2007/1940.3.1 – Claude-Marie Ferrier, View of the Eastern Nave, salted paper print.
In 1851, the world was experiencing unprecedented technological and cultural developments. Excited to show off the world’s marvels and celebrate the advancements of the Industrial Revolution, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, commissioned the first World’s Fair: The Great Exhibition of Works of Industry of All Nations (also referred to as the “Crystal Palace Exhibition”), held from May to October in Hyde Park, London. Among the wonders in the exhibition: a very early version of a fax machine, electric telegraphs, a revolving lighthouse light, and best of all, the Palace had the first ever public toilets (costing users one penny for the privilege). Read the rest of this entry »
“The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.”– Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe spent much of her career railing against the persistent gender divide in the art world, and she chafed at being defined as a woman artist as early as the 1930s. Although exhibitions, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, and publications repeatedly reveal the breadth and depth of O’Keeffe’s artistic accomplishments as being “about more than just erotic flowers,” her work and life continue to be framed by the paintings and photographs that first made her notorious, while details of her private life are often sensationalized in the headlines.
Brian Jungen’s artwork is recognizable for several reasons – the forms, the materials, and now the sculptures themselves are all cultural touchstones in Canada. From his Northwest Coast Aboriginal masks made from Nike Air Jordans to his massive whale skeletons made from plastic patio chairs, the materials he uses and the sculptures themselves are visible and in conversation with each other. His work is renowned in the international art world: Brian has held solo exhibitions in New York, London and beyond, and he was the first living artist to be shown at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), part of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Brian recently visited the AGO and we caught up with him to hear more about his unusual life as a visual artist (hint – it includes cattle). Read the rest of this entry »
Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, who has completed a 4-year term as President of the AGO Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy of the AGO/Craig Boyko.
Behind the scenes at the AGO is a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the Board of Trustees. They oversee and guide us as we work to fulfill our mission to keep art, access and learning at the heart of all the decisions we make. For the past four years, Maxine Granovsky Gluskin has led the Board as its President, and her term concludes tomorrow (but good news for us: she’ll continue to serve as a Trustee).
A passionate and dedicated advocate, Maxine believes in the power of art to change the world. She has demonstrated truly exemplary leadership, both in her governance of the Board and in her philanthropic giving. According to our Director and CEO, Stephan Jost, “Maxine has a clear sense of purpose and deep belief in the Gallery’s mission to bring art and people together. When I was hired as Director and CEO [Maxine led the Board search committee], she welcomed me with grace and support.”
Timed to take place just before Canada Day on July 1, the public opening of these three summer shows offers an ideal opportunity to reflect on the state of art in Canada—and the state of Canada represented in art—amid the many discussions taking place around the country’s sesquicentennial.
Caroline Shields. Photo courtesy of the AGO/Craig Boyko.
The AGO recently welcomed a new curator to its ranks: Caroline Shields, Assistant Curator of European Art.
A specialist in 19th century European art, Caroline comes to the AGO after working in international curatorial roles at the National Gallery of Art, Washington; the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. At the National Gallery, she worked on the 2015 exhibition Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye, while in her role at the Museum of Fine Arts, she investigated paintings with disputed or uncertain artist attributions. Caroline received her PhD in art history from the University of Maryland this spring with a dissertation on Paul Gauguin.
Looking for last minute plans to treat your Dad (or Dads) like a King (or Kings)? Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18 – and let’s be honest: sometimes it can get overlooked in everyone’s rush to take advantage of the nice weather (finally). But don’t worry; we have plenty of ideas to surprise your pop and make this Father’s Day an unforgettable one.
INUIT, INUKJUAK. Hunter Killing Bear, before 1959. Mottled dark green‑grey stone, darkened, ivory. 28 x 16 x 38 cm (11 x 6 5/16 x 14 15/16 in.). Collection Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2001.
The weather is warm and the road is calling! This is the season for getting out of the city and travelling to some picturesque towns in Ontario to see what they have to offer. Stratford, Ontario is a popular destination for its theatre festival, but there’s another reason to make the trip there this summer.
To support the new Stratford Festival play The Breathing Hole by Colleen Murphy, which follows a polar bear throughout Canadian history from first contact with colonial settlers to the global warming issues of today, the Stratford Perth Museum presents Nanuk’s Journey (“nanuk” meaning “polar bear” in Inuktitut), an exhibition of Inuit sculptures on loan from the Esther and Samuel Sarick Collection at the AGO. It was curated by Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, in consultation with Inuvialuit Reneltta Arluk (Gwich’in and Chipewyan-Cree, as well as the director of The Breathing Hole). Featuring artists like George Pitsiulak, Andy Miki, and Bill Nasogaluak, Nanuk’s Journey is on now and continues until September 23, 2017.
Did you know the AGO is open until 9 pm every Friday? That means an extra four hours to check out all our galleries, listen to music or a talk and visit the critically acclaimed Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition. Here are some of the talks and summer concert series we have coming up in June and July.
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