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Archive: April, 2017

The AGO’s very first photograph

April 25th, 2017

British Photographer, Charlotte Brontë at age 34, from an 1850 rendering by George Richmond (British, 1809–1896), around 1855. Ambrotype: sixth plate; leather case, embossed velvet pad. Overall (glass): 6.4 x 5 cm (2 1/2 x 1 15/16 in.) Frame: 7.2 x 5.9 cm (2 13/16 x 2 5/16 in.). Gift of Ronald Hewat, Kaslo, BC, 1925. © Art Gallery of Ontario.

Did you know that the AGO’s Photography Collection features more than 60,000 works? Discover early photographs of famous paintings and people as we share some gems from the AGO Photography Collection 1840s–1880s, launching a new gallery dedicated to photography as part of the AGO’s Look:Forward reinstallation project.

Caroline Walker, C.W. Bell Album, 1875. 31 Albumen prints, watercolour, black ink in leather-bound, gold-embossed album, 33 × 28 × 3.3 cm. Purchase, donated funds in memory of Eric Steiner, 2003. 2003/1.1 .39 © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

Sparked by an ambrotype portrait of Charlotte Brontë from the late 1850s, this fascinating installation showcases works from photography’s earliest decades and the diverse uses the medium was put to from the beginning, curated by the AGO’s Sophie Hackett. Read the rest of this entry »

Find your Zen

April 24th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

The days are getting longer and the social calendar is filling up, which means spring has finally sprung! That also means that AGO spring courses – including flower-themed art classes inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe are about to start next week, so act fast if you want to sign up.

It’s the perfect time to reconnect and focus on what’s truly important in life, including self-care. To help you take a deep breath or two, we’re running mindfulness programs to helping visitors find a new way of interacting with art from the AGO Collection.

Mindful Movement – Slow Looking will engage with specific works to slow down the body and mind with yoga movements and meditative techniques, allowing visitors to experience a new way of looking at art and being in an art space. This is a five-week course that runs every Thursday from May 4 to June 1 from 10:30 am to noon, and every Friday from May 12 to June 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight on artists from Latin America

April 24th, 2017

Wilfredo Prieto. One, 2008. Diamond crystal, diamond. Gift of Sherritt International Corporation. © Wilfredo Prieto

“Nothing is built on stone, everything on sand, but our duty is to build as if sand were stone.” – Jorge Luis Borges.

This verse could act as a definition of an artist’s role in our society: they create works that transcend time and place, exploring the human experience in the face of the world’s uncertainty and instability. These themes—belonging, precariousness and transience, as well as time, place and identity—are all present in a new AGO exhibition that takes its name from the verse above: As If Sand Were Stone. Read the rest of this entry »

Georgia O’Keeffe is blooming in Toronto

April 24th, 2017

AGO Members enjoy the preview of Georgia O’Keeffe. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

It might not always feel like spring outside, but inside the AGO it’s definitely time to stop and view the flowers.

The unforgettable retrospective Georgia O’Keeffe, featuring 80 pieces from throughout the iconic artist’s career, from her early days in New York City through to her final pieces created in the desert of New Mexico, officially opened to the public on Saturday, April 22. And judging from the early reaction, Torontonians are relishing the chance to get to know O’Keeffe in a brand new way.

Check out this excerpt from the Toronto Star’s review by Murray Whyte: Read the rest of this entry »

Who says food can’t be art?

April 13th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

Everyone at the AGO is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition—including the Chefs at our restaurant, FRANK. What better way to get into the spirit of all things O’Keeffe than a dinner devoted to the great American artist, with American wines and cuisine? The Curated Dinner Series launches on April 20, and reservations are now open. Featuring fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables including asparagus, artichokes and fiddleheads, each course—six, in total—is paired with a wine designed to complement the dish.

Can’t make this event? Don’t despair! Our Chefs were so inspired by this modernist art master, they created a special O’Keeffe prix fixe menu, available at lunch and dinner, to celebrate Georgia O’Keeffe for the run of the exhibition. Read the rest of this entry »

Late-night noshing at the AGO

April 13th, 2017

Food stations at First Thursday: MOBILIZE. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

At First Thursday, you come for the party and stay for the art—every month features a unique and mind-blowing lineup of contemporary artists to immerse, stun, challenge and energize AGO visitors. But what’s on hand to make sure party-goers are feeling nourished and fuelled to keep up with the action? Specialized gourmet menus of snacks and drinks, of course! Read the rest of this entry »

Why you need to be at Creative Minds

April 13th, 2017

Video still courtesy of the CBC.

What makes a nation?

That’s the question that’s driving AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall, taking place this Friday, April 21 at 8 pm. In video below, Metro Morning host and CBC Radio 1 personality Matt Galloway takes us through the social and political contexts that make Creative Minds: Art and Nationhood such a pertinent event.

A new block of tickets is now on sale from $19.50. And, as an AGOinsider bonus, you can receive an additional 10% off the ticket price by entering the code AGOFriends when purchasing. Buy your tickets here.

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ICYMI: Georgia O’Keeffe opens this week

April 13th, 2017

Georgia O’Keeffe. Oriental Poppies, 1927. Oil paint on canvas, 76.2 x 101.9 cm. The Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Museum Purchase, 1937.1 © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

It’s no secret that we’re the only North American museum presenting a major Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition…and it’s kind of a big deal. The exhibition just finished hugely successful runs at the Tate Modern in London, England and the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria – and it opens here this week! AGO Members’ previews begin on Wednesday, and public hours begin this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Stephan Jost: “It’s been a riot!”

April 13th, 2017

A year ago today, Stephan Jost joined the AGO as its new Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. Coming from the Honolulu Museum of Art, where he was the Director for five years, we wondered how he would adjust – because come on, who would trade beaches for snowbanks? As it turns out, he’s feeling a lot of love for the 6ix, and is in his element at the AGO.

Stephan showed vision and leadership right off the bat and you can already see the results – more art! Next time you are at the AGO, marvel at Michael Snow’s Walking Woman sculptures, wander past Inuit sculptures in Walker Court and check out our newly installed Modernist galleries on Level 1. Stephan’s most visible project to date is Look:Forward, a major reinstallation of the AGO’s remarkable Collection. Read the rest of this entry »