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Twitter’s #MuseumWeek (March 28–April 3) lands at the AGO

March 21st, 2016

7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags

From March 28–April 3, we’re inviting you to join us and more than 2,000 other cultural organizations on Twitter for #MuseumWeek, a global social media campaign that encourages discussion on why museums matter, how they inspire us and what we can all do to keep them vital.

Each day of #MuseumWeek 2016 focuses on a different theme: secrets, people, architecture, heritage, the future, zoom, and love. Using each day’s corresponding hashtag, museum staff members and visitors all from over the world will fill Twitter with their ideas, memories, photos and questions.

Follow us @agotoronto on  Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with our #MuseumWeek trivia and in-gallery challenges.

PLUS: Each day, our Gallery Guides’ Highlights and On The Dot tours will feature special #MuseumWeek themes and destinations.

1-Hour Highlights Tours (every one is different!): 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm every day. Meet in Walker Court, Level 1 (If you need directions, head to the Info Kiosk at the entrance.)

On the Dot Tours: Quick, 10-minute art chats. Meet in front of the work On the Dot.

 

Have a look at the tweets above and see what museums and their visitors around the world are posting about #MuseumWeek.


By the numbers: 2016’s Art+Feminism Wiki Edit-A-Thon

March 19th, 2016

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the Art Gallery of Ontario, March 5, 2016

Art+Feminism’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.

To kick off International Women’s Month, we hosted a free Edit-A-Thon on March 5 at the AGO — one of over 100 satellite venues (worldwide!) of the Art+Feminism event, which is headquartered at MoMA in New York. Numbers are still being compiled, but it looks like we were one of the largest events worldwide.

40+ attendees

17 improved existing articles

7 finished articles

4 new drafts

2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Quite apart from the numbers, what was great about the event was the energy of collaborating on this project. You’d think that editing Wikipedia would be a pretty dry activity, but as a combined effort it can be surprisingly social and empowering.

—Amy Furness, Edit-A-Thon organizer and the AGO’s Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist, Library & Archives

Lots of collaborators shared their experience during the day using the hashtags #AGOedits #AGOToronto #ArtAndFeminism:

A huge thank-you to all of our enthusiastic editors! And stay tuned: our next Wikipedia Wednesday is set for May 4, 2016.

Click here to read more about our Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon initiative.

 

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre: Re-opening Summer 2016

March 16th, 2016

Henry Moore supervising the installation of the Henry Moore Gallery, 1974

Henry Moore supervising the installation of the Henry Moore Gallery, 1974

Renovation update! Beginning next week, we’re transforming a currently unused space into a new, 1,200-square-foot gallery space next to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre. This expanded gallery space will allow us to deepen visitor experience and will include an area that will present additional artwork by, and in dialogue with, Henry Moore’s exquisite sculptures. The space will also highlight conservation as a key facet of the AGO’s work.

 We know what you’re thinking: Will I be able to see the Henry Moore works during construction?

 In order to protect the sculptures in the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, we need to move them so that they are safe from the construction zone and construction work vibrations. This means that during the construction period both the Irina Moore Gallery East and the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre will be closed to the public. But, we expect the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre to re-open this summer, with Irina Moore Gallery East re-opening in September for the first exhibition in the new space. The Outsiders exhibition in the Irina Moore Gallery West and the African and Oceanic galleries remain open, and are not affected by this work.

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, 1974 installation view

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, 1974 installation view

While the Centre is closed, we invite you to learn about the Henry Moore collection by reading about its history, watching one of our Henry Moore conservation videos, or visiting Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms, which will still be on view at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. Additionally, over the coming months, we will be providing updates on about the progress of the renovation through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more Moore news!

 

The Outsiders Playlist: Curatorial Jams

March 9th, 2016

This playlist was inspired by the AGO’s exhibition Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s, opening March 12, and compiled by Outsiders co-curator Jim Shedden. Featuring more than 300 works by Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks, Garry Winogrand and Kenneth Anger, Outsiders presents unforgettable portraits of American life from some of the most politically turbulent and greatest musical decades in the country’s history. The songs below capture the spirit of each of the artists featured. Plug into the playlist during your visit, or enjoy at home. Repeat plays encouraged.

