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Grange Park Annual Spring Cleanup: April 23 2010

April 15th, 2010

Grange Park Trash

It’s that time of year again! Join the staff and volunteers of the AGO, OCAD and University Settlement at the annual spring cleanup of Grange Park on Friday, April 23, from 2 to 4 pm. This year, we’re really going to take on the challenge and dedicate two hours to the cleanup.  

We will gather by University Settlement (at the south end of the park) to distribute gloves and garbage bags. The City Parks department will also lend us a few rakes and some paper bags to clear up the dead leaves – this will make a big difference!

The spring clean-up of Grange Park is part of Mayor Miller’s Toronto Makeover initiated by the Mayor’s Clean and Beautiful City campaign.

Ruth Pierson on Louise Nevelson (Audio)

April 15th, 2010

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Louise Nevelson. Night Zag IV, 1965

Louise Nevelson. Night Zag IV, 1965. painted wood; mirrored glass; plexiglass; arborite, 235 cm. Purchase, 1968 © Art Gallery of Ontario

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Recorded: September 29, 2009 @ Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 6:22

Working from the concept of ekphrasis, one art form paying homage to another, poet Ruth Pierson created and presents a new poem in response to a sculpture by Louise Nevelson from the AGO’s collection.

Upcoming Event: Poets Spell Art

Please join us at the AGO on Wednesday April 21, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in celebration of International Poetry Month.

Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand invites authors George Eliot Clarke, Lynne Crosbie, Daniel David Moses and Souvankham Thamavongsa, to join her in reading poems inspired by pieces from the AGO’s collection.

Contact 2010 Banners Replace Tut on Façade

April 13th, 2010

Update: The Barbara Kruger installation has been extended to October 3, 2010

King Tut on AGO Façade

The King Tut banners on the AGO’s front façade are being removed this week in preparation for a new installation. In partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Festival, the AGO has commissioned renowned American artist Barbara Kruger to create a large-scale public installation to be displayed along the Gallery’s signature glass skirt, which spans an entire city block between McCaul and Beverley streets.

Installation of Kruger’s work will begin April 19, and is part of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, which opens May 1. The installation will respond to CONTACT’s theme for 2010, "Pervasive Influence," which considers how photography informs and transforms human behaviour, especially via the medium’s connections to mass media, advertising, consumerism, and propaganda.

Kruger’s installation, on view from May 1 through August 30, marks the first time the AGO has exhibited artwork on the exterior of its newly transformed Frank Gehry–designed building.

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual month-long festival in May and newly initiated year-round programming in the gallery. For more information, visit www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com.

Barry Dempster on Paterson Ewen (Audio)

April 12th, 2010

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Barry Dempster

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Recorded: September 29, 2009 @ Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 7:17

Working from the concept of ekphrasis, one art form paying homage to another, Ontario poet Barry Dempster created and presents a new poem in response to a painting by Paterson Ewen from the AGO’s collection.

Upcoming Event: Poets Spell Art

Please join us on Wednesday April 21, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at the AGO in celebration of International Poetry Month.

Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand invites authors George Eliot Clarke, Lynne Crosbie, Daniel David Moses and Souvankham Thamavongsa, to join her in reading poems inspired by pieces from the AGO’s collection.

Sunday Concert: Summer Winds Quintet

April 9th, 2010

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the Gallery’s Walker Court, where talented RCM students present weekly performances.

Anita Lin, flute; Sara Spigott, oboe; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Brett Freithaler, bassoon; and Julie Rochus, horn

(Photo courtesy RCM)

This week's concert on Sunday, April 11, features the quintet, Summer Winds, which was formed in the fall of 2009.

Its members hail from various parts of Canada and the U.S. All have performed extensively in chamber and orchestral ensembles and are currently studying at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. The quintet includes Anita Lin, flute; Sara Spigott, oboe; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Brett Freithaler, bassoon; and Julie Rochus, horn.

Concerts are held from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission. Next week’s concert on April 18 will be the last in this winter’s series, and will feature Darrett Zusko on piano.

Sunday Concert: Cellist Hannah Wolkstein and Pianist Suren Barry

April 1st, 2010

Hannah Wolkstein

(Hannah Wolkstein; photo courtesy RCM)

This week's Royal Conservatory of Music concert in the AGO’s Walker Court features cellist Hannah Wolkstein, with pianist Suren Barry.

Hannah Wolkstein is a cellist currently studying at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Hannah has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, Encore School for Strings, Henry Mancini Institute, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Innsbrook Institute, Quartet Program and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, France. While attending Interlochen, she was a member of the World Youth Symphony and performed with Itzhak Perlman.

Suren Barry was the winner of the 2006 Ontario Music Festival Association competition in the open piano category, and also represented Ottawa at this competition in 2007 and 2008. A frequent recitalist in Ottawa, he performs in various venues with benefits going toward causes such as the Children of the Nork Marash Orphanage in Armenia as well as the Ottawa Food Bank. In the summer of 2007, he was showcased in two concerts as a "Rising Star" in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Suren is currently studying at the Glenn Gould School.

The AGO is partnering with the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) to host Sunday afternoon concerts in the Gallery’s Walker Court, where talented RCM students present these weekly performances. Concerts are held from 1:30 to 2:15 pm, and are free with admission.

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!

Dietmar Elger on Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting (Audio)

March 31st, 2010

Gerhard Richter: A Life in Painting

Noted curator Dietmar Elger has written the first biography of Gerhard Richter – a foundational portrait of this artist and his profoundly influential oeuvre. With full access to Richter and his archives, Elger offers unprecedented insight into Richter’s life and work. Elger explores Richter’s childhood in Nazi Germany; his years as a student and mural painter in communist East Germany; his time in the West during the turbulent 1960s and ’70s, when student protests, political strife, and violence tore the Federal Republic of Germany apart; and, his rise to international acclaim during the 1980s and beyond. Richter has always been a difficult personality to parse, and the seemingly contradictory strands of his artistic practice have frustrated and sometimes confounded critics. In this talk Elger presents a Richter who is far more candid and vivid than ever before.

Dietmar Elger is the director of the Gerhard Richter Archive and chief curator at the Galerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. He is the former curator for painting and sculpture at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover. Between 1984 and 1985 he was the secretary in Gerhard Richter’s studio. He has organized numerous exhibitions on modern and contemporary art and has written and edited their accompanying catalogs.

Co-presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Toronto.

Recorded: March 24, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:23:08

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Michelle Jacques discusses Toronto Now on CBC Radio’s Here and Now (Audio)

March 31st, 2010

AGO’s Michelle Jacques discusses the Toronto Now exhibition on CBC Radio’s Here and Now with Robin Brown.

Duration: 6:36

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