On April 1, 2011 the AGO invited six leading artists to participate in an online symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Inuit Modern. Conversations with Kenojuak Ashevak, Mattiusi Iyaituk, Jimmy Manning, David Ruben Piqtoukun, Mike Massie and Tim Pitsiulak provide valuable insights into inspiration, process, and the challenges of achieving and sharing their artistic visions. Video of all three sessions is now available online:
In partnership with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), we’ve launched The JUNO Tour of Canadian Art, bringing together great Canadian art and great Canadian music. Eight JUNO Award-winning musicians: Alpha Yaya Diallo, Buck 65, Dan Hill, Gord Downie, Hawksley Workman, Jane Bunnett, Measha Brueggergosman and Tanya Tagaq selected an artwork from the AGO’s collection and shared with us both a personal response and song that connected them to the work. Their recorded responses can be found, and heard, next to the art. In the Canadian collection and in the Henry Moore gallery until August 31.
It’s not every day you can get inside an artist’s mind. In the Blackwood exhibition there are three short films, all included with admission. They really give you a sense of the man, his unique etching technique, and the rock and sea of Newfoundland that inspired him. The first film dates from 1976. (Blackwood still has black hair!). It concentrates on the artist’s amazing skills as an etcher. The second features an interview conducted by Blackwood’s fellow Newfoundlander, CBC celebrity Rex Murphy (2008) and talk of the tough life of sealers and fishermen. The third, produced by the AGO, documents the artist’s 2009 trip to Bonavista Bay and the Newfoundland of his youth. The footage is mouthwatering. It makes you want to go there.