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Anubis says goodbye to Ontario, thanks us for the memories

April 16th, 2010

Allan M's winning entry

Last month the AGO said good bye to Anubis as he made his way to his new home in New York City.

Thanks to the good people of Ontario, Anubis now has a full suitcase of clothes and a life time of memories about his time with us in Toronto. Some highlights included: carrying the Olympic torch, playing for the Raptors, getting married at Case Loma and ice fishing in Northern Ontario. He wanted to say a great big thank to everyone for all of their help and he’ll see you in the underworld.

A big congrats to Alan M for winning the King Tut tickets! To see all the entries, visit the Flickr Pool.

The AGO’s King Tut exhibition has been extended to May 2, 2010.

King Tut Visits YTV

April 1st, 2010

For your weekend viewing, the second segment of Andyana Jones, shot in our very own King Tut exhibition, will air this Saturday at 10:30am on YTV during its CRUNCH program.

If you missed the first one, click here.

YTV is a Canadian specialty channel aimed at kids and their families. If a show is crazy, cool, clever and funny, chances are it’s on YTV!

Gayle Gibson: Tutankhamun: A Body of Evidence (Audio)

March 18th, 2010

Was Tutankhamun murdered? Was his tomb cursed? We review the physical evidence revealed by medical science and recent scholarship to determine what did happen to the young man, and consider what his bones reveal about his life.

Featuring Gayle Gibson, Educator, Royal Ontario Museum.

Recorded: February 24, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:26:42

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Roberta Shaw: Glamour and Vogue in Ancient Egypt (Audio)

March 15th, 2010

Roberta Shaw

The people who lived in ancient Egypt were as absorbed in personal adornment as the fashionistas of today. A remarkable archaeological record of their clothing, cosmetics and, above all, their fabulous jewelry allows us to recreate their high fashion “looks” over some three millennia. Roberta Shaw discusses all the accoutrements that went into producing their idea of perfect personal beauty.

Recorded: March 3, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:19:46

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Tutankhamun in context: the political and religious landscapes of Amarna and Thebes (Audio)

March 10th, 2010

Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner

Tutankhamun lived in “interesting times.” He grew up in the royal court at Amarna, and was ultimately buried in western Thebes. Archaeological evidence from these sites provides crucial insights into the dynamic religious and political changes that took place during Tutankhamun’s rule.

With Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Toronto.

Recorded: January 27 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:19:46

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David Silverman: The Unity of Art and Writing in Ancient Egypt (Audio)

March 10th, 2010

David Silverman

While writing and art often interrelate in many cultures, the unity of the two is perhaps most integrated and apparent in ancient Egypt. It may well have something to do with the fact that the two-dimensional representations so characteristic of Egyptian art, begin to appear around 3100 BCE- at almost precisely the same time that hieroglyphic writing makes its first appearance – more than 5000 years ago. Born together, these two means of expression continued in complimentary use for more than 3000 years, well into our own era, and produced a uniquely beautiful and intensely meaningful means of communication.

Dr. David Silverman is the National Curator, Advisor and Academic Content Creator for Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

Recorded: Wednesday February 3 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:20:34

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Keep On Tutting

March 5th, 2010

Tutting at the AGO

Tutting at the AGO
Tutting at the AGO

Early last Sunday morning, February 28, more than 100 eager "Tutters" came to the AGO to try setting a new Guinness World Record for the most people Tutting continuously for five minutes.

Professional dance artist Mark Cabuena from the Toronto dance crews Grand Illusion and For the Funk of It led 107 participants of all ages in a choreographed routine. All participants received a free ticket to the AGO and to see the King Tut exhibition. They were also entered in a draw to win a King Tut weekend in Toronto! Karen C. from Toronto was the lucky winner of a night for two at the Westin Harbour Castle, two VIP tickets to see King Tut, and $500 in shopping certificates courtesy of Scarborough Town Centre.

"The success of this event was measured by the overwhelming support of the hip hop community and their enthusiastic response," said Sue Boyle, coordinator, promotions and tourism, and organizer of the event. "It was a huge hit and one step closer to creating a positive relationship with a new audience."

Over 13,600 people have watched our Tutting video on YouTube, and the AGO has received numerous emails from local youth voicing their positive response to this initiative.

We are waiting to see if we set a record. Stay tuned and keep Tutting.

Malaria, not murder felled King Tut

February 19th, 2010

It’s a study in contrasts.

Visitors to the AGO’s exhibition, King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs continue to marvel at the grand scale of Tutankhamun’s accoutrement – from golden jewellery to the elegant coffinette that held one of his internal organs.

Yet just a few months into Canada’s latest case of Tutmania, new research shows that the Golden King actually had physical ailments on an equally grand scale. As the Toronto Star’s Joe Hall reported, “King Tut likely limped through life and died a weary death from malaria and bone ailments.”

Check out the Star’s coverage of new research on Tut’s 3,300 year-old skeleton and DNA as reported in the Feb. 17 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Then visit the AGO’s exhibition (on through April 18) and experience the boy king in a new and unexpected light.

We Want You to Tut and Help Break a World Record!

January 15th, 2010

Join us on Feb. 28, 2010 as we try to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people “Tutting” at one time.

Professional dance artist Mark Cabuena from the Toronto dance crews “Grand Illusion” and “For the Funk of It” has choreographed a simple “Tutting” routine that you will learn, practice and perform on the day of the event. Not only will you impress friends and family, you can help us set the Guniness World Record for the most people dancing simultaneously by “Tutting” continuously for five minutes!

But that’s not all!

Everyone who participates in the event will receive 1 free general admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario and be entered into a contest to win a King Tut weekend in Toronto! One lucky winner will receive one night accommodations for two at the Westin Harbour Castle, two VIP tickets to see King Tut, and $500 in shopping certificates courtesy of Scarborough Town Centre!

Also the first 100 adults and first 100 youth to complete the registration process will receive 1 free ticket to see King Tut: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs (Please note this exhibition is time ticketed and therefore is subject to availability. Tickets valid until April 18, 2010.).

Register Now

To take part in this event begin the registration process by clicking here.


Contest Partners

Westin Harbour Castle
Scarborough Town Centre