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August 19th, 2019

Hito Steyerl. Image by Trevor Paglen

Last week we unveiled our exciting fall programming line-up. To complement some of our upcoming exhibitions, we’ve got a range of interesting talks and screenings on offer.

In conversation with artists and curators:

Valérie Blass in conversation with Adelina Vlas
Have you seen Valérie Blass: Le parlement des invisibles yet? Join the artist with AGO’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Adelina Vlas, on September 11 for a conversation about Blass’s conceptually and materially evocative works. And don’t miss the exhibition, on view now on Level 4 of the Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art through December 1, 2019.

 Hito Steyerl in conversation with Brian Droitcour
Join artist, filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl on October 23 for a conversation with writer Brian Droitcour, celebrating the opening of Steyerl’s first solo exhibition in Canada, Hito Steyerl: This is the future, which opens at the AGO on October 24.

Lisa Reihana in conversation with Julie Nagam
On October 25, join artist Lisa Reihana in conversation with curator Julie Nagam about her artistic practice and the thinking behind her artwork her upcoming installation, in Pursuit of Venus [infected].

Peter Paul Rubens, Daniel in the Lions’ Den, c. 1614 – 1616. Oil on canvas, Overall: 224.2 x 330.5 cm. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1965.13.1. Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

Curator’s Talk: Early Rubens
On October 11, Dr. Sasha Suda, Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada and co-curator of Early Rubens, comes to the AGO for a talk exploring the life and work of the Flemish master painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640). Early Rubens opens at the AGO on October 12.

Mythology Mixology: Rubens and The Art of Storytelling
On November 6, join art historian Dr. Corrinne Chong in Jackman Hall to explore the mythology in the riveting and dynamic early works of Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in conjunction with Early Rubens.

Looking for more? Check out our roster of exhilarating art-inspired film screenings.

On September 19, fresh off its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, we’re hosting a special complimentary screening of THE GOLDFINCH. The film is based on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Donna Tartt and features a star-studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson and Jeffery Wright. It is a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, art and even love.

Several offerings in our fall film series in Jackman Hall playfully respond to the biblical subject matter in the Early Rubens exhibition. From the 1981 epic Clash of the Titans to the 1949 retelling of the classic biblical tale Samson and Delilah, and the critically questionable 1962 biblical retelling of Sodom and Gomorrahthis series considers how these narratives have been told.   

For tickets and a full list of exhibition-inspired programming, visit our website. Stay tuned to the AGOinsider for deeper dives into two other series in our programming line-up: AGO Futures and AGO Live.

Admission to the AGO Collection and all special exhibitions is always free for AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and visitors 25 and under. For more information, please visit the website.

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