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Mickalene’s muses

February 19th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Sims #2, 2016. Silkscreen ink and acrylic on mirrored acrylic mounted on wood, 152.4 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018) Mickalene Thomas, Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x 5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

Anyone who has been inside Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires or 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.

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Links we’re loving

February 19th, 2019

Image by the AGO

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.    

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Live from Impressionism

February 19th, 2019

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 80.2 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1158. Image © Art Institute of Chicago/ Art Resource, NY.

The wait is over. Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more is finally open at the AGO. With over 120 works including many by some of the most recognizable artists of the Impressionist era, this exhibition is not to be missed!

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Celebrating Black Canadian History

February 19th, 2019

Film still from Honour Before Glory
Anthony Sherwood, Honour Before Glory, (film still), 2001, colour, sound.

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).

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A spotlight on Ethiopian art

February 11th, 2019

Ethiopian. Diptych showing Four Ethiopian Saints: Gabra Manfas Qeddus, Unknown, Takla Haymanot and Ewostatewos, 17th century. Paint and gesso on olive wood, string. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.107383

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.

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Groove into Family Day

February 11th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

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.

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Impressionist sights and Bistro bites

February 11th, 2019

Three plated dishes. An appetizer, main course, and dessert.
Image courtesy of the AGO

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.

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Through the lens of Shelley Niro

February 4th, 2019

Shelley Niro, The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw, (film still), 2018, colour, sound.

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.

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