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The Feast: Dinner for 100

January 21st, 2019

a woman sits on a bed wearing a robe, and surrounded by pillows
How Long Does It Take To Heal, Oil on Canvas, 2017, work by artist Shantel Miller, member of Black Wimmin Artist.

Taking place this Friday, The Feast will welcome 100 Black Wimmin to dine in the heart of the AGO. Organized by the collective called Black Wimmin Artist – a virtual community of Black women and gender non-conforming artists and art-workers – The Feast is described as a performative action designed to promote visibility and exchange.  

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Mickalene Thomas’s masterpiece

January 21st, 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.

Have you seen our exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires? Trust us, you don’t want to miss it. This incredible exhibition, which takes up all of Level 5 in the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, is filled with vibrant, multi-dimensional collage paintings, compelling video installations, photography and several interactive living room tableaux.

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From #AGO1st to last

January 21st, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Time flies when you’re having fun. It may be hard to believe, but Toronto’s biggest art party, AGO First Thursdays, launched over six years ago! In fact, you might have even been there. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. On February 7, after 63 parties, 800 artists and 130,000 party-goers, this chapter in AGO history is drawing to a close to make way for something new – and you’re invited to celebrate and dance the night away with us!

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Readers rejoice! Author talks at the AGO

January 14th, 2019

A composite image of headshots including Donna Bailey Nurse, Esi Edugyan, Angie Thomas, M. NourbeSe Philiip
Top: Donna Bailey Nurse, L-R: Esi Edugyan, Angie Thomas, M. NourbeSe Philiip

Compelling characters, confident craftsmanship and deep meaning: these are the qualities literary critic and columnist for CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter Donna Bailey Nurse looks for in a really good book. And as part of our winter season of programs centring the perspectives and experiences of Black women artists, she’ll host a series of talks with Black female authors who are making waves on the literary scene.

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Meet Just John

January 14th, 2019

A photo of Just John pulling at his lip
Photo by Brianna Roye | @briannablank

In 2016, when 25-year-old artist Just John saw a lack of space for artists of colour in Toronto, he leaped at the opportunity to create one. Enter Blank Canvas, a collective of artists building a vibrant arts community in the city with a focus on emerging and marginalized artists. Now, three years later we’ve partnered with Blank Canvas for a six-week program of FREE After Three Tuesdays titled Drew a Blank. Kicking off this week, the workshops for youth 14–25 years old include everything from grant-writing and financial literacy to photo editing and DJing.

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Art and the afterlife

January 14th, 2019

An installation view of Winsom's exhibition I Rise
Winsom, The Masks We Wear, 2019, Installation view © Winsom. Photo Art Gallery of Ontario

Maybe it’s the sound of the soft music or the sight of the vibrant colours that draws you into the space; either way, I Rise, the new exhibition by Canadian-Maroon artist Winsom, captivates your senses. Inside this new two-room exhibition filling the south end of the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, you’ll find incredible large-scale multimedia installations of photography, sculpture, painting and more that explore themes of freedom, resilience, renewal and African spirituality.

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Is the Earth doomed? Maybe not.

January 4th, 2019


Edward Burtynsky. Mushin Market Intersection, Lagos, Nigeria, 2016 . Mural, 304.8 × 609.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto. © 2018 Edward Burtynsky.

Through powerful images of plastic-filled landfills, massive coal mines and clear cut rainforests, our major exhibition Anthropocene revealed the scale of human impact on the planet. Visitors to the exhibition told us they were inspired to ask: what can I do to help the Earth? Although the exhibition closed this past weekend, our podcast series Into the Anthropocene has helpful tips for how to build a better, healthier planet. Apple also recently selected it as one of the best Canadian podcasts of 2018.

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Face off

January 4th, 2019

John McEwen, The Distinctive Line Between One Subject and Another, 1980. Flame-cut plate steel, Wolf 1: 54.5 × 116 × 6.4 cm, 136.1 kg; Wolf 2: 55.5 × 116.4 × 6.4 cm, 136.1 kg. Purchase, 1981. © John McEwen 81/73

Rounding the corner of the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, there’s a line many visitors hesitate to cross. It’s an invisible line cutting diagonally across the gallery floor, anchored on either end by two low steel sculptures affixed to the floor. Even without eyes, these minimalist silhouettes have an unmistakably canine presence: a pair of life-sized wolves, locked in opposition. Entitled The Distinctive Line Between One Subject and Another (1980), this work by Toronto-born artist John McEwen is on view now on Level 2.

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