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September Twitter chat: Art schools and education, with co-hosts Akimbo and OCAD U

September 13th, 2012

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST we are teaming up with Akimbo and OCAD University and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art schools and art education. We hope you’ll join us!

Students young and old are getting settled into classrooms across the country this month, and that includes students studying art in full-time and part-time programs, as well as continuing education courses and workshops. They have a spectrum of goals and needs, whether they are aiming to brush up on technique, delve deep into art history and theory or gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be a practicing artist in Canada. What skills do they need to succeed? Where can they learn those skills? And how can their art education help them achieve their short- and long-term goals?

With their broad-ranging experience with and knowledge of art schools and education, we’re glad to have Akimbo’s Social Media Director James Fowler and OCAD U’s Media & Communications Officer Sarah Mulholland as our co-hosts on Sept. 26. Our Twitter chat will explore the following questions:

Q1 What are some of the top Canadian art schools?

Q2 What opportunities does a degree education give artists that casual classes or self-learning would not?

Q3 How important is it for artists to learn about art history and theory as part of their schooling?

Q4 What new programs/courses/workshops are emerging in Canada and what ones would you like to see?

Q5 What other “non–art practice” skills should young artists learn?

Q6 What do you look for in an art instructor, program, studio or theory class or workshop?

Q7 What mechanisms or services are there to help a new graduate succeed?

Q8 For people who don’t consider themselves artists, what are the benefits to taking part-time or occasional art classes?



PRIZES
Get ready to tweet up a storm! The top contributor to this chat will get tickets to an upcoming educational talk at the AGO, as well as stylin’ swag from Akimbo and OCAD U.


HOW TO TAKE PART

What #AkimboChat is a Twitter discussion, hosted by Akimbo, with a new art topic each month. Breaking from our usual #ArtHour schedule, we are joining forces with Akimbo and OCAD U for a mega-chat about art schools and education.

When Wednesday, September 26, 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad for more information, or search for the hashtag #AkimboChat. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #AkimboChat hashtag.

Who This #AkimboChat is for everyone: art students, schools, educators, working artists, arts professionals, galleries and museums, and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 1 p.m. @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad will be tweeting questions using the hashtag #AkimboChat. Anyone can respond, also using #AkimboChat. For example, we would tweet “Q1 What is your favourite painting? #AkimboChat,” and you could tweet back “A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #AkimboChat.”

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this special collaborative Twitter chat. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net. #ArtHour returns to its regular schedule, the second Thursday of the month, on Oct. 11, 2012.

August #ArtHour: Explore the intersections of film and art, with co-hosts AGO and TIFF

August 7th, 2012

On Thursday, August 9, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with TIFF and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about film and art. We hope you’ll join us!

Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Christopher Walken), 2006, Polaroid photograph, 20” x 24” Polaroid Camera. Courtesy of the artist.

Despite their separate venues and divergent mandates, the visual arts and film worlds share a lot of similarities, not just in technique and presentation but also in their ability to engage and inspire viewers. The AGO has invited visitors to experience and explore the convergence of art and film in both its programming — with film screenings in Jackman Hall and courses and workshops that utilize filmmaking techniques — and exhibitions, such as the recent showing of Yael Bartana’s film trilogy …And Europe Will Be Stunned and Julian Schnabel: Art and Film in 2010-2011 (listen to the artist discuss his work with former AGO curator of modern and contemporary art David Moos here). This fall and winter in Evan Penny: Re Figured, we are excited to show works by a Canadian hyperrealist sculptor who worked for a thirteen-year period in the film industry, creating amazing special effects and makeup for films by David Cronenburg, Oliver Stone, John Woo and others.

Our co-hosts for this month’s #ArtHour, TIFF, run a programme called Future Projections, in which “cinema meets the visual arts with moving-image projects” during each year’s festival. Last year as part of that programme, actor James Franco collaborated with director Gus Van Sant to create Memories of Idaho, a multi-part installation that centred on the critically acclaimed film My Own Private Idaho and its lead actor, River Phoenix. You can watch Franco and Van Sant discuss that project here (check back at tiff.net soon for info on this year’s Future Projections programme). TIFF has also shown many films about art and artists. Currently running at TIFF Bell Lightbox is Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary about the prominent Chinese artist and dissident.

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With their multidisciplinary experience and expertise, we’re glad to have TIFF as our co-hosts on August 9 for a Twitter chat that explores the following questions:

Q1 What are your favourite films that blur the line between the visual art and cinema worlds?
Q2 What people have been able to master working in both the fields of visual art and cinema?
Q3 Which films do you think have excelled in the artistic use of special effects?
Q4 What is your favourite movie about art or artists?
Q5 Is there more freedom for creative individuals working in the art world than working in film?
Q6 How do we give art and artists recognition in film festivals and awards? Do they get enough?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a copy of Julian Schnabel: Art and Film, the 368-page catalogue produced for the AGO exhibition of the same name, as well as two pairs of tickets to a screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Evan Penny and Shelley #2, Variation of 4, 2008, silicone, pigment, hair, aluminum, 64 x 61 x 18 cm, Richard R. Singleton of Priddis, Alberta, Canada, © Evan Penny 2012.

HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When Thursday, August 9, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).
Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @TIFF_NET for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @TIFF_NET will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for #ArtHour. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

July #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Bunch for a chat about kids and art

July 6th, 2012

On Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Bunch and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about kids and art. We hope you’ll take part!

School is out and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids’ bodies and minds active and engaged. Art activities are an obvious go-to on lazy, hazy summer days, but it’s less clear how to keep kids interested, cultivate their creativity and find age-appropriate materials for both art-making and art education. How can you accomplish all that while creating a sense of wonder about the world of art and keeping paint and glue off the carpet?

On July 12, we’re looking for answers on Twitter, with help from our co-hosts Bunch and their expertise on art and culture for families. During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion and giving parents, caregivers and art educators a platform to share tips:

Q1 How do you expose your kids to art in the city?
Q2 Do kids learn more about art from making it or seeing it?
Q3 What’s an art project you did with your kids that really got them engaged at a young age?
Q4 How can we use technology to introduce children to art? Any resources you can recommend?
Q5 Everyone has a marker bin, but does your family use any outside-the-box art materials?
Q6 How do you determine what art is appropriate for your kids to see?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win five VIP passes to visit Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before August 12. Each pass comes with an audio guide, which contains several stops that are just for kids! The passes also include general admission to our collection and current exhibitions.

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HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When Thursday, July 12, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).
Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @BunchFamily for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @BunchFamily will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

June #ArtHour: Join the AGO and the COC for a chat about cross-disciplinary collaboration

June 6th, 2012

On Thursday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with the Canadian Opera Company and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about cross-disciplinary collaboration . We hope you’ll take part!

Jane Archibald as Semele (foreground) and William Burden as Jupiter (background) in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company.

This spring, artist Zhang Huan — who has worked primarily in the visual arts — came to Toronto for the launch of three projects: the unveiling of his large sculpture Rising, in front of Shangri-La Toronto; the North American premiere of his production of Semele by the COC; and an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ash Paintings and Memory Doors. His foray into the opera world with Semele is a prime example of the cross-disciplinary collaboration that tweeters will discuss during this #ArtHour. Have other good examples to share? Leave a comment below and add it to the conversation on June 13.

During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion with you and other art-loving tweeters:

Q1 Which art forms are most likely to benefit from involvement by people outside the discipline? The least likely?
Q2 Is there any kind of artistic expertise that does not translate to other mediums?
Q3 Can you think of a cross-disciplinary collaboration that you thought worked particularly well?
Q4 What is the biggest challenge facing artists collaborating with people in other disciplines?
Q5 Does above-average ability in one discipline make someone more likely to succeed in any creative endeavour?
Q6 Do you think critics are kinder to artists working outside their usual discipline or harsher?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a pair of tickets for general admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario and another pair to see an upcoming Canadian Opera Company production.

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HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When Thursday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).
Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @canadianopera for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @canadianopera will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

Have Your Say about Public Art: April #ArtHour with co-host Hyperallergic

April 2nd, 2012

Public Art outside the AGO: Moore, Henry, British, Large Two Forms,1966 - 1969, bronze, 386.0 x 610.0cm, purchase from the artist, 1973 Photo by Matthew Plexman

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and New York art blog Hyperallergic on Thursday,  April 12, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an hour-long online discussion about public art. 

Art in public spaces affects all of us. From huge government-mandated art installations to politically-charged intervention art, work that appears in public spaces has the power to jolt us from our daily routine and ask us to see the world differently.  What is public art?

We’ll be joined on Twitter by co-host Hyperallergic to ask a series of questions related to the theme of public art. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this subject.

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a night for two at a luxury Toronto hotel and a pair of tickets to visit the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.  

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HOW TO TAKE PART

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday April 12, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @hyperallergic  for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, April 12 @agotoronto and @hyperallergic will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What was the last piece of public art you saw that made you stop and think? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 I loved John Locke’s phone booth hack #ArtHour

Our April topic is PUBLIC ART.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday April 12,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

Why is contemporary art important? Join us on Twitter and let us know!

March 7th, 2012

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Join the Art Gallery of Ontario on Thursday,  March 8, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about contemporary art.

“Why is contemporary art important?” If you’ve been to see Watch This Space you might have already answered this question by using the #contemporaryTO hashtag and posting to our first ever in-gallery Twitter Wall. We’ve had some truly excellent responses so far, and with so many amazing contemporary artists on display at the AGO right now it was a natural choice for the theme of March’s #ArtHour.

