Want to see an iconic work of Canadian art but only have five minutes? Looking for a way to impress your coworkers at this year’s holiday party with your knowledge of modern sculpture? Drop by the AGO’s front entrance. Just inside the doors is a new, permanent installation of Michael’s Snow’s fascinating Walking Woman sculptures – and you don’t even need a ticket to see them.
Granovsky Gluskin Hall, the AGO’s light, airy entrance space, was transformed recently with some simple but highly effective changes. Individual ticket desks have been removed in favour of a long Visitor and Member Services counter along the side, giving the space a welcoming openness. Don’t worry – Frank Gehry’s serpentine ramp (pictured below) is still front and centre. This is the first step in some exciting changes you’ll see at the Gallery over the coming year or two.
Michael Snow is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. Born in Toronto in 1928, he has exhibited his work around the world for 80 years. You may have walked under his work in the Eaton Centre many times – those famous geese suspended in flight in the mall’s atrium (titled Flight Stop) were created by Snow in 1979. The AGO holds a large number of works by Snow in its collection, including several of the Walking Woman sculptures. Starting in the 1960s, Snow produced many artworks using the Walking Woman form, including paintings, sculpture and photographs. This particular set was created for the Ontario pavilion of Expo 67 in Montreal, and gifted to the AGO by the Province of Ontario the year after its debut.
Drop by the AGO to see this important artwork. Who knows – you might just stay to see more of the Canadian collection while you’re here!