These are songs that were suggested to me by the artworks in Outsiders. They aren’t meant to comprise a literal soundtrack to the exhibition. They aren’t always historically in synch with the work, nor are they songs that I think the artists knew or approved of. They’re just songs that came to me when I thought about the works in the show.

—Jim Shedden

 

FULL PLAYLIST

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Take the challenge: Can you name five women artists?

March 4th, 2016

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Take a moment, and think of five artists off the top of your head. If the list was entirely (or mostly) male, there’s a Women’s History Month‬ social media campaign hoping to change that.

All throughout March, the National Women’s Museum of Art is calling on other arts institutions to help push women artists, both living and past, to the fore with the hashtag ‪#‎5WomenArtists‬. The hashtag was inspired by the fact that, as easy as it sounds, many people have trouble naming just five women artists.

Through #‎5WomenArtists, the Women’s Museum hopes to help the public answer the question — without hesitation — ‘Can you name five women artists?’ by calling attention to the inequity women artists face today, as well as in the past, we hope to inspire conversation and awareness. We are excited to invite other art museums to join us in this initiative.

—NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling

In addition to LACMA, the Guggenheim, MFA Boston, and Museum of Modern Art, New York, we’ll be joining the digital call to arms and celebrating the gifted women artists—past and present—in our collection and on display.

Ready to take another run at the #5WomenArtists challenge? If you are, make sure to share (and tag us) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @agotoronto.

 

2016 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon at the AGO

March 1st, 2016

by Amy Furness, Edit-A-Thon organizer and the AGO’s Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist, Library & Archives

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Art+Feminism’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.

Since last year’s Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon, there’s been great energy and momentum in Toronto for keeping this project going.  We’ve been holding Wikipedia Wednesday evenings every few months in the AGO’s Library & Archives, teaching editing skills and building Wikipedia content on women artists. So it’s exciting now to be planning for the next big international event.  To kick off International Women’s Month, we’re hosting a free Edit-A-Thon on March 5 at the AGO — one of over 100 satellite venues (worldwide!) of the Art+Feminism event, which is headquartered at MoMA in New York.

Toronto-based abstract artist Andrea Bolley, currently one of many women artists without a Wikipedia page.

Toronto-based abstract artist Andrea Bolley, currently one of many women artists without a Wikipedia page.

The reason for this edition of the Edit-A-Thon is just as compelling as when we started: only an estimated 10% of Wikipedia editors identify as female, an imbalance which skews the content of this prevalent information resource. Add to this situation the gender politics of the visual arts, and the result is there are all too many women artists on whom very little information can easily be found.  The Art+Feminism project is helping to change that by encouraging female editors and supporting the creation of new Wikipedia content to fill the gaps.

In the social setting of an Edit-A-Thon, editing Wikipedia can be surprisingly empowering, and even fun.  It’s a great way to celebrate International Women’s Month, and International Women’s Day (March 8). Consider joining us, or just come to show your support!

(And don’t forget: Bring a laptop!)

RSVP by March 4.

Art+Feminism Wikipedia-Edit-A-Thon
Saturday, March 5, 2016
12pm – 4pm
Tutorials at 12:30 and 2pm
Education Commons, AGO
Free

Share your thoughts on social using the hashtags: #AGOedits #AGOToronto #ArtAndFeminism

AGOxInstagram: February 2016

February 29th, 2016

It’s the end of February, which means it’s time for another edition of AGOxInstagram. We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, and our friends at the Hammer Museum, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots (See January 2016’s selection here). Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.

Feb AGOGRAM

Photos (by row): @marcdanielmayer, @frankohmusic, @thelotustiger, @foxnichols, @thedanjuma, @alt.photo, @tarajam, @christylumm, @meatypopsicle

#DrawingAGO Twitter chat with Margaret Priest

February 17th, 2016

Margaret Priest

Margaret Priest

We want to hear from you! Join us on Friday, February 19 at 6pm for our livestream and livetweet of the sold-out talk “Close Encounters: Margaret Priest.”

