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I am Nasty, hear me roar

February 28th, 2017

This week’s First Thursday celebrates International Women’s Month with a line-up of phenomenal women artists, under the theme “Still Nasty.

d’bi.young anatafrika. Photo by Anthony Gebrehiwot.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, let our March First Thursday introduce you to some fierce female artists who are ready to share their Nastiness with everyone attending. This Thursday, March 2, “Still Nasty” features a performance installation by Mariam Magsi, photography by Zahra Saleki, an intervention in the board game Settlers of Catan by Golboo Amani and Coco Guzman, activations by Hazel Meyer and a headlining performance by d’bi.young anatafrika and her band The 333. On top of all this, you can count on the usual Night Market snacks and cash bars to fuel the late-night art-going.

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Don’t be card-bored this March Break

February 28th, 2017

The AGO has you covered this March Break with fun family activities, including building cardboard cities and exploring a cardboard maze.

The AGO has an a-MAZE-ing line-up of interactive and imaginative activities for March Break this year (March 11–19). All programs are available on a drop-in basis, so you and the family can drop by whenever it suits you.

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It’s official: Mystical is magical

February 28th, 2017

The AGO says au revoir to Mystical Landscapes, a record-breaking exhibition, as it moves on to Paris.

Mystical Landscapes Press Preview

Those of you who saw our hit exhibition Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more could probably tell that you were witnessing history in the making. Well, it’s official: the exhibition broke into the list of top 10 most-visited exhibitions in AGO history, landing the number 6 spot! Over its 16-week run from October 22 to February 12, the show drew 288,398 visitors to the Gallery.

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Let’s rewrite herstory

February 28th, 2017

Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon is back at the AGO! Help fill in the blanks and add women artists to Wikipedia.

The 2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Remember our Black Canadian Art History Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon that took place last month? We’re back with another opportunity to re-write history and fill in some gaps.

It’s estimated that only 10 per cent of Wikipedia editors identify as female, and the content on Wikipedia skews the same way. The result? Too many women artists are missing from one of the greatest resources the Internet has to offer.

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“It ignites their spirit and gives them hope.”

February 28th, 2017

This YWCA Toronto program offers healing through art and creativity.

Drawing by YWCA Breakthrough Program participant L.Y.

Each year nearly 300 local organizations participate in the AGO’s free community membership program and one of those groups, YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough Program, has shown the restorative power of art and its ability to change lives. The innovative Healing Through Expressive Arts Program helps women who have experienced abuse or other kinds of violence through 12-week workshops creating art, movement, poetry, and music.

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One weekend only!

February 20th, 2017

Joyce Wieland in A and B in Ontario, from the book The Films of Joyce Wieland, Kathryn Elder, ed. Cinematheque Ontario.

The AGO presents the Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries Film and Video Festival with FREE screenings of works by Toronto’s pioneering film and video artists from the 1970s and ’80s

Unroll the red carpet! From March 9 to 12, the AGO is presenting Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries Film and Video Festival, a complement to the exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989, running to May 4. Just as the exhibition pays tribute (get it?) to the innovative artists making an impact on Toronto’s visual arts scene at that time, the film festival gives you the chance to experience the equally impressive innovation produced by the city’s video and film artists. The festival is totally free of charge, so book your spot now! It is presented in conjunction with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC) and artist-run video art distributor Vtape.

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Art on the go – part one

February 20th, 2017


Scroll through the AGO’s favourite Instagram accounts, and turn your phone into a pocket-sized art gallery.

Art is everywhere – even in your phone. Thanks to social media platforms and the creative minds of artists, an Instagram feed can become almost like a virtual art gallery – instead of physically walking through from piece to piece, you scroll through digital images with a swipe of your finger. On the days where you can’t make it to an actual museum or gallery, that can be enough to soothe your appetite for inspiration.

To help curate the feed of your dreams, we asked a few members of the AGO team to share their favourite Instagram accounts with us. This is only the first instalment – so stay tuned for more of our favourite accounts! Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the face behind the tweets!

February 20th, 2017

Photo: Craig Boyko

Meet Lexie Buchanan, the AGO’s social media guru whose mission is to get #beyondtheselfie

Meet Lexie Buchanan, the face behind the AGO Twitter account (and all of the AGO’s other social media channels). Lexie merges her passion for education and art with her naturally friendly personality to make the AGO’s social platforms the welcoming hub they are. After years of experience in social media at both the National Gallery of Canada as well as the Royal Ontario Museum – and now gaining some at the AGO, too – Lexie is well versed in all things #MuseSocial. She’s sharing some of her knowledge at the upcoming The Artist Project’s Art Chats panel – Post, Like, Repeat. Social Media and the Art Market on February 25. Learn some of her insights ahead of the panel now: Read the rest of this entry »

Keep calm and read on

February 20th, 2017

A mock-up of the new AGO library. Image by Hariri Pontarini Architects.

Our Library is getting a refresh – come relax, read & recharge.

One of the AGO’s hidden gems, the E.P. Taylor Library & Archives, is getting a refresh! If you haven’t discovered it yet, you’ll have even more reason to explore the treasure trove of archival materials, artists’ books and much, much more when it re-opens later this spring.

The AGO’s library and archives are being revitalized to become a hub for research, creativity and community at the AGO. Easily accessible both by a new entrance from Grange Park (which will open in early summer) and via the Weston Family Learning Centre, the new and improved library will spill out into a cozy, welcome area.

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A “Massive” undertaking

February 20th, 2017

Jon Sasaki. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Artist Jon Sasaki dishes on his custom installations appearing at Massive Party, taking over the AGO on April 27.

The event planners at the AGO might be big HBO fans, because just as Westworld ends (the much-hyped drama about a theme park populated with ultra-realistic human robots), our annual Massive Party is also bringing human and machine together.

On April 27, Machine Age Massive – a fundraiser to support the AGO’s ongoing conservation, public programming and learning projects – will turn the Gallery into three artistic zones: Industrial, Digital, and Space, where partygoers can snack on hors d’oeuvres, dance to tunes from the DJ, and surround themselves with contemporary installations and performances (all included in the ticket price, a portion of which is tax-deductible – on sale now!).

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