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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Spring is just around the corner and we can’t wait for what’s in store! In addition to sunshine and warmer weather, spring also means a whole new series of courses at the AGO to get your creativity blooming.
Here are some of our exciting new courses, guaranteed to get you reenergized:
Not sure what to do with your kids this March Break? We’ve got you covered. The AGO has an incredible line-up of interactive and imaginative activities from March 9 to 17. From collage art to paper food-making and recipe sharing, kids are taking over the AGO every day from 10:30 am to 4 pm.
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.