This February our Prints & Drawings department invites you to join them for a Date with Henri Matisse, the newest edition of its monthly Date with [Art] series.
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 works by Henri Matisse. Before 5 p.m., you can even ask staff members to bring specific works out from storage for viewing.
Henri Matisse is also the title of this month’s Second Friday Talk, happening on Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. (the 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, featuring original works by Henri Matisse.
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This Family Day, let your kids be part of something BIG! On Feb. 17, the AGO will transform into the KGO – the Kids’ Gallery of Ontario. Kids will take over the Gallery and let their creativity soar in this all-day art extravaganza.
Family Day at the AGO in 2013
Why choose KGO?
Discounted admission on a Family Day Pass includes all of the fun spread throughout the Gallery – from giant board games to an all-day dance party, to art-making in our studio!
Active fun includes dancing, a Gallery-wide game of Clue, virtual reality art-hunt challenges (via the Time Tremors AGO app), guided tours for kids and families, a Build-It-Take-It-Apart Room, and a giant build-it-yourself playground.
Kids and their adults can make their own original artworks in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School – an all-day art party designed to inspire creative minds to make amazing things. The Dr. Mariano Hands-On Centre hosts our youngest visitors (ages 5 and under), and includes games, play, art-making and stories.
Want to just hang out? Families can chill out in a yoga class, grab a tasty treat from our café and even take a memento home from our fantastic kids’ shop.
See art in new ways in our newest exhibition, Just Like Me: Explore, Imagine, Create. This exhibition is housed in the newly created Kids’ Gallery, and includes exciting works all about children from the AGO’s collections, a unique drawing and activity area, and a photo booth where you can become a work of art! On Instagram, use the hashtag #agokidsgallery and watch your portrait become part of the exhibition (and this popular Facebook album).
Did you know that kids 5 and under eat free at cafeAGO? Accompanied by an adult who’s spending $12 or more, get two free kids’ meals for free. Here are more details.
And getting here is easy! Access the KGO in the heart of downtown Toronto by transit or by car, or make a day of it and explore our neighbourhood — including nearby Chinatown, Kensington Market and Queen Street West — on foot!
The AGO’s Gallery School during Family Day 2013.
Family Day Hours
Monday, Feb. 17 Gallery hours: 10 am – 4 pm Hands-On Centre: 10 am – 4 pm FRANK Restaurant: 11 am – 3 pm caféAGO: 10 am – 3:30 pm Espresso Bar: 10 am – 3:30 pm Members’ Lounge: 11 am – 3:30 pm shopAGO & shopAGOkids: 10 am – 4 pm
On the agenda…
Giant floor games and all-day dance party (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
Starting point for a Gallery-wide game of Clue
Visit the brand new Kids’ Gallery Just Like Me exhibition
Family-friendly films in Jackman Hall
WESTON FAMILY LEARNING CENTRE
Meeting point for KGO Gallery tours
Built It and Take It Apart Room
Family yoga (11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)
Drop-in playtime for little ones in the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre
Don’t forget: Save $10 on the AGO Family Pass. For $39 a Family Pass admits two adults and up to five youths (ages 6 to 17). Children 5 and under are FREE.
On Jan. 2, 2014, artists Shary Boyle, Vanessa Dunn, Petra Collins and Aminah Sheikh got together on stage at AGO First Thursdays for a conversation entitled “21st-Century Art: Why Feminism Still (Really) Matters.” The talk was moderated by Nicola Spunt and presented by After School and Hazlitt. For those who couldn’t be here, an audio recording and links to media coverage:
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).