play Marat/Sade at the Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital in Prague.
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The Power Plant presents Douglas Coupland


16 November, 2012 - The Power Plant is pleased to present a lecture by Douglas Coupland as part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists, critics and curators to Toronto.

Douglas Coupland (born 1961) will act as a cultural commentator during his talk, which will draw on his art practice to address the notion of “public” and “private,” fiction and non-fiction. This lecture will take place from 7 to 8:30 PM on Wednesday, 28 November in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $12, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant.
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The Power Plant announces two new appointments


9 November, 2012 - Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Paoli to the position of Assistant Curator and Mark Teeple to the position of Major Events & Business Development Coordinator.

"The Power Plant continues to build a team who will maintain and build upon past excellence in all areas of operation," said Gaëtane Verna. "We welcome both Julia and Mark, who will be major contributors to our future success in exhibition and event planning respectively."
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Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris to speak in Toronto


1 November, 2012 - The Canadian Art Foundation International Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Consulate General of France in Toronto and The Power Plant, is pleased to present a lecture by Jean de Loisy, President of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Jean de Loisy, appointed President of the Palais de Tokyo in June 2011, is a freelance exhibition curator, and he has held a variety of positions in a wide range of cultural institutions. This lecture will take place from 7 to 8:30 PM on Thursday, 8 November in the Studio Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Tickets are $12, and FREE for all Members of The Power Plant.
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Partners in Art (PIA) Celebrates a Decade of Art Partnership in Canada


17 October, 2012 - Partners in Art (PIA), a volunteer based organization of Toronto art supporters with a shared interest in promoting contemporary visual arts within Canada and internationally, is awarded the 2013 MOCCA Award in Contemporary Art.

Over the years, PIA has partnered with 14 art organizations ranging from The Power Plant, to the AGO, the Canadian Art Foundation, The Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University, and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) among others, helped fund 31 projects, and raised $800,000. PIA has been a supporter of The Power Plant for many years on several projects. The Power Plant congratulates PIA on receiving this award.
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The Power Plant appoints Curator of Education and Public Programs


4 October, 2012 - Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristine Bowen to the position of Curator of Education and Public Programs.

Kristine Bowen is an Arts Educator committed to making contemporary art accessible and meaningful to diverse audiences through programs that support inquiry, discovery, creativity and social engagement. She served as Director of Education at the Orange County Museum of Art, a modern and contemporary art museum in Newport Beach, California. Bowen is scheduled to begin her new position on 5 November, 2012.
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Sarah Morris at The Power Plant


18 September, 2012 - The Power Plant presents an evening with artist Sarah Morris on Wednesday, 3 October, 7 PM at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

The Power Plant presents artist Sarah Morris as part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists, curators and critics to Toronto, and is supported this year by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. Morris will speak about her work, which includes painting, site-specific installations and film. She will pay particular attention to her acclaimed feature-length film Beijing (2008).
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The Power Plant presents and evening with artist Omer Fast


6 September, 2012 - The Power Plant presents an evening with artist Omer Fast Tuesday, 11 September, 7 PM at the Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

The Power Plant presents artist Omer Fast as part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists, curators and critics to Toronto, and is supported this year by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. Omer Fast (born 1972, Jerusalem) lives and works in Berlin. He will speak about his acclaimed art practice in conjunction with solo exhibition at The Power Plant, Continuous Coverage, opening 14 September.
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Fall 2012 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


27 August, 2012 - The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Fall 2012 season opens with two outstanding exhibitions featuring the work of award-winning artists Christian Marclay and Omer Fast.

The Power Plant opens two ground-breaking exhibitions Christian Marclay: The Clock and Omer Fast: Continuous Coverage with a FREE opening party on Friday, 14 September, 2012 from 5 – 11 PM. Be one of the first to see the new exhibitions and meet artist Omer Fast. A public tour of the exhibitions with Director of The Power Plant Gaëtane Verna and guest-curator Melanie O’Brian will begin at 6:15 PM. JK Frites, Fidel Gastro, and Ezra’s Pound will be onsite to tempt all taste buds and a cash bar will be available.
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Summer 2012 Exhibitions at The Power Plant


19 June, 2012 - The Power Plant opens a new group exhibition and celebrates with a lakeside summer opening party on Friday, 29 June 2012

The Power Plant’s Summer 2012 season opens with a group exhibition of work united by the idea of art as tools. Tools for Conviviality features artists from Toronto, Vancouver, Paris, and Vienna, some emerging and some more established, who create and engage tools to comment on how we live in this world.
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Top Highlights from Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis


15 June, 2012 - On 14 June, The Power Plant hosted more than 1,700 guests in celebration of the gallery's 25th anniversary with Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis.

