Nuit Blanche Toronto
A free, all-night art exhibit, Nuit Blanche Toronto features over 150 intimate and elaborate temporary exhibitions throughout downtown and various neighbourhoods. Sponsored by Scotiabank, the sunset-to-sunrise event takes place on Saturday, September 29. The work of both established and up-and-coming artists are represented at Nuit Blanche Toronto. Five curators have commissioned nearly 60 temporary public art projects by a diverse collection of local, national, and international artists. One of the highlights of this 12-hour spectacle is a special exhibition of 14 projects in and around Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Entitled “Museum for the End of the World,” the exhibition, which is designed to bring up questions of collection, catastrophe, and catharsis, is being curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow.
Originally conceived in Paris ten years ago, Nuit Blanche had a very simple goal: bringing contemporary artwork to the public in public spaces. In 2005, the Paris organizers invited the City of Toronto to join with a few other European cities that were staging similar art events. Toronto was the first North American city to completely mirror the Paris extravaganza, which now draws more than a million people every single year. The success of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche has given many other cities across North America, such as San Francisco, New York, Miami, and Chicago, the impetus to keep the momentum going. Today, there are over 25 cities on several continents onboard with Nuit Blanche or, as it’s referred to by everyone involved, “Sleepless Night.”