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Archive: January, 2018

The TTC is going dotty!

January 15th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

It’s just over a month away but we couldn’t be more excited to bring Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors to Toronto. To help build excitement, get ready for a more artistic commute!

The AGO recently partnered with the TTC to celebrate the upcoming exhibition and cover TTC stations and streetcars in Kusama-inspired signature polka dots. Our Marketing team worked with Kusama’s studio to design the polka dot installations, on display in the Spadina and St. Patrick subway stations and on two new streetcars. Read the rest of this entry »

The Shop Girl is back in town

January 15th, 2018

James Tissot. La Demoiselle de magasin, c. 1883-1885. Oil on canvas, 146.1 x 101.6 cm. Gift from Corporations’ Subscription Fund, 1968. Image © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

To cap off an exciting 2017, we looked back at some of the highlights of the European reinstallation on Level 1 of the AGO as part of Look:Forward. Another painting that recently returned to the European gallery walls is French Impressionist painter James Tissot’s charming The Shop Girl (1883–1885) – now on view for the first time in five years. Read the rest of this entry »

We heart art carts

January 15th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

Sometimes it’s not enough to see great art with your eyes – you want to make it with your hands. We know the feeling well, especially when it comes to the mini-Matisse or pint-sized Pitsiulak in your life. The next time you’re at the AGO on a Saturday or Holiday Monday, look for our new Art Cart family activity centres that move to different galleries every month. In January, the Art Carts can be found in Margaret Eaton Gallery on Level 1 and by the South Entrance alongside our Library & Archives on the Concourse Level. Read the rest of this entry »

Dial “M” for Muybridge

January 8th, 2018

Eadweard Muybridge, Plate 616: Animal Locomotion, 1887. Collotype, Image: 22.5 × 33.3 cm, Malcolmson Collection. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson in partnership with a private donor, 2014. Image © Art Gallery of Ontario.

The late 1800s was a period of major innovation in photography, and Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer of the time with his revealing photographs capturing humans and animals in motion. But if you were alive in the 1870s, or you’re an art history gossip hound, you’d know him for more scandalous reasons.

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This summer: two extraordinary Inuit artists, one incredible exhibition

January 8th, 2018

Kenojuak Ashevak. Large Bird from the Sun, 1979. Stonecut and stencil, 62.5 x 83.1 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002.  © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

We’re celebrating the power of Inuit art by bringing together two extraordinary artists – Kenojuak Ashevak and her nephew Timootee (Tim) Pitsiulak – for this summer’s major exhibition. Ashevak and Pitsiulak represent two generations of Inuit artists who have challenged us to respond to their art and the Inuit world view in new ways. Running from June 16 to August 12, the exhibition will be the first time Inuit art is showcased in the AGO’s largest exhibition space, the Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, and will be Pitsiulak’s first major gallery retrospective.

Hailing from Kinngait (previously known as Cape Dorset) Nunavut, Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013), an Order of Canada recipient, is known as the “grandmother of Inuit art.” She is famous for her fluid graphic storytelling and stunning use of magic markers. Ashevak heavily inspired Pitsiulak (1967–2016), who became a popular figure in Inuit art during his relatively short career for drawing animal figures with a hunter’s precision, and for capturing the technological presence of the South in the hamlet.

Tim Pitsiulak. Swimming Bear, 2016. India ink and coloured pencil on paper, 74.9 x 105.4 cm. Purchase, 2017. © Estate of Tim Pitsiulak.

To link the work of these artists to Inuit voices today, the AGO has invited Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project at York University as well as the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative (WBEC) to bring together a curatorial team comprising of Inuit artists and curators.

