When looking at this week’s Art Pick – Giovanni
del Biondo’spainting St. Benedict Restores Life to a Young Monk
– many things may catch your eye. Perhaps it’s the figures, the colours or the
gold leaf that depicts the halo around St. Benedict’s head emphasizing
Last year we spotlighted some of the dogs of Grange Park and you absolutely loved it! Hot off the heels of the Grange Park revitalization two-year anniversary, we wanted to celebrate some of the park’s most beloved furry friends once again.
We value and appreciate our amazing AGO Members, which is why we’re launching a new series of exclusive Members’ Nights this summer. On July 18, we’re inviting our Members to join us between 5 and 9 pm to spend some time after hours at the AGO. You’ll also get to enjoy the perks of your AGO Membership and more during this special event. If you’re not currently a Member, this is the perfect time to become one!
Have you ever wondered what the emotionally charged works and words of German artist Käthe Kollwitz would sound like? Us too! On July 17, as part of our AGO Live series of performances by emerging and celebrated artists, you’ll hear the inspiration from pages of Kollwitz’s diary come to life. Through a powerful multifaceted song-cycle, soprano Anne Harley, guitarist Steve Thachuk and composer Ralf Yusuf Gawlick bring AGO Live: Kollwitz-Konnex …Im Frieden Seiner Hände.
Have you visited Galleria Italia recently? Located on Level 2 here at the AGO, this beautiful space is inside the curved windows above Dundas Street West. On your next visit, take a walk beneath the soaring wood beams and you’ll find this week’s Art Pick – the playful Fisher-boy Dancing the Tarantella by Francisque-Joseph Duret.
Staying at home with the kids this summer? Why not spend your days at the AGO? With the new Annual Pass, it costs families just $35 per adult for unlimited visits to the AGO all summer long! Plus, we’re air-conditioned. Just sayin’.
Have you ever walked through a museum and wished someone could explain the story behind the artwork? Good news: our new chatbotHARK (the Humanish Art Robot, ‘Kay?) is now available to welcome you on a self-guided art adventure through our summer exhibition, Brian Jungen FriendshipCentre.
When asked what we all need more of in our lives, Colson Whitehead pauses. “I’m ready,” he says, “to make the transition to these fake meat hamburgers.” But as the author of eight books and the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction and a Pulitzer for his last novel, The Underground Railroad, that’s not all Whitehead is getting ready for. His hotly anticipated new book, The Nickel Boys, will be released in mid-July, and he makes his only Canadian stop at the AGO on July 17. After all, “the best part of a book tour,” he says, “is the event, when people take time out of their lives to show up. That means a lot.”
After opening his spectacular exhibition Brian JungenFriendship Centre, Brian Jungen returned to the AGO last week to oversee the installation of Furniture Sculpture in Walker Court. This towering work is on view now, but only until July 28.