Re-watch the livestream of the talk below:


To celebrate Drawing, Je t’aime, renowned academic and artist Margaret Priest will be giving an intimate lecture in the Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre on the artists whose work has informed and inspired her own practice — and we want you to tweet your questions for Margaret for the Q&A.

 

Egon Schiele, Portrait of a Girl, 1917, black crayon on wove paper, 33.5 x 16.5 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Herbert Alpert in memory of Patricia Joy Alpert, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Artist, Educator, 2002

Egon Schiele, Portrait of a Girl, 1917, black crayon on wove paper, 33.5 x 16.5 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Herbert Alpert in memory of Patricia Joy Alpert, Beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Artist, Educator, 2002

HOW TO TAKE PART

Watch the livestream (link below) on Friday, February 19, 6pm – 7:30pm EST.

Follow @agotoronto and the hashtag #DrawingAGO on Twitter for our livetweet of key remarks.

Tweet your questions at any time to @agotoronto (adding the hashtag #DrawingAGO) and we’ll share as many as we can with Margaret.

OR 

Post your questions in the Livestream chat feed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christiane Pflug, On McDermott's Farm: The Forest, date unknown, graphite on paper, 32 x 24.5 cm . Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Dr. Michael Pflug, 1975, Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988

Christiane Pflug, On McDermott’s Farm: The Forest, date unknown, graphite on paper, 32 x 24.5 cm . Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift of Dr. Michael Pflug, 1975, Donated by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, 1988

ABOUT THE TALK

Drawing is a fundamentally philosophical act, an act of faith and a belief in magic. The moment the artist’s first mark literally and metaphorically punctures the surface of a blank sheet of paper – it both affirms and denies that surface – and in so doing, it positions itself at the centre of our consciousness. —Margaret Priest

Through pencil dots, conté dashes, charcoal stumpings, wash scumbles, ink glyphs, hatchings, scratchings and erasures, Margaret Priest invites you to examine the rich materiality and the implied metaphysics found in a group of AGO drawings by artists whose work has informed and inspired her own artistic practice.

Margaret Priest (b.1944 – Tyringham, England) was raised and educated in London, where she received her MFA from the Royal College of Art. She moved to Toronto, Canada in 1976. Known for her drawings and three-dimensional critiques of modernism and the built world, Priest works at the intersections of architecture, design, urban histories and personal memory. Since 1970, she has exhibited in museums and public and private galleries in England, Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the USA. Though retired from teaching, she is Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph and a visiting lecturer at universities and schools of art and architecture in Canada and the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life drawing with AGO Instructor Bogdan Luca

February 10th, 2016

Drawing Workshop in the DRAWING JE T'AIME exhibition

This winter, you can take a series of instructor-led life drawing classes inside the exhibition Drawing, Je t’aime: Selections from the AGO Vaults. Course instructor and artist Bogdan Luca gave the AGO’s Online Media officer, Amanda Hadi, the low-down on why anyone can and should want to draw, and why the pencil always trumps the camera as a travelling tool.

Want to register for the next class? Click here.

What does the word “drawing” mean for most people?

I think it can be intimidating… Some people find it mystical and incomprehensible. It goes along with this idea of genius — that only certain special people can and know how to draw. “You’re born with a pencil in your hand.” When in fact, I believe anyone and everyone can draw. If you can write by hand, you also have the ability to draw. It’s just a matter of rearranging those scribbles in other configurations.

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Highlights from #AGO1st – February First Thursday

February 8th, 2016

What did you get up to last Thursday? On February 4, 2016, we were kicking off a new season of Toronto’s biggest art party with an evening of artful programming devoted to Beijing avant-garde artist Song Dong and the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.” Over 2,500 #AGO1st guests took in musical headliner Casey Mecija (formely of Toronto band Ohbijou), who performed against stunning GIF visuals by filmmaker Sammy Rawal; pop-up talks from the Syrian Film Festival and AGO Artist-in-Residence Jérôme Havre; artists Alvis Choi (a.k.a Alvis Parsley), Andil Gosine with Matthew Ryan Smith; and music by DJ Stunts (of Yes Yes Y’All) and Cam Lee (Feministry).

Tickets for our next #AGO1st (March 3, 2016) go on sale February 11 at 10am.

Photos after the jump!

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