Last night, April 21, close to 1,900 guests helped us raise $313,000 at “Midnight Massive Party,” a magic-and-masquerade-themed fundraiser. Now in its 12th year, Massive Party featured works from Toronto’s top artists and musicians, with Artistic Directors the Broadbent Sisters providing the magic.
Guests explored three unique spaces themed after natural elements and transformation: Concourse Level_Fire: Where guests found the dance party, set to the sounds of DJ Sophie Jones, and a live performance by RALPH and a swinging midnight-samba band. Installations included “The Infinite Selfie” by Robin Clason, a MAC Cosmetics #FutureMac station, “Poorly Potted Plants” by Tau Lewis, Soderberg Mills’ anaglyphic mirror, and The New Beat + Menalon Music’s “Lazer Harp.” Level 1_Earth: A moonlit masquerade with mythical installations by the Broadbent Sisters and music by J.u.D. Level 3_Air: An ethereal, dreamlike space where guests took in “Pseudo Specter” by Michael Vicks and Randall Okita, “The Clearing” by the Broadbent Sisters, and Okita’s “Be Here Now,” with DJ Humble Mike setting a relaxed vibe all night.
On his first day as the Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO, Stephan Jost answered our speedy Q&A to catch us up on some essentials — including: “iPhone or Android?” and “Is this the strangest interview you’ve ever done?” (Answer: “No! I once was interviewed on live television by a blind priest who fell asleep during the interview.”) Shot with Periscope!
Our very own FRANK Restaurant is thrilled to announce a partnership with Terroir Symposium, one of the largest gatherings of the Canadian hospitality and culinary community, to create an inspirational dining experience featuring 16 internationally renowned chefs from across Canada and beyond. These culinary masterminds will work collaboratively with sustainable suppliers to prepare a six-course menu inspired by the upcoming exhibition, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris. The chefs will create dishes using the bounty of our northern climate utilizing resources in the most delicious ways.
Monday, April 25, 7pm – 1am
FRANK Restaurant (The Art Gallery of Ontario)
Cost: $200 per person + tax and gratuity. $20 from each ticket sold will be donated to Canadian Food Centres Canada.
Featured Chefs:Christine Flynn, IQ Food Co. Toronto; Pierre Lamielle, Food on Your Shirt, Calgary; Charlotte Langley, Scout Canning, Toronto; Renée Bellefeuille, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Brandon Baltzley, 41-70, Woods Hole, MA; Todd Perrin, Mallard Cottage, St. Johns, NL; Ned Bell, Yew Seafood Bar, Four Seasons, Vancouver; Jeremy Charles, Raymonds & The Merchant Tavern, St. Johns, NL; Ned Elliot, Foreign and Domestic, Austin; Jim Christiansen, Hey Day, Minneapolis; Scott Vivian, Beast Restaurant, Toronto; Basilio Pesce, The Cheese Boutique, Toronto; Diane Yang, Spoon & Stable, Minneapolis; Bertrand Alépée, The Tempered Room, Toronto and John Jackson & Connie DeSousa, Charcut & Carbar, Calgary.
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Terroir, Canada’s leading food service and hospitality symposium, brings together the elite of Canada’s restaurant industry, including influential chefs, food writers, wine and food experts, journalists and business leaders.
As we open our newest exhibition Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, we have something huge to celebrate. In 2015, the AGO acquired the first painting by the Danish master to enter a Canadian museum. Interior with Four Etchings, a characteristic work created at the height of the artist’s career, was for many decades in a private Toronto collection and has been seen publicly only once before, during an exhibition in Japan.
Painted in the Hammershøi apartment at Strandgade 30 in old Copenhagen, the work features some of the artist’s favourite motifs: a closed, square piano with chair, cherished antique Royal Copenhagen porcelain, four heavily framed, indistinct etchings and, most important of all, his wife Ida, who would model for him more than seventy times.
So how did this masterpiece come to reside at the AGO? We chatted with our outgoing curator of European Art Lloyd DeWitt to ask about the history of this painting and the role the Department of Canadian Heritage played in helping to keep it in Canada.
Good news! Your friendly, neighbourhood Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre is undergoing a bit of a makeover to make room for new improvements, including a new sliding glass door to allow us to open up the space, new non-slip flooring, and new finishes and play materials — all to make learning even more exciting for our littlest visitors. While we complete our renovations, the Centre will be closed from April 26 to May 13. But don’t worry: we’ll have an assortment of facilitated Hands-On activities and play materials on offer throughout the gallery for children and families. Check in at the ticket kiosks or Membership desk to find out what family-friendly activities we’re offering on any given day.
Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s
The first exhibition of photography and film of this scope and size in the AGO’s history, Outsiders celebrates the iconoclastic mid-20th century American artists—like Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Nan Goldin, Danny Lyon, Kenneth Anger and Gordon Parks—who captured a changing America and life on the fringes.
It’s time for another edition of AGOxInstagram! We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots (See January 2016’s selection here). Want to take part? Keep sharing your Instagram and Twitter photos with us by tagging @agotoronto or #agotoronto.
Photos (by row, left to right): @zachbalbino, @cecilymy, @kandisebrown, @alyssayuhas, @bofajardo, @danielakonishi, @epiiffany, @mandclu, @_ktrinac