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Inspired science

July 2nd, 2019

Vija Celmins, Clouds, 1968. Graphite on paper, 34.9 x 47 cm. Private collection © Vija Celmins. Photo: courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Left brain vs. right brain; curiosity and imagination vs. analytics and logic – from an early age we’re taught that science and art are polar opposites. But for Dr. Mathieu Lupien, a distinguished cancer researcher serving as a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. As part of his research into some of the triggers that cause cancer, Dr. Lupien brings his team of scientists for one-on-one tours of the AGO.

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Drawn to art classes

July 2nd, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Our pick for this summer’s hottest accessory: a sketchbook! Not only is it portable, but it goes with any outfit. And we’ve got the perfect way to put your fashionable accessory to use – an artmaking course at AGO. AGO Member Donna Flohil has taken six art classes at the AGO and stopped by to tell us about what she’s learned and why she keeps coming back.

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Your summer museum guide

July 2nd, 2019

Image by David Whelan.

The AGO counts itself lucky to be part of a cultural scene that includes a wide range of museums. Toronto has something for everyone – you can ogle footwear through the ages at the Bata Shoe Museum or have your mind blown at the Ontario Science Centre; see some amazing contemporary art at Mercer Union and be entranced by photography at the Ryerson Image Centre.

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A conversation across culture and time

July 2nd, 2019

Three photographs of a woman wrapped in white sheets against a white gallery wall.
Rebecca Belmore. Untitled, 1,2,3, 2004. Inkjet prints on paper, Image (each): 139.7 x 94 cm. Gift of Michael and Sharon Young and American Friends of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Inc., 2010. © Rebecca Belmore 2010/509

As an Indigenous contemporary artist, , Rebecca Belmore creates politically charged works that explore themes of indigeneity, colonialism and the human body. Starting this summer, you’ll find a thought-provoking rotation of her work on Level 1 in the Reuben Wells Leonard Rotunda (Gallery 115), in a special installation alongside two works by Renaissance sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Art Pick of the Week: Fishing in a Rock Dam

July 1st, 2019

Janet Kigusiuq. Fishing in a Rock Dam, 1981. Linocut and colour stencil on paper, Sheet: 63.9 × 94.7 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, Toronto, 2002. © Public Trustee for Nunavut, Estate of Janet Kigusiuq Uqayuittuq 2002/10566

Once you’ve visited Brian Jungen Friendship Centre on Level 2 in Sam & Ayala Zacks Pavilion, we recommend you take a trip across the hall to Bovey Gallery (Gallery 225) to admire the colourful works of Janet Kigusiuq, including our Art Pick of the Week, Fishing in a Rock Dam.

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That’s the snuff!

June 24th, 2019

A small handheld porcelain bottle molded in the shape of a reclined human figure.
Chinese. Snuff Bottle, Moulded in the form of Li Tiguei, The drunken poet, 1780-1850. Porcelain, Overall: 6.2 x 3.1 x 1.9 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario AGOID.108443

At the AGO, you can see art from many different places and times throughout history. Ken Thomson’s prized collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles is a “must-see” for your next visit. Take a trip to the Thomson Collection of European Art (Gallery 111 on Level 1) to uncover some of the fascinating details and little known facts about these treasured pieces of Chinese art history.

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Origin stories

June 24th, 2019

Installation view of J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous and Canadian Art. Works shown from left to right: Florence Carlyle, The Tiff and The Studio; Joanne Tod, Chapeau Entaillé; Anishinaabe. Bandolier Bag, 3 Cherries; Rebecca Belmore, Rising to the Occasion.

It has been a full year since the J.S. McLean Centre was renovated, reinstalled and renamed as part of the AGO-wide Look:Forward project. Following a complete renovation of the individual galleries and the reinstallation of over 75 works, the Centre reopened for Canada Day 2018 as the J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art. And since we’re open this Canada Day weekend – including Monday, July 1 from 10:30 am to 4 pm – it’s the perfect time to check out the incredible art on display there!

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Art Pick of the Week: El Machete

June 17th, 2019

Tina Modotti. El Machete, 1926. Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 23.8 × 18.8. Gift of Harry and Ann Malcolmson, 2015. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2015/248.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival may be over, but the AGO’s exhibition Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus remains on view until November 10. In it you’ll find two works by Italian-born photographer and political activist Tina Modotti, including our Art Pick of the Week, El Machete, which can be seen for free by AGO Members, AGO Annual Pass holders and all visitors 25 and under!

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