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Archive: March, 2019

A night at the museum!

March 25th, 2019

Ariel Legaspi taken in Yayoi Kasuma’s Obliteration Room.

Twenty-six year-old Ariel Legaspi was one of the first people to donate to our #InfinityAGO crowdfunding campaign. Thanks to him, over 4,700 #InfinityAGO donors and the generosity of the David Yuile & Mary Elizabeth Hodgson Fund, Yayoi Kusama’s INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER is now a part of the AGO Collection (opening to the public on May 25). Legaspi is also the lucky winner of our contest for early donors to win a sleepover at the AGO for himself and five friends.

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Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

March 25th, 2019

Installation view, Construction of the Eiffel Tower by Theophile Feau, April 1888 to April 1889.

Standing tall over the skyline of Paris, the Eiffel Tower turns 130 years old on March 31. What better way to celebrate its anniversary than with a visit to the AGO for Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more? Come see the paintings, photographs and films that showcase the early years of the iconic landmark.

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The mystery of Gershon Iskowitz

March 25th, 2019

Unknown, Gershon Iskowitz with painting design for a limited edition Art Gallery of Ontario umbrella, 1986, Gershon Iskowitz Fonds, E.P. Taylor Library and Archives.

Polish-Canadian artist Gershon Iskowitz’s life story is a compelling one of survival, revitalization and artistic success. Through his works and well-documented life, we have a lens into his experiences: including the trauma of the Holocaust, the loss of his family, and immigrating and adapting to Canada. But between 1946 and 1956 – crucial years in his life – Iskowitz kept only two official records and few photographs, leaving a gap in his history. With help from art historian and author Dr. Ihor Holubizky and the AGO archives, we may be on our way to solving the mystery.

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ICYMI: Where do you get your news?

March 25th, 2019

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Last call for Mickalene Thomas

March 18th, 2019

Mickalene Thomas, Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires, 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304.8 x 731.5 cm. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Mickalene Thomas is a badass,” according to Canadian Art magazine. Featuring larger-than-life portraits of Black women, this bold and empowering exhibition is not to be missed. But time is running out! Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires closes this Sunday, March 24 before travelling to New Orleans in the fall.

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Resistance and revolution

March 18th, 2019

An older and a younger man talk outside
Haile Gerima, Harvest: 3,000 Years (film still), 1976, black and white, sound.

In the 1970s, filmmaker Haile Gerima was part of a revolution. As a leading member of a group of film students in Los Angeles known as the L.A. Rebellion, Gerima – along with Charles Burnett and Julie Dash – resisted mainstream trends in order to tell stories about Black lives from the perspective of Black characters. To celebrate Gerima’s filmmaking legacy, the AGO screens his first feature Harvest: 3,000 Years, on March 22 as part of a city-wide retrospective presented together with The Power Plant, Hot Docs Cinema and TIFF.

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Meet Massive XV’s radiant visionaries

March 18th, 2019

DJ in front of CDJs
Image by the AGO

One of Toronto’s hottest fundraisers, AGO Massive, celebrates its 15th anniversary this April with an epic night of scintillating art, food, drink, fashion and performances, all in support of a great cause – bringing people and art together. Proceeds from AGO Massive support the AGO’s exhibitions and education programs. We recently told you about this year’s Creative Director, Brampton-born director and producer, Director X. To get the party started, he’s gathering an exciting group of local artists to transform the AGO with artworks large and small, all inspired by the power, shape and magic of crystal.

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Create like an Impressionist

March 18th, 2019

Painting of bridge in Paris
Camille Pissarro. Pont Boieldieu in Rouen, Rainy Weather, 1896. Oil on canvas, 73.6 × 91.4 cm. Gift of Reuben Wells Leonard Estate, 1937. © Art Gallery of Ontario

While strolling through Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, are you feeling inspired by the amazing works of Degas, Monet and Pissarro? Us, too. And to help satisfy your urge to create, we’ve designed a series of art courses to help bring out your inner Impressionist.

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A page of her own

March 11th, 2019

Image by the AGO

We’ve all been there. While chatting with friends or researching a project, we instinctively open Wikipedia to start our search – after all, it’s the world’s largest and most popular online reference tool with editors contributing new content every day. But did you know that only 10% of those editors are women?

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Talking to curators: new views of Impressionism

March 11th, 2019

Installation view of Mickalene Thomas’ Din, une très belle négresse #1 (Din, a very beautiful black woman #1), on view at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University in the City of New York, October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2018.  Photo by Sirin Samman/Columbia University.

What’s the connection between the Impressionists and Mickalene Thomas? More than you’d think, according to Dr. Denise Murrell. As curator of the groundbreaking exhibition Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today (an expanded version of the exhibition called Black models: from Géricault to Matisse is opening on March 26 at the Musée d’Orsay), Murrell revisits mid-19th-century Paris to trace the key role of Black female models in the development of modern art. Starting with the early Impressionists, the exhibition features works chronologically, right through to contemporary artists like Mickalene Thomas.

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