AGO Director and CEO Matthew Teitelbaum (left), with three of the four photographers shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2013: (l-r) Erin Shirreff, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Chino Otsuka, and President of Aimia Canada Inc., Vince Timpano.
On Nov. 7, join us at the Gallery to celebrate photography and congratulate the winner of the $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. The announcement will take place at a special edition of the AGO’s monthly First Thursdays party series, which will be followed by a performance by Polaris Prize nominee Zaki Ibrahim. Tickets to the event are available now from ago.net and more details about the night’s programming are here.
All four nominees will be present for the announcement, which will feature special presentations by local personalities about each of the artists. In addition to the $50,000 grand prize, the winner will also receive a fully funded six-week residency in Canada. The three other finalists will each receive cash honorariums of $5,000 and artist residencies.
You’re also invited to unleash your inner photographer and share images of their favourite AGO spaces and features on Instagram. Photos hashtagged with #MyAGO will be displayed on screens all night long in Walker Court.
Visit the Prize’s website to watch videos featuring the artists in their studios, view their artwork and cast your vote. If you’re in Toronto, see the artists’ work up close in the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2013 Exhibition, on view at the AGO until Jan. 5, 2013.
Tom Sokoloski, All the Artists Are Here (rendering), 2013.
Art Toronto is Canada’s only international art fair, bringing together artists, collectors, curators and galleries from far and wide. As in previous years, Art Toronto’s Opening Night Preview, taking place Oct. 24, will raise funds for the Art Gallery of Ontario that help support our exhibition and education programs, with a portion of the proceeds going to purchase works of art at the fair. For example, the Gallery acquired three pieces at Art Toronto in 2007, 10 new works in 2010, and last year we picked up these three works, by artists Julia Dault, Stephen Andrews and Itee Pootoogook.
In addition to supporting the AGO, Opening Night Preview attendees also get to experience a special night that celebrates art with live performances and installations. This year’s event will feature:
Relating to Geography #2 (Toronto Art Fair) by Victoria Stanton and Johannes Zits, a video-projection performance presented in a series 15-minute “chapters” over a period of two hours. The piece — consisting of images projected upon various moving screens — draws from the pair’s performance this summer on Toronto Island entitled Embodying Nature: Relating to Geography (Island Version #1) and speaks to notions of connectedness, attentive presence, personal and collective memory and sense of place;
All the Artists Are Here by Thom Sokoloski, a suspended wall installation of black and white photo portraits of the artists that the public will see upon entering the fair. Passing through the installation, visitors can scan QR codes with their smartphones to learn more about the artists, their work, which gallery represents them and their booths’ locations at the fair; and
Disorganizers by Kurt Bigenho — presented by p|m Gallery — a Disorganized Fashion Collection worn by models wandering the fair. Pieces in the collection include a dress that can be inflated in seconds to provide more personal space, a series of masks that can be worn to “jam” facial recognition software, clothing that falls apart and a shirt that can be worn by multiple people at once, among others.
What can I do at the Opening Night Preview?
Guests get exclusive access to view and purchase works at the fair before it opens to the public. (Visit Art Toronto’s Artsy page to browse 2013 exhibitors.) Of course, it’s a party! So you will also have the opportunity to socialize with artists, collectors and art enthusiasts and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The Art Toronto 2013 Opening Night Preview takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Special Collectors’ Preview is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.). To book tickets click here.
The Art Gallery of Ontario not only houses fascinating collections, it is also the home to leading experts who love to share their passion for art. This year, the theme of the AGO booth is “curator picks” and so we tapped AGO curators about their favorite contemporary Canadian artists – the names they’re excited about and the artworks on their own personal wish lists. Join us for an intimate talk with three AGO curators and participating artists to learn what these tastemakers have to say about the contemporary Canadian art scene.
