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Archive: March, 2017

“The best Toronto DJ you don’t know about”

March 27th, 2017

Last month, First Thursday reminded art-goers to stay “Nasty”. In April, it’s time to “Mobilize.

On Thursday April 6, the AGO opens its doors to some of the most inspiring artists and thinkers in Toronto who bring people together for mind-blowing cultural experiences – whether that’s April Aliermo (Hooded Fang) discussing the disappearance of live music venues in Toronto or Geneviève Wallen (XSpace) talking about safe spaces for artists, or choreographer Zoja Smutny’s participatory contemporary dance/nightclub fusion project Rosé Porn. First Thursday: MOBILIZE is about getting bodies moving, and to get people thinking about what purpose their bodies are moving towards.

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By the people, for the people

March 27th, 2017

Gillian McIntyre. Photo by Craig Boyko.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, we’re highlighting some amazing women of the AGO and the legacy they’ve left here. Read our past entries on Julie Crooks, Katharine Lochnan and Maia-Mari Sutnik. Today we highlight Gillian McIntyre, Interpretive Planner.

Interpretive Planner Gillian McIntyre has been with the AGO since she began her museum career in the mid-1990s as an intern with an interest and passion for education and access. She has designed the interpretive plans for several AGO Collection galleries and a number of exhibitions including Inuit Modern, Iain Baxter&: Works 1958–2011, Michael Snow: Objects of Vision as well as more recent exhibitions such as Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures and The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris.

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“Let’s look at these issues from a human decency point of view”

March 27th, 2017

Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Rafael Ortega, Julien Devaux, Felix Blume, Ivan Boccara, Abbas Benhim, Fundación Montenmedio Arte and the kids of Tangier and Tarifa. Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River, 2008. Strait of Gibraltar. 2-channel video projection. 7:44 mins, colour, sound. Courtesy of the artist © 2016 Francis Alÿs. Photo: Roberto Rubalcava.

Born in Belgium, based in Mexico City, and drawing inspiration from his travels all around the world, Francis Alÿs is a truly international artist. Level 5 of the AGO’s Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art has become a concentrated hub of art and activism with his work, and it’s not to be missed.

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March 21st, 2017

In celebration of International Women’s Month, the AGO is collaborating with The National Museum of Women in the Arts for the second annual Can you name #5WomenArtists? campaign. More than 180 institutions worldwide are participating in the challenge by naming #5WomenArtists in their collection or in exhibitions. The campaign aims to call attention to the inequity female-identifying artists face, inspire conversation, and bring awareness to a larger audience.

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Happy 88th Birthday, Yayoi Kusama!

March 21st, 2017

Yayoi Kusama in her studio painting Pleasure to Be Born, 2016, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist © Yayoi Kusama

Happy Birthday to the artist who turned the world into a psychedelic polka dot paradise.

Yayoi Kusama was born on March 22, 1929, in Matsumoto, Japan. A self-described “obsessional artist,” she is famous for her captivatingly repetitive patterns on paintings, sculptures, performance art and installations.

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Digging Deeper: Maia-Mari Sutnik and Memory Unearthed

March 21st, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, we’re highlighting some amazing women of the AGO. Read our past entries on Julie Crooks and Katharine Lochnan. Today we highlight Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus.

Maia-Mari Sutnik, former Curator, Special Photography Projects, spent nearly 50 years at the AGO until she retired in 2015. She was named Curator Emerita, an honorary designation in recognition of distinguished service as well as academic and professional contributions and accomplishments during her more than 20-year career with the AGO. Read the rest of this entry »

A Grape Escape

March 21st, 2017

Now that we’ve bid adieu to Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more and our popular Monet’s Garden cocktail, our culinary masterminds have been working hard on a menu that will pay homage to our upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, all while dishing out perennial FRANK favourites. Apparently we’ve been doing a pretty good job – we were thrilled to be awarded a 2017 Diner’s Choice award (based on diner feedback) from Open Table this year! Not only is it the easiest way to make a FRANK reservation online, but it’s a great way to share your reviews of restaurants. Many thanks to everyone who sent a positive review our way!

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One woman, five decades of inspiration

March 13th, 2017

AGO Director and CEO Stephan Jost and Dr. Katharine Lochnan at the opening of Mystical Landscapes in Paris on Monday, March 13.

To celebrate International Women’s Month, we’re highlighting some amazing women of the AGO and the projects that are keeping them busy. Read last week’s entry here. Today we highlight Dr. Katharine Lochnan.

This week marks a milestone in the history of the AGO: the opening of Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and more at the prestigious Musée d’Orsay in Paris, after a hugely successful run here in Toronto. The guest of honour at the opening? The exhibition’s curator Dr. Katharine Lochnan. Read the rest of this entry »