On April 23, 2009, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art and BMO Financial Group presented Matthew Teitelbaum, the Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the MOCCA Award 2009 during a gala event at MOCCA.
The award recognizes Mr.Teitelbaum’s leadership in the completion of Transformation AGO. In an extraordinary gesture of generosity, Mr.Teitelbaum donated the $20,000 cash prize to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in support of their ambitious activities.
To honour Mr. Teitelbaum, each guest at the event received a limited edition artwork, created especially for the occasion by nationally renowned artist and long-time AGO advocate David Blackwood. Guests also enjoyed food from Chef Susur Lee’s internationally-acclaimed restaurants Madeline’s, Lee and Shang N.Y.C.
The evening featured the installation, Habitat (MOCCA Award), by Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob, and a special slide presentation of Edward Burtynsky’s photographs commissioned for the Transformation AGO project, 2006 – 2008. Other highlights of the evening included a presentation by Honorary Chair Carol Rapp and a live interview between Matthew Teitelbaum and media commentator Allan Gregg.