Here are the top "glad I didn't miss that" moments of the night.
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Soho House and Grey Goose Vodka sign on for VIP experience at Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis


30 May, 2012 - The Power Plant is pleased to announce Soho House and Grey Goose Vodka as the exclusive VIP partners for Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis.

For the London-based Soho House, Power Ball will serve as an unofficial launch into Toronto before their first Toronto house in September 2012. Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis will feature a musical performance by Toronto's Dragonette.
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The Power Plant celebrates its 25th anniversary with Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis


15 May, 2012 - On June 14, 2012, more than 1,700 guests from Toronto's art, fashion and entertainment communities will attend the city’s most anticipated annual art party, honouring the gallery's 25th anniversary

Power Ball: Quarter-Life Crisis
is an evening poised to animate the most joyful and tumultuous aspects of turning 25. It will capture the spirit of life at a turning point and encapsulate the naivety and reality of life in its first quarter century.
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The Power Plant presents an evening with curator Jens Hoffmann


10 May, 2012 - The gallery presents curator Jens Hoffmann as part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world renowned artists, curators and critics to Toronto, and is supported this year by the J.P. Bickell Foundation.

Jens Hoffmann (born in San José, Costa Rica, 1974) has been the Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art since 2006. In his talk “Biennials and Curatorial Ambivalence,” Hoffmann will discuss the increasing tendency of deskilling in the field of exhibition-making.
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The Power Plant is proud to present an evening with artist Antoni Muntadas


3 May, 2012 - The gallery presents Antoni Muntadas as a part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world renowned artists and art professionals to Toronto, and is supported this year by the J.P. Bickell Foundation. Do not miss the chance to hear about the work and ideas of this internationally celebrated artist.

Antoni Muntadas (born in Barcelona, 1942) is a New York-based artist who deftly addresses social, political and communications issues. His work considers the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or disseminate ideas.
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Spring Exhibitions at The Power Plant


14 March, 2012 - The Power Plant begins the year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary with two exhibitions that delve into the concept of memory: the Canadian premiere of new work by Kerry Tribe and an exhibition that activates the gallery’s rich history

The Spring season at The Power Plant presents two exhibitions that approach the structures and representations of memory: Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory and Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant. From cognitive recall to institutional history, the exhibitions present physiological, literary, filmic, and archival approaches to the way we process and consider the past. Opening party on 23 March from 8–11 PM
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The Power Plant announces a special exhibition of The Clock


17 January, 2012 - The Power Plant will present the award-winning work The Clock by world-renowned artist Christian Marclay

The Power Plant announces a special exhibition of The Clock, a unique and compelling work created by Swiss-American sound and video artist Christian Marclay as an ode to time and cinema. The 48-hour round-the-clock screening of this outstanding work will begin at 5 PM on 14 September and continue through to 5 PM on 16 September, allowing visitors to view it in its entirety; The Clock will be on view during regular gallery hours through 25 November, 2012.
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2011

 

The Power Plant announces New Director


28 November, 2011 - Gaëtane Verna Appointed Director of The Power Plant

William J.S. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Harbourfront Centre and Shanitha Kachan, President of the Board of Directors of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, are pleased to announce the appointment of Gaëtane Verna to the position of Director, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. Verna is scheduled to begin her new position as Director of Canada’s leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery on 1 March, 2012.
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The Power Plant - ALL YEAR, ALL FREE


22 November, 2011 - The Power Plant announces ALL YEAR, ALL FREE, offering FREE gallery admission for one year beginning March 2012

The Power Plant is pleased to announce the launch of the ALL YEAR, ALL FREE program in celebration of its 25th anniversary year. Due to the generous support of The Hal Jackman Foundation, the gallery will drop all admission fees for one full year commencing 23 March, 2012.
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Winter Exhibitions at The Power Plant


15 November, 2011 - The Power Plant opens two major exhibitions: a new project by renowned Canadian artist Stan Douglas; and an international group exhibition of work by younger artists – both reflect on poignant moments in cultural history and their enduring effects on our contemporary experience.

