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For Immediate Release
June 1, 2011
EDMONTON, AB – The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is excited to host a sold out crowd at Refinery Factory Party on Saturday, June 4 from 9 pm to 2 am. This is the third late night art party in a row to sell out.
Refinery Factory Party is inspired by the recently-opened AGA exhibition ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured. The party will include interactive art projects led by local artists Sarah Patterson, Zachary Ayotte, Wesley Robert and artist-run centre SNAP. Superstar video portraits on Super 8 film will become stencils for a silkscreen project, and the films will be screened in Manning Hall at the stroke of midnight. Guest will have Refinery portraits taken throughout the night, and become the subjects of “living portraits” in video screen tests. Party goers will also be able to contribute to Warhol inspired time capsules throughout the night using items they bring with them or create at the AGA. The time capsules will be kept in the AGA’s Collection Services Facility for no less than 20 years. The night also includes music by DJs Blue Jay and Travy D of Mod Club Edmonton. Food and drinks will be provided by ZINCatering, and will feature Refinery Signature Cocktails by Proof Brands.
A special presale was offered to AGA Members on May 2, and tickets went on sale to the general public on May 16. All 900 tickets were purchased two weeks prior to the event.
Guests will also be able to visit all six current AGA exhibitions, including: ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured, SARAH FULLER: MY Banff, Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr’s Coastal Landscapes, Haida Art: Mapping an Ancient Language, Walter J. Phillips: Water & Woods and Lawren Harris Abstractions.
The party will also host the winner of the AGA Superstars Wanted Contest. The contest, which asked AGA Facebook fans to submit their own Superstar photos based on Andy Warhol’s screen tests, closed at midnight on May 29. The winner, Steve Gin, will receive 4 tickets and a limo ride to the party and be recognized as the AGA Refinery Superstar.
Each party in the AGA’s Refinery series is themed around a different AGA exhibition and includes a new mix of Alberta-based talent. The AGA has hosted 4 Refinery parties since opening; this is the second installment of the popular series of 2011.The next party takes place on November 19, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to AGA Members on October 17 and the general public on October 31.
For artist bios and additional information about programming, please visit youraga.ca
ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured opened at the AGA on Saturday, May 28, 2011. This major exhibition features the work of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. It offers a unique look at his artistic range and complexity as an individual, as demonstrated through his work. This exhibition explores Warhol’s interest in American consumer culture, mass production and invented personas, and includes works spanning each decade of the artist’s career. ANDY WARHOL: Manufactured takes you beyond the surface, beyond the commercial and into the world that Warhol so carefully manufactured.
Refinery Factory Party
Saturday, June 4, 9 pm – 2 am
Art Gallery of Alberta
Must be 18+ to attend
ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA
The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta and the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc Restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.
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