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A brand new season of AGO programs

March 11th, 2019

Woman naked on a wooden floor
Serpentine by Daina Ashbee. Image by Adrian Morillo

The clocks have sprung ahead, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Spring is on its way, and the AGO has announced an all-new lineup of engaging public programming for the spring and summer seasons. Featuring a talk series focused on the livability of Toronto, lively and creative youth programming, and the launch of a dedicated performance series called AGO Live, we’re incredibly excited about what’s to come.

Here are just a few of the many highlights to look forward to:

Toronto the Liveable City?

TTC streetcar on route 510 Spadina © TheTrolleyPole 2018. From Wikimedia Commons

Life in Canada’s largest city can be tough. With rising housing prices, daily TTC delays and an ever-changing labour market, we ask the question: is Toronto a liveable city? Inspired by the artworks of a city experiencing an extreme change like in our exhibition, Impressionism in the Age of Industry: Monet, Pissarro and more, the series brings to the stage city planners, activists and journalists to discuss four themes: Housing, Transportation, Work and Leisure. The series is presented in partnership with the Toronto Star and the Toronto Public Library.

AGO Live

AGO Live is an exciting new series of performances by emerging and celebrated artists from various disciplines. The series debuts on April 26 with the Toronto premiere of Serpentine – an installation performance by award-winning Montreal choreographer Daina Ashbee, co-presented with Harbourfront Centre. The work vibrates with the essence of Ashbee’s dark and feminine pieces and is intended as a short and intense summary of her previous three works: Unrelated; When the ice melts, will we drink the water?; and Pour.

Youth Programs

Image by the AGO

Award-winning artist Ness Lee joins the AGO’s FREE After Three program for youth 14–15 years old to teach the fundamentals of hand-building with clay and ceramics. Youth can also showcase their handiwork and creativity by building their very own skateboard with help and guidance from the Oasis Skateboard Factory.

Other Talks and Openings

Are you a poetry buff? If so, you’ll want to check out poetry readings by Cecily Nicholson and Juliane Okot Bitek as they launch their newest collaborative work. Into policy and change? Then you’ll want to join us for a talk with The New York Times reporter (and Canadian dynamo) Susanne Craig as she discusses Power, Money and Trump: Reporting on a Post-Truth President. Are you also an art lover? Then join the artists and curators of our spring and summer exhibitions to learn more about what’s coming to the AGO. Gary Garrels, curator at SFMOMA will be here to discuss Vija Celmins: to Fix the Image in Memory, and Brian Jungen will be here for an artist’s talk about his self-titled exhibition, opening on June 20.

There’s so much to look forward this spring and summer at the AGO! Check out our Events at the AGO page for more information and to reserve your spot at ticketed events.    

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