We’ve told you how the exhibition helped connect co-curator Jocelyn Piirainen to her roots and how meaningful it was for co-curator Koomuatuk (Kuzy) Curley to work with a team of Inuit from the North and the South. This week we’re speaking with co-curator Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an artist and spoken word poet, on how shaping this exhibition deepened her connection to Ashevak and Pitsiulak.
(L-R) Julia Campbell-Such, Leonie Muller and Valerie Moscato with New York Apartment View – Manhattan by Pegi Nicol MacLeod, c. 1940. Image by the AGO.
Every summer, the team in our Michael & Sonja Koerner Centre for Conservation works with student interns who gain hands-on experience while helping keep the AGO Collection in tip-top shape.
Meet this year’s three conservation interns: Valerie Moscato, in her final year at Queen’s University, finishing a Master of Art Conservation, specializing in paintings; Julia Campbell-Such, who will graduate this year from Queen’s Master of Art Conservation program, with a focus on conservation of objects; and Leonie Muller, who is completing a Master of Arts at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in paper conservation.
We think conservators are like superheroes of the art world – working to restore and protect great art. So we’ve given our conservation interns each a superhero name to reflect the fascinating work they’re doing.
An enthusiastic camper shows off her work. Image by the AGO.
Do you know a young artist looking for an awesome way to spend the summer? At AGO Summer Art Camps, our campers create amazing art projects.
In our one- and two-week summer camps, self-expression and fun are key as young artists discover and play while exploring the AGO’s galleries. Every Friday, we hold an exhibition of campers’ artistic creations, and parents, caregivers, friends and family are invited to view these young artists’ work.
And from what we’ve seen, we’ve got some very talented campers. Check out some of the art they’ve created so far this summer:
A highlight of the exhibition is a pair of new works, Tower and tarpaulin, installed side by side. The works stem, Belmore writes in the exhibition catalogue, from recent experiences in Vancouver, where she was struck by the opposing forces of rapid condo development and homelessness.
The word Impressionism might bring to mind scenes of water lilies or starry nights. But French painter Camille Pissarro – born 188 years ago this week – was known for something more than dreamy natural landscapes.
Heralded by Paul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin as the father of Impressionism, Pissarro’s paintings often depict everyday people at work, in cities or fields, in crowds or up-close. To celebrate Pissarro’s birthday, we’re taking a close look at his work Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather.
Exams are finished. Classes are done. AGO Youth Council is celebrating summer with their annual summer party, now in its fourth year. This Party Loves You, a free all-ages art party, will be held July 14 from 8 – 11 pm.
Programmed by the AGO Youth Council, the party features local musicians and rappers Just John, Eyeda Sophia and Tyriqueordie, as well as DJ GG, snacks and refreshments and artmaking – what more could you want? How about a giant art installation radiating good vibes? We’ve got that too!
Among the 50-plus prints, drawings and sculptures in our Käthe Kollwitz: Art and Life exhibition, our visitors found something else – inspiration.
Käthe Kollwitz, one of Germany’s most significant modern artists, is perhaps best known for prints and drawings inspired by her experiences of motherhood, life in working class Berlin and the trauma of living through two world wars. Her work explores the human cost in this period of great upheaval.
Our exhibition, on now on Level 1, invites visitors of all ages to take a blank card and leave a drawing or message inspired by Kollwitz’s art. “The activity can help visitors create their own personal experiences with the art. Everyone looks at art differently,” says AGO Assistant Interpretive Planner Laura Robb, who designed the Kollwitz response station. “The act of putting a pencil on a paper is one that is very conscious and deliberate. When you can have that kind of experience in an exhibition, the exhibition’s messages and key points tend to linger with people. The visitors’ responses show how Kollwitz’s art still resonates today.”
Summer is officially here, and there’s no better season to relax and enjoy a new book. And if you’re not sure what to read next, we’ve got you covered with this list of our favourite art-related reads from shopAGO.
Co-curator Jocelyn Piirainen describes herself as an urban Inuk, living and working in the South (Ottawa) as a curator, filmmaker and photographer. We spoke to Jocelyn about her experience organizing the exhibition, curating collaboratively and learning more Inuktitut.
Join us on Wednesday, July 11 at 6 p.m. in Walker Court, as we honour the opening of Rebecca Belmore’s largest-ever solo exhibition. Featuring remarks by both the artist and the exhibition curator, Wanda Nanibush, the AGO’s Curator of Indigenous Art, visitors will be treated to a stirring performance by Cree cellist and composer Cris Derksen
Filling Level 5 of the AGO’s Vivian and David Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art, Rebecca Belmore: Facing the Monumental extends through a series of satellite installations into the AGO’s Galleria Italia, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Atrium, and the newly reopened J.S. McLean Centre for Indigenous & Canadian Art, as well as at the intersection of Queen and Bay streets in downtown Toronto on the TD Bank media art wall.