Sparked by an ambrotype portrait of Charlotte Brontë from the late 1850s, this fascinating installation showcases works from photography’s earliest decades and the diverse uses the medium was put to from the beginning, curated by the AGO’s Sophie Hackett. Read the rest of this entry »
The days are getting longer and the social calendar is filling up, which means spring has finally sprung! That also means that AGO spring courses – including flower-themed art classes inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe – are about to start next week, so act fast if you want to sign up.
It’s the perfect time to reconnect and focus on what’s truly important in life, including self-care. To help you take a deep breath or two, we’re running mindfulness programs to helping visitors find a new way of interacting with art from the AGO Collection.
Mindful Movement – Slow Looking will engage with specific works to slow down the body and mind with yoga movements and meditative techniques, allowing visitors to experience a new way of looking at art and being in an art space. This is a five-week course that runs every Thursday from May 4 to June 1 from 10:30 am to noon, and every Friday from May 12 to June 9 from 6 to 7:30 pm. Read the rest of this entry »
“Nothing is built on stone, everything on sand, but our duty is to build as if sand were stone.” – Jorge Luis Borges.
This verse could act as a definition of an artist’s role in our society: they create works that transcend time and place, exploring the human experience in the face of the world’s uncertainty and instability. These themes—belonging, precariousness and transience, as well as time, place and identity—are all present in a new AGO exhibition that takes its name from the verse above: As If Sand Were Stone. Read the rest of this entry »
AGO Members enjoy the preview of Georgia O’Keeffe. Photo courtesy of the AGO.
It might not always feel like spring outside, but inside the AGO it’s definitely time to stop and view the flowers.
The unforgettable retrospective Georgia O’Keeffe, featuring 80 pieces from throughout the iconic artist’s career, from her early days in New York City through to her final pieces created in the desert of New Mexico, officially opened to the public on Saturday, April 22. And judging from the early reaction, Torontonians are relishing the chance to get to know O’Keeffe in a brand new way.
Everyone at the AGO is eagerly anticipating the upcoming Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition—including the Chefs at our restaurant, FRANK. What better way to get into the spirit of all things O’Keeffe than a dinner devoted to the great American artist, with American wines and cuisine? The Curated Dinner Series launches on April 20, and reservations are now open. Featuring fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables including asparagus, artichokes and fiddleheads, each course—six, in total—is paired with a wine designed to complement the dish.
Food stations at First Thursday: MOBILIZE. Photo courtesy of the AGO.
At First Thursday, you come for the party and stay for the art—every month features a unique and mind-blowing lineup of contemporary artists to immerse, stun, challenge and energize AGO visitors. But what’s on hand to make sure party-goers are feeling nourished and fuelled to keep up with the action? Specialized gourmet menus of snacks and drinks, of course! Read the rest of this entry »
That’s the question that’s driving AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall, taking place this Friday, April 21 at 8 pm. In video below, Metro Morning host and CBC Radio 1 personality Matt Galloway takes us through the social and political contexts that make Creative Minds: Art and Nationhood such a pertinent event.
A new block of tickets is now on sale from $19.50. And, as an AGOinsider bonus, you can receive an additional 10% off the ticket price by entering the code AGOFriends when purchasing. Buy your tickets here.
It’s no secret that we’re the only North American museum presenting a major Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition…and it’s kind of a big deal. The exhibition just finished hugely successful runs at the Tate Modern in London, England and the Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria – and it opens here this week! AGO Members’ previews begin on Wednesday, and public hours begin this Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »
A year ago today, Stephan Jost joined the AGO as its new Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO. Coming from the Honolulu Museum of Art, where he was the Director for five years, we wondered how he would adjust – because come on, who would trade beaches for snowbanks? As it turns out, he’s feeling a lot of love for the 6ix, and is in his element at the AGO.
Stephan showed vision and leadership right off the bat and you can already see the results – more art! Next time you are at the AGO, marvel at Michael Snow’s Walking Woman sculptures, wander past Inuit sculptures in Walker Court and check out our newly installed Modernist galleries on Level 1. Stephan’s most visible project to date is Look:Forward, a major reinstallation of the AGO’s remarkable Collection. Read the rest of this entry »