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JUNO-nominated musician Iskwé joins Creative Minds

March 12th, 2018

Iskwe looks off into the distance with face paint and feathers in her hair.

Iskwé will perform at Creative Minds on April 4. Photo by Lisa MacIntosh.

This isn’t fake news – we are thrilled to announce that Winnipeg-born, Hamilton-based musician Iskwé has joined the lineup at AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall on April 4.

Named one of “10 artists to watch in 2016” by CBC Music, Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway) weaves politically charged lyrics with a soulful mix of R&B, trip-hop and electronica that is uniquely her own. Of Cree/Dene and Irish descent, her sophomore album The Fight Within was released last fall and is nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year at this month’s JUNO Awards. You can hear her latest single, “The Unforgotten,” featuring Tanya Tagaq, here. Read the rest of this entry »

The TSO takes a bite out of Jaws

March 12th, 2018

Jeffrey Beecher holding a double bass.

Jeffrey Beecher, Principal Double Bassist of the TSO. Photo by Jaime Hogge/ TSO.

Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore: these are just a few of the film composers who have brought the world’s most memorable films to life through music. Why listen to these amazing soundtracks in a theatre when you can watch the film with live music instead? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been bringing soundtracks to the forefront through its Movies with Live Orchestra series, and the latest, Jaws in Concert, happens this week.

We caught up with Principal Double Bassist for the TSO, Jeffrey Beecher, ahead of the screening of Jaws in Concert, to find out what it’s like to perform live along with your favourite films. Read the rest of this entry »

Two great artists, two great friends

March 12th, 2018

Pegi Nicol MacLeod's painting of Ottawa's Bank Street Bridge.

Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Bank Street Bridge, 1930. Oil on plywood, overall: 50.7 x 50.7 cm. Purchase, 1981. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists challenge, we’re asking women curators at the AGO to tell us about the women artists they love. Last week we featured the work of Käthe Kollwitz, a leading 20th century German artist known for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings.

Last week, we asked Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, to talk about two amazing Canadian women artists as she celebrated her favourite day of the year, International Women’s Day. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve got to see it to believe it

March 12th, 2018

A collage image of fashion models, floral prints, and flowers.

ELLE MEXICO, DOLCE AND GABBANA. Image courtesy of the artist.

Do not adjust your screen or your eyeglass prescription. That’s not an illusion you’re seeing. It’s the latest edition of AGO Massive!

The AGO’s annual fundraiser – supporting our ongoing conservation, public programming and learning projects – returns April 19 with a mind-bending theme, Illusion.

Now in its 14th year, AGO Massive is Toronto’s ultimate contemporary art party. And this year will be bigger than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Building needs

March 5th, 2018

Todd Saunders. Photo by Evy Andersen.

It’s been five years since Fogo Island Inn and its acclaimed artist-residency program opened to the public, propelling the small Newfoundland outport and its architect into the spotlight. One of Canada’s most exciting contemporary architects, Todd Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and McGill University.

We caught up with Todd to discuss his inspirations, his favourite Toronto building and what the next 10 years might add up to. Todd will be speaking at the AGO on March 14.

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Artist and activist – meet Käthe Kollwitz

March 5th, 2018

Käthe Kollwitz. Working Woman with Sleeping Child., 1927. Lithograph in black ink on wove paper, 54.4 × 41.9 cm. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burka, 2007.

To celebrate Women’s History Month and the #5womenartists challenge, we’re asking women curators to tell us about the women artists they love.

A fierce advocate for women, Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was a leading 20th century German artist renowned for her etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, sculptures and drawings. Among her preferred themes were motherhood, sacrifice, separation, oppression and death.

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Go back to the future this March Break

March 5th, 2018

Image by the AGO

Wondering what to do this March Break? Wonder no more! We’ve got an incredible line-up of interactive and imaginative activities this March Break (March 10–18) inspired by the playful and colourful world of Yayoi Kusama. All programs are available on a drop-in basis, so families can come by whenever it suits them. All activities are free with admission.

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Infinity is here

February 26th, 2018

Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966 – present, Installation view at Art Gallery of Ontario. 1355 stainless steel spheres, each sphere 30 cm (diameter). Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; David Zwirner, New York; Victoria Miro, London © Yayoi Kusama.

It may have felt like eternity waiting for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors to arrive in Toronto. The touring exhibition first opened at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. a year ago but patient art fans will be thrilled to know that eternity is almost over, and Infinity in Toronto opens on March 3!

We spoke to Adelina Vlas, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, the AGO’s lead curator on Infinity Mirrors, who gave us the inside scoop on the exhibition’s uniquely Toronto elements.

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First Thursday goes down the rabbit hole

February 26th, 2018

Come down the rabbit hole with us, as the AGO, in partnership with OCAD University’s Graduate Criticism & Curatorial Practice candidates, celebrates a Kusama-themed First Thursday on March 1. Using Yayoi Kusama’s claim of being a “modern day Alice in Wonderland,” the night will encourage visitors to leave behind the familiar, challenge their perceptions and step into enchanted worlds. Inspired by Kusama’s groundbreaking art, the AGO opens its doors to some enchanting Canadian artists and thinkers– from Montreal’s dreamy synth pop makers TOPS to otherworldly sculptures from Hoda Zarbaf, to choreographer Amanda Acorn’s Multiforms  described as “a love letter to perpetual motion and testament to body magic.”

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