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The Power Plant awarded over $100,000 from four prestigious American foundations for the Glenn Ligon touring exhibition

TORONTO, November 22, 2004 – The Director of The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, Wayne Baerwaldt, announced today that the gallery has received over $100,000 (U.S.) in grants from four prominent American foundations. The grants were awarded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace Walter Goldsmith Foundation, the Peter Norton Family Foundation and the Linda Pace Foundation, for the purpose of organizing a touring exhibition of works by New York artist Glenn Ligon. The grants acknowledge The Power Plant’s leading role in the international world of contemporary art.

Glenn Ligon has exhibited throughout the Americas and Europe since 1984. Ligon is at the forefront of his generation of artists, addressing issues of identity at a point in Western history when individual and societal voices and the physical body, have come under intense scrutiny and public debate. Ligon’s investigation engages various artistic forms including painting sculpture, printmaking, installation, video and mixed media in a sophisticated process of re-visioning.

The Power Plant exhibition, curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, Director of The Power Plant and Thelma Golden, the Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, will open at The Power Plant in June 2005. It will travel to the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston in February 2006, the Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh in September 2006, the Wexner Center for the Arts in January 2007, and then to Mudam – Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg in 2007. The exhibition, accompanied by the first major catalogue of Ligon’s works, will be designed by Two-by-Four and will be a full-colour, hard cover publication.

The Power Plant is located at 231 Queens Quay West. Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday until 8 p.m. Admission is $4 ($2 students and seniors), children and members free. Admission is free on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For exhibition and tour information, the public can call 416-973-4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

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Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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