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Archive: May, 2018

Join the Club

May 11th, 2018

Inspired by Project Runways’ “Unconventional Material Challenge”, Free After Three: Style Club participants will search through the archive of AGO craft and art supplies to create a garment or an accessory. Image courtesy of the artist.

Love fashion? Know a budding fashion designer or street-style icon? This spring the AGO’s Free After Three: Style Club invites budding fashion fans (ages 14–25) to participate in a hands-on artmaking series of (totally free!) workshops, infused with the creative flare of the fashion world.

The workshops are inspired by Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors – particularly, the artist’s iconic fashion style. Led by local designers, stylists and artists, Style Club workshops explore everything from styling, to alterations, vintage collecting and more. Check out our recent feature on Style Club instructor Andréa Lalonde, a visual artist and the owner of Nouveau Riche Vintage.

Vanessa Fischer, another Style Club instructor, is an award-winning costume designer and wardrobe stylist based in Toronto, working in theatre, commercials, music videos, television and film. Vanessa will be nurturing young fashion enthusiasts with a series of workshops including one where participants learn how to mix, match and clash patterns and prints. In another, a T-shirt becomes a canvas as participants stencil, cut, paint, braid, stitch or patch a blank T-shirt. And don’t miss the street-style fashion show, where fashion fans learn how to style their favourite pieces and accessories to create runway-ready looks. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate the long weekend with more Infinity!

May 11th, 2018

interior view of Yayoi Kusama's Dots Obsession Infinity Mirror Room, reflected endlessly in mirrors. Background is pink with black polka dots.

Yayoi Kusama. Dots Obsession – Love Transformed Into Dots, 2007, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Mixed media installation. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York. © Yayoi Kusama. Photo by Cathy Carver.

The May long weekend is just a few days away, kicking off the season for beach days on the Island, BBQs and patios, summer festivals and leisurely afternoons in the city. This long weekend, the AGO is the place to be, with more chances to experience “the hottest ticket in town,” Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors.

This Thursday, the AGO launches the first of six nights that the exhibition, celebrating the work of one of the greatest living contemporary artists, stays open until midnight. Infinity Mirrors will be open until midnight the last two weekends of its run on May 17, 18 & 19, and May 24, 25 & 26 – with 4,000 late night rush tickets added. Sadly, after a whirlwind three months, Infinity Mirrors must close on Sunday, May 27. Read the rest of this entry »

A magical night

May 11th, 2018

Party-goers silhouetted against Maxwell Burnstein's hanging collage works at the AGO's Massive Party.

Maxwell Burnstein’s collage installation at Massive Illusion. Image by the AGO

Illusions were front and centre on April 19th at the AGO’s 14th annual AGO Massive.

While indulging in delicious themed cocktails and canapés, guests were treated to mind-bending installations from artists at Massive Illusion, including collage art from Maxwell Burnstein, an interactive bike-powered light show from Studio F Minus and the beautiful (and eloquent) installation from duo Trevor Wheatley and Cosmo Dean hanging from the ceiling of Walker Court.

Check out highlights below:

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Hot off the presses

May 7th, 2018

Our favourite exhibitions may be fleeting, but thanks to our AGO publishing colleagues, they live on in catalogues. Since printing our first catalogue in 1906, the AGO has published over 850 inventive and artful books, monographs and catalogues. This spring we celebrate the publication of three new books, each an artwork in itself, full of critical insight, thoughtful essays and beautiful reproductions.

The AGO’s most recent publications all feature contemporary artists, and their work ranges from painting to drawing and printmaking, sculpture, photography, film, video, performance, poetry, installation and mixed media. “The challenge of how to represent and discuss this boundless range of artistic invention in print is an honour and a thrill,” said Jim Shedden, Manager, Publications, AGO.

The titles below, along with a large selection of art-related publications, are all available for purchase through shopAGO. For more information or to place an order, visit shopAGO in person or online.

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Infinite storytelling

May 7th, 2018

Samiya and Sumaiys Jahan pose in Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room

Kusama volunteer animateurs and twins Samiya and Sumaiya Jahan

For Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, AGO interpretive planners Shiralee Hudson Hill and Nadia Abraham came up with a fun and engaging way for visitors to learn more while inside the exhibition. Volunteer animateurs were recruited to share details and stories about Kusama’s fascinating life and work.

“From both research and the success of our Gallery Guide program, we know one of the most effective ways of engaging museum visitors is through conversation,” said Shiralee Hudson Hill, the AGO’s Lead Interpretive Planner. “In Infinity Mirrors, the volunteer animateurs are a great way to support and enhance visitors’ experience.” Read the rest of this entry »

Get your style on

May 7th, 2018


A model shows off vintage clothes as part of FREE after Three’s Style Club. Photo by Maya Fuhr.

Calling all fashion icons and fashionistas aged 14–25. If the best part about coming home after school is the opportunity for an outfit change, then the AGO is the place to be from 4–6 p.m. on Tuesdays, now until June 12.

FREE After Three: Style Club is a hands-on artmaking series of (totally free!) workshops that has fun with the creative flare and expression of the fashion world. (See all FREE After Three events here, including breakdancing on Wednesdays and skateboard-building on Thursdays.) Read the rest of this entry »

Springtime with Pissarro

May 7th, 2018

This painting is rectangular in shape. Its springtime scene is dominated by poplar trees, slim brown and green trunks of various heights that stretch vertically up into the sky. They are still waking up from their winter rest; daubs of rusty orange and mauves suggest trees that haven’t put forth their spring green leaves yet. In the lower left foreground, six small bushier trees are lined up in front of the poplars. Beside them, in the lower centre, a man bends over, holding an spade and working a garden that stretches out before him. Bright lime green grass dominates the lower half of the painting, interrupted by a curving stream. The background features a cloudy sky running along the top of the painting, met by a pale bluey mauve band of colour representing perhaps a forest that lies beyond the poplars.

Camille Pissarro, French, 1830–1903. Peupliers, temps gris, Éragny (Springtime, Grey Weather, Éragny), 1895. Oil on canvas, 61 x 74.4 cm. Bequest of Frederic William Gerald Fitzgerald, 1949.

Introducing a new blog series, A Closer Look, where we examine a work in the AGO Collection.

What’s that warm feeling outside? Could it be? Spring has finally arrived! The tulips and daffodils are popping up, the buds are about to burst on the trees and gardeners are pulling out their rakes. What a perfect moment to take a close look at the beautiful Pissarro painting, Peupliers, temps gris, Éragny (Springtime, Grey Weather, Éragny).

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A gift of time and talent

May 4th, 2018

Mary Henderson poses in Galleria Italia

AGO volunteer Mary Henderson began as a member of the Junior Committee in the 1960s

At the AGO, we work with many fantastic hardworking volunteers who are devoted to engaging visitors in all aspects of our museum. Last month we introduced you to a volunteer who has been with us for a decade. This week we toast Mary Henderson’s 50 years as an AGO Volunteer.

We chatted with Mary to find out more about her history at the AGO, what she enjoys most about volunteering and which artist is currently her favourite.

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