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Archive: May, 2019

Love for @Hatecopy

May 17th, 2019

Image courtesy of the artist.

You might have come across Maria Qamar’s celebrated Instagram feed @Hatecopy during your daily scroll. Her pop-art style and sharp sense of humour that playfully pokes fun at South Asian stereotypes has earned her over 160k followers. Born in Pakistan and raised in Mississauga, Qamar’s work deals with interactions between the South Asian diaspora, feminism, romance, revenge, drama, tradition and confronting the patriarchy. She has shown her work in galleries internationally, published a book Trust No Aunty and can count Mindy Kaling among her many fans. On May 25, as part of AGO All Hours, she’ll take the stage in Walker Court at 4 pm to give us her take on art, community and satire.

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Memoirs of a globetrotting photographer

May 17th, 2019

A man holds a large wooden harpoon with a pointed barb above his head inside his home.
Michael Mitchell. Philip Hakuluk, Rankin Inlet, Feb. 1986 (with harpoon), 1986. Gelatin-silver print, Overall (sheet): 27.8 x 35.5 cm. Purchase with assistance of The McLean Foundation, 1991. 91/43 ©Michael Mitchell

He’s an archeologist, author and photographer with works in collections throughout North America and Europe. He’s a daring freelancer who has spent his career travelling the globe documenting the stories of criminals, revolutionaries, Olympians and more. He’s Michael Mitchell, and as part of the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, he’s coming to the AGO on May 30 to launch  Final Fire, a memoir of his adventures as a globetrotting “cowboy with a camera and a keyboard”.

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All day. All ages. All in.

May 13th, 2019

A photo of the AGO full of people
Image by the AGO

The next must-attend art event has arrived! We’re unveiling an entirely new way to experience the museum with AGO All Hours, an all-ages, all-day event happening three times a year. AGO All Hours launches a new platform for up-and-coming talent, offering everything from special art installations and artmaking activities to artist projects, marquee performances and more.

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Introducing Heidi Reitmaier

May 13th, 2019

Photo of a woman in a black dress in front of artworks
Image by the AGO

The AGO recently welcomed our new Deputy Director & Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chief of Education and Programs, Heidi Reitmaier. A long-time museum programmer and leader, Heidi came to the AGO from the Museum of Canadian Art Toronto (MOCA), where she oversaw the opening of its new building as Executive Director. Her international experience includes five years as the Dr. Robert N. Mayer Director of Learning and Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) as well as positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London before she returned to Toronto (where she grew up).

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Moving Towards Fire

May 13th, 2019

A painting by Betty Goodwin of two figures moving in opposite directions.
AGO.152292 – Betty Roodish Goodwin. Swimmers, 1984. Oil, oil stick, graphite on translucent paper, Sheet (irregular shape): 58 × 62 cm. AGO.152292 © Estate of Betty Roodish Goodwin. Courtesy of the Frum Family

Expressive and visceral, Canadian artist Betty Goodwin’s work explores some of the darkest sides of the human experience. Canadian Art called it “an exemplar of the poetic power of pain, loss, grief and the resilience of the human condition.” With a career spanning five decades, Goodwin (1923–2008) is known as one of Canada’s most accomplished and influential artists. A new installation called Betty Goodwin: Moving Towards Fire is now on display on Level 2 in the Joan & Jerry Lozinski and the R. Samuel McLaughlin Galleries (201 and 247).

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