Date: Sunday, October 27th, 2013
Art Gallery of Ontario Art Toronto booth (#1408)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art
Greg Humeniuk, Curatorial Assistant, Canadian
Sasha Suda, Associate Curator, European Art
Nick Ostoff, artist
Adam Markovic, artist
Interesting Story, 1898. Laura Muntz Lyall (Canadian). Painting, oil on canvas. Gift of the Government of the Province of Ontario, 1972.
Nov. 8 to 10, 2013
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Included with admission (free for AGO members)
Attention, bibliophiles! We’re inviting experienced and novice book collectors, librarians, archivists, scholars, academics and all other lovers of books and the book arts to the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, an annual event that’s taking place for the first time at the AGO.
Presented by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada, in partnership with Gadsden Promotions Ltd, TIABF is the finest and most comprehensive antiquarian book fair in Canada, featuring nearly 50 distinguished booksellers from across Europe and North America who are offering books, maps, prints and manuscripts on a wide variety of subjects – travel and exploration, natural history, science and technology – plus books for children, fine press and limited editions, modern first editions and signed volumes.
TIABF is a rare opportunity to browse some of the world’s best antiquarian books in our city. Visit, explore and take home some the treasures on display!
For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013, our current artist-in-residence, Diane Borsato, presented a major new performance with 100 regional beekeepers in Walker Court. While exploring the tangible effect of collective meditation, Your Temper, My Weather asked viewers to reflect upon the health and temper of bees and their keepers and on the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future. The night’s choreographed performance featured periods of guided, silent meditation, plus synchronized stretching and musical accompaniment.
The live performance ran from 6:51 p.m. until midnight with short, periodic breaks, and a video of the performance was screened in Walker Court from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.
An accompanying piece by Toronto artist Winnie Truong, Beekeeper, was on display in the Elizabeth & Tony Comper Gallery. Borsato commissioned Truong to create this large illustration of a beekeeper stung in the eyes by bees.
About Diane Borsato
Diane Borsato is a visual artist working in various media. Recently, she has worked with amateur naturalists including mycologists (botanists specializing in fungi), astronomers and beekeepers in projects that explore social, mobile and multisensory ways of exploring natural phenomena. Borsato will be in residency at the AGO until Nov. 8, 2013.
Curious about curation? Sept. 18, 2013, is your chance to ask an AGO curator your burning questions about their roles in the Gallery. Last year’s Ask a Curator Day was a lot of fun, and we hope this year’s event on Twitter will be just as good! These are the members of the AGO’s curatorial staff participating this year:
Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art
Greg Humeniuk, Canadian Art Curatorial Assistant
Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art
Sasha Suda, Associate Curator of European Art
Learn more about the event here, and on Sept. 18 follow the #AskACurator hashtag on Twitter to gain insight into curatorial staff and curators from other galleries and museums around the world!
On the opening day of the exhibition David Bowie is, Sept. 25, 2013, admission to the exhibition is free for the first 200 people who come dressed up as Bowie between the hours of 6 to 8:30 p.m. We’re looking for Bowie-inspired makeup, costumes, fan gear — whatever says “Bowie” loud and clear. Show up decked out, mingle with Bowie impersonators and enjoy music by DJ Brittney Townson (of Bangs and Blush) and other surprises.*
Bowie is a style chameleon and has assumed so many personas — which one inspires you?
(click to enlarge and for more info)
*Please note: public tickets for David Bowie is for the evening of Sept. 25 have sold out, so we cannot guarantee entry to the exhibition that night for everyone who dresses up (beyond the first 200).
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril, 1899, brush lithograph, printed in four colours from three stones on paper, 56 x 38 cm. Gift of the Donald R. Muller/Ross R. Scott Collection, 2010. 2010/103.
This September our Prints & Drawings department invites you to join them for a Date with Jane Avril: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Muse, the newest edition of its Date with [Art] monthly programming series.
Starting Sept. 4 and each Wednesday throughout the month, stop by the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre for the Open Door program, running from 1 to 8 p.m. Enjoy tours of the Study Centre and see original prints by Toulouse-Lautrec. Before 5 p.m., you can even ask staff members to bring specific works out out from storage for viewing.