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, February 9, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, March 8 we will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 Why is contemporary art important? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 Contemporary art is a lens through which to see the world we live in #ArtHour

Our March topic is CONTEMPORARY ART. Your favourite artists, the coolest shows, what we can be doing to support our local art scene and more.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday February 9,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

AND Check out all the amazing contemporary exhibitions at the AGO this Spring!

 

Yael Bartana: …And Europe Will Be Stunned

Israeli filmmaker and artist Yael Bartana is a rising star in the international art scene. Her film trilogy…And Europe Will Be Stunned raises questions about ideas of homeland and a sense of belonging. In the films — Mary Koszmary (Nightmares), Mur i Wieża (Wall and Tower) and Zamach (Assassination) — Bartana tests reactions to the unexpected return of the “long-unseen neighbour,” telling a story of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland. The trilogy also challenges the viewer’s readiness to accept the other and the complexities of cultural integration in a culturally and politically unstable world. Learn more.

IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958–2011

Canadian artist IAIN BAXTER& has made a career out of breaking rules and keeping viewers on their toes, and the AGO is inviting visitors to experience his intriguing body of work. Featuring 100 works, the exhibition offers the most comprehensive survey of BAXTER&’s career to date, comprising pioneering works of appropriation art, gallery-transforming installations, environmental art, and conceptually based photography. Learn more.

Generously supported by:
Leslie Gales & Keith Ray
Rosamond Ivey
The Steven & Michael Latner Families
Philip B. Lind & Ellen Roland

Watch this Space: Contemporary Art from the AGO Collection

An exhibition that invites visitors to consider how the universal concept of space has inspired artists.Watch this Space brings together compelling works in a variety of media. Canadian and international artists are included in this exploration of the  issues and ideas related to space — be it physical locations, psychological realms or the places that exist somewhere between the real and the imagined. The installation includes new acquisitions and longtime collection favourites such as Gerhard Richter’sScheune/Barn No. 549/1 and Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue WhiteLearn more.

Toronto Now

Toronto Now is an ongoing series of contemporary art projects that puts the focus on Toronto artists and displays their work in the free, street-facing Young Gallery. The current installation NOW: A Collaborative Project by Sean Martindale and Pascal Paquette guest curated by Katherine Dennis, reflects the artists’ interest in pressing Toronto issues and the tension between the rush of the average Torontonian’s current lifestyle and the benefit of being mindful of environmental, political and cultural subjects. Learn More

The Toronto Now series is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle

Team Macho: Axis Mundi

An interactive installation by local art heroes Team Macho, have transformed the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre Community Gallery into a fully functioning art studio, inviting visitors to occupy the space alongside the artists. The installation draws on themes brought forth in writer Northrop Frye’s Words with Power, along with ideas related to the history of artists working in collaboration, referencing the practices of General Idea and the Group of Seven, among others. Learn more.

Art vs Design: Join us for #ArtHour and have your say

February 9th, 2012

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and FITC  on Thursday,  February 9, 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about the relationship between art and design.

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, February 9, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @FITC for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, February 9 the chat hosts will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What is your favourite art gallery? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 The Art Gallery of Ontario! #ArtHour

Our January topic is THE BEST OF THE BEST. From your favourite galleries to the best experience you’ve had

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net.

See you on Twitter,  Thursday February 9,  11:00 – 12:00 EST 

 

The Best of the Best

January 6th, 2012

Join the Art Gallery of Ontario and THEMUSEUM  on Thursday,  January 12 2012 at 11 a.m.  for an online discussion about the art world’s  ‘best of the best.’

What: #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.
When: Thursday, January 12, 11:00 – 12:00 EST and then every second Thursday of the month.
Where: On Twitter – Follow @AGOToronto and @THEMUSEUM for more information or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. We’ll also be posting the questions on Facebook and here on the blog.
Who: #ArtHour is for everyone –  Galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.
Why: It’s a great, free way of meeting art fans from across the world.
How: Starting at 11am we’ll be asking a series of questions around the month’s topic for you to answer, debate and discuss.

From 11am until 12.00pm EST on Thursday, December 8 the chat host (us!) will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hastag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using the #ArtHour hashtag. What is a hashtag?

For example, we would tweet:

Q1 What is your favourite art gallery? #ArtHour

And you could tweet back:

A1 The Art Gallery of Ontario! #ArtHour

Our January topic is THE BEST OF THE BEST. From your favourite galleries to the best experience you’ve had

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email holly_knowlman@ago.net or Derek.weidl@themuseum.ca

See you on Twitter,  Thursday, January 12 11:00 – 12:00 EST 

Update: Here are this month’s questions. You can take part on Twitter, Facebook, or leave a comment right here on the blog:

1. What’s the best exhibition you’ve ever been to and why?

2. What was the best surprise you ever found in a museum or gallery?

3. What’s the best way a cultural institution can attract your attention?

4. What’s the best way for arts organizations to inspire you to donate?

5. What’s the best thing you ever learned in a museum or gallery?

6. What’s the best experience you’ve ever had with a member of staff at a museum or gallery?