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Get your zine on

August 31st, 2018

drawing of two women looking at a book

Canzine 2018 poster. Art by Juli Majer.

It’s back-to-school season and time to hit the books. With Canzine Toronto, Canada’s largest festival of zines – organized by Broken Pencil, returning to the Weston Family Learning Centre later this month, there will be no shortage of fun reads.

We can’t wait! The festival, on Saturday, September 22, will include works from more than 200 artists, writers and comics vendors. And there’s an amazing lineup of events, including a special Canzine edition of the AGO’s E.P. Taylor Library & Archives Unshelved series, where AGO librarians and archivists give visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights from the AGO Library & Archives collection.

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Celebrating an arts champion

August 31st, 2018

Image of woman in white shirt

Eleanor Shen, arts advocate, philanthropist and AGO Trustee.

A dynamic force in the Canadian art world, Eleanor Shen has championed contemporary art and artists for over 15 years.

Eleanor’s devotion to the AGO runs deep. In addition to serving as an AGO trustee since 2015, she and her husband Francis Shen are generous supporters. Together, they are helping the AGO acquire important works by contemporary Asian artists.

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In the Rose Gold spotlight

August 31st, 2018

Image of a woman's hand placing objects in a showcase

Still from Sara Cwynar, Rose Gold, 2017, 16 mm film on video with sound, 8 min, courtesy Foxy Production

Participating in an international biennale and having your first U.S. solo exhibition is no small matter for an artist. Later this month, Canadian artist Sara Cwynar heads to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) for her exhibition, Sara Cwynar: Image Model Muse, and to Brazil for the 33rd São Paulo Biennale.

Recently, Cwynar was artist in residence at the AGO. The AGO’s Artist-in-Residence program, the first of its kind at a Canadian art museum, is supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project.  We sat down with Cwynar in the spring to chat about her residency and her upcoming projects.

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An artful stroll down memory lane

August 27th, 2018

Elderly woman on an Art in the Moment Tour

Photo: Dean Tomlinson © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

Ever hear an old song that suddenly brings back a memory? Like songs, paintings can sometimes be powerful prompts for reminiscing.

The AGO’s Art in the Moment tours invite people with dementia and their caregivers to explore the AGO Collection in tours that weave art with interactive conversations. The hour-long tours, organized in conjunction with the Alzheimer Society Toronto, are designed to give all participants a chance to discover their creativity, spark memories and shift the focus away from medical care. To find out more, we recently joined a tour.

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Links we’re loving – Summer Edition

August 27th, 2018

Woman showing a man something on the screen of her cell phone

Pierre Bonnard, Paysage du Midi et deux enfants, c. 1916-1918. Oil on canvas, 139 x 197.8 cm. Gift of Sam and Ayala Zacks, 1970.

It may be the last days of summer, but we aren’t ready to bid adieu to the sunny season just yet. We’ve gathered some of the most fascinating summer-themed art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the hot to the humid, here is what is fuelling our watercooler chatter.

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A Labour (Day) of Love

August 27th, 2018

Claude Monet's rendering of a 19th Century train station.

Claude Monet, Arrival of the Normandy Train, Gare Saint-Lazare, 1877. Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 80.2 cm. Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1158.  Image © Art Institute of Chicago/ Art Resource, NY.

Labour Day weekend is nearly here, and what better way to spend this glorious last weekend of summer than with a visit to the AGO? We’re open all weekend, including Monday, September 3.

In honour of Labour Day, we’re highlighting here several paintings in the AGO Collection that look at work and workers. These will be among the fascinating pieces in our winter 2019 exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more.

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Meet Ziibiwan

August 27th, 2018

Photo of Ziibiwan

Anishinaabe electronic musician Ziibiwan

Get your dancing shoes ready because on September 6, Toronto’s biggest art party will be filled with music and performances to get you moving and grooving.

We recently gave you a sneak peek at some of the amazing artists that will take the stage at First Thursday: Back to Basics, including LA Timpa, Classic Roots and TR/ST. This week we’re spotlighting Anishinaabe electronic musician Ziibiwan, known for moody, genre-bending electronic music. Last year, Ziibiwan was nominated for two Indigenous Music Awards, Best Instrumental Album and Best New Artist, for their Time Limits EP.

We spoke to Ziibiwan about their music, their inspirations and what they’ve got in store for us this September.

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Capturing the Front

August 27th, 2018

A black and white photo by by Frank Hurley of soldiers around a fire

James Francis “Frank” Hurley, Page 2 of Australian Units on the Western Front, 1914-1918. Album page: gelatin silver print, Image: 14.8 × 20.2 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2004.

From being stranded in Antarctica to photographing two World Wars, self-taught photographer and adventurer James Francis “Frank” Hurley lived an extraordinary life. Currently on view as part of our exhibition, Photography: First World War 1914–1918, his album, Australian Units on the Western Front, includes a special showcase of images Hurley daringly captured during World War I.

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First Thursday goes back to basics

August 17th, 2018

First Thursdays image for September 2018

Feeling blue about summer passing quickly by? This news will make you happy for fall – Toronto’s biggest art party, First Thursday, returns on September 6 with a fantastic lineup of artists, musicians and more.

Celebrating “Back to Basics,” this edition reflects why we founded the event in the first place. We’re bringing together the next generation of local artists who are building a new image for Toronto with art, sound and ideas.

As always, expect fantastic music and performances in Walker Court to dance the night away. Indulge your art cravings with a special selection of works from Out of the Vaults and art activations in the galleries. And don’t forget the delicious food and drinks in the AGO’s Night Market.

We can’t wait! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the exciting artists you’ll hear and see September 6:

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