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Have Your Say about Public Art: April #ArtHour with co-host Hyperallergic

April 2nd, 2012

Public Art outside the AGO: Moore, Henry, British, Large Two Forms,1966 - 1969, bronze, 386.0 x 610.0cm, purchase from the artist, 1973 Photo by Matthew Plexman

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and New York art blog Hyperallergic on Thursday,  April 12, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an hour-long online discussion about public art. 

Art in public spaces affects all of us. From huge government-mandated art installations to politically-charged intervention art, work that appears in public spaces has the power to jolt us from our daily routine and ask us to see the world differently.  What is public art?

We’ll be joined on Twitter by co-host Hyperallergic to ask a series of questions related to the theme of public art. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this subject.

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a night for two at a luxury Toronto hotel and a pair of tickets to visit the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.  

Nice To Tweet You

HOW TO TAKE PART

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday April 12, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @hyperallergic  for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, April 12 @agotoronto and @hyperallergic will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What was the last piece of public art you saw that made you stop and think? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 I loved John Locke’s phone booth hack http://ow.ly/a1Scc #ArtHour

Our April topic is PUBLIC ART.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday April 12,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

Why is contemporary art important? Join us on Twitter and let us know!

March 7th, 2012

Nice To Tweet You

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario on Thursday,  March 8, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about contemporary art.

“Why is contemporary art important?” If you’ve been to see Watch This Space you might have already answered this question by using the #contemporaryTO hashtag and posting to our first ever in-gallery Twitter Wall. We’ve had some truly excellent responses so far, and with so many amazing contemporary artists on display at the AGO right now it was a natural choice for the theme of March’s #ArtHour.

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, February 9, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, March 8 we will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 Why is contemporary art important? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 Contemporary art is a lens through which to see the world we live in #ArtHour

Our March topic is CONTEMPORARY ART. Your favourite artists, the coolest shows, what we can be doing to support our local art scene and more.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday February 9,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

AND Check out all the amazing contemporary exhibitions at the AGO this Spring!

 

Yael Bartana: …And Europe Will Be Stunned

Israeli filmmaker and artist Yael Bartana is a rising star in the international art scene. Her film trilogy…And Europe Will Be Stunned raises questions about ideas of homeland and a sense of belonging. In the films — Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), Mur i Wieża (Wall and Tower) and Zamach (Assassination) — Bartana tests reactions to the unexpected return of the “long-unseen neighbour,” telling a story of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The trilogy also challenges the viewer’s readiness to accept the other and the complexities of cultural integration in a culturally and politically unstable world. Learn more.

IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011

Canadian artist IAIN BAXTER& has made a career out of breaking rules and keeping viewers on their toes, and the AGO is inviting visitors to experience his intriguing body of work. Featuring 100 works, the exhibition offers the most comprehensive survey of BAXTER&’s career to date, comprising pioneering works of appropriation art, gallery-transforming installations, environmental art, and conceptually based photography. Learn more.

Generously supported by:
Leslie Gales & Keith Ray
Rosamond Ivey
The Steven & Michael Latner Families
Philip B. Lind & Ellen Roland

Watch this Space: Contemporary Art from the AGO Collection

An exhibition that invites visitors to consider how the universal concept of space has inspired artists.Watch this Space brings together compelling works in a variety of media. Canadian and international artists are included in this exploration of the  issues and ideas related to space — be it physical locations, psychological realms or the places that exist somewhere between the real and the imagined. The installation includes new acquisitions and longtime collection favourites such as Gerhard Richter’sScheune/Barn No. 549/1 and Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue WhiteLearn more.

Toronto Now

Toronto Now is an ongoing series of contemporary art projects that puts the focus on Toronto artists and displays their work in the free, street-facing Young Gallery. The current installation NOW: A Collaborative Project by Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette guest curated by Katherine Dennis, reflects the artists’ interest in pressing Toronto issues and the tension between the rush of the average Torontonian’s current lifestyle and the benefit of being mindful of environmental, political and cultural subjects. Learn More

The Toronto Now series is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle

Team Macho: Axis Mundi

An interactive installation by local art heroes Team Macho, have transformed the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre Community Gallery into a fully functioning art studio, inviting visitors to occupy the space alongside the artists. The installation draws on themes brought forth in writer Northrop Frye’s Words with Power, along with ideas related to the history of artists working in collaboration, referencing the practices of General Idea and the Group of Seven, among others. Learn more.

Art vs Design: Join us for #ArtHour and have your say

February 9th, 2012

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and FITC  on Thursday,  February 9, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about the relationship between art and design.

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, February 9, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @FITC for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, February 9 the chat hosts will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What is your favourite art gallery? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 The Art Gallery of Ontario! #ArtHour

Our January topic is THE BEST OF THE BEST. From your favourite galleries to the best experience you’ve had

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday February 9,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

The Best of the Best

January 6th, 2012

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and THEMUSEUM  on Thursday,  January 12 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about the art world’s  ‘best of the best.’

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, January 12, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @THEMUSEUM for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions on Facebook and here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, December 8 the chat host (us!) will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What is your favourite art gallery? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 The Art Gallery of Ontario! #ArtHour

Our January topic is THE BEST OF THE BEST. From your favourite galleries to the best experience you’ve had

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net or Derek.weidl@themuseum.ca

See you on Twitter,  Thursday, January 12 11:00 – 12:00 EST 

Update: Here are this month’s questions. You can take part on Twitter, Facebook, or leave a comment right here on the blog:

1. What’s the best exhibition you’ve ever been to and why?

2. What was the best surprise you ever found in a museum or gallery?

3. What’s the best way a cultural institution can attract your attention?

4. What’s the best way for arts organizations to inspire you to donate?

5. What’s the best thing you ever learned in a museum or gallery?

6. What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with a member of staff at a museum or gallery?

 


Art Chat Monthly (#ACM) launches this October

October 11th, 2011


What: Art Chat Monthly (#ACM) is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month.
When: Thursday 13 October 11:00 – 12:30 EST
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto for more information or search for the hashtag #ACM
Who: @AGOToronto and you! Art Chat Monthly (#ACM) is for everyone – from other galleries and museums on Twitter to arts professionals to artists to anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.30pm EST on Thursday 13 October the chat host (us!) will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes for 90 minutes, using the hastag #ACM. Anyone can respond, also using the #ACM hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What is your favourite art gallery? #ACM

And you could tweet back:

A1 The Art Gallery of Ontario! #ACM

Simple! So what are we going to be talking about this month?

 Photo by BigTallGuy via Flickr

Our topic for the first ever Art Chat Monthly (#ACM) is photography. We’re not going to reveal our questions just yet, but we promise they’ll be thought-provoking! We were inspired by the two great photography exhibitions we’ve got going on in the Gallery right now:

Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today

and

The Grange Prize 2011

Prizes!
One lucky tweep who takes part will win one nights accommodation at an awarding winning hotel courtesy of Starwood Hotel & Resorts and a pair of tickets to visit the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto!

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about Art Chat Monthly please email holly_knowlman@ago.net

 

See you on Twitter, Thursday 13 October 11:00 – 12:30 EST 

 

Photo credits: eldh, bigtallguy via Flickr