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The Power Plant announces February programming
to lead up to its reopening

Toronto, ON (Jan. 19, 2011) The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre has officially launched The Power Plant – Refresh, a project that will upgrade its visitor services, renew its visual identity and increase accessibility onsite, online and in all communications. The gallery is currently closed for construction and will reopen to the public the weekend of March 12, 2011 with a new lobby and reception space, new website, new visual identity and new exhibitions. During February 2011, leading up to the reopening, The Power Plant will continue to provide outstanding programs offsite while the lobby and all communications are refreshed.

The Power Plant
Public Programs February 2011

Meet the New Curator: Melanie O’Brian
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 6 p.m.
Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen Street West
FREE Members, $4 Non-Members
Please join us for a talk by our newly appointed Curator of Programs, Melanie O’Brian. O’Brian was formerly Director/Curator at Artspeak, a leading artist-run centre in Vancouver, from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Curator at Vancouver Art Gallery. Born in Toronto, O'Brian holds an MA in art history from the University of Chicago and has organized exhibitions in Vancouver and internationally, written for numerous catalogues and magazines including Fillip and C, and edited a 2006 anthology entitled Vancouver Art and Economies. O’Brian’s talk on her work and practice will conclude with a meet-and-greet reception.
Co-presented with the Drake Hotel.

My Barbarian: Post-Living Ante-Action Theater
Sunday, Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street
Pay What You Can (please arrive early to guarantee a seat)
Los Angeles-based art collective My Barbarian will lead local artist-participants through workshops and a public performance of “Post-Living Ante-Action Theatre,” an original performance form developed by the company, which evolves from their own interdisciplinary practice as well as two avant-garde collectives of the 1960s: New York’s Living Theatre and Munich’s Action-Theater. The performance will also draw on current events and political situations. This is the Canadian premiere following Post-Living Ante-Action Theater projects in New York and Cairo.
Co-presented with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Rhubarb Festival in partnership with b current, Cahoots Theatre Company, fu-GEN Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts and The Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto.

Thomas Hirschhorn
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
$4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Swiss-born, Paris-based artist Thomas Hirschhorn will discuss his massive immersive artwork Das Auge (The Eye), which will open at The Power Plant in March 2011. Selected to represent Switzerland at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Hirschhorn is renowned for using everyday materials, found images and impassioned graffiti-like texts to engage viewers in actively thinking about politics and philosophy. Based around the image of an eye that sees only the colour red, Das Auge (The Eye) is one of Hirschhorn's most significant – and visceral – creations to date.

For more information on all offsite programs, please visit or call 416.973.4949.

More on The Power Plant - Refresh

The Power Plant – Refresh is a project that aims to improve access for both existing and new visitors. In response to the needs of the gallery’s communities, The Power Plant – Refresh will help support and grow the gallery’s reputation as a leader in the presentation of contemporary art, here in Toronto and around the world. The project will ensure that the gallery is able to provide excellent visitor service, both onsite, externally and at a distance. By launching this project, the gallery aims to strengthen its identity as a leading visitor-focused contemporary art venue, significantly increase participation in programs, enhance all communications and outreach, and increase revenue generation for long-term sustainability.

The Power Plant is very pleased to have Bruce Kuwabara of Kuwabara Payne McKenna
Blumberg Architects leading the redesign of the gallery’s lobby space. KPMB is a firm that has made a major contribution to the design of other prominent museum buildings such as the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa; Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto; Gardiner Museum, Toronto; and more recently, the Bell Lightbox for Toronto International Film Festival Group. This redesign of the lobby space builds on Peter Smith’s original design for the renovation project by Lett/Smith Architects, when the building was first converted to an art gallery and opened to the public on May 1, 1987.

The Power Plant – Refresh is an important project made possible by major grants from The Ontario Trillium Foundation and from Canada Cultural Spaces Fund through the Department of Canadian Heritage. Additional support has been provided by Harbourfront Centre and the many corporate and individual supporters of The Power Plant.

The Power Plant looks forward to a new lobby space and a redesigned visual identity to
accompany a series of new exhibitions at the grand reopening party.
The Power Plant - Refresh: the countdown continues.

For more information on The Power Plant - Refresh, call 416-973-4927 or visit

For more information on exhibitions and all public programs at The Power Plant, call 416-973-4949 or visit

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

FREE Members
$6 Adults
$3 Students / Seniors
FREE Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday 12-8 p.m.
Open Holiday Mondays

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.


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