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December 18th, 2017

Left to right Norman Cohn, Pauloosie Qulitalik, Lizzie Qulitalik, Mary Qulitalik, Rachel Uyarashuk, Jonah Uyarashuk, and Zacharias Kunuk on the set of Nunaqpa (Going Inland) in 1990.

Want to know what’s happening in the world of art and culture? Once again, we’ve gathered some of the most interesting art news stories making the rounds here at the AGO. From the weird to the inspired, here’s what’s fuelling our watercooler talk:

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Looking back on Look:Forward

December 18th, 2017

Jean-François Denière Tables in the style of Louis XIV for the Duke of Hamilton 1823 Ormolu and brass and Porphyry tops, probably Roman, around 0-500 C.E. Gift of Miss L. Aileen Larkin, 1945.

As 2017 winds down, we’re starting to look back on our biggest projects of the year. One of them was Look:Forward, our major reinstallation project which began late 2016 and will continue into 2018. This year, we focused on the first floor, including our European Galleries, which present art created between the years 1200 and 1900. We asked our curators of European Art, Sasha Suda and Caroline Shields to recommend some highlights to check out as you wander through the galleries. Make sure you look at the on-point wall colours and beautiful ceilings –each gallery features a different design. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink

December 18th, 2017

Ruth Cuthand. Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink, 2016. 112 vessels with glass beads and resin, hand-beaded blue tarpaulin tablecloth, and 10 MDF “gas board” panels, Installed dimensions variable. Purchase, with funds from Karen Schreiber and Marnie Schreiber through The American Friends of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Inc., 2017. © Ruth Cuthand.

Visitors to the Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood exhibition, which closed earlier in December, might remember entering one of the smaller rooms and coming upon an unexpected sight—a table, covered in blue tarp, in front of a wall of wood panelling. On top of the table were several water glasses and baby bottles, with exquisite pieces of beadwork appearing to float inside them.

What seems simple on the surface eventually reveals itself to be a moving piece of art, recently donated to our Collection by donors Marnie and Karen Schreiber. In Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink, Ruth Cuthand, an artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry, uses the Indigenous craft of beadwork to represent the deplorable conditions of many First Nation communities. Depicted on the tarp are magnified images of black mold, and inside the glasses the beadwork represents the bacterium and parasites found in the drinking water of approximately 94 First Nations. Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink will be displayed again in the summer of 2018 as part of the AGO’s Look:Forward reinstallation project. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing European art to life

December 11th, 2017

Michelle Tracey, James Smith, Alice Snaden, and Ghazal Azarbad. Photo by Daniel Malavasi.

Our European Galleries have undergone a major facelift with the Look: Forward reinstallation project, which began earlier this year. The project will continue into 2018 with the goal of displaying the AGO Collection in new spaces, through inspired perspectives, and presenting never-before-seen works by underrepresented artists and voices.

Recent visitors to the AGO may have already enjoyed the revamped European Galleries, but thanks to a partnership with Soulpepper Theatre, visitors can engage with the artworks in a whole new way. If you were at the AGO this past weekend, you may have run into a group of talented actors, singers and musicians who performed original pieces in response to the Collection. You can catch them again at the following times: Read the rest of this entry »

A sense-ational art experience

December 11th, 2017

Woman listens to a seashell while looking at artwork

Translation based on Two Piece Reclining Figure No. 2 by Henry Moore. A seashell with a wireless speaker that plays sounds of the ocean and excerpts from Henry Moore. Image courtesy of the AGO.

Have you ever wondered what your favourite painting would sound like? What it would feel like? What it would smell like? (Imagine how great Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Burger would smell!) At the end of November, visitors got a chance to experience art with all of their senses.

OCADU graduate students in the Inclusive Design program, taught by Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director Dr. Peter Coppin and Assistant Professor Beverly Dywan, were tasked with developing seven different multisensory interpretive projects inspired by artwork in the AGO’s Collection.  Read the rest of this entry »

Creating magic At Home with Monsters

December 11th, 2017

Image courtesy of the AGO.

The incredible reaction to our current exhibition, Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, confirms our hunch: people love monsters! But what is it like to obsess over every little detail of a monster like Frankenstein’s, or the Wolfman?

Artist Mike Hill is responsible for some of the most memorable pieces in At Home with Monsters, including the bulk of its final section—Frankenstein, and the incredibly detailed, lifelike sculptures that re-enact key scenes from Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. We spoke to Mike to learn more about how he found himself in a career that includes the phrase “Frankenstein’s ear hair.”

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Stuff that stocking!

December 11th, 2017


Image courtesy of shopAGO

The perfect stocking stuffers can be trickier to track down than you think. Small, affordable and packs a WOW-factor? It can be quite the feat to pull off, especially if your Xmas list numbers more than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Never fear! The retail champions at shopAGO are here to help, from the inspired to the adorable to the remarkably helpful. Here are a few items that are just perfect for that stocking you’re looking to fill at the last minute.

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