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Ten things to look forward to at the AGO in 2017

December 22nd, 2016

Happy New Year! 2017 is shaping up to be a fantastic year at the AGO – with amazing art, artists, talks, events and activities, there’s something for everyone. We have a lot to celebrate so we thought we’d pick some highlights (tough job, but someone has to do it) and create another list.

We’re proud to present the AGO’s top 10 amazing things to look forward to in 2017 (in no particular order):

1. We’re going on tour

Netherlandish, Prayer Bead, 1500–1530. Boxwood with metal fittings, overall closed: 58.8 × 61.1 mm (5.9 × 6.1 cm) overall open: 56.5 × 56.5 × 116.3 mm (5.6 × 5.6 × 11.6 cm). The Thomson Collection © Art Gallery of Ontario.

When they close at the AGO at the end of January, two amazing exhibitions pack up and travel. Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Van Gogh, Monet and more heads to the Musée D’Orsay this spring. Canadians Emily Carr, Lawren Harris and Tom Thomson in Paris? It’s about time! Museum-goers in New York and Amsterdam will marvel at Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures when it goes to The Met Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in February and the Rijksmuseum in June.

2. Modern(ist) women rule

Florine Stettheimer, Self-Portrait with Paradise Birds (Self-Portrait in Front of Chinese Screen), n.d. Oil on canvas, 39½ x 31¾ in. (100.3 x 80.7 cm) Art Properties, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967.

Two artists. One you think you know; the other you’ll want to get to know. Get ready to learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the 20th century’s most influential and successful artists, when Georgia O’Keeffe makes its only North American stop at the AGO this April. Then discover critically revered artist, poet and feminist Florine Stettheimer when the AGO introduces her work to Canadian audiences for the first time with Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry in October.

3. We’re showing off our collection

A view of Granovsky Gluskin Hall, featuring Expo Walking Woman by Michael Snow 1967. 8 stainless steel sculptures, 230.5 x 91.5 x 2.7cm. Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1968. Photo: AGO

Remember when we told you last week that adding art to our lobby was just the start? Stay tuned as the AGO adds more art to our space in 2017, displaying works that haven’t been seen in ages and showing off new acquisitions. Visit old favourites and discover new artists as we ask ourselves a big question: “What is extraordinary art?”

4. The monsters are coming

A selection from Guillermo del Toro’s At Home with Monsters, courtesy the AGO and Ensight Editions. Photo: Josh White

Do you believe in monsters? Does Frankenstein freak you out? Just in time for Halloween, get a rare glimpse into a famed filmmaker’s creative process when we present Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. Come and check out the vast and inspiring collection of art and pop culture objects that he has amassed at his private man cave, Bleak House. Trust us; it will be a thrilling experience…

5. We’re marking Canada’s 150th

Photo: Institute for Canadian Citizenship / Andrew Williamson

We’re putting the finishing touches on a summer exhibition that will explore what it means to be Canadian in 2017. No small feat, so stay tuned! Until then, check out the amazing artists that are part of Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971 – 1989. Are you a film buff? A film and video festival dedicated to Toronto’s pioneering video artists from 1970s and ‘80s will run in Jackman Hall in March.

6. We’re celebrating a big anniversary

L-R: The AGO’s Stephan Jost, 2016 Prizewinner Ursula Schultz-Dornburg, Aimia’s Vince Timpano and the AGO’s Adelina Vlas.  Photo: AGO

No presents, please. This year the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize reaches a big milestone – 10 years! Plans are underway to mark the occasion when we launch the prize this summer.

7. We’re celebrating with our neighbours

A groundbreaking partnership (get it?) with the city, our neighbourhood and the AGO, Grange Park will re-open in late spring with more green space, art-inspired play equipment, interactive water features and the iconic Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms next to the great lawn. All this is happening as The Grange, the first brick house built in Toronto, turns 200 years old.

8. Put away the iPad

Kids complaining it’s too cold out and there’s nothing to do? Check out our Family Sundays, jam-packed with innovative and interactive family activities, or sign up for one of our creative classes or workshops. Stressed about what to do for Family Day and March Break? Get the kids out of the house and down to the AGO, where we’ll keep them (and you) happily occupied with creative play for hours.

9. Be good to your mom

Competing with your sister for the best Mother’s Day gift? We’ve got your back. Start off with brunch in FRANK, bond over Georgia O’Keeffe and spring for some jewellery at shopAGO. If you’re an AGO Member, treat her to a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. You’ll be the favourite in no time.

10. We put the “art” in party

Whether it’s our monthly First Thursdays or our annual Massive Party bash, great art is always at the centre of every party we throw. Add in amazing music, provocative artist installations and delicious food and you’ve got the hottest ticket in town! This April, explore the relationship between man and machine with Machine Age Massive. Join 1,900 of your friends for a massively good time, for a massively great cause.

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