Nuit Blanche at Hart House, University of Toronto
For immediate release
One at a time
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010 presentation at
Hart House, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and
University of Toronto Art Centre
Zone A, #22
This Nuit Blanche, a mound of one million Canadian pennies is one of the exciting art
projects that visitors will encounter at Hart House and the University of Toronto?s Art
Centre, both located at the heart of the University of Toronto?s campus and just a few
steps southwest of Museum Subway Station.
The glistening pile of $10,000 worth of pennies by the late Canadian artist Gerald
Ferguson will be part of a special assembly of historical and contemporary art projects
by internationally renowned artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Michael Snow and Joyce
Wieland, General Idea, David Askevold, Jens Haaning, and others. Each project involves
questions of measurement, and is propelled by the artist?s interest in devising new
frameworks through which we might see and experience things in the world ? including
ourselves and others.
Highlights include Imponderabilia by Marina Abramovic and Ulay, a sensational performance
for which two naked performers stand facing each other across an entrance way. As in the
original 1977 performance, visitors to the Hart House are invited to pass between them,
encountering a strange intimacy brought on by the vulnerability of the performers. As the
artists first described it: ?The public entering the museum has to turn sideways to move
through the limited space between us; everyone wanting to get past has to choose one of
us.? The work creates a new and unfamiliar space and involves visitors in a tense
relationship, at once public and private.
Further into the Hart House, visitors are invited to ponder Michael Snow and Joyce
Wieland?s collaborative project Dripping Water, a film of water dripping from a tap with
a giddy, asynchronic sound track.
Especially commissioned for Nuit Blanche is a new work involving a voluntary survey of
University of Toronto students? birthplaces. Danish artist Jens Haaning devises a festive
installation of national flags representing the wide array of countries in which students
of the present-day university were born. The project is a testimony to internationalism
and globalization, and a microcosm of the ever-growing diversity of the city of Toronto
In the Hart House courtyard, under the open sky, will be what has become a Nuit Blanche
tradition: Toronto artist Dean Baldwin, self-described ?barchitect,? will host the bar
and grill for the night, from 7 pm through to 4 am.
Last but not least, visitors are invited to the University of Toronto Art Centre (across
the Hart House parking lot), and its exhibition of the multifarious results of a widely
disseminated questionnaire by renowned Canadian art collective General Idea. The original
survey ? devised during the late and heady days of the 1960s Sexual Revolutions ? had
participants record the number and ?energy level? of orgasms over a set period of time.
For Nuit Blanche, the complete Orgasm Energy Chart will be available for take-away, and
may be continued at one?s own leisure.
Also on view at the University of Toronto Art Centre is a participatory project
consisting of a revisitation of the late Canadian artist David Askevold?s unusual art
school curriculum, known internationally as the ?Projects Class? of the Nova Scotia
College of Art and Design. For the class, Askevold invited influential conceptual artists
to send ideas for artistic projects and exhibitions that his students would then
complete. In preparation for Nuit Blanche, the Projects Class has been re-instated in
order to display the class projects of a new generation of artists.
Food and Bar services at Hart House are open from 7 pm through to 4 am.
Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965?1980 is curated jointly by Grant Arnold (Vancouver
Art Gallery), Catherine Crowston (Art Gallery of Alberta), Barbara Fischer (Justina M.
Barnicke Gallery), Michèle Thériault with Vincent Bonin (Leonard & Bina Ellen Art
Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal), and Jayne Wark (Nova Scotia College of Art and
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
and the Vancouver Art Gallery, in partnership with the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery
(Concordia University) and Halifax, INK.
Photo credit: Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Imponderabilia, 1977 © Marina Abramovic
Contact: Rebecca Gimmi at 416.978.8463 or email@example.com
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Hart House, University of Toronto
7 Hart House Circle | Toronto | ON | Canada