Billy-Ray Belcourt is a name to know in the world of poetry. He made history as the youngest-ever winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his debut poetry collection, This Wound is a World. We spoke with Belcourt before his September 10 conversation at the AGO with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and learned about his genre-bending work, NDN Coping Mechanisms: Notes from the Field.
What do you get when you mix an education in chemistry with a passion
for art and art history? An art conservator, of course! The AGO’s Art
Conservation Department is not only one of the largest in North America, but
also a key player in the development of art conservators.
Featuring ten new sculptural works that can be described as witty, subversive, dark and humorous, Valérie Blass’s Le parlement des invisibles is an exhibition to experience in person. Visitors who have been intrigued by Blass’s playful sculptural investigations of the human form will have the opportunity to join the artist tomorrow (September 11) for a conversation about the inspiration for the exhibition, and where her creativity will take her next.
In North America, the image of Indigenous people in art, entertainment and media has been shaped over the years by different entities – some empowering, many damaging. The subject of much controversy, Fritz Scholder’s bold and nuanced take on the Indigenous experience serves as a powerful reminder that identity is complex – as highlighted in our Art Pick of the week, Hollywood Indian after Remington.
The vibrant colours and dramatic lines of the Group of Seven co-founder Lawren S. Harris’s work have found a new home with the Toronto design brand, Jeanne Lottie. The newly released Harris Collection features a series of beautifully designed products printed with one of Harris’s most famous oil paintings: Lake and Mountains from the AGO Collection.
Have you spotted any stars cuddling rescue puppies, or grabbing a coffee in Leslieville? In Toronto we know this influx of celebrities means TIFF season is here! Just in time for things to kick off on September 5, we’ve rounded up a list of several amazing TIFF screenings in the AGO’s Jackman Hall. From documentaries to dramedies and everything in between, this year’s lineup is a star-studded showcase of dynamic and diverse talent in all genres of film.
What happens when you juxtapose the straightforward approach of sports with the complex power dynamics and identity politics of race? Ask Toronto-based artist Esmaa Mohamoud, whose towering, regal work A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon) has recently been acquired and is on view now at the AGO. You may remember Mohamoud for her critically acclaimed works One of the Boys and Heavy, Heavy (Hoop Dreams), which were featured in our 2017 exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood.
this year the AGO highlighted a pivotal moment in Impressionist history with
the popular exhibition Impressionism
in the Age of Industry. There were so many amazing works in the exhibition, but
one in particular stood out as a visitor favourite – Maximilien Luce’s The Pile Drivers–The Yard. Because it received such a
great response, it is once again on view after a full reinstallation of the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery (Gallery
125) on Level 1, making it
this week’s Art Pick.
Calling all AGO Members! On September 10, the
AGO will be open exclusively to Members from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy the benefits of your
AGO Membership and so much more during this special evening. If you’re not
currently a Member, become one before September 5 to access this exclusive night, when the
museum will be closed to the public.