“Date with Jane Avril: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Muse” is also the title of this month’s Second Friday Talk, happening Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. (Study Centre doors open at 10:30 a.m. for viewing works). This is a free talk by one of our wonderful Prints and Drawings volunteers, centred around six original prints by Toulouse-Lautrec, all depicting cabaret performer Jane Avril.
Have questions about Prints and Drawings at the AGO? Leave them in the comments below.
From Your Temper My Weather, Diane Borsato, 2013. Thank you to members of the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op and the Toronto Botanical Gardens for participation.
We’re looking for 100 bee enthusiasts to participate in a public performance. The piece, entitled Your Temper, My Weather by artist Diane Borsato, will explore the effects of collective meditation and create a public platform upon which to consider the health and temper of bees and their keepers, as well as the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future.
The beekeepers will perform a simple, collective act of meditation in Walker Court during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on the evening of Oct. 5, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event is expected to attract a large audience!
To participate, you must be a beekeeper, an aspiring beekeeper, a bee enthusiast or someone who has studied or practised beekeeping at any time in the past. An openness to art and to participating in guided collective meditation will also be needed. No other performance experience will be necessary. Participants will be seated in comfortable chairs, and have breaks to stretch and walk around during the duration of the performance. There will not be any live bees featured in the performance. Food will be provided. Performers will be expected to take part in one short dress rehearsal and the evening performance on Oct. 5.
Bee enthusiasts interested in more detailed information should contact the artist directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Feb. 10, AGO artists in residence Life of a Craphead presented a new edition of Doored, a monthly performance show that they have been curating and hosting since 2012. Doored features exciting new work from performance artists and comedians in Toronto. This edition’s participants were Bridget Moser, Cameron Lee, CN Tower Liquidation, Daniel Goodbaum, Fake Injury Party, Glenn Macaulay, Gwen Bieniara, Laura McCoy, Lisa Smolkin, and Neil LaPierre and David Tallis, with live music by Man Made Hill, visuals by Nikki Woolsey and door by Zoe Solomon.
Doored is part of the regular programming at the artist-run venue Double Double Land in Kensington Market.
About Life of a Craphead
Life of a Craphead is the collaborative work of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley, comprising performance, comedy, theatre and video. Established in 2006, their projects include transporting two psychopaths in a cage on the back of a truck, touring a live comedy show, giving away everything on a restaurant’s menu, and building a three-storey maze. Their first feature-length film, Bugs, is in post-production. Life of a Craphead have presented work at The Power Plant, Toronto; Gallery TPW, Toronto; Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, The Netherlands; Department of Safety, Anacortes, U.S.; and the Banff Centre, Banff, as well as at numerous comedy venues and music shows in Canada and the U.S.
Life of a Craphead live and work in Toronto and collaborate frequently with other artists and performers.
Bridget Moser is an interdisciplinary artist whose performances combine inanimate objects, affect, prop comedy, and escape art. She has presented work in various venues across Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Cameron Lee received his BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD U, the University of the Imagination. He hasn’t drawn or painted much since graduating.
CN Tower Liquidation is Sebastian Butt, Charlie Murray and Xan Hawes. They specialize in the dematerialization and reconstitution of objects into cubes. Recent shows include Free(or Best Offer), Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph; THASDF FORDFBDFG CDFBLLimdbbing MEAD, Gendai Workstation; and Paul Petro’s Christmas Spice.
Daniel Goodbaum is either an artist/comedian or a comedian/artist. He’s attempting a ‘reverse Woody Allen’ by starting as a filmmaker and working his way into standup. He makes videos about food, fashion, film, and one or two things that don’t start with the letter ‘f’.
Fake Injury Party are three full grown men who know how to get the job done and have fun doing it! Experience: catering, dishwashing, serving.
