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Farewell FRANK… Hello AGO Bistro!

August 22nd, 2017

The AGO Bistro burger, with pickled portobello mushroom, Upper Canada Cheese Co. maple smoked comfort cream, lettuce, house-made pickles, French fries, Blackbird Bakery bun, and Dijon aioli. Image courtesy of the AGO.

They say that art is food for the soul, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy a delicious meal when you visit the AGO!

We’re excited to announce that today is the official launch of the AGO’s newly re-branded restaurant, AGO Bistro. Formerly known as FRANK, our new name reflects the global bistro menu philosophy that guides our Executive Chef Renée Bellefeuille and her culinary team. Diners can expect a casual, relaxing place to rest the feet and chew over the ideas and thoughts inspired by a day of art-going—as well as some really amazing food, with a few new items on the menu.

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Our favourite summer reads

August 22nd, 2017

Cover of Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr.

There is nothing quite like picking up a good book (or magazine) and getting lost in it. With the end of summer and the new school year fast approaching, a few AGO staff members decided to take a moment and look back on the reads we enjoyed this season.

Whether you are an avid reader or you’re working on a resolution to finish one book by the end of 2017, let us help you find your next favourite read. Scroll through our recommendations below.

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Art links we’re loving

August 22nd, 2017

Yayoi Kusama with recent works in Tokyo 2016. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Tomoaki Makino.

Want to know what’s happening in the art world at this very moment? Once again, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds here at the AGO. From the weird to the inspired, here’s what’s fueling our water cooler talk.

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Get ready to rock

August 22nd, 2017

Eric von Schmidt, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan – East Coast Tour, 1965. Screenprint on paper, 54.6 x 33.1 cm. Gift of the Donald R. Muller/Ross R. Scott Collection, 2010. (2010/128) © Estate of Eric von Schmidt.

Step into this temporary exhibit of classic 1960s music posters and you’ll instantly travel back to groovier times.

Titled Rise of the Rock Poster: San Francisco in the 1960s, this exhibition of 35 rock posters features some very recognizable names: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Doors and more. And almost all the posters are from 1967, a.k.a. the Summer of Love, and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. These posters, which promoted music events and artists (there were often three to five concerts happening every night in the Bay Area in the ’60s – that’s a lot of posters!), act as snapshots of the era’s style, interests, politics, fashion and youth culture.

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Art for all the senses

August 22nd, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

There should be no barriers to experiencing great art. At the AGO, our Access to Art Multisensory art visits provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or have low vision to experience the AGO by stimulating all the senses. Participants explore the AGO Collection with detailed verbal description and conversation, while experiencing some objects through touch, smell or sound.

We are excited to be partnering with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), which will allow us to offer even more Access to Art Multisensory Group Visits. Tours like these provide blind and partially sighted Torontonians a deepened experience with the artworks. After a recent Multisensory Group Visit, some of the participants who are also advocates for the non-sighted community—David Best, David Burnett, James Sanders, and Rob Nevin—shared their thoughts and impressions of the tour. Read the rest of this entry »

When serendipity knocks

August 15th, 2017

Rita Letendre. And There Was Light, 1999. Oil on canvas, 170.2 × 271.8 cm (67 × 107 in.). Courtesy of the Artist. © Rita Letendre.

A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into AGO exhibitions. Often organized many years in advance, full teams are involved in the planning, execution, maintenance (and the eventual packing up and shipping out) of a show. Despite our careful work, sometimes serendipity plays a hand. This the case with our current retrospective Rita Letendre: Fire & Light, co-curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator of Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art. Two days before the show opened, Wanda made a lucky discovery when visiting artist Rita Letendre that added the pièce de résistance to the exhibition. We asked Wanda to tell us the story of her fabulous find:

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Hot news: DMC to headline First Thursday

August 15th, 2017

DMC will headline the next First Thursday at the AGO. Image courtesy of the AGO.

After a short summer break in August, the AGO’s monthly art party series First Thursdays is back for September! And like all successful back-to-school seasons, it has a fresh new look… and an incredible artist to kick things off!

Legendary DJ DMC (Darryl McDaniels) will be headlining First Thursday on September 7 (tickets go on sale this Thursday, August 17 – max. four tickets per purchase). Co-founder of the groundbreaking group Run-DMC, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a legendary music icon who changed the course and the visibility of the hip hop genre.  Run-DMC was the first rap group to grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and the first to appear on MTV. They changed music, culture, fashion, language and made history DMC has always paved his own path, crossing genres between hip-hop and rock, rap and comics, and has been a life-long advocate for kids in foster care as well as many other social causes. In 2009, Run-DMC became only the second hip-hop act to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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And the winners are…

August 15th, 2017

We just announced the 2017 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize shortlist, and now we’re thrilled to congratulate the winners of this year’s Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.

The scholarship, which was inaugurated in 2013, recognizes three full-time students—Canadian or international—who are entering their final year of study toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a focus or major in photography at one of 15 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada. From a list of more than 100 applicants this year, which was then whittled down to 15 finalists, the jury has awarded the scholarship to Seamus Gallagher of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (NSCAD), Curtiss Randolph of Ryerson University, and Alessandro Seccareccia of Concordia UniversityThe winners each receive $7,000 toward tuition for their final year of undergraduate study.

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Absolute beginners

August 15th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

If you’re an adult who hasn’t touched clay or seen a canvas since middle school, or a teenager who wants to get into the studio outside of school, we have the course for you! It’s low commitment in every single way, and we promise – you won’t be judged!

It’s called Art for Extreme Beginners: Studio Sampler and it’s being offered for students aged 14+ in two sessions in September, as part of the AGO’s roster of art courses. This three-hour course is only $20 for AGO Members and $25 for the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Saying goodbye to O’Keeffe

August 15th, 2017

Image courtesy of @aidaninthewind on Instagram.

After making its only stop in North America here at the AGO, we said goodbye to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the end of July.

O’Keeffe certainly made an impression in Toronto. Over its three-month run from April 22 to July 30, the exhibition drew a total of 187,673 visitors! As the largest showing of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work to ever take place in Canada (with over 80 works on display), this memorable exhibition has rightfully earned a spot among the top 10 most-visited exhibitions in AGO history. Read the rest of this entry »