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Archive: February, 2017

The AGO is reimagining its look

February 14th, 2017

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

We have big news! Here at the AGO we aim to bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways. That mission takes on a whole new dimension this year as we launch Look:Forward, an exciting reinstallation of the AGO Collection.

Through Look:Forward, you’ll continue to see the works you love, discover new favourites, and best of all: you’ll experience art at every turn.

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Kids rule the roost for Family Day

February 13th, 2017

We’re celebrating Family Day by transforming into the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario (KGO) for the day. On Monday, February 20 from 10:30 am – 4 pm, the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities.

On February 20, Family Passes will be discounted by 20%, lowering the price to $39. A Family Pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages 6 to 17). As always, admission for children age 5 and under is free.

Check out some of the highlights:

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A mystical proposal

February 13th, 2017

Photo: Katherine Kwan, @kawaiiathy,

Deciding to spend the rest of your life with another person is a big enough decision, but then comes the proposal. Setting, mood, the element of surprise – it all needs to come together for the perfect moment. Plus, a great backdrop doesn’t hurt. And that’s what made AGO visitor Michael Pilatzkie decide that the Mystical Landscapes exhibition (which just closed on Sunday) was the perfect place to pop the question to his girlfriend Kaitlin Higgins.
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Is it Friday night yet?

February 13th, 2017


Photo: Yuula Benivolksi

Did you know we’re open until 9 pm every Friday? A Gallery visit at the end of a busy week is the perfect way to head into the weekend. This March we’re offering three special performances to make your night even more memorable. Spanning art, music, comedy, literature and theatre, the line-up takes place live in Walker Court, and is free with general admission. Check it out below.

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Conservation Notes: 19th Century printing out processes

February 10th, 2017

2013/368. Julia Margaret Cameron. Beatrice, 1866, Albumen print

Photography as an art form has a rich history that has seen the invention of many photographic processes and prints. This is the second article in a series written to give AGO patrons a greater depth of understanding about the various photographic processes in the collection. You can read the previous article at here.

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Toronto, take two

February 7th, 2017

The AGO’s Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries exhibition has been infused with newly-installed art for a fresh glimpse into the ‘70s and ‘80s.

FASTWURMS. Wall of Fatigue [from the installation “Snow-She-Bones” at the Ydessa Gallery in 1983], 1983. Industrial galvanized metal panels, four pulleys, four burlap sacks full of potatoes, variable dimensions. FASTWURMS. © FASTWURMS 2017.

Praised by The Globe and Mail for unearthing “a vibrant, political and occasionally messy era of the city’s art history” since its debut last September, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989 has intrigued visitors with its wide-ranging look at the generation of Toronto artists who came of age during those tumultuous two decades. Punctuated by references to the city we love and its urban landscape, the exhibition highlights the era’s preoccupation with ideas of performance, the body, the image, self portraiture, storytelling and representation. Intended as an evolving exhibition, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries is one of the longest-running and most diverse AGO shows in recent history, and this month visitors can see even more Toronto artists as our staff members put the finishing touches on the second half of the installation.

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Need the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

February 7th, 2017

The AGO has you covered with a week full of romantic ideas.

What better place than an art gallery to fall in love? Even our architecture is designed with romance in mind. Frank Gehry purposefully made the famous spiral staircase to be more narrow in certain points to draw people closer.

Do something different this Valentine’s Day and come to the AGO for a date they’ll never forget – whether it be on a first date or a 50th anniversary celebration. One day isn’t enough: we’re celebrating all week from February 10–17*.

Not feeling romantic? We’re here for you. How about an afternoon or evening out to bask in the company of your closest pal-entines?

Here are all the things Cupid has cooked up for you at the AGO:

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Spotlight on the darkroom

February 7th, 2017

A new student exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre highlights recent AGO photography acquisitions.

Pamela Harris, Selena Tucktoo in darkroom, Taloyoak, 1973, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, gift of Randall McLeod, 2012 © Pamela Harris

In 1972, American-Canadian photographer Pamela Harris visited ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᖅ (Taloyoak), Nunavut—then called Spence Bay, Northwest Territories—and noticed that while the people of Taloyoak took photographs, they had to send the negatives away to be developed. As Harris noted, “they should also have power over it, the power that comes from being able to do things oneself.” During her second visit to Taloyoak the following year, Harris secured the necessary materials and with the help of several members of the community, including photographers Selena Tucktoo, Theresa Quaqjuaq and Ootookee (Tookie) Takolik, she built a darkroom in the local women’s craft workshop.

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Smells like teen spirit

February 7th, 2017

The AGO Youth Council is one of our most important advisory groups. For over 10 years the council has initiated all sorts of programming by youth for youth, including exhibitions, public art projects, large-scale events, field trips and much more. We sat down with two of its newest members, Roy (17) and Zoe (16), to talk about why they <heart> the AGO – and more importantly, what some of their favourite memes are.

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