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A summer to remember at The Power Plant: ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE and the blockbuster
exhibition ‘Not Quite How I Remember It’ – June 7 to September 1, 2008

TORONTO, April 29, 2008 — How does The Power Plant follow smashingly successful exhibitions by Turner-Prize winning artist Simon Starling and video-artist Sadie Benning? By cranking up the heat for summer, offering FREE admission to the gallery and opening the first major group exhibition curated by Helena Reckitt.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre proudly announces its summer 2008 exhibitions and public programs, from June 7 to September 1, 2008. Exhibitions open with a free public reception on Friday, June 6, from 7:30 PM to 11 PM.

For the third consecutive year, The Power Plant is delighted to offer ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE. Generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine, Media Partner, ALL SUMMER ALL FREE offers visitors of all ages complimentary gallery admission throughout the summer months, from June 7 to September 1, 2008.

Last summer, over 60,000 visitors came through The Power Plant to take advantage of ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE.

Of this major accomplishment, Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke states, “The Hal Jackman Foundation is allowing us to drop our door charge for the third consecutive year, allowing free access to thousands of visitors during the warm, summer months. It is a significant gesture that importantly removes an impediment to access, so now everyone can enjoy our summer programs be they youth, families, tourists, students, or artists.”

“ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE Thanks to the Hal Jackman Foundation offers visitors the chance to encounter a wide range of contemporary art from around the globe,” said Mr. Burke. “Each summer The Power Plant aims to present a group exhibition focused on an issue relevant to current international art practice and present the work of Canadian artists alongside their peers.”

To this end and in tandem with ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE, The Power Plant announces its blockbuster summer exhibition, ‘Not Quite How I Remember It’. The group show, the first major exhibition curated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs, features a Canadian and international roster of artists that explore how the past haunts the present. Through works in photography, film/video, sculpture, painting, and performance, the exhibition presents contemporary artistic approaches to forms of historical re-enactment and reconstruction. While building on tactics of montage, remixing, and sampling, artists depart from the cool appropriation tactics of postmodernists. Instead, they take a decidedly time and labour-intensive attitude to remaking and restaging.

The exhibition combines the work of Canadian artists Diane Borsato, Nestor Krüger, Nancy Davenport and Michael Maranda whose work is gaining a national and international profile alongside established figures like Mary Kelly (USA) and Walid Raad (Lebanon/USA), as well as younger international figures like Ireland’s Gerard Byrne, and Americans Sharon Hayes, Dario Robleto, and Kelley Walker, whose work is creating waves. The show is rounded out with works by Felix Gmelin (Sweden), Olivia Plender (UK), Michael Stevenson (New Zealand), and Lee Walton (USA).

“Highlighting forms of historical re-enactment and reconstruction, the artists in the exhibition investigate how we channel, mediate and memorialize history,” states curator Helena Reckitt. “In treating the past as a work in progress, artists in the exhibition throw light on timely issues of authorship, ownership, identification, influence, and collectivity. Together they propose the idea that re-enactment can transform us from witnesses of history into creative participants.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication with essays by Johanna Burton and Helena Reckitt.

‘Not Quite How I Remember It’ is generously supported by Exhibition Donors Gail Drummond & Robert Dorrance, Liza Mauer, Margaret McNee, and Nancy Young.

“Thanks to the fantastic generosity of our Exhibition Donors, The Power Plant can continue to work with both Canadian and international artists and present diverse, exciting exhibitions for the thousands of patrons who visit over the summer months,” states Gregory Burke.

To tease out and contextualize ideas in the show, The Power Plant presents a stimulating program of public programs in tandem with the exhibition. For three Wednesday evenings over the summer (June 25, July 9, July 13) the gallery presents the FILM series Am I Repeating Yourself? featuring works by John Baldessari, Ian Forsyth and Ingrid Pollard, ASM Kobayashi, Mike Kelley/Paul McCarthy, Anri Sala, Zin Taylor, and many others. Ranging from cheeky remakes to faithful homages and historical reconstructions, these films mine the creative and critical potential of remaking.

On Saturday, June 7, artists, art historians and cultural critics come together for the FORUM Let’s Do It Again. On Sunday, June 8, Noah Mintz’s wildly successful Process>Product returns with H2Orchestra–a free collaborative event for all ages where participants can listen, play, bring their own instruments, or create their own mini water organs. On Thursday, August 28, Dan Adler discusses the German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven’s work on time, history and memory at our summer LECTURE. Lee Walton performs a series of unplanned actions on The Power Plant’s lakefront terrace for LIVE on Labour Day, Monday, September 1.

SATURDAY PLAYLISTS return on Saturday afternoons and evenings from June 28 until the end of August. The public are invited to enjoy the exhibitions and relax at the lakeside listening lounge each Saturday with music selected each week by a different artist, this summer including Dean Baldwin, Matthew Higgs, Kelly Mark, Nicholas Pye & Sheila Pye, and Instant Coffee. The Power Plant’s hours are extended on Saturdays until 8 PM.

For more information on exhibitions and all Public Programs, the public can call
416-973-4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

The Summer Exhibition Openings are held at The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, Friday, June 6, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the reception is FREE and open to the public.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Regular Gallery Hours (until June 25) are Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 p.m., Wednesday 12 – 8 p.m. Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 p.m.).

Summer Gallery Hours (from June 26 to September 1) are Tuesday to Friday, Sunday 12 – 6 p.m., Saturday 12 – 8 p.m. Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 p.m.).

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Media Contacts:

Shane Gerard
Publicist
Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4518
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

Tony Hewer
Development & Marketing Coordinator
The Power Plant
416-973-4927
thewer@harbourfrontcentre.com


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