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AGOxInstagram: May 2016

June 21st, 2016

We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots. May 2016 saw more striking architecture photography, snaps from our current exhibition Thomas Ruff: Object Relations (including our favourite #ArtSelfie spot: Sterne (Stars), in the middle), and quiet moments of art appreciation.

Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.

AGO instagram

Photos (by row, left to right): @ohexposure, @_juliajuliajuliajulia, @fajomagazine, @alexlisman, @dancingphil, @jess.szeto, @katusha666, @minamisaeki, @pirrrate

#emptyAGO Live Feed

May 25th, 2016

Ever dream of visiting the gallery without the crowds? This morning, we’ve invited 20 Torontonians — art fans, Instagram photographers, social media influencers — for an early-bird, behind-the-scenes tour, all before we opened to the public. This surreal experience is our pilot event, the first of its kind at the AGO. Follow the #emptyAGO experience below, and stay tuned for updates about future tours.

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AGOxInstagram: April 2016

May 17th, 2016

April slipped right by us, but we’ve finally caught up with our incredible visitor submissions and compiled another edition of AGOxInstagram. We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots. Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.

April AGOxInstagram

Photos (by row, left to right): @jesssymw, @tulipslalaland, @siungtjia, @therealskipmccoy, @tassellate, @lyndsaygutsch, @sysneye, @brain.vision, @artmoi

Sign up for the chance to join our first #emptyAGO tour

May 13th, 2016

#EmptyAGO

Before the crowds
Ever dream of visiting the gallery without the crowds? Our first #emptyAGO tour is your chance to experience the AGO before we open to the public.

On Thursday, May 26, 9am–10:30am, we’re asking 20 Torontonians — art fans, Instagram photographers, social media influencers — to roam the empty gallery, snap photos, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the AGO’s Social Media Officer. This surreal experience is our pilot event, the first of its kind at the AGO.

What’s included:

  • Access to an entirely empty AGO
  • Breakfast mingle in the Grange House
  • Same-day admission to the AGO (which opens at 10:30am)

To join, fill out the form below by Friday, May 20, 11:59pm. Questions? Email media@ago.net or send us a message on Twitter/Instagram @agotoronto. Can’t make it? Follow the action on Instagram/Twitter by checking out #emptyAGO.

#emptyAGO

On Thursday, May 26 (9am–10:30am), we're inviting 20 guests to experience the gallery before we open to the public. Apply by Friday, May 20, 11:59pm, and we'll confirm your reservation by Tuesday, May 24.
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Chasing silence: Hammershøi Instagram Challenge

May 6th, 2016

Sunbeams falling in through paned windows, women in quiet rooms, and empty streets with façades executed in melancholy greys. The great Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi is often described as “the painter of quiet rooms”—a name that aptly describes his unique, poetic style. Can you capture a sense of Hammershøian serenity on your smartphone?

(Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor, 1901, Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 52 cm, National Gallery of Denmark)

(Vilhelm Hammershøi, Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor, 1901, Oil on canvas, 46.5 x 52 cm, National Gallery of Denmark)

(Vilhelm Hammershøi, Near Fortunen, Jagersborg Deer Park, North of Copenhagen, 1901, Oil on canvas, 55 x 66.5 cm, National Gallery of Denmark)

(Vilhelm Hammershøi, Near Fortunen, Jagersborg Deer Park, North of Copenhagen, 1901, Oil on canvas, 55 x 66.5 cm, National Gallery of Denmark)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently on view and free with general admission, the exhibition Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi features twenty-four masterpieces from the SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark. And together with the SMK, we’re launching a photo competition that invites you — and your smartphone — to take pictures of grey-hued, atmospheric interiors in true Hammershøi fashion.

How can I take part?

Take photos inspired by Hammershøi’s aesthetic and share them on Instagram using the hashtag #HammershoiAGO. Or, visit the exhibition in person and take a seat at our very own Hammershøi “selfie spot”: set recreation of Strandgade 25, where the artist lived with his wife Ida for four very productive years between 1912 and 1916.

At the end of each month (May and June), one lucky Instagrammer will receive (2) general admission passes, plus tickets our June 10 or 17 screening of The Danish Girl.

A photo posted by Tim Perzyk (@perzyk) on

What does a Hammershøi photo look like?

Many photographers have already been inspired by Hammershøi in various ways, and this competition isn’t about copying a specific work, but rather about capturing the distinctive look and feel of his art. Many of Hammershøi’s own works are reminiscent of photography and have obvious parallels to Instagram filters and aesthetics.

Characteristic elements of Hammershøi’s work that you might find inspirational:

• Light falling in through windows
• A play of light and shadow
• Restricted colour palette and saturation
• Female figure with her back turned to the viewer
• Solitary female figure
• Figures absorbed in quiet pursuits
• Rooms arranged in a sequential layout
• Empty rooms

The writer Poul Vad studied Hammershøi in great detail, and he describes the relationship between the Danish painter and photography as follows:

Photography is one of the phenomena that defines modernity. The ‘photographic’ aspect of Hammershøi’s paintings is undoubtedly part of the reason why this painter’s art falls within the heading of ‘modernity’ in spite of his traditional approach to his craft. They still seem modern to us today.

