Anyone who has been inside Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noiresor had a look at the #MickaleneThomas AGO hashtag on Instagram may have recognized some familiar faces. From actress Whoopi Goldberg to singer Eartha Kitt, Thomas fuses high art with popular culture to make something wholly her own. We took a deep dive into key works from the show to learn more about some of Thomas’s high profile muses.
It may be freezing cold outside, but these links are hot off the presses! We’ve gathered some of the quirkiest, most interesting arts and culture news making the rounds online. Get the inside scoop and check out what our team at the AGO is loving this week.
Do you know about Canada’s all-Black military battalion? If you don’t, you’re not alone. The story is one that is sometimes overlooked in history class, but thanks to Canadian actor and documentary filmmaker Anthony Sherwood, it can be seen in the exhibition Photography: First World War, 1914 – 1918 (Part II), on view now on Level 1 in the Edmond G. Odette Family Gallery (Gallery 128) and the Robert & Cheryl McEwen Gallery (Gallery 129).
to believe, but AGO Massive has reached its crystal anniversary. That’s right,
2019 marks 15 years of AGO Massive Parties! To celebrate, we’re preparing to
delight guests with crystal in all its forms – glittering in art, food, drink,
fashion and performance.
Have you ever looked at historical objects and imagined how they were viewed in their past life? We think about it all the time. Especially with the artworks from the Middle Ages that are part of Ethiopian Art, 1400–1900:A Living Culture on view now on Level 1 in the Thomson Collection of European Art.
Does the cold weather have you and your family cooped up? We can help. We’ve got the perfect activities to get the whole family moving, grooving and creating this Family Day (Monday, February 18) at the AGO. We’ve already given you a sneak peek at some of the fun things to see and do during your visit, and a highlight you don’t want to miss is the hourly dance lessons taught by FlowHER House Collective in Walker Court.
When you think of Paris, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps you think of the Eiffel Tower, or maybe the classic bistro-lined boulevards with wine-sipping patrons sharing a quick meal on the terrace? Us too. And to give you a little taste of Paris in downtown Toronto, the AGO Members’ preview for our new exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is February 12 –15, and AGO Bistro is bringing an all-new exhibition menu of classic French cuisine.
Have you ever witnessed something that shook you to your core? What did you do about it? When Shelley Niro had an experience that struck her, she spoke up in the best way she knew how: by creating her work, The Shirt, on view now on Level 2 in the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art.