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Make Your Own Life! Eve Sussman, Michael Krebber, Christopher Williams, Bennett Simpson, and Simon Starling at The Power Plant


TORONTO, September 19, 2006—Make Your Own Life this fall at Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery. Two major exhibitions launch this Thursday night, accompanied by a dynamic line-up of programs including LIVE/LECTURE/LOUNGE, Power Talks, Sunday Scenes, and Power Kids Art Camps. The fall programs kick-off opening weekend, and feature a fantastic international line-up of artists and curators.

The exhibitions and new programs follow on the success of The Power Plant’s ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE programs. They support the direction outlined in the gallery’s new strategic plan “to implement a groundbreaking and internationally significant artistic program that supports the development, reception and interpretation of contemporary art in Canada.”

Director Gregory Burke comments, “Our aim is to communicate the significance of contemporary art as a vital social and cultural force to diverse audiences. These new exhibitions and events offer audiences an extraordinary opportunity to engage with leading international artists and to explore the cultural, philosophical and aesthetic contexts that make up contemporary art today.”

Thursday 21 September, 7 to 11 pm
Exhibitions Opening Party with music by DJ produzentin
Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne
Eve Sussman’s 89 Seconds at Alcázar
The Power Plant. FREE.

Saturday 23 September, 3pm
Artist’s Talk: Michael Krebber
A key figure in the Cologne art scene, Michael Krebber was a close friend of and former assistant to the late Martin Kippenberger. He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and North America, with recent solo exhibitions at SECESSION, Vienna, and Greene Naftali Gallery, New York. Krebber’s visit has been generously supported by the Goethe-Institut Toronto.
The Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West. $8 members. $10 non-members.

Sunday 24 September, 2pm
Curator’s Tour: Bennett Simpson on Make Your Own Life
Curator Bennett Simpson is Associate Curator at the ICA, Boston, where he has organized projects with Paul Chan, Roe Ethridge and Sergio Vega. From 2001–2004 he was Associate Curator at the ICA Philadelphia, which originated Make Your Own Life.
The Power Plant. Free with admission.

Sunday 24 September, 3pm
Artist’s Talk: Christopher Williams
Working mainly with photographs, and also incorporating film, performance, sculpture, graphic design, and video, Christopher Williams tackles the institutional and vernacular meaning of images. His work has been exhibited internationally, and was most recently featured on the cover of ARTFORUM and part of the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
The Studio Theatre. 235 Queens Quay West. $8 members. $10 non-members.

And don’t miss:
Friday 29 September, 7pm
Major International Lecture Series: Turner Prize winner Simon Starling
British artist and 2005 Turner Prize winner Simon Starling states “When I’m making art, I’m thinking up novels in a way. Whether things I’m telling are true or not … I’m involved in an activity which is similar to that of a narrator.”
The Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West. Free to members. $15 non-members.

Considering “You must make your own life the basis” for art, which the late artist Martin Kippenberger once decreed, The Power Plant is pleased to announce the opening of two must-see 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. This must-see exhibition presents a look at the mythic and art historical significance of Cologne, Germany as a nucleus of contemporary art practice in the 80s and 90s, and highlights the integral social and artistic relationships. Artists in the show include: Bernadette Corporation, Cosima von Bonin, Merlin Carpenter, Stephan Dillemuth, Michaela Eichwald, Roe Ethridge, Filmgruppe West, Andrea Fraser, Kim Gordon, Charline von Heyl, Gareth James, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, Louise Lawler, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Lucy McKenzie, Christian Philipp Müller, Nils Norman, Albert Oehlen, Stephen Prina, Josephine Pryde, Blake Rayne, Reena Spaulings, Josef Strau, Rosemarie Trockel, Christopher Williams, and Christopher Wool. Exhibition runs until December 3.

Set against this exhibition is Eve Sussman’s 89 Seconds at Alcázar, that was featured at the Museum of Modern Art’s official reopening last year, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. It is a 10-minute choreographed tableau, based on Diego Velázquez’s famous 1656 painting Las Meninas. By recreating the events preceding and following the moment that is captured in the Spanish royal family portrait, she presents it as a cinema-vérité film still. Sussman’s extraordinary repositioning of the famous painting, which includes a self-portrait of the official painter, Velasquez himself, like Make Your Own Life, also introduces the life of the artist as subject. Exhibition runs until December 3.

A new programming initiative of live performances, international lectures and social lounge nights.

LIVE presents legendary conceptual artist and Red Krayola member Stephen Prina for a special evening including a rare screening of his short film Vinyl II and solo musical performance with guitar and grand piano.

LECTURE features an international line-up of star artists and curators, including: Andrea Fraser, Michael Krebber, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Simon Starling, and Christopher Williams.

LOUNGE features evenings of diverse entertainment at The Power Plant—an opportunity to relax, view film/video and artists’ performance, hear live music, listen to a talk, and enjoy cocktails and conversation, all in one night.

Organized by The Power Plant for the Toronto International Art Fair, November 10-12, 2006. Power Talks is a lively and informative program of talks and discussions, and includes: Claudia Beck (Vancouver), Hedwig Fijen (Rotterdam), Yuko Hasegawa (Tokyo), Wilhelm Schürmann (Aachen, Germany), and Catherine de Zegher (New York).

On-site series of 2-day art camps for children ages 6 to 10. Participants will learn about the current exhibitions, flex their creative muscles in hands-on activities, and contribute to a large group project.
Art Camp 1: Saturday 4 November & Sunday 5 November, 10am - 4pm
Art Camp 2: Saturday 18 November & Sunday 19 November, 10am - 4pm
$100 per child/weekend session
To register or for more information please call 416 973 4949.

Martin Kippenberger’s love of Pasta Bolognese inspired him to invest in the Italian restaurant Capri, while living in Venice Beach. Savour the infamous German artist’s favourite dish with Make Your Own Life artist and special guest Stephen Prina. The Kippenberger Dinner takes place on Friday 17 November, 6-10PM. A benefit event for The Power Plant. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call The Power Plant at 416 973 4949.

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. These exhibitions have been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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 or visit


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