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Archive: December, 2017

Bringing European art to life

December 11th, 2017

Michelle Tracey, James Smith, Alice Snaden, and Ghazal Azarbad. Photo by Daniel Malavasi.

Our European Galleries have undergone a major facelift with the Look: Forward reinstallation project, which began earlier this year. The project will continue into 2018 with the goal of displaying the AGO Collection in new spaces, through inspired perspectives, and presenting never-before-seen works by underrepresented artists and voices.

Recent visitors to the AGO may have already enjoyed the revamped European Galleries, but thanks to a partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, visitors can engage with the artworks in a whole new way. If you were at the AGO this past weekend, you may have run into a group of talented actors, singers and musicians who performed original pieces in response to the Collection. You can catch them again at the following times: Read the rest of this entry »

A sense-ational art experience

December 11th, 2017

Woman listens to a seashell while looking at artwork

Translation based on Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 2 by Henry Moore. A seashell with a wireless speaker that plays sounds of the ocean and excerpts from Henry Moore. Image courtesy of the AGO.

Have you ever wondered what your favourite painting would sound like? What it would feel like? What it would smell like? (Imagine how great Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Burger would smell!) At the end of November, visitors got a chance to experience art with all of their senses.

OCADU graduate students in the Inclusive Design program, taught by Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Dr. Peter Coppin and Assistant Professor Beverly Dywan, were tasked with developing seven different multisensory interpretive projects inspired by artwork in the AGO’s Collection.  Read the rest of this entry »

Creating magic At Home with Monsters

December 11th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

The incredible reaction to our current exhibition, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, confirms our hunch: people love monsters! But what is it like to obsess over every little detail of a monster like Frankenstein’s, or the Wolfman?

Artist Mike Hill is responsible for some of the most memorable pieces in At Home with Monsters, including the bulk of its final section—Frankenstein, and the incredibly detailed, lifelike sculptures that re-enact key scenes from Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. We spoke to Mike to learn more about how he found himself in a career that includes the phrase “Frankenstein’s ear hair.”

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Stuff that stocking!

December 11th, 2017


Image courtesy of shopAGO

The perfect stocking stuffers can be trickier to track down than you think. Small, affordable and packs a WOW-factor? It can be quite the feat to pull off, especially if your Xmas list numbers more than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Never fear! The retail champions at shopAGO are here to help, from the inspired to the adorable to the remarkably helpful. Here are a few items that are just perfect for that stocking you’re looking to fill at the last minute.

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Tracy Moore on being Wanted

December 5th, 2017

Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai. Unnamed Woman (Wanted Series), 2016. Digital photograph, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artists. © Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai. Photo: Christina Sideris.

Open until December 10, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is the AGO’s response to the country’s 150th anniversary, decidedly positioning itself as a critique instead of a celebration, of dominating narratives in Canadian history and culture. It opened this past June and runs until December 10.

The exhibition includes the photo series Wanted by artists Camille Turner and Camal Pirbhai, which repurposes authentic 18th century fugitive slave ads printed in Canada. They feature detailed descriptions of the clothing worn by people who had resisted enslavement by escaping from their captors. The artists recreated the outfits described in those ads and, with the help of local models, reimagined them as high-fashion magazine spreads. One of the photos, featuring Cityline host Tracy Moore, was displayed on the digital billboard on the Eaton Centre above Yonge-Dundas Square this past July.

We recently spoke to Tracy about why she decided to pose for the Wanted series: Read the rest of this entry »

The minds behind Room for Mystics

December 5th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

The weather is getting colder, errands are piling up with the holidays approaching and let’s be honest—it’s been a long year. But inside the AGO is a room vibrating with positive vibes. Go inside and it’s impossible to feel down, stressed or worried.

Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield) opened at the AGO in October and runs until January 14, 2018. The show was called “joyous” and “the art museum equivalent of a warm blanket” in the Toronto Star.

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Monsters make you thirsty?

December 4th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

Stephen Gaessler is the AGO’s resident mixologist and has been with the gallery since 2008. In the fall of 2016, he took our bar menu up a notch, crafting elaborate cocktails that connected with the themes and artists in our galleries. Clichéd but true: Stephen’s creations are works of (drinkable) art. But they also reflect a lengthy research process and thoughtful historical or thematic connections to art and artists. We caught up with him to learn about his process, the origin stories behind the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters menu, and what’s next for Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Read the rest of this entry »

And the winner is…

December 4th, 2017

Hank Willis Thomas. Crossroads, 2012. Digital c-print. Variable sizes. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

U.S.-based artist Hank Willis Thomas is the winner of the 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, the internationally renowned award for contemporary photography that recognizes Canadian and international artists. Chosen by public vote, Thomas will receive a $50,000 prize. Other artists on this year’s shortlist included Liz Johnson Artur (Ghana/Russia), Raymond Boisjoly (Haida Nation/Canada) and Taisuke Koyama (Japan).

Here’s everything you need to know about our 2017 winning artist! Read the rest of this entry »

Want to visit Yayoi Kusama’s own museum?

December 4th, 2017

©Axel Schwab. Image courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization.

As you’ve no doubt heard, next March the AGO is presenting the phenomenon that has been winning rave reviews from audiences and selling out museums across the United States. Tickets to Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, the first survey exhibition to explore the artistic evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist, go on sale to AGO Members on December 12 at 12 Noon and to the general public on January 16 at 12 Noon.

Want an exclusive look into the backstory of Yayoi Kusama, whose hotly anticipated exhibition of infinity mirrors comes to the AGO next year? There’s a way you might just be able to spend some time getting to know Kusama’s work right in her birthplace of Japan, at the recently opened Yayoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo if – you act  fast and enter today! Read the rest of this entry »