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Choir! Choir! Choir! is returning to the AGO!

December 6th, 2016

Choir!Choir!Choir! - David Bowie

Choir!Choir!Choir! salute to David Bowie at the AGO

Please note that this event is now sold out

Remember that spine-tingling rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity performed at the AGO last January that made headlines around the world?  Well, great news: C!C!C! is bookending 2016 by returning to the Gallery to create another unmatchable moment.

On Sunday, December 11 at 7 pm, C!C!C! invites you to raise your voice in support of 25 Days of Charity, its ambitious holiday campaign to fundraise for 25 vital organizations in Toronto and beyond – including the AGO.

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And the winner is…

December 5th, 2016

Aimia AGO Photography Prize

(L-R: Stephan Jost, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Vince Timpano, Adelina Vlas. Photo: AGO)

German artist Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is the winner of the 2016 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, the internationally renowned award for contemporary photography that recognizes Canadian and international artists. Chosen by public vote, she receives $50,000. Other artists on this year’s shortlist included Talia Chetrit (USA), Jimmy Robert (France) and Elizabeth Zvonar (Canada).

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Ready, set, SKETCH!

December 5th, 2016

‘Tis the season for giving! AGO staff and volunteers are collecting art supplies in support of SKETCH, just in time for the organization’s 20th anniversary.


Image Courtesy SKETCH

What better way to help a local organization celebrate its 20th anniversary than with an art supply drive? For the third year in a row, AGO staff and volunteers are reaching out into the community to share their holiday spirit during the annual AGO Gives Back holiday campaign. This year’s partner is SKETCH.

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Art! Camera! Action!

December 5th, 2016

Ready to be amazed?  The AGO is using new, state-of-the-art technology designed to show great art in a new light.

Film stills

Francis Alÿs In collaboration with Julien Devaux and Ajmal Maiwandi ‘REEL-UNREEL’ 2011 Kabul, Afghanistan Single-channel video projection 19:28 min, colour, sound Collection Art Gallery of Ontario Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London, 2013. 2013/96 © 2016 Francis Alÿs. Photo: Arash Boostani

When the AGO decided to host Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs’ solo exhibition, A Story of Negotiation, we knew our decade-old audio/visual technology wouldn’t do his acclaimed video works justice. So, we turned to Panasonic Canada for expertise and the latest state-of-the-art visual projection and display equipment.

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“He was always Tony to us”

December 5th, 2016

A former studio assistant shares behind-the-scenes stories from the workshop of British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro


Anthony Caro in his studio © Barford Sculptures Limited Photo John Hammond. Courtesy Gagosian

In 1968, Patrick Cunningham was an Irish engineer, living and working in London for a small firm. That is, until the day Anthony Caro walked into his office carrying a sculpture. Six months later Patrick was working full time at Caro’s studio, a job he’s had ever since, even after Caro’s death in 2013 (he now helps install exhibitions of Caro’s work around the world). During his recent visit to Toronto to oversee the installation of the AGO’s upcoming exhibition Anthony Caro: Sculpture Laid Bare, we caught up with Patrick to get the inside scoop on Caro’s artistic process.

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Go inside an artist’s brain

November 28th, 2016


Artist projects and performances are a highlight of every AGO First Thursday, giving local artists the chance to experiment and engage with our visitors – and December’s edition (this Thursday, December 1) is no exception.

Beginning at 9 pm, Toronto artist Lisa Smolkin will be performing Interior Lyfe, a unique tour through the collection of the AGO that is punctuated by examples of her own work.

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Not Fassbender. Fassbinder!

November 28th, 2016


Film still from Fassbinder’s ‘Despair’, courtesy of TIFF

A central figure in the New German Cinema—a fertile period in filmmaking from the late 1960s to the 1980s, which includes greats such as Werner Herzog—Rainer Werner Fassbinder has become an enormous influence on today’s artists and filmmakers. His films are considered iconic and have only grown in their political and thematic relevance in the last 50 years. Our friends at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are currently running a retrospective of Fassbinder’s fascinating works. Read the rest of this entry »

Look up!

November 28th, 2016

The night sky has inspired humans for millennia, and you can see its effect on some of Western art’s most famous painters in our current exhibition, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more.

Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius. This warm planetary nebula harbours one of the hottest stars known and its powerful stellar winds generate waves 100 billion kilometres high. The waves are caused by supersonic shocks, formed when the local gas is compressed and heated in front of the rapidly expanding lobes. The atoms caught in the shock emit the spectacular radiation seen in this image.

“Huge waves are sculpted in this two-lobed nebula some 3000 light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.” Text credit: ESA (European Space Agency) Image credit: ESA/Garrelt Mellema (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

This holiday season, the AGO invites families to explore the landscapes above us in our unique Pop-Up Planetarium. Designed for children of all ages (and adults!) and presented in partnership with the University of Toronto, this unique interactive experience was created especially for the AGO by astronomer Dr. Ilana MacDonald. We caught up with her this week to ask what we can expect to see – and what’s changed in the sky since Van Gogh painted his very first starry night.

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Welcome! Bienvenue! Ahlan!

November 28th, 2016


Photo: the Institute for Canadian Citizenship/Andrew Williamson

Imagine the joy of exploring an art museum following a harrowing move to a new country. This year we said welcome, bienvenue, and ahlan to nearly 100 Syrian newcomers who took part in two special afternoons at the AGO, discovering Canadian art and learning about the country they now call home.

AGO Education Officers led the group on a Gallery tour with assistance from volunteer Arabic interpreters with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Cultural Access Pass program (new Canadian citizens themselves). They discussed Canada’s identity through nature, the history of Toronto and Ontario, stories of Canadian immigration, and the diverse backgrounds and traditions that make Canada so unique.

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