Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

2010 Curator Gerald McMaster

Exhibition A: Downtown North

Image by Angus Rowe MacPherson

The Good Night

Joy ruled the day, and Love the night .— John Dryden

Whether an action, idea, or received belief that can or cannot be explained, the night remains mysterious and untamed. Until, city life changed it all. Though our nightly rituals remain social and our gathering places shift, it is now the new tribes who’ve come to rule the night. Yet, the proposition of a mysterious and untamed night must now be read as the site for creative possibility. In the hand of the artist, the night will be transformed into an unforgettable experience. And using the mysterious phenomenon that we live by and find comfort in – light – the artist will sculpt the night. For one unforgettable night we will experience the meeting of opposites. For one night, joy and love will speak to everyone.

— Gerald McMaster

Biography:

Since 2005, Gerald McMaster has been the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, where he led a curatorial team in the reinstallation of the new Canadian galleries. This coming year he will be the Canadian Commissioner to the 2010 Biennale of Sydney; in November his “Inuit Modern” exhibition opens at the AGO. Previous to the AGO, McMaster worked at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.