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Public and Educational Progammes at The Power Plant this Winter

TORONTO, January 20, 2005The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre, Canada’s leading non-collecting contemporary art gallery, provides free and ticketed public and educational programmes in conjunction with its two exhibitions running until March 6, 2005: Ken Lum Works with Photography, a twenty-year retrospective of Ken Lum's internationally-renowned photo-based works; and Emma Kay’s The Story of Art, an animated history of art drawn from the artist’s memory.

Public programme highlights include International Lecture Series talks by seminal American artist Dan Graham (January 26) and influential American curator, critic and scholar Robert Storr (February 24) and heralded German photographer Thomas Demand (March 4). The long-running avant-variety show Hubbub! returns to The Rivoli February 8 while Ken Lum gives an artist talk at The Power Plant on February 13.

Educational programme events include an Art Writing Workshop on February 2 and free activities for youth and children like the weekly Gallery Kids tours. Complete programmes details below. The public can call 416-973-4931 for information on any educational programme or to register for workshops.

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

The Power Plant's Public and Educational Progammes:

On Wednesday, January 26, at 7 p.m., seminal American artist Dan Graham talks about his work in performance, video, text, architecture and puppetry as part of The Power Plant's prestigious International Lecture Series. Since the 1960s, Graham has investigated the built environment, popular music, video and television in essays, performances, installations, videotapes and architectural/sculptural designs. Dan Graham speaks at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West. Free for Power Plant members. $15 general public admission. For tickets, call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.

The Power Plant presents an Art Writing Workshop (Wednesday, February 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) with recently appointed University Research Chair in Art Criticism at the University of Guelph and Border Crossings’ Editor-at-Large Robert Enright. The cost for this workshop is $25. Call 416-973-4931 to register.

On Tuesday, February 8, at 8 p.m., The Power Plant’s riveting prime-time rumble Hubbub! returns to The Rivoli to present an avant-variety show of creative people and crucial ideas. This evening’s theme is History Texts. Guest speakers include Daniel Olson discussing his many book works and Patrick Cummins, curator of Signs of Urban Life: A History of Visual Communication in Toronto at the Toronto Archives. Hosted by Terence Dick at The Rivoli, 334 Queen Street West. Admission is free.

On Sunday, February 13, at 2 p.m., Ken Lum will talk about his artistic career with a particular focus on the photographic work in the exhibition. This lecture takes place at The Power Plant and is free with admission.

On Thursday, February 24, at 7 p.m., critic, curator and scholar Robert Storr will discuss the artists and ideas in his most recent exhibition, Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque, at SITE, Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial. This lecutre is part of The Power Plant's prestigious International Lecture Series. Storr was Senior Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. He was recently appointed the Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Robert Storr speaks at the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. Free for Power Plant members. $15 general public admission. For tickets, call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.

On Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m., German photographer Thomas Demand will discuss his work and his current survey exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This lecutre is part of The Power Plant's prestigious International Lecture Series.  Thomas Demand speaks at the Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay West. Free for Power Plant members. $15 general public admission. For tickets, call the Harbourfront Centre box office at 416-973-4000.

And, every Sunday at 2 p.m., Gallery Kids offers special tours of the exhibitions with creative activities for families that are free with admission. Call 416-973-4931 for information on any educational programme or to register for workshops.

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Media Contact: Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655 or sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
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