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Ask a Curator Day is September 18: join the conversation on Twitter!

September 17th, 2013

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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!

December #ArtHour: Join us and curator Dot Tuer for a Frida & Diego Twitter chat

December 6th, 2012

On Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., we’re teaming up with Dot Tuer, guest curator of Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting for an hour-long online discussion about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their work. We hope you’ll take part!

Our visitors have a lot to say about Frida & Diego since its opening on Oct. 20, 2012; they tell us on comment cards, they talk to our staff and they post their thoughts on our Facebook page and on Twitter. We want to hear from you! On Thursday, Dec. 13, we’re inviting everyone who has something to say about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera — their lives, their work and how it moves us — to join us on Twitter for a discussion with Dot Tuer, OCAD University professor, cultural historian and guest curator of Frida & Diego at the AGO.

We hope you’ll add your thoughts to a discussion centred on the following questions:

Q1 What tells us more about Frida and Diego’s lives together — photos of them or their art?

Q2 Is politics as important for art now as it was in Frida and Diego’s time?

Q3 What is the main reason for Frida’s popularity today?

Q4 Besides the current exhibition, what are the best sources of info on Frida and Diego?

Q5 Who are your favourite artist couples besides Frida and Diego?

Q6 Who is the better painter — Frida or Diego? Why?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to Frida & Diego (before Dec. 23, 2012), as well as a copy of the book Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting, edited by Dot Tuer and Elliott King.

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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, Dec. 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto for questions and answers from Dot Tuer, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. 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.

How Starting at 2 p.m. @agotoronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our December #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

Frida and Diego press preview: social media highlights

October 17th, 2012

The Art Gallery of Ontario welcomed nearly 100 guests to our media preview of Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting on Oct. 16, 2012. Amid the interviews, filming, note-taking and photo snapping, there was a lot of tweeting going on (and a bit of Instagramming too). Click through to see social media highlights from the event. Read the rest of this entry »

October #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Art Toronto for a chat on art collecting

October 9th, 2012

On Thursday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Art Toronto and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art collecting. We hope you’ll take part!

Buying art can be a complicated task, and for new collectors it can raise many difficult-to-answer questions. What are your reasons for buying art? From whom? What kind? What’s a fair price? And where should you start looking?

Each year, Art Toronto offers insight into collecting and the contemporary art world. This year’s programming lineup includes talks and tours by dealers, collectors, curators and artists on subjects like getting a collection started, buying the work of emerging artists and Toronto’s art scene. The AGO is taking part, too, with a panel discussion on art prizes, a curator-led tour focusing on the work of women artists exhibited at Art Toronto, an advice-heavy tour from our Art Rental + Sales Gallery staff and more.

With their expertise, we’re glad to have the Art Toronto team as our co-hosts on Oct. 11 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What questions should you ask when buying artwork?

Q2 What are your tips for novice collectors?

Q3 Where do you buy artwork (auctions, fairs, galleries, etc.)?

Q4 When buying the work of emerging artists, what do you look for?

Q5 What was the first piece of art you ever bought or wanted to buy?

Q6 What value do you think art collecting has in our communities?

The person who contributes the most to this month’s #ArtHour will win a pair of passes to attend Art Toronto 2012 (Oct. 26-29), as well as three books on the AGO’s special collections.

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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, October 11, 11 a.m. – noon EST (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @ArtToronto for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. 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.

How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @ArtToronto will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for our October #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

September Twitter chat: Art schools and education, with co-hosts Akimbo and OCAD U

September 13th, 2012

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST we are teaming up with Akimbo and OCAD University and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art schools and art education. We hope you’ll join us!

Students young and old are getting settled into classrooms across the country this month, and that includes students studying art in full-time and part-time programs, as well as continuing education courses and workshops. They have a spectrum of goals and needs, whether they are aiming to brush up on technique, delve deep into art history and theory or gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be a practicing artist in Canada. What skills do they need to succeed? Where can they learn those skills? And how can their art education help them achieve their short- and long-term goals?

With their broad-ranging experience with and knowledge of art schools and education, we’re glad to have Akimbo’s Social Media Director James Fowler and OCAD U’s Media & Communications Officer Sarah Mulholland as our co-hosts on Sept. 26. Our Twitter chat will explore the following questions:

Q1 What are some of the top Canadian art schools?

Q2 What opportunities does a degree education give artists that casual classes or self-learning would not?

Q3 How important is it for artists to learn about art history and theory as part of their schooling?

Q4 What new programs/courses/workshops are emerging in Canada and what ones would you like to see?

