Michael Snow with Seated Sculpture, 1982. Photo: AGO
Happy birthday, Michael Snow! Distinguished artist and musician Michael Snow is turning 90 years old. We’re celebrating on December 12th with a party in his honour – Snow Everywhere – and everyone’s invited! Walker Court will be the site of a performance by the improvisational band CCMC, which includes Snow, Paul Dutton, John Kamevaar and John Oswald. This free and festive celebration will be a night to remember.
Bold, big and rich with detail, the works of 17th-century artist Peter Paul Rubens have a definite flair for the dramatic. And here’s some exciting news: In October 2019, the AGO will host an extraordinary exhibition of this daring Flemish painter’s ambitious early work.
Extra! Extra! Did you hear the news? We’ve revealed the name of the Infinity Mirror Room by internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama that your donation can help bring to the AGO…forever. It’s an Infinity Mirror Room that hasn’t been exhibited at the AGO before. In fact, it’s never been exhibited in Canada before.
Imagine it’s the late 19th century and you’re a railway tycoon with a large fortune to spend on whatever you please. What do you do? For Sir William Van Horne (1843–1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the answer was simple: create one of the largest art collections in Canada (at the time), including 1,200 Japanese ceramics. Over 100 years later, you can see part of this amazing collection at Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics on now at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
Our acclaimed speaker series AGO Creative Minds: Art and Survival comes to Toronto next week and we can’t wait! On Monday, December 3, American environmental activist, attorney, and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr., award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, internationally celebrated artist Brian Jungen and just announced – author and journalist Tanya Talagatake to the stage for a lively 90-minute discussion on how humans are changing the Earth and how art can inspire needed action. The evening begins with a compelling performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.
In anticipation, we spoke with Martha about her music, her thoughts on art and the environment, and what she’s got in store for us next week.
The holiday season is coming, with its twinkling lights, parties and gift-giving fun. And that means it’s time to figure out what to give friends and family including the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. We’ve got you covered! This year shopAGO’s Members’ Shopping Week, which runs December 3-9, has amazing deals, exclusive pop-up shops and extended hours – all designed to make it easy to get something special for everyone on your list. Plus, if you’re an AGO Member, you’ll get a 20% discount on all regularly priced items. Not a Member? You can always join today.
Unsure what to give your loved ones? Here are a few unique gift ideas available at shopAGO: