Entrance to The Power Plant, Toronto, 2011. Photo: Tom Arban Photography Inc.
The Power Plant is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time, and it offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists while engaging equally diverse audiences in their work. The Power Plant pursues its activities though exhibitions, publications, and public programming. It fulfills its mandate by generating exhibitions that represent the range of advanced practice in visual arts; publications that increase knowledge of contemporary art; lectures and symposia that encourage debate and further understanding; interpretative tools that invite visitors to question, explore and reflect upon their experiences; and programming that incorporates other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art.
Throughout its history, the program has included ambitious thematic exhibitions and major solo shows by Canadian artists such as Colin Campbell, Janet Cardiff, Peter Doig, Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Rodney Graham, Annie Pootoogook, Stephen Shearer, and Michael Snow. Solo exhibitions by international artists have included Fiona Banner, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Thomas Hirschhorn, Mike Kelley, Glenn Ligon, Adrian Piper, Ryan Trecartin, Francesco Vezzoli, and Carey Young. In 2006, The Power Plant inaugurated an annual commissioning program, which featured the presentation of new works by Candice Breitz, Rafael Lozanno-Hemmer, Scott Lyall, Simon Starling, Ian Wallace, Lawerence Weiner, and Pae White. Over the last 25 years, The Power Plant has produced more than forty influential and award-winning publications, as well as a wide array of public programming, such as the acclaimed International Lecture Series.