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The secret ingredient for March Break

March 4th, 2019

A woman and a man holding paper food
Image by the AGO

March Break is coming fast, and in preparation for a full week of family fun, we’re welcoming our first family-focused Artists in Residence Natalie Ferguson and Toby Gillies. The AGO’s Artist-in-Residence program is the first of its kind at a Canadian art museum and is generously supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project. From March 9 to 17, Natalie and Toby are taking over Walker Court with an immersive installation and family artmaking experience called Secret Ingredient, where kids and families can create playful, faux food sculptures of recipes both real and imagined.

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Mickalene’s must-reads

March 4th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Naomi Sims #2, 2016. Silkscreen ink and acrylic on mirrored acrylic mounted on wood, 152.4 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018) Mickalene Thomas, Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic mirror mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x 5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

If you ask us, there’s nothing more relaxing than an afternoon in the living room, reading a good book. If you agree, stop by Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires (on now until March 24), and spend the afternoon curled up in one of the multi-coloured chairs of the living room tableaux, and dive into one of the many books tucked on side tables, and beneath the ferns.

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Mary Cassatt and the Impressionists

March 4th, 2019

Painting of Woman knitting in a garden while a baby sleeps and a child plays.
Mary Stevenson Cassatt. Children in a Garden (The Nurse), detail,.1878. Oil on canvas, Overall: 65.4 × 81 cm. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long, 2001.471.

Have you checked out Impressionism in the Age of Industry yet? Trust us, you don’t want to miss it. Standing out among the images of trains, ports and heavy industry, you’ll find a sunny garden scene (perhaps its warmth sticks out against this season’s seemingly endless polar vortexes and ice storms!). Painted by American-born artist Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), she was the only American to be officially associated with the Impressionists.

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Infinity comes to Toronto

March 4th, 2019

Yayoi Kusama, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, 2017. © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photography by Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

It’s almost here! Thanks to the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund and more than 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors, internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama’s incredible artwork, INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, is coming to the AGO in just a few short weeks and will remain here…forever.

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Marvel at these Wonder Women

March 4th, 2019

Family Sunday at AGO. Work shown: Kathleen Jean Munn. Untitled (Cows on a Hillside), c. 1916. © Estate of Kathleen Munn 2006/85

Women have all kinds of superpowers, including art! And the AGO has no shortage of amazing art created by women for you and your whole family to take in on your next visit. Start your artful adventure at the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre where kids can try on a costume and transform into the superhero of their dreams. Then pick up a Wonder Women Family Activity Tour booklet and head out to explore the works of talented artists.

Here are just some of the many notable women artists you and your little ones can find in the AGO Collection:

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Art in the city

February 25th, 2019

Omar Ba, Same Dream, 2019. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2019. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

It’s a busy time at the AGO. With Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more (which runs until May 5) to Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires  (on until March 24), we’ve got a lot going on. But it’s not just us! The Toronto arts and culture scene is jam-packed with amazing events to get you through the winter. We’ve rounded up some of our top picks to check out this month.

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Beat the winter blues with art

February 25th, 2019

Colourful abstract artwork
Jennifer McGregor, Tangle, oil on panel, 42”x48”, $112/month

Did you know that research says viewing art provides the same pleasure as being in love? Sounds pretty great to us! A visit to the AGO might do the trick, but there’s nothing like bringing vibrant, curated colours into your own home. Whether you’re looking for something short-term or you’re ready to commit to an artwork, the AGO’s Art Rental and Sales team can help you every step of the way. See some of the mood-boosting highlights from their current collection below:

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New art comes to life

February 25th, 2019

Geoffrey Farmer. Still image from Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell, 2013. Computer generated algorithmic montage sequence projection, Aspect Ratio: 4:3. Purchased with funds from David & Yvonne Fleck, the Dr. Michael Braudo Canadian Contemporary Fund, the Ivey Foundation Contemporary Art Endowment Fund, the Janet & Michael Scott Fund, and the Contemporary Circle Fund, 2015. © Geoffrey Farmer 2015/14

The AGO’s Vivian & David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art is alive with the sounds, images and sculptures of renowned contemporary artists including Geoffrey Farmer, Adrián Villar Rojas and Pierre Huyghe. Walk through the gallery spaces and see for yourself how these artists are confronting what is and has been, in their own terms.

Here’s some of what you’ll see:

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