From 10 December, 2011 – 4 March, 2012, kicking off with the opening party on 9 December from 8 – 11 PM.
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The Power Plant - The Immortal OAAG Awards


The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) announced its 34th annual Ontario visual arts awards on Friday, 30 September. The Power Plant is pleased to announce that the gallery is a proud recipient of the following awards:

Curatorial Writing Awards / Prix des textes de conservation

Helena Reckitt
Between Species
Adaptation: Between Species
From the exhibition Adaptation: Between Species
The Power Plant, Toronto, 2010

Design Awards / Prix du design

Juliette Bellocq with Handbuilt Studio
Book Pae White: Material Mutters
The Power Plant, Toronto, 2010

Hahn Studio and Monnet Design
Identity Renewal The Power Plant–Refresh
The Power Plant, Toronto, 2011



The Power Plant - Fall 2011 Exhibitions and Programs


8 September, 2011 - The Power Plant opens three new exhibitions, unveils a new commissioned artwork, and presents outstanding programs this fall season, all kicking off with a free opening party

This fall The Power Plant divides its gallery spaces to present three exhibitions by younger artists with international reputations for their innovative practices: Derek Sullivan: Albatross Omnibus marks the world premiere of the new commission by this Toronto-based artist; Simon Fujiwara: Welcome to the Hotel Munber; and The Plot: Keren Cytter, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Isabelle Pauwels.
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The Power Plant - Summer 2011


20 April, 2011 - The Power Plant announces an important exhibition focused on recent art from Eastern Europe to launch the summer season

The Power Plant is pleased to be able to present Rearview Mirror this summer, a timely exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of artists from Central and Eastern Europe.
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The Power Plant - 2011 Commission


10 May, 2011 - The Power Plant has awarded its 2011 Commission to Toronto artist Derek Sullivan

This fall The Power Plant presents a major new project by Canadian artist Derek Sullivan. The new installation, comprised of publications and drawings, will be presented as a solo exhibition entitled Albatross Omnibus and will be on view from 24 September – 20 November, 2011.
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BMO FREE Wednesday Evenings Program

 

10 March, 2011 - The Power Plant is proud to announce the inaugural BMO FREE Wednesday Evenings Program, offering free gallery admission from 5 - 8 PM every Wednesday


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The Power Plant – New Exhibitions
 

18 February, 2011 - A dynamic group of exhibitions is set to launch as part of the gallery's reopening celebration on 10 March 2011


In association with The Power Plant – Refresh, the gallery reopens to the public with three new exhibitions: two by internationally-acclaimed artists Thomas Hirschhorn and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle and one group show featuring younger artists from Canada and the United States.
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The Power Plant – Reopening Party


14 February, 2011 - The gallery will reopen to the public on 10 March 2011 with a new lobby, a new visual identity and website, as well as three new exhibitions


The Power Plant will reopen to the public 10 March 2011 with a daylong celebration. The galley will unveil a new visual identity and improved visitor services, including a new lobby, a new website, and three new exhibitions. Festivities begin at noon, when Members of The Power Plant will be the first to enjoy an exclusive first viewing of the new space.

From 6 – 10 PM, the gallery will be open to the public for a celebration of The Power Plant – refreshed.
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2010

 

Report on FORUM: From the Ground Up 17 April 2010


On 17 April 2010, The Power Plant and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art held a one-day symposium entitled From the Ground Up: A Biennial Platform for International Contemporary Art in Toronto. Over 270 people attended the event and a lively discussion about the potential for a major recurring contemporary art event in Toronto ensued. Now we are pleased to announce the release of the report by independent critic and curator Peggy Gale on the proceedings, followed by a recommendation by the organizers.

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For a full description of the day’s events, please send your request to rboyko@thepowerplant.org.

We will shortly announce the date of a follow-up meeting at which time the leadership group will put forward for public discussion several potential models for what such an event in Toronto could look like.

 


The Power Plant – Refresh


6 December, 2010 - The gallery is pleased to announce The Power Plant – Refresh, a project that will upgrade its visitor services and refresh its visual identity.


The Power Plant will reopen on 10 March 2011 with a refreshed identity and improved visitor services, including a new lobby, reception area and retail space. Construction will begin on 3 January for the new lobby, which is the cornerstone of a number of improvements to visitor services at the gallery, both onsite and online.

The Power Plant – Refresh is the name the gallery has given to a project that aims to improve access for existing and new visitors. It will strengthen the gallery’s identity as a leading contemporary art venue, enhance outreach efforts and increase accessibility onsite, online and in all communications. The Power Plant – Refresh will help support and grow the gallery’s reputation as a leader in the presentation of contemporary art, here in Toronto and around the world.
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