Artist projects and performances are a highlight of every AGO First Thursday, giving local artists the chance to experiment and engage with our visitors – and December’s edition (this Thursday, December 1) is no exception.
Beginning at 9 pm, Toronto artist Lisa Smolkin will be performing Interior Lyfe, a unique tour through the collection of the AGO that is punctuated by examples of her own work.
Film still from Fassbinder’s ‘Despair’, courtesy of TIFF
A central figure in the New German Cinema—a fertile period in filmmaking from the late 1960s to the 1980s, which includes greats such as Werner Herzog—Rainer Werner Fassbinder has become an enormous influence on today’s artists and filmmakers. His films are considered iconic and have only grown in their political and thematic relevance in the last 50 years. Our friends at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are currently running a retrospective of Fassbinder’s fascinating works. Read the rest of this entry »
“Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.” Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency) Image credit: ESA/Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
This holiday season, the AGO invites families to explore the landscapes above us in our unique Pop-Up Planetarium. Designed for children of all ages (and adults!) and presented in partnership with the University of Toronto, this unique interactive experience was created especially for the AGO by astronomer Dr. Ilana MacDonald. We caught up with her this week to ask what we can expect to see – and what’s changed in the sky since Van Gogh painted his very first starry night.
Photo: the Institute for Canadian Citizenship/Andrew Williamson
Imagine the joy of exploring an art museum following a harrowing move to a new country. This year we said welcome, bienvenue, and ahlan to nearly 100 Syrian newcomers who took part in two special afternoons at the AGO, discovering Canadian art and learning about the country they now call home.
AGO Education Officers led the group on a Gallery tour with assistance from volunteer Arabic interpreters with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program (new Canadian citizens themselves). They discussed Canada’s identity through nature, the history of Toronto and Ontario, stories of Canadian immigration, and the diverse backgrounds and traditions that make Canada so unique.
An AGO Education Officer tours a school group through Mystical Landscapes. Photo: Sean Weaver, AGO.
Who says learning can’t be fun? Teachers and students alike have been wowed by our latest exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more, a unique opportunity to connect what is being taught in the classroom today with what the exhibition’s amazing artists were sharing with us decades ago.
We asked Niki Newport, a Teacher from Loretto Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls, to share her experience of bringing her class for a visit.
Florine Stettheimer, Beauty Contest: To the Memory of P.T. Barnum, 1924, Oil on canvas, 127 x 152.4 cm. Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, Gift of Ettie Stettheimer, 1947.
Florine Stettheimer is not a household name like her contemporary Georgia O’Keeffe, but she was a key figure in the modern art scene of New York in the early 20th century. You may not have heard of her yet, but in her time she was acclaimed by artists, curators and critics. Even Andy Warhol called her his “favourite artist.”
And we’re getting to know her! Opening next October, Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, marks the first major exhibition of Stettheimer’s work. It’s organized by the AGO and the Jewish Museum, New York.
Exterior view of Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Photo by Sam Javanrouh
Free admission on Wednesday night is a longstanding tradition at the AGO. Each week from 6 to 9 pm, you can see our collection galleries for free – no ticket required! The initiative has been a popular staple of Toronto cultural life for decades.
But did you know that a few blocks away from the AGO you can also find a whole season’s worth of concerts for free, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company (COC)? The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre takes place in a breathtaking space inside the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, at Queen Street and University Avenue.
A view of the Rhone at Arles. Photo: Rolf Süssbrich
Located 724 kilometres south of Paris, the French city of Arles has seen its fair share of famous figures. Julius Caesar was here in the 1st century, and Constantine loved it so much he made it the second capital of his empire in 306 AD. But perhaps no figure has done more than Vincent van Gogh to put the city on the map, and in our hearts.
AGO Gallery Guide Brittney Sproule. Photo: Craig Boyko, AGO
Gallery Guide Brittney Sproule lives and breathes culture. Originally from Saskatoon, she moved to Toronto three years ago to pursue a graduate degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. She has volunteered at the AGO for nearly two years and works for the City of Toronto Museums & Heritage Services as a Museum Collections Assistant.
Looking for ways to be a favourite uncle or aunt without visiting Toys “R” Us? Hoping to give your own children gifts that will inspire them? Hitting a holiday party and need a little something for your friend’s kid? There’s nothing wrong with run-of-the-mill, but check out shopAGO for a selection of unique gifts that nurture creativity and bring on the fun. Bonus: you won’t need to worry about the kidlets getting the same thing from everyone else!
CANADA ABC by Paul Covello Up to 4 years old $12.99 | AGO Members $11.70
Paul Covello’s gloriously bright and detailed board book for our very youngest friends highlights Canada’s iconic symbols, souvenirs and events, including the Dogsled, Inuksuk, Loonie, Totem Pole and the Zamboni machine. From the author of the beloved Toronto ABC.