This team includes:

  • Louisa Parr Pootoogook (Kinngait)
  • Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley (Ottawa)
  • Taqralik Partridge (Kautokeino, Norway)
  • Jocelyn Piirainen (Ottawa)
  • Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Iqaluit)
  • Georgiana Uhlyarik, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Indigenous and Canadian Art Department, AGO
  • Anna Hudson, professor, York University and Principal Investigator of the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project

“ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᖑᐊᖅᑏᑦ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᕿᓐᓄᐊᔪᐊᖅ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᒻ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ, ᑕᐸᐃᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᒪᓕᓐᓂᖃᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓐᖑᐊᖏᑦ, ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔮᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᑉᐱᓇᑦᑎᐊᖏᓐᓂᖏᑦ, ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑭᖑᕚᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᑖᓂᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕕᖃᕈᓐᓇᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ, ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᓚᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓇᖑᐊᒐᕐᓂᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᒥᑦ,” ᐅᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐹᑐᕆ.

“ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐅᓂᐅᓴᔪᖅ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᕿᓐᓄᐊᔪᐊᖅ ᐋᓯᕙᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑎᒻ ᐱᑦᓯᐅᓛᖅ ᐱᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᖁᒥᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᐱᕆᔭᐅᓗᑎᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᖅᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂᑦ  ᐱᖃᑕᐅᓐᓄᑎᑦ ᓴᓇᖑᐊᖅᑎᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ AGO, ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᐅᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᕐᓂᑦ,” ᐅᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᒃᑲᓂᖅᑐᖅ, ᔮᖦᓕᓐ ᐲᕋᐃᓇᓐ.

This exhibition is a new venture in collaboration and curating at the AGO and will feature a large number of works on paper (drawings, sketches and prints) by Ashevak and Pitsiulak, highlighting their immense creativity, confidence and artistic ambition. It will showcase works from the AGO Collection (the second-largest collection of Inuit art in the country), important pieces from Dorset Fine Arts (DFA), newly-commissioned work from contemporary artists, as well as significant loans from public, private and corporate collections, such as TD Bank Group’s Inuit art collection.

“Fundamental to the mandate of MICH and this exhibition project is the idea that cultural health – including Inuit traditions, culture and language – is the foundation of all well-being. Our aim is that this exhibition will showcase Inuit cultural health and resilience through visual, aural and performative expressions supported from within a major art institution. It will be a transformative curatorial process,” said Anna Hudson.

In November 2017, the curatorial team met in Toronto for three days of brainstorming, goal-setting, and research, where the foundations of the exhibition formed through stimulating and collaborative discussions.

“ᖁᕕᐊᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖃᕈᓐᓇᓚᐅᕋᑦᑕ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑐᑭᓯᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖏᓐᓂ ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᒥᑦ,” ᐅᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᓂᑦ ᑲᒪᔨᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑰᔨ ᑰᕐᓕ.

Art Gallery of Ontario Project Manager Hillary Taylor with curatorial team members Jocelyn Piirainen, Taqralik Partridge, and Kuzy Curley. Image by the AGO.

Curatorial team members Jocelyn Piirainen, Taqralik Partridge, and Kuzy Curley. Image by the AGO.

Art Gallery of Ontario Interpretive Planner Gillian McIntyre with Jocelyn Piirainen, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Indigenous and Canadian Art Department, Georgiana Uhlyraik, and Taqralik Partridge. Image by the AGO.

“Our visit in Toronto was an exhilarating chance to experience the art of Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak together, pay respect to the remarkable vision and accomplishments of these two artists and rediscover this area of the AGO Collection,” said Uhlyarik. “As the start of a brand new kind of curatorial partnership, I’m thrilled to see where we go from here.”

Stay tuned for more details about this exciting exhibition.

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Art for the young (and young at heart)

January 8th, 2018

Image by the AGO.

When residents of Castleview Wychwood Towers in Toronto sat down with a team of Youth Art Ambassadors for an artmaking experience, they weren’t sure what to expect. It didn’t seem like much –some calligraphy ink, yarn and markers. But connections made on both sides of the age divide were transformative. Welcome to the AGO’s Youth Art Ambassador Program.

Under the AGO’s Access to Art initiative, we recently teamed up with the City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services for a three-year pilot program, supported by The Elia Family. Part of this pilot, the Youth Art Ambassador Program, trains youth volunteers age 14–25 to become Art Ambassadors, so they can lead artmaking experiences for residents and clients of long-term care homes and supportive housing sites. Read the rest of this entry »