We visited the Art Gallery of Ontario for their First Thursdays event, each month presenting a unique range of featured live music performances, talks/tours, art-making, installations, lectures, food and cash bar.
The energy of ~2500 visitors alleviates any expectation you may carry to engage with the art in a preconceived way. Clinking glasses, (smushing plastic cups), our group agreed that it was a welcome change of pace for both art viewing, and cocktail hour. The disruption of a large gallery’s usually hallowed ambiance is enough of a break in the expected that it feels rare, and mischievous, like a concert in a cathedral. I’m giddy to see the museum buzzing with bodies packed into the atrium, where DJs and musicians flood the area with sound.
“The more I paint, the more I like everything.”