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Take the JUNO Tour of Canadian Art

February 17th, 2011

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.

Here’s a preview:

Up Close and Personal (Video)

February 4th, 2011

By: David Wistow, Interpretive Planner

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.

Total running time on continuous loop: 55 minutes

Black Ice: David Blackwood Prints of Newfoundland, opens this Saturday February 5.

Opera Atelier at the AGO: Degas and his Dancers (Video)

July 30th, 2010

Dancers from Toronto’s Opera Atelier demonstrate ballet technique in the time of French painter Edgar Degas as part of the exhibition Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theatre.

Drama & Desire features dramatic moments and live animations inside the exhibition. On select weekend afternoons throughout the summer, dancers from Opera Atelier’s Artists of the Atelier Ballet will perform Degas and his Dancers, and actors from the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park will perform scenes from Romeo and Juliet. For the full schedule click here.