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Archive: August, 2006

AGO’s Henry Moore sculpture unveiled at The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

August 31st, 2006

Warrior with Shield, one of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s prized Henry Moore sculptures, was unveiled at the top of the Grand Staircase in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts today. This bold sculpture will be on display at the Four Seasons Centre for 18 months until February 2008.

Henry Moore British, 1898-1986
Warrior with Shield Conceived and cast 1953-1954
Gift from the junior women’s committee fund, 1955.
Photo Credit: Carlo Catenazzi, © Art Gallery of Ontario 2006

Ultra-red Artist’s Talk Part 2 – Response and Action

August 25th, 2006


© Matt Lipps, 2006

Over twenty-five years into the AIDS crisis … the record is now open.

Composed of statements by AIDS activists, organizers, researchers, artists and people living with HIV/AIDS, the SILENT|LISTEN exhibition builds a public record of the AIDS epidemic in North America. With references to John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Gran Fury, the exhibition and performance series invokes the vital role played by the arts in HIV/AIDS education, cultural critique, political organizing and direct action.

Panel participants include:

Ultra-red
Dont Rhine
Eddie Peel
Robert Sember
Janna Graham

Facilitators
Richard Klinkerfuss (Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinois Regional Effort for AIDS
Shennod Moore (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Positive Health Clinic, Allegheny General Hospital
Pedro Soto (LA, California)
Ricky Wadlow (Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinois Regional Effort for AIDS
Cynthia (Montreal, Quebec) STELLA

Musicians
Scott Kerr
Andrew Zealley

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Art Matters at Brazil Fest 2006

August 25th, 2006

The AGO is showing up all over the GTA this summer at community festivals from Gay Pride to Brazil Fest (above), spreading the word that Art Matters. Thanks to the help of AGO volunteers, it’s a message that’s taking off – with more than 200,000 buttons out and about the city. Through Sept 4 the AGO is A GO team is at the CNE in the Arts and Crafts Pavilion. Yup…. Giving away those buttons.

Brazilfest, Toronto Islands, July 2006
Photo credit: Art Gallery of Ontario/ Craig Boyko

more new collections

August 24th, 2006

On the subject of new collections at the AGO, when we reopen in 2008 one of our 110 galleries will be devoted to the display of 125 historic ship models spanning about 350 years. (These are part of a very large gift from Ken Thomson that includes European and Canadian art.) We’ve never exhibited ship models before. To me the models themselves are pretty amazing – - miniature carvings really, some no more than an inch or two long. Part of the story is how these remarkable models were created, but part of it too is about the role that ships have played in our collective history (haven’t most Canadians arrived here by ship over the centuries?) and the role they continue to play in our lives, if discreetly. Don’t most products that we trade with China for example arrive or leave by ship? Weren’t Canadians recently caught in the conflict in Lebanon evacuated to safety by ship? I’ve been wondering too, what are the major events of the 20th century that were defined by the ship – such as D-Day?

Image: Navy Board Model of “The Revenge” (a 70-gun third-rate ship of the line in service 1718–40), c. 1718, attributed to Hayward, master shipwright at Woolwich Dockyard, wood, gilded and painted with metal fi ttings, 109.2 cm, The Thomson Collection, Thomson Fund Purchase, 2005. © 2006 Art Gallery of Ontario

Ultra-red Artist’s Talk Part 1 – Silence

August 24th, 2006


© Matt Lipps, 2006

Over twenty-five years into the AIDS crisis … the record is now open.

Composed of statements by AIDS activists, organizers, researchers, artists and people living with HIV/AIDS, the SILENT|LISTEN exhibition builds a public record of the AIDS epidemic in North America. With references to John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg and Gran Fury, the exhibition and performance series invokes the vital role played by the arts in HIV/AIDS education, cultural critique, political organizing and direct action.

Panel participants include:

Ultra-red
Dont Rhine
Eddie Peel
Robert Sember
Janna Graham

Facilitators
Richard Klinkerfuss (Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinois Regional Effort for AIDS
Shennod Moore (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Positive Health Clinic, Allegheny General Hospital
Pedro Soto (LA, California)
Ricky Wadlow (Carbondale, Illinois) Southern Illinois Regional Effort for AIDS
Cynthia (Montreal, Quebec) STELLA

Musicians
Scott Kerr
Andrew Zealley

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More about art and art galleries

August 16th, 2006

There are so many reasons why art galleries exist. I guess I think like many others that they are places for sharing ideas, values, attitudes. Is there some special role that the AGO could play in Toronto, given the incredible diversity of our population? Is it an issue that our collections are predominantly Western, though by 2008 we will have Oceanic and African material of real significance?

Image: Unidentified artist
Bamileke, Kingdom of Bakassa, Cameroon
Cameroon King (Nguambo), mid-19th century wood, traces of pigment
Gift from the Frum Collection, 2001
© 2006 Art Gallery of Ontario

Looking forward

August 10th, 2006

I’ve got a whopping big question today that reflects a lot of discussions that are happening around the AGO these days as we plan our way to a grand opening in 2008. The question is : what is a public art gallery for? Thoughts?

Imagination and Creativity #14

August 3rd, 2006

Ideas anyone? We’re just beginning to wonder what kind of life the 10,000 (and growing) submissions to In Your Face might have after the installation closes, at the earliest on January 1, 2007. Could a selection be made into a book? Could we send 1000 on the road to a variety of locations in Ontario to inspire similar projects in smaller communities? Could we keep a selection on permanent display in the Education Centre in our new building? Could they be digitized and used as a teaching tool both at the Gallery and elsewhere? Thoughts?

Cronenberg on Warhol – Public Lecture Q&A

August 1st, 2006

David Cronenberg discusses insights he gained as guest curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol/Supernova. This podcast is a recording of the question and answer session from the public lecture at the Art Gallery of Ontario on July 7, 2006.

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