A Benefit for the AGO
We came, we saw, we bought art! On Thursday, October 25 art enthusiasts, collectors, artists and gallerists celebrated Art Toronto Opening Night 2018. Our warmest thanks to the sponsors, donors and guests whose contributions helped raise $527,000 to support AGO programming as well as to acquire works of art at the fair to enrich the AGO’s permanent collection.
Party guests were the first to find out (and check out) what the AGO had acquired. Through funds raised at the event held on October 25, along with AGO acquisition funds, our curatorial team acquired two exciting new works . Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Indian Church, 1929) by Ligwilda’xw Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu and field II, June 27 –Sept. 7, 2017 from Toronto-based artist Ken Nicol.
To mark the Opening Night, guests were also treated to an exclusive performance of Morphology by Adandam Dancetheatre. Throughout the evening a group of 10 performers explored the social space of Art Toronto’s Opening Night, starting with individual performances that examined the gaze and subtle movements of conversation and people coming together. These gestures grew and evolved into a more expressive and dramatic performance as the dancers came together into small groups. The piece culminated into a frenzy of motion and emotion as all 10 performers come together to close the event.