Still from Walking on Water, film with sound, courtesy Kotva Films and Ring Film.
It’s that time of year again – when the city buzzes with excitement for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
We’ve rounded up some films at the festival that explore art, culture and creativity. From documentaries that look at the creative mind and the lives of artists to films about seeing new perspectives through art, we’ve found something for every art-lover.
It’s back-to-school season and time to hit the books. With Canzine Toronto, Canada’s largest festival of zines – organized by Broken Pencil, returning to the Weston Family Learning Centre later this month, there will be no shortage of fun reads.
We can’t wait! The festival, on Saturday, September 22, will include works from more than 200 artists, writers and comics vendors. And there’s an amazing lineup of events, including a special Canzine edition of the AGO’s E.P. Taylor Library & Archives Unshelved series, where AGO librarians and archivists give visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights from the AGO Library & Archives collection.
Eleanor Shen, arts advocate, philanthropist and AGO Trustee.
A dynamic force in the Canadian art world, Eleanor Shen has championed contemporary art and artists for over 15 years.
Eleanor’s devotion to the AGO runs deep. In addition to serving as an AGO trustee since 2015, she and her husband Francis Shen are generous supporters. Together, they are helping the AGO acquire important works by contemporary Asian artists.
Still from Sara Cwynar, Rose Gold, 2017, 16 mm film on video with sound, 8 min, courtesy Foxy Production
Participating in an international biennale and having your first U.S. solo exhibition is no small matter for an artist. Later this month, Canadian artist Sara Cwynar heads to the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) for her exhibition, Sara Cwynar: Image Model Muse, and to Brazil for the 33rd São Paulo Biennale.
Recently, Cwynar was artist in residence at the AGO. The AGO’s Artist-in-Residence program, the first of its kind at a Canadian art museum, is supported by the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project. We sat down with Cwynar in the spring to chat about her residency and her upcoming projects.
Ever hear an old song that suddenly brings back a memory? Like songs, paintings can sometimes be powerful prompts for reminiscing.
The AGO’s Art in the Moment tours invite people with dementia and their caregivers to explore the AGO Collection in tours that weave art with interactive conversations. The hour-long tours, organized in conjunction with the Alzheimer Society Toronto, are designed to give all participants a chance to discover their creativity, spark memories and shift the focus away from medical care. To find out more, we recently joined a tour.
Pierre Bonnard, Paysage du Midi et deux enfants, c. 1916-1918. Oil on canvas, 139 x 197.8 cm. Gift of Sam and Ayala Zacks, 1970.
It may be the last days of summer, but we aren’t ready to bid adieu to the sunny season just yet. We’ve gathered some of the most fascinating summer-themed art news stories making the rounds at the AGO. From the hot to the humid, here is what is fuelling our watercooler chatter.
Get your dancing shoes ready because on September 6, Toronto’s biggest art party will be filled with music and performances to get you moving and grooving.
We recently gave you a sneak peek at some of the amazing artists that will take the stage at First Thursday: Back to Basics, including LA Timpa, Classic Roots and TR/ST. This week we’re spotlighting Anishinaabe electronic musician Ziibiwan, known for moody, genre-bending electronic music. Last year, Ziibiwan was nominated for two Indigenous Music Awards, Best Instrumental Album and Best New Artist, for their Time Limits EP.
We spoke to Ziibiwan about their music, their inspirations and what they’ve got in store for us this September.
James Francis “Frank” Hurley, Page 2 of Australian Units on the Western Front, 1914-1918. Album page: gelatin silver print, Image: 14.8 × 20.2 cm. Anonymous Gift, 2004.
From being stranded in Antarctica to photographing two World Wars, self-taught photographer and adventurer James Francis “Frank” Hurley lived an extraordinary life. Currently on view as part of our exhibition, Photography: First World War 1914–1918, his album, Australian Units on the Western Front, includes a special showcase of images Hurley daringly captured during World War I.