SPRING AT THE POWER PLANT BEGINS WITH
NEW EXHIBITIONS AND FREE ADMISSION ON 23 MARCH, 2012
The Power Plant begins the year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary with two exhibitions that delve into the concept of memory and new programming that will weave together significant threads of The Power Plant's illustrious past with exciting projects of our time and potential articulations of our future. Visit the gallery, ALL YEAR, ALL FREE, thanks to the support of the Hal Jackman Foundation.
KERRY TRIBE: SPEAK, MEMORY
24 March – 3 June, 2012
Notions of memory and its re-enactment and representation have been important to contemporary art in the past few years, and artist Kerry Tribe's contribution to this discussion is sophisticated in terms of its beauty, intelligence, rigorous craft, ambitious scale, and its play with the media of film and video to say something new about these subjects. For more than a decade, Tribe's film and video works have dealt with the significance of time and how it is remembered.
Contextualizing a new project through a selection of past works, Kerry Tribe: Speak, Memory offers insight into Tribe's ongoing interest in memory and the history and apparatus of film. Engaging image, text and sound, Tribe's work considers cognition, typically revealing its content through a kind of structural storytelling. Often working with multiple projections and timed loops, her use of the literal mechanics of the moving image suggests that the medium is capable of mirroring processes of comprehension, memory and doubt.
Seeing its Canadian premiere at The Power Plant, Tribe's new project There Will Be ________ (2012) is a film that approaches the history of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. In the late 1920s, the owner of the mansion and his personal assistant were found murdered on-site. The investigation ended abruptly and a cover-up was suspected. The family eventually moved out, and by the 1950s, the house was a regular Hollywood filming location. Shot on location at the mansion, Tribe's work uses actors in 20s costume to perform diverging accounts of the events leading up to the deaths, with all of the dialogue appropriated from scenes of feature films that have been shot at the mansion.
Support Donors: Elisa Nuyten & David Dime
DISSENTING HISTORIES: 25 YEARS OF THE POWER PLANT
24 March – 3 September, 2012
Dissenting Histories: 25 Years of The Power Plant is a dynamic project designed to exhibit, activate, reconsider, and put into dialogue the gallery's rich histories. Designed by Markus Miessen, a German architect and writer who has contributed to a larger thinking about participation in public space and design, the North Gallery will be transformed into a user-friendly space to consider the history of The Power Plant within local and international contexts, as well as within present spatial and theoretical concerns.
Over an extended period, the space will offer visitors the opportunity to see two artist projects responding to our archives, talks around The Power Plant's history and special presentations organized around specific thematics such as institutional memory, changing technologies and aesthetics, and Toronto's contemporary art history.
The spring artist project is by Vienna- and Vancouver-based artists Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber entitled Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade. Comprised of an installation of prints and an artist book, their project poses questions of agency and urban space. The project articulates the situation of New Belgrade, former Yugoslavia's capital city, and the postulations of Marxist urbanist Henri Lefebvre. This work, within this space, offers a critique of the relationship of architecture, the archive and urban change with social processes and economic forces. Interrogating the very notion of public itself, Bitter/Weber explore the importance of architecture in shaping our social and urban imaginations, and their gallery and public installations demonstrate the values that underlie the production of architecture and the interests that they represent.
The Power Plant has an outstanding lineup of PROGRAMS and EVENTS to kick off the Spring season:
Friday, 23 March / 8–11 PM / FREE
The Power Plant
The Power Plant will celebrate the opening of the Spring exhibitions with a FREE party from 8–11 PM. Join us as we kick off the beginning of an outstanding anniversary year, meet the new Director of The Power Plant Gaëtane Verna, and celebrate with artist Kerry Tribe.
SUNDAY SCENE: Rosemary Heather
Sunday, 25 March / 2 PM / FREE with gallery admission
Every Sunday, speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Kicking off this series for the spring season is Rosemary Heather, who writes about art, the moving image and digital technology for numerous publications.
MEMBERS-ONLY EXHIBITION VIEWING
Tuesday, 27 March / 6–8 PM / FREE
This tour of the spring exhibitions is available to all Members of the gallery.
Not a Member but want to participate? Join today!
BMO POWER KIDS
Sunday, 1 April, 3–5 PM / FREE
For children ages 8–12 and their adult companions
Motivated by artist Kerry Tribe's interest in memory and storytelling, this workshop will give participants the chance to make their own creative map based on short personal narratives.
Call +1.416.973.4949 to reserve a spot.
2012 Power Kids Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
IN CONVERSATION: Luis Jacob &
Wednesday, 4 April, 7 PM / FREE
Former curators of The Power Plant engage in a series of conversations with key artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the past twenty-five years. Kicking off the series is Barbara Fischer, Curator at the gallery from 1988–90, who will speak to artist Luis Jacob, whose work was included in the exhibitions If We Can't Get It Together (2008-09) and We Can Do This Now (2006).
FROM THE ARCHIVES: Chen Tamir
Sunday, 8 April, 2 PM
Chen Tamir will begin this series of presentations, which sees curators, artists and critics select a key exhibition from The Power Plant's archive. Tamir will discuss Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy: Collaborative Works (2000).
For information on these events and more information about public programming for Spring 2012, visit our website.
Major Supporters: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and Harbourfront Centre
ALL YEAR, ALL FREE: Hal Jackman Foundation
25th Anniversary Support: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
Power Players: BMO Financial Group, Manulife Financial, Rogers, Stonegate Private Counsel, and TD Securities
2012 BMO Power Kids Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
ALL YEAR, ALL FREE thanks to the support of the Hal Jackman Foundation
Tuesday to Sunday 12–6 PM
Wednesday 12–8 PM
Open holiday Mondays
Media Contact: Robin Boyko, +1.416.973.4927, email@example.com
The Power Plant
231 Queens Quay West
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Image: Kerry Tribe, There Will Be ______, 2012. Pre-production still (Elizabeth).
Courtesy the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles.