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Last call for Mickalene Thomas

March 18th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Mickalene Thomas is a badass,” according to Canadian Art magazine. Featuring larger-than-life portraits of Black women, this bold and empowering exhibition is not to be missed. But time is running out! Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires closes this Sunday, March 24 before travelling to New Orleans in the fall.

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Resistance and revolution

March 18th, 2019

An older and a younger man talk outside
Haile Gerima, Harvest: 3,000 Years (film still), 1976, black and white, sound.

In the 1970s, filmmaker Haile Gerima was part of a revolution. As a leading member of a group of film students in Los Angeles known as the L.A. Rebellion, Gerima – along with Charles Burnett and Julie Dash – resisted mainstream trends in order to tell stories about Black lives from the perspective of Black characters. To celebrate Gerima’s filmmaking legacy, the AGO screens his first feature Harvest: 3,000 Years, on March 22 as part of a city-wide retrospective presented together with The Power Plant, Hot Docs Cinema and TIFF.

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Meet Massive XV’s radiant visionaries

March 18th, 2019

DJ in front of CDJs
Image by the AGO

One of Toronto’s hottest fundraisers, AGO Massive, celebrates its 15th anniversary this April with an epic night of scintillating art, food, drink, fashion and performances, all in support of a great cause – bringing people and art together. Proceeds from AGO Massive support the AGO’s exhibitions and education programs. We recently told you about this year’s Creative Director, Brampton-born director and producer, Director X. To get the party started, he’s gathering an exciting group of local artists to transform the AGO with artworks large and small, all inspired by the power, shape and magic of crystal.

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Create like an Impressionist

March 18th, 2019

Painting of bridge in Paris
Camille Pissarro. Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather, 1896. Oil on canvas, 73.6 × 91.4 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1937. © Art Gallery of Ontario

While strolling through Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, are you feeling inspired by the amazing works of Degas, Monet and Pissarro? Us, too. And to help satisfy your urge to create, we’ve designed a series of art courses to help bring out your inner Impressionist.

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A page of her own

March 11th, 2019

Image by the AGO

We’ve all been there. While chatting with friends or researching a project, we instinctively open Wikipedia to start our search – after all, it’s the world’s largest and most popular online reference tool with editors contributing new content every day. But did you know that only 10% of those editors are women?

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Talking to curators: new views of Impressionism

March 11th, 2019

Installation view of Mickalene Thomas’ Din, une très belle négresse #1 (Din, a very beautiful black woman #1), on view at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York, October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2018.  Photo by Sirin Samman/Columbia University.

What’s the connection between the Impressionists and Mickalene Thomas? More than you’d think, according to Dr. Denise Murrell. As curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today (an expanded version of the exhibition called Black models: from Géricault to Matisse is opening on March 26 at the Musée d’Orsay), Murrell revisits mid-19th-century Paris to trace the key role of Black female models in the development of modern art. Starting with the early Impressionists, the exhibition features works chronologically, right through to contemporary artists like Mickalene Thomas.

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A brand new season of AGO programs

March 11th, 2019

Woman naked on a wooden floor
Serpentine by Daina Ashbee. Image by Adrian Morillo

The clocks have sprung ahead, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Spring is on its way, and the AGO has announced an all-new lineup of engaging public programming for the spring and summer seasons. Featuring a talk series focused on the livability of Toronto, lively and creative youth programming, and the launch of a dedicated performance series called AGO Live, we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come.

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Feast your eyes on March Break

March 11th, 2019

Image courtesy of Natalie Ferguson and Toby Gillies

Love food and art? Satisfy both with the Secret Ingredient in Walker Court this March Break, created and conceived by our first family-focused Artists in Residence, Natalie Ferguson and Toby Gillies. We recently chatted with the artists to learn more about Secret Ingredient – an immersive installation that allows families to make and contribute faux food sculptures of recipes both real and imagined. The week has just begun and the banquet table is already filling up with delicious-looking creations! From an artful burger and fries to a tasteful shrimp cocktail, don’t miss out on the chance to check out these tempting treats and create your own.

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The unconventional Impressionist

March 11th, 2019

Maximilien Luce. The Steelworks, 1895. Oil on canvas, 116.0 x 89.0 cm. Association of Friends of Petit Palais, Geneva. 8346. Photography: Studio Monique Bernaz, Genève.

“May the revolution come then. If I am not a coward, I hope that I will be there, and well, I think I will be happy to get hurt for the idea that I believe in,” said Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionist artist and one of the artists highlighted in Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more.  In celebration of his 161st birthday, we take a look back at his unconventional life.

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Top art picks from the Youth Council

March 11th, 2019

Youth Council members (L-R) Nara, Carson and Lina in front of Anitra Hamilton’s work, Wall Parade #3 (detail), 2008. Latex paint, Dimensions variable. Purchased with the assistance of the Peggy Lownsbrough Fund and friends of the artist, 2008. © Anitra Hamilton 2008/129

When it comes art it can be hard to pick favourites, but we asked three members of the AGO Youth Council – Carson, Lina and Nara – to do just that. Ranging from works by Kent Monkman and Rebecca Belmore to Joyce Weiland, see what they chose below:

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