Despite becoming an artist in the late 1800s when opportunities for women were limited, German artist Käthe Kollwitz’s achievements are incredible. Today, she’s recognized as a strong voice at the intersection of art and activism. You can follow Kollwitz’s journey as an ambitious artist in the third and final rotation of her prints, drawings and sculptures, on view now in the AGO exhibition Becoming Käthe Kollwitz.
Many of us have childhood memories of ripping open the Sunday paper to find the funny pages. Peanuts, Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes – week after week these comic strips tell heartwarming stories and jokes to make us laugh. Comic art stretches far beyond those pages, though, and the medium can be used in effective ways to tell compelling and sometimes heartbreaking stories. On May 8, Canadian cartoonist Seth will join us at the AGO to launch his graphic novel Clyde Fans.
During your visit to Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, you may have noticed the red palm-sized books with fold-out maps and wondered, why are these here? These fascinating travel guide books provided a reference point for artists and tourists travelling during the mid-to-late 19th century – much like modern-day Rough Guides and Lonely Planet books.
It’s finally here! The birds are chirping, the sun is out and the days are getting warmer. We don’t know about you, but we’re excited by the arrival of spring. And since we’re open for the first long weekend of the season (April 19 to 22), we’ve picked some of our favourite Canadian paintings from the AGO Collection to give you that springy vibe during your visit to the AGO.
This National Volunteer Week (April 7–13), we’re celebrating our amazing and hardworking AGO volunteers who perform a wide variety of roles, including Gallery Guides. They lead visitors on various tours here, sharing their knowledge and passion for art with everyone who comes into the museum. You may have even met some of our Guides when visiting Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more. As we approach the final weeks of the exhibition, we asked some of them to share their insider information and stories behind their favourite works in the show.
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of anticipation building for Toronto’s hottest annual fundraiser party, AGO MASSIVE. This Thursday, April 11, AGO MASSIVE XV offers party-goers an epic night of scintillating art, food, drink, fashion and performances all in support of a great cause – bringing people and art together. We recently told you about this year’s Creative Director, Brampton-born director and producer, Director X, and about the exciting artist projects being debuted. But have you heard about the DJs?
When faced with the bright neon pink and purple designs of artist Sonny Assu’s painting, Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Indian Church, 1929), it may take a moment before you recognize that the famous painting that lies beneath these colourful designs is Emily Carr’s iconic work, Church In Yuquot Village (previously titled Indian Church). Assu’s work is part of his ongoing series called “Interventions on the Imaginary”, in which he overlays 3D Kwakwaka’wakw design elements over iconic Canadian landscape paintings, many by Emily Carr.
From house-dancing to skateboarding, our FREE After Three workshops are the place to be for 14 to 25-year-olds. And did we mention that they’re free?! Yup. Zero dollars. And many of the workshops are facilitated by up-and-coming local artists, like illustrator and artist Ness Lee, whose eye-catching murals can be seen all over downtown Toronto.
At 28, Daina Ashbee is already known as one of Canada’s most promising and provocative choreographers. Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2018, she’s not afraid to tackle complex personal topics in her work, such as female sexuality, menstruation and trauma. Ashbee, whose work is influenced by her Cree, Métis and Dutch heritage, is bringing her award-winning choreography to the AGO on April 26. Her sold-out performance of Serpentine is not only the Toronto premiere of this work but also the inaugural performance of AGO Live – our exciting new series of performances by emerging and celebrated artists.