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

March 7th, 2012

Nice To Tweet You

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

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.

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