Judy Chicago to create smoke sculpture on Toronto’s waterfront

Judy Chicago’s latest site-specific pyrotechnic display, “A Tribute to Toronto” will take place on June 4 at Sugar Beach as the grand finale of the second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Judy Chicago’s latest site-specific pyrotechnic display, “A Tribute to Toronto” will take place on June 4 at Sugar Beach as the grand finale of the second edition of the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA).

The American artist will create her first Smoke Sculpture in Canada on Lake Ontario, releasing white, yellow, green, blue, and purple pigments from a structure on a barge. In the air, the pigments mix with the wind and sunset light to create a myriad of changing colorful effects until dissipating.

In line with the artist’s long history of being a passionate advocate for the environment, Chicago only uses non-toxic materials that meet environmental safety standards to create temporary forms that, for several minutes, transform sites into an immersive experience for viewers.

“The Toronto Biennial of Art is thrilled to present A Tribute to Toronto by Judy Chicago, the legendary feminist artist, art educator, and writer who will create her first project on water and her first Smoke Sculpture presentation in Canada. Judy has been a long-time fan of our city having first exhibited her iconic The Dinner Party installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the 1980s. Her return to Toronto with 2 this work provides an exciting opportunity for our community and the art world to experience art history in the making,” said Patrizia Libralato, Executive Director of the Toronto Biennial of Art.

A Tribute to Toronto is commissioned by TBA and made possible with the generous support of Menkes Developments, ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022, the Delaney Family Foundation, Waterfront Toronto, the Waterfront BIA, and the Women Leading Initiative.

The free event will take place on June 4 from 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and June 5, Rain Date at 8:00pm to 8:45pm.

For more information, visit: https://ago.ca/events/judy-chicago-conversation 

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