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Meet Laurel Croza & Matt James at shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Tuesday, March 15th   1:30-2:30 pm

Meet Childrens’ Author Laurel Croza and Illustrator Matt James at shopAGO on Tuesday, March 15th between 1:30 and 2:30 pm and have your copy of I Know Here signed personally!

Winner of the 2010 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Picture Book) and shortlisted for the 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award: Children’s Literature — Illustration, I Know Here is the story of a little girl from northeastern Saskatchewan who knows everything about the place she lives — her road, her school, the forest where she plays hide-and-seek and where the wolf howls at night, the hill where she goes tobogganing in winter . . . but her family is moving to Toronto when summer comes.

“Have people in Toronto seen what I’ve seen?” the little girl asks. And with her teacher’s help she finds a way to keep everything she loves about home.

This simple, beautifully written story, complemented by Matt James’s vibrant, imaginative illustrations, will resonate deeply with anyone who has had to leave their home for a new place.

Free temporary tattoos for kids! shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Visit shopAGO during March Break (March 12-20) for a free ‘henna’ design temporary tattoo!

Choose from heart, paisley, floral or butterfly inspired designs.

While supplies last, one application per child.

Temporary tattoos courtesy of Dover Publications.

Children’s Author Joan Yolleck at shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Sunday, March 13th 1:30-2:30 pm shopAGO

Meet Joan Yolleck, author of Paris in the Spring with Picasso at shopAGO on Sunday, March 13th between 1:30 and 2:30 pm.

“Paris in the spring with Picasso invites the reader into the world of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and their friends for a day of adventure that culminates in a party. Text and illustrations are beautifully integrated to evoke the studio life of painters and writers, the legendary Paris salon, and an exuberant street scene […]This is a book about the making of art — literary as well as visual — and the value of friendship and affection in connecting artists with their best ideas. The creative impulse may be sparked by a dream, a memory, an image, a sound or scent, and often in the company of one’s friends[…]These are key messages for children and artists of all ages.”

(B. Mains, review)

March Break hours, shopAGO

March 2nd, 2011

Come and visit shopAGO during March Break!

The main shop will be open the following hours:

  • Saturday, March 12  11:30-6
  • Sunday, March 13  11:30-6
  • Monday, March 14  11:30-4
  • Tuesday, March 15  11:30-6
  • Wednesday, March 16  11:30-9
  • Thursday, March 17  11:30-6
  • Friday, March 18  11:30-6
  • Saturday March 19  11:30-6
  • Sunday March 20  11:30-6

shopAGO’s Maharaja Marketplace will be open from 10am daily, in tandem with Gallery hours.

Photographing the Maharajas (Audio)

March 2nd, 2011

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Recorded: Saturday, Wednesday, February 9, 7 pm @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 01:25:11

The height of the Raj coincided with the advent of photography. Both the colonial administration and the princely courts took advantage of this new technology to fashion and distribute an image of themselves to a increasingly interconnected world.  This talk focused on the work of one remarkable photographer, Deen Dayal, who worked for many of the most powerful of Princely rulers at the end of the nineteenth century–including the Maharajas of Dhar and Gwalior and the Nizam of Hyderabad.  His work became not only a chronicle of courtly life but was central to producing an identity for the princely state itself.

Deepali Dewan is an Art Historian of South Asian visual culture. She holds a PhD from University of Minnesota and a B.A. (Honours) from McGill University, Montreal. She is currently Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum and teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto with an affiliation with the Centre for South Asian Studies. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century visual culture of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora. She has co-authored a book on the 19th-century photographer Raja Deen Dayal (forthcoming) and is now working on an overview of the aesthetic and discursive evolution of photography in India. She has received fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the College Art Association, and the MacArthur Program/Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change.

Blackwood on the Tradition of Mummering (Audio)

March 2nd, 2011

Blackwood talks about key aspects of his prints – Newfoundland’s long tradition of mummering.

Duration: 00:02:29

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David Blackwood, Lone Mummer Inside

Lone Mummer Inside, 1979
etching and aquatint on wove paper
61.0 x 91.4 cm
Given by friends in memory of Norman Bruce Walford, chief of administration and corporate secretary, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1981–1989, in appreciation of his devotion to the arts, 1994

Still from the National Film Board documentary

Film still from NFB’s Blackwood

Ritual visiting lies at the heart of Newfoundland culture. Early settlers brought this tradition, known as mummering, from England and Ireland. Between Christmas and Epiphany, members of the community visited each other’s homes, usually in groups. Mummers disguised their appearance – at times using lace curtains – as well as their voice. But an encounter that began with threatening undercurrents ended with drinking and seasonal good cheer, as mummers entertained their hosts with music in the kitchen while their hosts attempted to identify them. Mummering began to die out after Confederation in 1949, but was revived in the mid-1970s following the release of a National Film Board documentary.

Win a Trip to India – Enter Before It’s Too Late!

March 1st, 2011

Contest ipad within the galleryThe countdown has begun, time is running out for a chance to win a fantastic 9-night VIP trip for two to India! There will only be one lucky winner and it might be you! Come to the AGO and enter the Scotiabank contest on one of the ipads onsite or enter online at
The winner will be selected on April 11, 2011.

Good luck!