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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.

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.

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.

July #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Bunch for a chat about kids and art

July 6th, 2012

On Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Bunch and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about kids and art. We hope you’ll take part!

School is out and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids’ bodies and minds active and engaged. Art activities are an obvious go-to on lazy, hazy summer days, but it’s less clear how to keep kids interested, cultivate their creativity and find age-appropriate materials for both art-making and art education. How can you accomplish all that while creating a sense of wonder about the world of art and keeping paint and glue off the carpet?

On July 12, we’re looking for answers on Twitter, with help from our co-hosts Bunch and their expertise on art and culture for families. During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion and giving parents, caregivers and art educators a platform to share tips:

Q1 How do you expose your kids to art in the city?

Q2 Do kids learn more about art from making it or seeing it?

Q3 What’s an art project you did with your kids that really got them engaged at a young age?

Q4 How can we use technology to introduce children to art? Any resources you can recommend?

Q5 Everyone has a marker bin, but does your family use any outside-the-box art materials?

Q6 How do you determine what art is appropriate for your kids to see?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win five VIP passes to visit Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before August 12. Each pass comes with an audio guide, which contains several stops that are just for kids! The passes also include general admission to our collection and current exhibitions.

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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, July 12, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @BunchFamily 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 @BunchFamily 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 this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

June #ArtHour: Join the AGO and the COC for a chat about cross-disciplinary collaboration

June 6th, 2012

On Thursday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with the Canadian Opera Company and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about cross-disciplinary collaboration . We hope you’ll take part!

Jane Archibald as Semele (foreground) and William Burden as Jupiter (background) in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company.

This spring, artist Zhang Huan — who has worked primarily in the visual arts — came to Toronto for the launch of three projects: the unveiling of his large sculpture Rising, in front of Shangri-La Toronto; the North American premiere of his production of Semele by the COC; and an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ash Paintings and Memory Doors. His foray into the opera world with Semele is a prime example of the cross-disciplinary collaboration that tweeters will discuss during this #ArtHour. Have other good examples to share? Leave a comment below and add it to the conversation on June 13.

During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion with you and other art-loving tweeters:

Q1 Which art forms are most likely to benefit from involvement by people outside the discipline? The least likely?

Q2 Is there any kind of artistic expertise that does not translate to other mediums?

Q3 Can you think of a cross-disciplinary collaboration that you thought worked particularly well?

Q4 What is the biggest challenge facing artists collaborating with people in other disciplines?

Q5 Does above-average ability in one discipline make someone more likely to succeed in any creative endeavour?

Q6 Do you think critics are kinder to artists working outside their usual discipline or harsher?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a pair of tickets for general admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario and another pair to see an upcoming Canadian Opera Company production.

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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, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @canadianopera 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 @canadianopera 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 this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.