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What was contemporary art?

June 11th, 2013

Photo of Richard Meyer

Photo courtesy of Richard Meyer

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Recorded: Thursday May 9, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 00:51:25

Contemporary art in the early twenty-first century is often discussed as though it were a radically new phenomenon unmoored from history. Yet all works of art were once contemporary to the artist and culture that produced them. In this lecture, based on his recent book What Was Contemporary Art?, Art Historian Richard Meyer reclaims the contemporary from historical amnesia, exploring episodes in the study, exhibition, and reception of early twentieth-century art and visual culture.

Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of What Was Contemporary Art (MIT Press: 2013) and co-editor, with Catherine Lord, of Art and Queer Culture (Phaidon Press: 2013).

Richard Meyer’s talk is presented in assocation with the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Summer Institute in Visual Arts, produced by the Graduate Program in Visual Arts and the Graduate Program in Art History and Visual Culture, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

 

Navigating a Gracious Cosmos: Faith and Creativity in 14th Century Florence

June 10th, 2013

Pacino Di Bonaguida, Leaf from the Laudario of Sant’ Agnese, around 1340

Pacino Di Bonaguida (active around 1303-1347), The Apparition of Saint Michael, Leaf from the Laudario of Sant’ Agnese, around 1340, tempera and gold leaf on parchment. The British Library, London (Add. Ms. 35254 B)

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Recorded: Wednesday, May 22, 7 pm in Jackman Hall
Duration: 01:32:53

Gilles Mongeau and Sasha Suda

Listen as Gilles Mongeau and Sasha Suda discuss the challenges faced by early Renaissance artists, like Dante and Pacino, whose efforts to depict their changing world precipitated a radical new visual language.

Gilles Mongeau is the Director, Master of Divinity and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Regis College in Toronto. Sasha Suda is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s assistant curator of European art.

This week in the Gallery: BIG BAM BOOM

June 4th, 2013

One artwork on display in the Community Gallery for BIG BAM BOOM.

One artwork on display in the AGO’s Community Gallery for BIG BAM BOOM.

The 5th Annual BIG BAM BOOM Youth-Led Arts Festival

Exhibition: Tuesday, June 4 to Sunday, June 9, 2013, in the AGO’s Community Gallery

Performance showcase: Saturday, June 8, 2013 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre

BIG BAM BOOM showcases the achievements and talents of children and youth artists in Toronto’s priority neighbourhoods. A celebration of Arts for Children and Youth‘s arts educational programming, the festival features work created in community and school programs, engaging young artists. What started as a one-day celebration has grown into a week-long festival featuring an exhibition of visual arts (photography, drawings, masks, fashion) and a performance showcase that includes African and Indigenous drum and dance, hip hop dance, beat-boxing and spoken word. The festival is produced and organized by the BIG BAM BOOM Youth Committee, a group of seven youths who are either on the current AFCY Artist roster or are assisting AFCY programs. The committee selected the artwork in the AGO Community Gallery exhibition.
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The AFCY Big Bam Boom Volunteer Youth Committee was established in 2011 as an extension of the ever-growing BIG BAM BOOM Youth Arts Festival, now in its fifth year. A team of eight, the committee shares a similar goal: helping to celebrate what Toronto youth have to offer in the arts! The 2013 events and gallery exhibitions are led by the AFCY Youth Advisory Council in partnership with our own.

To reserve tickets for the showcase, please contact:
Arts for Children and Youth
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
Phone: (416) 929-9314 x106
Email: bigbamboom@afcy.ca
Tickets available until June 7. Please leave your full name and the number of tickets you’re requesting. Tickets will be available when you arrive at the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre.

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See Lost in the Memory Palace through the eyes of a teenager

June 4th, 2013

After visiting the AGO and seeing Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, students from Cawthra Park Secondary School had to choose a work and record a 20-second response. Don Ball, head of visual arts at Cawthra, says the students were asked to move “beyond mere description.”

Experiment in F# Minor

The work:

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Experiment in F# Minor, 2013, mixed media interactive sound installation including 72 loudspeakers on two wooden worktables, 2.44 x 1.83m

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Experiment in F# Minor, 2013,
mixed media interactive sound installation including 72 loudspeakers on two wooden worktables, 2.44 x 1.83m

The response:
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