Every two years, the contemporary art world
turns all eyes on Italy, for the spectacular Venice Biennale – a global survey
of the best in contemporary art. Curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of London’s
Hayward Gallery since 2006, the theme for 2019 is May you live in interesting times.
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.
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”.
Calling all artmakers! Pack
yourself a picnic lunch and grab your sketching supplies because we’ve got the
perfect destination for you this Saturday, May 25. Join us outdoors for plein
drawing surrounded by the beauty of Grange Park during
our must-attend, all-day art event, 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.
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).
Art lovers, have you heard the exciting news about our new admission model announced last week? With the new $35 AGO Annual Pass and free admission for visitors under 25, it’s never been easier to make art a part of your everyday life.
On Saturday, May 25 at the first AGO All Hours, the annual AGO Youth Council Party is taking over Baillie Court from 8 pm ‘til midnight for a night of music, dance and artmaking fun – and you’re invited! The party is for all ages and is programmed by the Youth Council members.
Expressive and visceral, Canadian artist Betty Goodwin’s work explores some of the darkest sides of the human experience. Canadian Artcalled 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).