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First Thursday meets AfroChic

November 30th, 2018

Walker Court on First Thursday

Photo by the AGO.

Pull out your platform shoes and bell bottoms! This Thursday, December 6 we’re bringing the grooves with First Thursday: A SOUL Revolution. We’re teaming up with guest-curators AfroChic for a Soul Train-inspired party that celebrates our new exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires. Hosted by Stacey McKenzie, the night will feature fantastic art and music to get you moving on the dance floor by DJ Steph Honey, Domanique Grant, DJ Elle and DJ Dre Ngozi. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re invited: A 90th birthday party for Michael Snow

November 30th, 2018

Portrait of Michael Snow

Michael Snow with Seated Sculpture, 1982. Photo: AGO

Happy birthday, Michael Snow! Distinguished artist and musician Michael Snow is turning 90 years old. We’re celebrating on December 12th with a party in his honour – Snow Everywhere and everyone’s invited! Walker Court will be the site of a performance by the improvisational band CCMC, which includes Snow, Paul Dutton, John Kamevaar and John Oswald. This free and festive celebration will be a night to remember.

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The Massacre’s triumphant return

November 30th, 2018

A Peter Paul Rubens painting depicting a massacre of babies

Peter Paul Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1610. Oil on panel, Panel: 142 × 183 × 1.9 cm, Framed: 170.2 × 213.4 × 21.6 cm. The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario 2014/1581

Bold, big and rich with detail, the works of 17th-century artist Peter Paul Rubens have a definite flair for the dramatic. And here’s some exciting news: In October 2019, the AGO will host an extraordinary exhibition of this daring Flemish painter’s ambitious early work.

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Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is here!

November 25th, 2018

Image of Diahann Carroll

Mickalene Thomas. Diahann Carroll #2, 2018. Silkscreen ink on acrylic on mirrored mounted on wood panel, 182.9 x 152.4 x5.1 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels. © Mickalene Thomas / SOCAN (2018).

This Thursday, the powerful, vibrant exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires opens at the AGO. And we can’t wait! This show features bold portraits of Black women – including Diana Ross and Diahann Carroll, collage paintings, video installations, photography and several living room tableaux.

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The big reveal

November 23rd, 2018

Mirrored room

Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo/Singapore/Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London/Venice. Photograph courtesy Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Extra! Extra! Did you hear the news? We’ve revealed the name of the Infinity Mirror Room by internationally acclaimed artist Yayoi Kusama that your donation can help bring to the AGO…forever. It’s an Infinity Mirror Room that hasn’t been exhibited at the AGO before. In fact, it’s never been exhibited in Canada before.

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Obsessed with Japanese Ceramics

November 23rd, 2018

Glass display case containing a Japanese ceramic vase with horses painted on it. Next to the vase is a watercolour paining of the same vase.

Photo credit: Toni Hafkenscheid

Imagine it’s the late 19th century and you’re a railway tycoon with a large fortune to spend on whatever you please. What do you do? For Sir William Van Horne (1843–1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the answer was simple: create one of the largest art collections in Canada (at the time), including 1,200 Japanese ceramics. Over 100 years later, you can see part of this amazing collection at Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics on now at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.

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Meet Martha Wainwright

November 23rd, 2018

Martha Wainwright

Photo by Carl Lessard

Our acclaimed speaker series AGO Creative Minds: Art and Survival comes to Toronto next week and we can’t wait! On Monday, December 3, American environmental activist, attorney, and author Robert F. Kennedy Jr., award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal, internationally celebrated artist Brian Jungen and just announced – author and journalist Tanya Talaga take to the stage for a lively 90-minute discussion on how humans are changing the Earth and how art can inspire needed action. The evening begins with a compelling performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright.

In anticipation, we spoke with Martha about her music, her thoughts on art and the environment, and what she’s got in store for us next week.

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A holiday gift guide

November 23rd, 2018

Brass reindeer and small evergreen tree

Image courtesy of Modern Sprout

The holiday season is coming, with its twinkling lights, parties and gift-giving fun. And that means it’s time to figure out what to give friends and family including the hard-to-shop-for person in your life. We’ve got you covered! This year shopAGO’s Members’ Shopping Week, which runs December 3-9, has amazing deals, exclusive pop-up shops and extended hours – all designed to make it easy to get something special for everyone on your list. Plus, if you’re an AGO Member, you’ll get a 20% discount on all regularly priced items. Not a Member? You can always join today.

Unsure what to give your loved ones? Here are a few unique gift ideas available at shopAGO:

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