Speaking of Mercer Union ...Nuit Blanche, biennales, and what's next?
Which I was, a minute ago, I can share that Mercer director Sarah Robayo Sheridan is one of the four zone curators for Nuit Blanche this year, which starts the night of Oct. 2 and, as usual, runs on through to the following morning.
Robayo, who is assigned to the east end -- not Mercer's usual turf, out west -- is joined by Christof Migone, the director of U of T's Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga (and one of my favourite art spaces in the city), Gerald McMaster, the AGO's curator of Canadian art, and Anthony Kiendl, director of the venerable Winnipeg artist-tun centre Plug-In.
Rosters are far from formed, but looking good: Kiendl has commissioned projects from early conceptual icon Dan Graham, and a collaborative project between Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Renaldo and Leah Singer; Robayo Sheridan's early list includes Mammalian Diving Reflex's Darren O'Donnell.
As ever, my big regret is that it's all one-night only; I can appreciate ephemerality as much as the next guy, but wouldn't this make more sense as a launching pad for, say, a Toronto Biennale, which rewards the artists for making their work a standing destination for a while?
While I was away, big players like the Power Plant's Gregory Burke, the AGO's Matthew Teitelbaum, the AGYU's Philip Monk and curator Jessica Bradley, among others, convened at David Liss's MOCCA to talk about just such an event's hows, wheres, and whys. The concensus: None. But they're talking. Stay tuned.