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The Power Plant fall programs gain prestigious Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund grant and support from BMO Financial Group and NOW Magazine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TORONTO, September 14, 2006 – The Power Plant will present a spectacular fall program thanks to support from the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant states, “Following on the success of ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE, this is another significant step for us, and marks the largest OCAF grant received by The Power Plant, specifically to market our fall programs.”

“Two featured exhibitions offer an impetus to speculate on the possibilities for art-making in our own time and place, and accompanying them is a fantastic line-up of programs, including LIVE/LECTURE/LOUNGE, Power Talks, Sunday Scenes, and Power Kids Art Camps.”

“As The Power Plant builds on its successes, we must acknowledge the generous support of our sponsors and partners. The Power Plant extends a sincere thanks to BMO Financial Group, Presenting Sponsor of Make Your Own Life;Nancy McCain and William Morneau as supporting donors of 89 Seconds at Alcazar; and NOW Magazine, Media Partner for both exhibitions,” said Mr. Burke.

“You must make your own life the basis” for art, the legendary artist Martin Kippenberger once decreed. On view this fall are two seminal exhibitions that consider the life of the artist, and examine the social and cultural intersection, where life becomes the subject of art. Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne features some of the most influential artists of the late 20th century including Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, Rosemarie Trockel, Andrea Fraser, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and many others.

Set against this exhibition is Eve Sussman’s89 Seconds at Alcázar, a 10-minute carefully constructed video based on Diego Velázquez’s iconic 1656 painting Las Meninas that depicts the artist’s life as a painter to the Spanish royal family.

The exhibitions run September 22 to December 3, 2006. A public opening reception will be held at The Power Plant on Thursday September 21, from 7 to 11 pm. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public.

The Power Plant will be releasing detailed announcements of the fall exhibitions and programs over the coming weeks.

Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania. Curated by Bennett Simpson.

The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Sunday: 12-6pm, Wednesday: 12-8pm, Closed Monday, open holiday Mondays. Admission is Free to Members, $4 adults, $2 students/seniors.

For exhibition and tour information, contact 416 973-4949 or thepowerplant@harbourfrontcentre.com or visit www.thepowerplant.org

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416 973 4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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