Presenting art up-close and in-person is the name of the game for an art museum, but often there’s so much more to learn about an artist or art movement than what an exhibition can reveal. That’s where AGO Art + Cinema comes into play.
This spring, an exciting season of films is coming to the AGO. For example, on May 10 and 11, we’re presenting Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, directed by Thomas Allen Harris, which explores how photography was embraced by Black families and communities as far back as the Civil War era (think of Frederick Douglass) to combat dominant stereotypes and establish a deliberate expression of true identity. This film is presented in conjunction with the AGO’s photography exhibition, Free Black North, which features photographs of unknown Black Ontarians from the 1800s, highlighting an area of history that often goes overlooked or simplified in mainstream stories.
Later this month, our major retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe will be complemented by two screenings of Georgia O’Keeffe, the 1977 documentary about the famous painter by Perry Miller Adato – the only film she allowed to be made of her. Free screenings on May 24 and May 26.
Another film delving into the life of an amazing artist plays on May 17 and 19: William Kentridge: Triumphs and Laments. Directed by Giovanni Troilo, it provides an in-depth look at the life of “South Africa’s Picasso.”
May 17 & 19: William Kentridge Triumphs and Laments / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm
May 24 & 26: Georgia O’Keeffe / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm / FREE
May 28: Inside Out & CFMDC Local Heroes Retrospective / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm / FREE
May 31: Inside Out: New Visions / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm / FREE
May 31: Inside Out: Disco Limbo / Jackman Hall / 9–11 pm
June 2 & 3: Wasteland / Jackman Hall / June 2, 7–9 pm / June 3, 2–4 pm
June 14 & 16: Tania Libre / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm
July 12 & 14: Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940–1970 / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm
July 19 & 21: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine / Jackman Hall / 7–9 pm
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