HOUSE guests: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS in THE GRANGE at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas West) to January 27. 416-977-0414. Rating: NNNN
back in september, before the AGO had its official centenary celebrations derailed by the September 11 insanity, Toronto's oldest art institution set loose seven contemporary artists and asked them to create meaningful art interventions in the Grange, the historic house that once contained the gallery.Anyone who hasn't had a chance to check it out yet should, if only to see the four-poster bed Rebecca Belmore covered in an ornamental fur bedspread and canopy, an appropriate setting for her occasional performances that call into question whether or not a First Nations woman like herself could ever have occupied the best bedroom of one of Upper Canada's grandest houses in 1847.
Christie Thompson's installation in the basement pantry -- electrified bottles whose flickering glow echoes the bread oven they face several rooms away -- revels in the project's implied domesticity, while Elizabeth LeMoine's sly miniatures are worth hunting down.
Robert Fones, Josiah McElheny, Elaine Reichek and Luis Jacob have also infiltrated.