You can take your photographs anywhere at all, including at our Hammershøi selfie wall. And remember: a friend’s livingroom can be every bit as Hammershøian as a deserted street in downtown Toronto. So grab your smartphone and start capturing scenes full of greys, light, and tranquillity.

Need some inspiration? Visit Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi , on view til June 26.

#AGOMassive 2016 — Social Media Round-up

April 22nd, 2016

AGO Massive Party
Last night, April 21, close to 1,900 guests helped us raise $313,000 at “Midnight Massive Party,” a magic-and-masquerade-themed fundraiser. Now in its 12th year, Massive Party featured works from Toronto’s top artists and musicians, with Artistic Directors the Broadbent Sisters providing the magic.

Guests explored three unique spaces themed after natural elements and transformation:
Concourse Level_Fire: Where guests found the dance party, set to the sounds of DJ Sophie Jones, and a live performance by RALPH and a swinging midnight-samba band. Installations included “The Infinite Selfie” by Robin Clason, a MAC Cosmetics #FutureMac station, “Poorly Potted Plants” by Tau Lewis, Soderberg Mills’ anaglyphic mirror, and The New Beat + Menalon Music’s “Lazer Harp.”
Level 1_Earth: A moonlit masquerade with mythical installations by the Broadbent Sisters and music by J.u.D.
Level 3_Air: An ethereal, dreamlike space where guests took in “Pseudo Specter” by Michael Vicks and Randall Okita, “The Clearing” by the Broadbent Sisters, and Okita’s “Be Here Now,” with DJ Humble Mike setting a relaxed vibe all night.

Read more:
Sidewalk Hustle on Midnight Massive
BlogTO: “A weird and wonderful spectacle”

See the social media full roundup after the jump.

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#OutsidersAGO Twitter Q&A with curators Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden

April 6th, 2016

The Garry Winogrand display in Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

The Garry Winogrand display in Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

We want to hear from you! Join us on Thursday, April 7, 11am for a livestream tour and livetweet about Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s.

Co-curators Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden will lead a quick livestream tour of the exhibition at 11am, and we want you to tweet your questions during and after the tour!

HOW TO TAKE PART

Watch the livestream tour (on Twitter) on Thursday, April 7, 11am.

Follow @agotoronto and the hashtag #OutsidersAGO on Twitter for our livetweet of key remarks.

Tweet your questions to @agotoronto (adding the hashtag #OutsidersAGO) and we’ll share as many as we can with the curators.

Unknown American, Large Group in the Living Room, 1963. Chromogenic print, 8.8 x 19 cm. Purchase, with funds generously donated by Martha LA McCain, 2015. 2014/915. © Art Gallery of Ontario.

Unknown American, Large Group in the Living Room, 1963. Chromogenic print, 8.8 x 19 cm. Purchase, with funds generously donated by Martha LA McCain, 2015. 2014/915. © Art Gallery of Ontario.

 

Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

The first exhibition of photography and film of this scope and size in the AGO’s history, Outsiders celebrates the iconoclastic mid-20th century American artists—like Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Kenneth Anger and Gordon Parks—who captured a changing America and life on the fringes.

AGOxInstagram: March 2016

April 5th, 2016

It’s time for another edition of AGOxInstagram! We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots (See January 2016’s selection here). Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.

AGOxInstagram March 2016
Photos (by row, left to right): @zachbalbino, @cecilymy, @kandisebrown, @alyssayuhas, @bofajardo, @danielakonishi, @epiiffany, @mandclu, @_ktrinac

AGOxInstagram: February 2016

February 29th, 2016

It’s the end of February, which means it’s time for another edition of AGOxInstagram. We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, and our friends at the Hammer Museum, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots (See January 2016’s selection here). Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.

Feb AGOGRAM

Photos (by row): @marcdanielmayer, @frankohmusic, @thelotustiger, @foxnichols, @thedanjuma, @alt.photo, @tarajam, @christylumm, @meatypopsicle

Highlights from #AGO1st – February First Thursday

February 8th, 2016

What did you get up to last Thursday? On February 4, 2016, we were kicking off a new season of Toronto’s biggest art party with an evening of artful programming devoted to Beijing avant-garde artist Song Dong and the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.” Over 2,500 #AGO1st guests took in musical headliner Casey Mecija (formely of Toronto band Ohbijou), who performed against stunning GIF visuals by filmmaker Sammy Rawal; pop-up talks from the Syrian Film Festival and AGO Artist-in-Residence Jérôme Havre; artists Alvis Choi (a.k.a Alvis Parsley), Andil Gosine with Matthew Ryan Smith; and music by DJ Stunts (of Yes Yes Y’All) and Cam Lee (Feministry).

Tickets for our next #AGO1st (March 3, 2016) go on sale February 11 at 10am.

Photos after the jump!

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