Five reasons why Nuit Blanche may not suck this year

Five reasons why Nuit Blanche may not suck this year

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Last year's light installation at city hall (Image: Eduardo Zárate) 

Although our reaction to last year’s Nuit Blanche might best be summed up with an ambivalent shoulder shrug and an apathetic “meh,” we’re cautiously optimistic for this year’s event, scheduled for October 2. Yesterday, the city announced new exhibition sites and the 2010 curators; below, what we’re looking forward to:

1. The four main zones will be centralized along the Yonge-University subway line, meaning that more time can be spent looking at art and less time spent schlepping between Yorkville and Liberty Village.

2. Yonge Street will become a pedestrian mall from Bloor to Front, relieving sidewalk congestion and hopefully reviving one of last year’s charms: the financial district swamped with people not wearing suits.

3. The curators—Gerald McMaster, Anthony Kiendl, Sarah Robayo Sheridan and Christof Migone—have already signed on crowd-worthy talent: Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo is collaborating with his wife, Leah Singer, for an interactive video, with Ranaldo performing.

4. New York’s Dan Graham is working on a new piece for the event.

5. Britain’s Ryan Gander is planning a giant bonfire for Yonge-Dundas Square (which we hope turns into the world’s largest wiener roast).

None of this, of course, guarantees that last year’s letdowns won’t be repeated, most notably the endless lineups, drunken hipsters and that four-letter-word piece at city hall that had us thinking “lame,” “dull”  and “blah.”

Sonic Youth, giant bonfires will be part of Nuit Blanche 2010 [National Post]
Nuit Blanche curator picks art by Sonic Youth [CBC]
Nuit Blanche redraws boundaries [Globe and Mail]
Curators and new exhibition sites announced for fifth annual Scotiabank Nuit Blanche [City of Toronto]