Women have all kinds of superpowers, including art! And the AGO has no shortage of amazing art created by women for you and your whole family to take in on your next visit. Start your artful adventure at the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre where kids can try on a costume and transform into the superhero of their dreams. Then pick up a Wonder Women Family Activity Tour booklet and head out to explore the works of talented artists.
Here are just some of the many notable women artists you and your little ones can find in the AGO Collection:
Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok
It’s a fam jam! As a mother, grandmother and celebrated Inuit carver, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok is the essence of woman power. Tutsweetok’s sculptures often represent mothers and children from her extended family and community groups she held dear. Tutsweetok even turned her art practice into a family affair, recruiting the help of her husband, three children and grandchildren. Family showcases a small but seemingly close-knit clan emerging from an igloo. See the sculpture on Level 1 in Maxine Granovsky & Ira Gluskin Hall, Gallery 105.
Holy cows! Kathleen Munn was one of the first Canadian artists to practice abstract art, and her artistic career played an important part in the rise of modern art in Canada. She experimented with techniques and styles like post-impressionism, cubism and synchronism as seen in her work, Untitled (Cows on a Hillside), which transforms a classic scene of cows in a field into a patchwork of bright colours. Visit these colourful cows on Level 1 in Fudger Rotunda, Gallery 126.
Mary Ann Alabaster
Shazam! English artist Mary Ann Alabaster developed an interest in drawing at a young age but was forbidden by her mother from pursuing a career as an artist. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing her passion for painting. The Artist’s Painting Room is Alabaster’s self-portrait in which she painted herself among some of art history’s male icons. See this super-selfie on Level 1 in Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery, Gallery 125.
Looking for more family-friendly fun? The Hands-On Centre is open from 10:30 am – 2 pm, Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 am – 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Family Sundays are every Sunday 1 – 4 pm until April 28. Join us for March Break Drop-In Family Fun on March 10 and 17, Family Sundays in March: Building Bridges and Family Sundays in April: Piece by Piece.
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