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Alayna Munce on Giuseppe Penone (Audio)

April 30th, 2010

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Giuseppe Penone. Cedro di Versailles, 2002-2003. Cedar wood, 600  x 170  x 170 cm. On Loan from Private Collection

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Recorded: September 29, 2009 @ Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 15:24

Working from the concept of ekphrasis, one art form paying homage to another, poet Alayna Munce created and presents a new poem in response to a sculpture by Giuseppe Penone.

Grange Prize 2010 partner institution is Chicago-based Museum of Contemporary Photography

April 28th, 2010

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Photo by Ashley Siple, Curatorial Assistant

The build up to the Grange Prize begins today with the announcement of the partner country and museum for 2010! We are thrilled to be pairing Canadian and American artists and working with the amazing Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College in Chicago.

Four leading-edge photographers, two Canadian and two American, will have the opportunity to win the $50,000 Grange Prize, presented by Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Each year, The Grange Prize partners with one international art institution in an effort to recognize the best in Canadian and international photography — and 2010’s partner is the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago.

MoCP curator Karen Irvine: “The Museum of Contemporary Photography positions itself to be at the forefront of contemporary photography, so it’s very exciting for us serve as a partnering institution for the Grange Prize. The prize creates a unique dialogue between our two countries, and highlights some of the best photographers working in both the United States and Canada.”

While on the surface American and Canadian artists may seem culturally similar, we wonder if we will see some differences in the approach to their work? Stay tuned for the announcement of the shortlist!

When will the artists be announced?

This year’s artists will be announced on May 26. A joint panel of curatorial experts from the AGO and the MoCP will meet to review the work of photographic artists from Canada and the U.S., narrowing the shortlist to four. Both the AGO and the MoCP will mount exhibitions of the shortlisted artists’ works this fall, and members of the public will vote on-site or online to determine the winner, who will be announced November 2, 2010 at a special event hosted by Aeroplan and the AGO.

Each of the four shortlisted artists will participate in a ten-day residency: the Canadian nominees will travel to the U.S., and the American artists will visit Canada. Additionally, the three artists who are not selected by the public to win the prize will receive $5,000 toward the creation of work developed during their residencies, bringing the total amount granted to photographic artists to $65,000. This makes The Grange Prize Canada’s largest photography prize. It is also the only major Canadian art prize voted on by the public.

The selection committee for the 2010 shortlist includes AGO assistant curator of photography Sophie Hackett; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago associate curator Dominic Molon; Toronto-based art collector and curator Dr. Kenneth Montague; and MoCP curator Karen Irvine. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Kelley Aitken on Käthe Kollwitz (Audio)

April 28th, 2010

Käthe Kollwitz. Die Klage, 1938

Käthe Kollwitz. Die Klage, 1938. Bronze, 26.5 x 25.7 x 10.2 cm. Gift from the Junior Women’s Committee Fund, 1963 © Art Gallery of Ontario

Working from the concept of ekphrasis, one art form paying homage to another, poet Kelley Aitken created and presents a new poem in response to a sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz from the AGO’s collection.

Recorded: September 29, 2009 @ Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 4:27

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Curators Spotlight: “You Are Here”

April 26th, 2010

Now on display at the AGO, You Are Here is a project by the students of Inside the AGO – an innovative course offered as part of OCAD’s MFA program in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. It provides students with an extended opportunity to learn about curatorial practice in a large public institution. Instructed and mentored by the AGO’s curatorial and education staff, their residency culminates in an art project created in collaboration with individuals from across the museum.

Jordan MacInnis

Jordan MacInnis graduated with a first class honours degree from McGill University. She has worked in commercial and editorial photography in Toronto and New York.

Suzanne Morrissette

Suzanne Morrissette is a student of the Ontario College of Art & Design’s Graduate Masters of Fine Art in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She has an Undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a focus in ceramics, painting, and contemporary art history.

Sara Munroe

Sara Munroe is a graduating student from the University of Toronto’s Masters of Museum Studies program. She completed her honours bachelor of arts degree at the University of Guelph in 2008 with a double major in studio art (printmaking) and history. Sara has worked as an intern for the Textile Museum of Canada, a gallery assistant for Cambridge Galleries, a student archivist and an exhibit development intern for the Region of Waterloo. Her current interests include exhibit development and collections care and management.

Lisa Myers

Lisa completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. In her art practice, Lisa uses photography, video and audio in the assemblage of materials to explore food, identity and how food experiences are conveyed through memory. Currently, as she works towards an MFA in criticism and curatorial studies at OCAD, Lisa can be found hanging around the snack tables at art openings pondering ideas around the intersection of food and art. She takes this time to imagine ways to convey cooking, eating and culinary form in an exhibition setting; all the while considering the dichotomy between the politics of food and the nurturing side of feeding.

Ebony Haynes

Ebony Haynes graduated with honours from the University of Toronto. As an MFA candidate at OCAD her research looks at issues of race and representation in the gallery, and in contemporary art criticism.