Artistic Director and Toronto man-about-town Bruno Billio took control of this year’s Massive Party, the 6th annual fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Ontario, which took place last night at the Frank Gehry-designed space.
The AGO has got a new Young Patrons group, AGO Next, many of whom were there last night. Judging by the sold-out crowd of 2000 energetic partiers, the AGO has got a lot of future donors hooked.
Massive Party is known for creative installations by local artists, and this year was better than most, with Toronto artist (and VoCA fave) Jon Sasaki‘s silent film ‘conversation starters’, Janis Demkiw’s Stash-Cache (Trapdoor to Endlessness), a sculptural installation of a stockpile of contraband alcohol and goods under the gallery floor and Laurel Woodcock‘s $25 artist multiple (a set of shot glasses.)
But the best and most striking artwork was Diane Borsato‘s performance, in which she directed a troupe of dancers – disguised as revellers – to fall down, randomly, as if drunk. It worked perfectly until the media started chasing them with cameras. When a fallen person receives flashbulb pops instead of a helping hand up, you know you’re looking at a work of performance art.
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