We came, we saw, we bought art! Art Toronto’s Opening Night is a great mix of amazing contemporary art, artists and art lovers. For the past 19 years, it’s also an important evening for AGO curators to view great new art and add to the AGO Collection. Party guests are the first to find out (and check out) what the AGO has acquired. This year was no exception.
English, Mourning Ribbon Slide: Skull and Crossbones on Plaited Hair, late 17th century. Gold, enamel, hair, gems, rock crystal. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Halloween is almost here. To get into the ghostly spirit, we’re spotlighting works in the AGO Collection that feature skulls, coffins and other spine-chilling symbols for a delightfully morbid visit to the AGO.
A highway overpass is rarely considered noteworthy. But earlier this month, a commemorative plaque was mounted on the Norwich Avenue bridge over Highway 401 at Exit 232, marking its cultural and historical significance.
You may never look at shoeboxes the same way again. This summer, the AGO welcomes an exciting solo exhibition by Brian Jungen, the B.C.-based artist internationally renowned for sculptures and installations made from repurposed consumer goods. The exhibition, curated by Kitty Scott, the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the AGO, will include many new and recent sculptures and masks, as well as an epic film installation. And for the first time, Jungen will exhibit his archive – materials that have inspired his work – neatly packed in 400 Nike shoeboxes.
Looking for somewhere fun to take the kids now that it’s colder outside? Good news! Family Sundays are returning to the AGO. Beginning this weekend (October 28) and continuing each Sunday from 1–4 pm until April 28, the whole family can enjoy creative and interactive artmaking activities.
In honour of Holocaust Education Week, which begins November 1st, we’re spotlighting our collection of photographs of the Lodz Ghetto, now on view online and at two exhibitions in Portland. Seventy-eight years ago, in 1940, 164,000 Jewish people were incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto under deplorable conditions. Disease and starvation were rampant. Thousands more were incarcerated over the next four years. Only a small number survived the Holocaust.
Curious about what’s happening in the world of art and culture? We’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the strange to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler chatter.
Our major fall exhibition, Anthropocene, reveals the scale of human impact on our planet. Featuring extraordinary large-scale photographs, films and immersive augmented reality (AR), the works span six continents and 20 countries, from landfills in Nairobi to marble quarries in Italy, to logging sites in British Columbia. And the exhibition inspired us to explore, how is the AGO working to be eco-friendly?
Can art be the bridge we need to turn talking about climate change into action? The AGO’s acclaimed speaker series, Creative Minds, returns Monday, December 3 at Koerner Hall for a timely discussion on art, sustainability and the environment.