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A spotlight on Ethiopian art

February 11th, 2019

Ethiopian. Diptych showing Four Ethiopian Saints: Gabra Manfas Qeddus, Unknown, Takla Haymanot and Ewostatewos, 17th century. Paint and gesso on olive wood, string. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.107383

Have you ever looked at historical objects and imagined how they were viewed in their past life? We think about it all the time. Especially with the artworks from the Middle Ages that are part of Ethiopian Art, 1400–1900: A Living Culture on view now on Level 1 in the Thomson Collection of European Art.

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Groove into Family Day

February 11th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Does the cold weather have you and your family cooped up? We can help. We’ve got the perfect activities to get the whole family moving, grooving and creating this Family Day (Monday, February 18) at the AGO. We’ve already given you a sneak peek at some of the fun things to see and do during your visit, and a highlight you don’t want to miss is the hourly dance lessons taught by FlowHER House Collective in Walker Court.

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Impressionist sights and Bistro bites

February 11th, 2019

Three plated dishes. An appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Image courtesy of the AGO

When you think of Paris, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you think of the Eiffel Tower, or maybe the classic bistro-lined boulevards with wine-sipping patrons sharing a quick meal on the terrace? Us too. And to give you a little taste of Paris in downtown Toronto, the AGO Members’ preview for our new exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is February 12 –15, and AGO Bistro is bringing an all-new exhibition menu of classic French cuisine.

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Through the lens of Shelley Niro

February 4th, 2019

Shelley Niro, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, (film still), 2018, colour, sound.

Have you ever witnessed something that shook you to your core? What did you do about it? When Shelley Niro had an experience that struck her, she spoke up in the best way she knew how: by creating her work, The Shirt, on view now on Level 2 in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.

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Bring it to the runway

February 4th, 2019

Twysted Miyake-Mugler demonstrates voguing
Image courtesy of the artist.

Twysted Miyake-Mugler started voguing when he was just 16 years old. Thirteen years later he’s now one of the biggest names in Canada’s vogue ballroom scene. For Twysted, voguing is about more than the art form, it’s about community. So in 2010, he co-founded the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance where he teaches youth how to vogue in a safe environment. We partnered with Twysted and the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance on a six-week series of youth vogue dancing workshops, FREE After Three: Kiki Lounge Wednesdays that closes with a fabulous Vogue Ball on February 20 in Walker Court.

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Throwback (First) Thursday

February 4th, 2019

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As we get our party outfits ready for our last AGO First Thursday on February 7, we’re taking a moment to look back at the many exciting musicians who have taken centre stage in Walker Court over the last six years. Starting at the beginning, when Bahamas headlined the very first #AGO1st to the most recent – a Soul Train-inspired takeover by guest curators AfroChic – we dug through the archive for photos of some truly memorable performances.

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