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Travel back in time

July 17th, 2017

Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin. Chaumière à Damiette, c. 1885. Oil on canvas, 54.2 x 69.8 cm. Gift from the Estate of R. Fraser Elliott, 2005. (2005/172) © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario.

The AGO’s Look:Forward reinstallation project is marching forward! The latest gallery to get a facelift is the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery on Level 1. It’s now home to some of the AGO’s most outstanding pieces of European art from the 1800s, an exciting time for artists across the continent, as our Assistant Curator of European Art, Caroline Shields, explains in the video below:

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A little perspective…

July 17th, 2017

Springwater Pallasite. (Stony-iron) meteorite fragment, M56008. With permission of the Royal Ontario Museum. © ROM

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is currently on view on Level 4 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower. Inside, visitors will find three pieces on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): copper skulls from Michigan, a meteorite fragment from Springwater, Saskatchewan, and an impact shatter cone found in Sudbury, Ontario. Some of these pieces are billions of years old!

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How do you describe nature?

July 17th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

There’s so much to look at in the brand new Grange Park, which officially opened to the public on Saturday, July 8. The Henry Moore sculpture Large Two Forms is a big hit in its new lush leafy location, having been moved from its original spot at Dundas and McCaul. The new playgrounds and interactive water features have kids swinging and splashing, and climbing on structures that look like tipped-over paint cans, crumpled up pieces of paper, and a giant squeezed paint tube. Then, there are more than 80 additional trees and newly-planted gardens that invite you to take a seat and rest awhile in the shade.

With so much beauty surrounding you, it might be easy to miss another one of the park’s new features—an inspirational walkway bearing quotes from iconic Canadian writers, artists and leaders, engraved into the bricks beneath your feet. Read the rest of this entry »

Come and knock on our (new) door

July 17th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Grange Park is officially open, and along with it is a brand new way to get into the AGO!

Our new entrance leads out of the park and right into the Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC), where our learning programs for all ages take place. The new area, designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects (the same firm that completed the WFLC in 2011) adds an additional 4,000 square feet of interior space to the AGO.

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Channelling Georgia O’Keeffe

July 17th, 2017

Photo courtesy of Lauren Pincente.

The AGO’s popular exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe, is only in Toronto until July 30, so time is running out to see this once-in-a-lifetime, career-spanning collection of over 80 works (if you haven’t seen it yet – get tickets now!)

But once Georgia O’Keeffe is over, how can you keep some of her visual inspiration around in your own home? We spoke to Lauren Pincente, Toronto florist and owner of Wildhood in The Junction, to get her thoughts on Georgia O’Keeffe’s famous use of flowers in her paintings, and talk about her own O’Keeffe-inspired arrangement.

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ReBlink will make you look twice

July 10th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

Have you ever looked at historical paintings in the AGO Collection and wondered how the scenes would look today? Would this country landscape look so serene, would that portrait look so formal, would this plate of food look so appetizing?

Well, the answer to the last one is definitely yes, but a new artistic intervention at the AGO helps us imagine what it would look like for some of the AGO’s most beloved pieces to jump through time and enter the year 2017. And it does so using Augmented Reality technology, an iPad, and a newly-developed program called ReBlink. Read the rest of this entry »

Creating room for more conversation

July 10th, 2017

Possession Project takes over a room inside Every. Now. Then., on now at the AGO. Photo courtesy of the AGO.

When visiting Level 4 of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower to see our latest exhibition, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, you’ll find a room titled Possession Project. The curators, Andrew Hunter and Anique Jordan, have given it over entirely to guest curator Marjan Verstappen of the YTB (Younger Than Beyoncé) Gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Artfully ever after

July 10th, 2017

Photo courtesy of 5ive15ifteen.

Amita and Janarthan got engaged last July and, wishing to adhere to the traditional Indian method of wedding date selection (Muhurat), set out to determine their most auspicious wedding date. They soon discovered the luckiest date was in November – only four months away!

Having visited the Gallery many times to view the Collection, they hadn’t considered it as a wedding venue before their planner, Caspar Haydar, suggested it. Luck was with them when the Saturday date they wanted was open, and the couple snapped it up. The couple put their faith in Caspar and AGO wedding specialist Jennifer Prince to pull everything together in an exceptionally short amount of time. Read the rest of this entry »

Grange Park is officially open!

July 10th, 2017

Photo courtesy of the AGO.

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Grange Park is officially open! The community-led revitalization project is now complete and the beloved inner city green space is back, and looking better than ever.

The park was celebrated last weekend with a community event that saw approximately 200 participants simultaneously cut an enormous, 600-ft. ribbon. Attendees enjoyed family-friendly entertainment, including art-making activities, music and even a magician! Read the rest of this entry »