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A trove of Caribbean history

June 10th, 2019

J.W. Cleary, Coconut Palms, Kingston Harbour, ca 1895, 17.53 cm x 23.11 cm. Gelatin Silver print Promised Gift of Patrick Montgomery.

Spanning 100 years of history and featuring more than 3,500 photographs from the Wider Caribbean Region including Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad, The Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs has arrived at the AGOand is now part of our Collection.

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Art Pick of the Week: Still Life (Vanitas)

June 10th, 2019

Hendrick Andriessen. Still Life (Vanitas), c. 1637. Oil on panel,   49.3 x 64.2 cm. Gift of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, 1995. © Art Gallery of Ontario 95/137

With your new AGO Annual Pass all cued up on your phone, we’re expecting to see a lot more of you! And to help make sure you get something new out of each visit, we picked some of our favourite works in the AGO Collection for you to spend some time with.

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“Pop” art

June 10th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Walking through the galleries it’s easy to spot the many fathers and father figures depicted throughout the AGO Collection. From powerful monarchs to early French settlers, there are representations of fatherhood from many different cultures and time periods. And with Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we gathered together a few works to help you celebrate the special father, pop, dad, granddad or other father figure in your life.

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Not hawkward at all

June 10th, 2019

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For weeks now, AGO staff and visitors have been reaching for their binoculars, trying to get a glimpse of an exciting new installation. A family of red-tailed hawks has taken up residence in Grange Park and can be seen soaring around and occasionally landing on the AGO. Keen to learn more about our feathered friends, we sent a few questions to Mark Peck, Manager of the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum. Below is a snippet of that conversation.

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A different frame of mind

June 3rd, 2019

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Meet the frame – the often forgotten but vital part of the art viewing experience. Step into any of the AGO’s galleries and you will find an array of frame shapes, sizes and styles. In fact, the AGO has a collection of more than 1,500 period frames, many of which are works of art in their own right. Most historical paintings are exhibited in antique frames, some original to the works, and some are created specifically for a piece on view. On Level 2 in our Thomson Collection of Canadian Art, (Galleries 202–222) paintings are framed in everything from the extremely ornate to modern and sleek.

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Hito Steyerl blurs fact and fiction, the real and the virtual

June 3rd, 2019

A screenshot of a piece of warped metal siding, with the caption "Siri, who destroyed this city"
Hito Steyerl, Robots Today, 2016. Image CC 4.0 Hito Steyerl. Image courtesy of the Artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin

Mark your calendars! Internationally renowned German artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl returns to the AGO next October, for her first ever major solo exhibition in Canada. Celebrated for her boundary-pushing films and lectures, her work casts a critical eye on a wide range of subjects, from video games to artificial intelligence. Taking viewers on a series of journeys to places remote, fictional and deeply personal, her boundary-pushing films and lectures reveal the complexities and absurdities undermining the idea of a connected world.

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In case you missed them

June 3rd, 2019

two women sit in chairs facing each other, talking into microphones.
Image by the AGO

As the imaginative centre of Toronto, the AGO is always bringing international voices to our local audience. Over the last few months, we’ve had a number of artists, authors, musicians, comedians and all-around cool people join us to share their knowledge and tell their stories. To celebrate these inspiring and thought-provoking conversations, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourites featuring curators, artists, authors and more. Check them out.

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Applause for access

June 3rd, 2019

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We’re still feeling the excitement since launching our new admission model last week. On Saturday, May 25 – the day we officially started offering our AGO Annual Pass and free admission for anyone 25 and under – the AGO was buzzing with visitors both new and returning. Spirits were high and the energy was contagious! Since then we’ve been receiving wonderful feedback from visitors and community members, both in person and online. Here’s some of what we’ve been hearing:

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