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February 20th, 2017

Joyce Wieland in A and B in Ontario, from the book The Films of Joyce Wieland, Kathryn Elder, ed. Cinematheque Ontario.

The AGO presents the Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries Film and Video Festival with FREE screenings of works by Toronto’s pioneering film and video artists from the 1970s and ’80s

Unroll the red carpet! From March 9 to 12, the AGO is presenting Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries Film and Video Festival, a complement to the exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989, running to May 4. Just as the exhibition pays tribute (get it?) to the innovative artists making an impact on Toronto’s visual arts scene at that time, the film festival gives you the chance to experience the equally impressive innovation produced by the city’s video and film artists. The festival is totally free of charge, so book your spot now! It is presented in conjunction with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and artist-run video art distributor Vtape.

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Art on the go – part one

February 20th, 2017


Scroll through the AGO’s favourite Instagram accounts, and turn your phone into a pocket-sized art gallery.

Art is everywhere – even in your phone. Thanks to social media platforms and the creative minds of artists, an Instagram feed can become almost like a virtual art gallery – instead of physically walking through from piece to piece, you scroll through digital images with a swipe of your finger. On the days where you can’t make it to an actual museum or gallery, that can be enough to soothe your appetite for inspiration.

To help curate the feed of your dreams, we asked a few members of the AGO team to share their favourite Instagram accounts with us. This is only the first instalment – so stay tuned for more of our favourite accounts! Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the face behind the tweets!

February 20th, 2017

Photo: Craig Boyko

Meet Lexie Buchanan, the AGO’s social media guru whose mission is to get #beyondtheselfie

Meet Lexie Buchanan, the face behind the AGO Twitter account (and all of the AGO’s other social media channels). Lexie merges her passion for education and art with her naturally friendly personality to make the AGO’s social platforms the welcoming hub they are. After years of experience in social media at both the National Gallery of Canada as well as the Royal Ontario Museum – and now gaining some at the AGO, too – Lexie is well versed in all things #MuseSocial. She’s sharing some of her knowledge at the upcoming The Artist Project’s Art Chats panel – Post, Like, Repeat. Social Media and the Art Market on February 25. Learn some of her insights ahead of the panel now: Read the rest of this entry »

Keep calm and read on

February 20th, 2017

A mock-up of the new AGO library. Image by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Our Library is getting a refresh – come relax, read & recharge.

One of the AGO’s hidden gems, the E.P. Taylor Library & Archives, is getting a refresh! If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’ll have even more reason to explore the treasure trove of archival materials, artists’ books and much, much more when it re-opens later this spring.

The AGO’s library and archives are being revitalized to become a hub for research, creativity and community at the AGO. Easily accessible both by a new entrance from Grange Park (which will open in early summer) and via the Weston Family Learning Centre, the new and improved library will spill out into a cozy, welcome area.

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A “Massive” undertaking

February 20th, 2017

Jon Sasaki. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jon Sasaki dishes on his custom installations appearing at Massive Party, taking over the AGO on April 27.

The event planners at the AGO might be big HBO fans, because just as Westworld ends (the much-hyped drama about a theme park populated with ultra-realistic human robots), our annual Massive Party is also bringing human and machine together.

On April 27, Machine Age Massive – a fundraiser to support the AGO’s ongoing conservation, public programming and learning projects – will turn the Gallery into three artistic zones: Industrial, Digital, and Space, where partygoers can snack on hors d’oeuvres, dance to tunes from the DJ, and surround themselves with contemporary installations and performances (all included in the ticket price, a portion of which is tax-deductible – on sale now!).

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The AGO is reimagining its look

February 14th, 2017

A view of Granovsky Gluskin Hall, featuring Expo Walking Woman by Michael Snow 1967. 8 stainless steel sculptures, 230.5 x 91.5 x 2.7cm. Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1968. Photo: AGO

We have big news! Here at the AGO we aim to bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways. That mission takes on a whole new dimension this year as we launch Look:Forward, an exciting reinstallation of the AGO Collection.

Through Look:Forward, you’ll continue to see the works you love, discover new favourites, and best of all: you’ll experience art at every turn.

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Kids rule the roost for Family Day

February 13th, 2017

We’re celebrating Family Day by transforming into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario (KGO) for the day. On Monday, February 20 from 10:30 am – 4 pm, the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities.

On February 20, Family Passes will be discounted by 20%, lowering the price to $39. A Family Pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages 6 to 17). As always, admission for children age 5 and under is free.

Check out some of the highlights:

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A mystical proposal

February 13th, 2017

Photo: Katherine Kwan, @kawaiiathy,

Deciding to spend the rest of your life with another person is a big enough decision, but then comes the proposal. Setting, mood, the element of surprise – it all needs to come together for the perfect moment. Plus, a great backdrop doesn’t hurt. And that’s what made AGO visitor Michael Pilatzkie decide that the Mystical Landscapes exhibition (which just closed on Sunday) was the perfect place to pop the question to his girlfriend Kaitlin Higgins.
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Is it Friday night yet?

February 13th, 2017


Photo: Yuula Benivolksi

Did you know we’re open until 9 pm every Friday? A Gallery visit at the end of a busy week is the perfect way to head into the weekend. This March we’re offering three special performances to make your night even more memorable. Spanning art, music, comedy, literature and theatre, the line-up takes place live in Walker Court, and is free with general admission. Check it out below.

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