Glenn Macaulay has been performing comedy in Toronto since 2005. He believes in true love and has to get to the theatre nice and early in order to fully enjoy the experience.
Gwen Bieniara is an artist from Toronto who works closely with performance.
Laura McCoy lives and works in Toronto.
Lisa Smolkin is an artist living in Toronto. Some of her creative stand-out moments include hosting a connectedness workshop, having a home-museum tailored to its visitors, and co-presenting a performative installation about the idea of emotional receptivity/industrial receiving areas.
Man Made Hill is the Solo Funk Agenda of Randy Gagne. Incubated in a crusty basement in Cambridge, ON, Man Made Hill has been steady mutilating sounds since 2004. Armed with a modest arsenal of synthesizer/sampler/drum-machine/voice/dance MMH assumes a series of transformational stage personas including Extra-Terrestrial Sex Judge, Diseased Futuristic Priest, Energy-Mayonnaise Demonstrator, Prison Disco-Enthusiast etc…
Neil LaPierre and David Tallis are prophets of the hypercassional (events you’ll be finding yourself doing everyday several times a day). This is their first performance at the AGO.
Nikki Woolsey lives in Toronto and makes mostly sculpture and photography. She collaborated with Life of a Craphead at the Hotel Maria Kapel residency in The Netherlands and contributed to CN Tower Liquidation’s performative “Theory of Condensation” event at the AGO. She was included in the recent exhibition “That’s not a run in your stocking, it’s a hand on your leg” at Narwhal Art Projects. She sometimes works as a prop maker and production designer.
We’re very excited that Patti Smith will be performing at the AGO on March 7, 2013, and we suspect you are too. We also suspect you have some questions about how to get tickets, and we want to make sure you have all the info you need.
Part of the AGO’s programming for Patti Smith: Camera Solo, An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith will be part of the March lineup for our 1st Thursdays program on March 7, 2013, with two separate performances — one at 7:30 p.m. and one at 9:45 p.m. Advance tickets for An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith, which include 1st Thursday general admission, are $13 for AGO members and $15 for the public and go on sale Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at ago.net, by phone and in person at the Gallery.
A few things!
There is a strict two-ticket limit per person (we will cancel any tickets purchased beyond of the limit).
We will not accept ticket orders by phone, online or in person before 10 a.m.
Please have your membership number available if you are a Member. All customers should have their method of payment available in order to expedite their purchase.
General admission tickets to 1st Thursdays, which do not include access to Smith’s performances, are $10 for general public and $8 for AGO members.
This is an intimate event with Patti Smith with a very a limited amount of tickets, and we expect this event to sell out very quickly. We cannot guarantee that patrons attempting to purchase tickets by any of the three available methods will be successful.
When you arrive at our ticketing page, please make sure you have user details ready (either your Membership login info or your user ID and password you have used previously to buy tickets).
If you have never purchased tickets from our site, we recommend you register as a user in advance and have your login information ready at 10 a.m. on Feb. 8.
Please make sure to have your method of payment on hand to keep the process moving.
Do not attempt to purchase more than two tickets; accounts that try to do so will be removed from the system.
Buying by phone
buyers are welcome to call 416-979-6608. Members of the Gallery also have the option to call 416-979-6620.
Only calls taken at 10 a.m. or later will be processed.
Please have your Members’ number and method of payment ready.
Buying in person
Due to public safety/site security reasons, the AGO cannot allow overnight camping on its property. Customers wishing to purchase tickets in person for the Patti Smith events are asked to arrive half an hour prior to the events going on sale at 9:30 a.m.
Members should have membership number handy to take advantage of their membership discount.
All patrons should have their method of payment handy, to help speed up the transaction.
Being in the line does not guarantee purchase. The event will sell out extremely fast and not all customers will obtain tickets.
Members will purchase tickets at the same spot as non-Members; AGO staff will ensure that everyone hoping to buy a ticket for Smith’s performances is directed to the right line.
If you’ve read all this info and still have questions, please leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page, or contact us via Twitter.