Q5 What other “non–art practice” skills should young artists learn?

Q6 What do you look for in an art instructor, program, studio or theory class or workshop?

Q7 What mechanisms or services are there to help a new graduate succeed?

Q8 For people who don’t consider themselves artists, what are the benefits to taking part-time or occasional art classes?



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Get ready to tweet up a storm! The top contributor to this chat will get tickets to an upcoming educational talk at the AGO, as well as stylin’ swag from Akimbo and OCAD U.


HOW TO TAKE PART

What #AkimboChat is a Twitter discussion, hosted by Akimbo, with a new art topic each month. Breaking from our usual #ArtHour schedule, we are joining forces with Akimbo and OCAD U for a mega-chat about art schools and education.

When Wednesday, September 26, 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad for more information, or search for the hashtag #AkimboChat. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #AkimboChat hashtag.

Who This #AkimboChat is for everyone: art students, schools, educators, working artists, arts professionals, galleries and museums, and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 1 p.m. @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad will be tweeting questions using the hashtag #AkimboChat. Anyone can respond, also using #AkimboChat. For example, we would tweet “Q1 What is your favourite painting? #AkimboChat,” and you could tweet back “A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #AkimboChat.”

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this special collaborative Twitter chat. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net. #ArtHour returns to its regular schedule, the second Thursday of the month, on Oct. 11, 2012.

Art on film and films on art (and the tweeters who love them)

August 13th, 2012

For this month’s #ArtHour, we teamed up with TIFF to co-host a chat on Twitter about art and cinema. On Aug. 9, 2012, from 11 a.m. to noon, primed by our six discussion questions, an enthusiastic group of tweeters joined us and TIFF to explore the intersections of art and cinema and share their favourite crossover projects and artists. Below, some highlights of the conversation. Read the rest of this entry »

August #ArtHour: Explore the intersections of film and art, with co-hosts AGO and TIFF

August 7th, 2012

On Thursday, August 9, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with TIFF and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about film and art. We hope you’ll join us!

Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Christopher Walken), 2006, Polaroid photograph, 20” x 24” Polaroid Camera. Courtesy of the artist.

Despite their separate venues and divergent mandates, the visual arts and film worlds share a lot of similarities, not just in technique and presentation but also in their ability to engage and inspire viewers. The AGO has invited visitors to experience and explore the convergence of art and film in both its programming — with film screenings in Jackman Hall and courses and workshops that utilize filmmaking techniques — and exhibitions, such as the recent showing of Yael Bartana’s film trilogy …And Europe Will Be Stunned and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film in 2010-2011 (listen to the artist discuss his work with former AGO curator of modern and contemporary art David Moos here). This fall and winter in Evan Penny: Re Figured, we are excited to show works by a Canadian hyperrealist sculptor who worked for a thirteen-year period in the film industry, creating amazing special effects and makeup for films by David Cronenburg, Oliver Stone, John Woo and others.

Our co-hosts for this month’s #ArtHour, TIFF, run a programme called Future Projections, in which “cinema meets the visual arts with moving-image projects” during each year’s festival. Last year as part of that programme, actor James Franco collaborated with director Gus Van Sant to create Memories of Idaho, a multi-part installation that centred on the critically acclaimed film My Own Private Idaho and its lead actor, River Phoenix. You can watch Franco and Van Sant discuss that project here (check back at tiff.net soon for info on this year’s Future Projections programme). TIFF has also shown many films about art and artists. Currently running at TIFF Bell Lightbox is Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary about the prominent Chinese artist and dissident.

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With their multidisciplinary experience and expertise, we’re glad to have TIFF as our co-hosts on August 9 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What are your favourite films that blur the line between the visual art and cinema worlds?

Q2 What people have been able to master working in both the fields of visual art and cinema?

Q3 Which films do you think have excelled in the artistic use of special effects?

Q4 What is your favourite movie about art or artists?

Q5 Is there more freedom for creative individuals working in the art world than working in film?

Q6 How do we give art and artists recognition in film festivals and awards? Do they get enough?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a copy of Julian Schnabel: Art and Film, the 368-page catalogue produced for the AGO exhibition of the same name, as well as two pairs of tickets to a screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Evan Penny and Shelley #2, Variation of 4, 2008, silicone, pigment, hair, aluminum, 64 x 61 x 18 cm, Richard R. Singleton of Priddis, Alberta, Canada, © Evan Penny 2012.

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, August 9, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @TIFF_NET for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. 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.

How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @TIFF_NET will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.