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Archive: April, 2008

AGO’s Drawing on Yoga at the Bunch Salon

April 28th, 2008

AGO’s Drawing on Yoga at the Bunch Salon, Photos courtesy of the Bunch Salon

On April 12, the AGO participated in the Bunch Salon, an event for the "kidsintelligentsia," along with the Design Exchange, National Film Board and the Canadian Opera Company held at the Arts and Letters Club.

"Parents want to have amazing experiences with their kids," says Bunch founder Rebecca Brown.

In the AGO’s "Drawing on Yoga" workshop, kids and parents made animal masks together and then donned them to get down on the mats as they were led through a series of fun, simple yoga poses such as downward dog, cobra, lion, turtle, frog, locust, worm, cow face, and cat. There were babies in diapers alongside parents who might have been yoga devotees in another life "bc" (before children). Lots of fun! Look for "Drawing on Yoga" to re-appear in Fall 08 at the AGO Gallery School.

More photos from the Bunch Salon are posted on Flickr.

Meet you at the Mall in front of the Gap!

April 22nd, 2008

AGO is A-GO at The Toronto Eaton Centre

On Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, The Art Gallery of Ontario’s AGO is A-GO set-up at The Toronto Eaton Centre.

Mall guests were able to catch a glimpse of the catch a glimpse of the AGO collection and view images of the Gehry designed building that will open to the public in the fall of 2008. Guests chatted with the AGO community outreach team, who answered their questions about the Transformation AGO project and plans for the future. They also had the opportunity to win an AGO family membership and free admission tickets!

AGO is A-GO at The Toronto Eaton Centre

The team will also be at:

Fairview Mall – 1800 Sheppard Ave. East
Friday April 25 – 10 am to 9 pm.
Saturday April 26 – 9:30 am to 6 pm.

Markville – 5000 Hwy 7 East at McCowan
Friday June 6 – 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday June 7 – 9:30 am to 6pm

Erin Mills Town Centre – 5100 Erin Mills Pkwy – Mississauga
Friday May 16 – 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday May 17 – 9:30 am to 6 pm

Hillcrest Mall – 9350 Yonge Street Richmond Hill
Friday May 23 – 10 am to 9 pm
Saturday May 24 – 9:30 am to 6 pm

Sherway Gardens
Friday May 2 from 10 am to 9pm
Saturday May 3 9:30 am to 6 pm.

The year of the transformed AGO is upon us!

April 9th, 2008

Matthew Teitelbaum

We are down to the final months of our Frank Gehry-designed expansion. Our installations of extraordinary art are well under way, and innovative interpretive strategies are almost ready for prime time. At first it seemed we would never get to this point. Now it seems as if we are hurtling toward the reopening at the speed of light.

The loyalty and commitment of our members can never be overstated. You’ve stayed with us throughout this remarkable journey and you’ll be memorably welcomed home to your new AGO this fall. Membership prices will increase nominally when the Gallery reopens – our first increase in ten years – but renewing right now allows you to take advantage of current prices. Our new membership program offers more benefits than ever before, beginning with exclusive preview events prior to the grand opening and invitations to special lectures and tours. This is the best time to be a member. By renewing early (and by encouraging your friends to join, as well), you’ll enjoy a full year of the transformed AGO at pre- transformation prices, receive valuable membership benefits available to you now, and get to take advantage of any additional benefits when we reopen in the fall.

Your dedication to the AGO is underscored by the outstanding support you’ve shown during our transformation. Gifts from members to our community campaigns have totalled more than $3 million. Your generosity affords us great momentum as we approach the final stages of Transformation AGO, and your belief in what we’re achieving is a source of energy for everyone associated with the project.

Speaking of new energy, I would like you to welcome our new Director of Exhibitions and Publications Catherine de Zegher, who has assumed the fundamental role of creating a vibrant exhibitions program at the transformed AGO with her curatorial and educational colleagues. Catherine is the former executive director of The Drawing Center in New York, the only not-for-profit institution in the United States to focus on the exhibition of drawings by established and emerging artists. Catherine’s passion for connecting historical and contemporary themes was a hallmark of her work at The Drawing Center. That same passion will be evident in our European installation, where she is curating four galleries. Our paths have crossed at the perfect time, and you’ll be hearing more about Catherine in the future.

Once again, my deepest thanks for your patience and your passion for art. We’ll soon be able to reconvene in an extraordinary new home for extraordinary art. This is our year.

– Matthew Teitelbaum
Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO

Vote for your choice of artist for The Grange Prize 2008!

April 3rd, 2008

Voting ends at 11:59pm April 3.

The AGO and Aeroplan have partnered to create an exciting new art prize!

The Grange Prize, named in honour of the AGO’s historic home, is an annual award recognizing the work of Canadian and international contemporary photographers. The annual $50,000 prize is among the largest of its kind in Canada, and the only one entirely determined by the public. Each year artists will be selected from across Canada and a different international region; this year China was selected.

The winner of the $50,000 prize will be selected from two Canadian and three international finalists: Raymonde April, Sarah Anne Johnson, Miao Xiaochun, Huang Yan and Liu Zheng. The finalists for the award will be invited to participate in artist-in-residency programs. The winner will also receive an exhibit of his or her work at the Art Gallery of Ontario in spring 2009.

Visit to view work by each of the five selected artists and learn more about them. The website has already received more than 2200 hits since voting opened on February 25. More than 700 people – from China, England, the U.S. and across Canada – have cast their votes. Voting continues to April 3. The winner will be announced in Toronto on Thursday April 24.

(From left to right) Raymonde April, Four Friends, Inkjet on Photorag paper, 2004. Sarah Anne Johnson, Morning Meeting, Chromogenic Print/Dye Coupler Print, 2003-2004. Miao Xiaochun, Theatre, C-Print, 2007. Huang Yan, Running – Great Wall Landscape 2, C-Print, 2007. Liu Zheng, Peking Opera, The Web Cage, C-Print, 1997.