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TIFF + AGO

August 30th, 2019

Still from The Barefoot Emperor, film with sound

Have you spotted any stars cuddling rescue puppies, or grabbing a coffee in Leslieville? In Toronto we know this influx of celebrities means TIFF season is here! Just in time for things to kick off on September 5, we’ve rounded up a list of several amazing TIFF screenings in the AGO’s Jackman Hall. From documentaries to dramedies and everything in between, this year’s lineup is a star-studded showcase of dynamic and diverse talent in all genres of film.

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Please be seated

August 30th, 2019

A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon), image courtesy of Esmaa Mohamoud

What happens when you juxtapose the straightforward approach of sports with the complex power dynamics and identity politics of race? Ask Toronto-based artist Esmaa Mohamoud, whose towering, regal work A Seat Above the Table (Warren Moon) has recently been acquired and is on view now at the AGO. You may remember Mohamoud for her critically acclaimed works One of the Boys and Heavy, Heavy (Hoop Dreams), which were featured in our 2017 exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood.

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Art Pick of the Week: The Pile Drivers–The Yard

August 30th, 2019

Maximilien Luce, The Pile Drivers–The Yard, 1900. Oil on canvas, 73.4 x 92.2cm. Gift from the Estate of R. Fraser Elliott, 2005. ©2018 Art Gallery of Ontario

Earlier this year the AGO highlighted a pivotal moment in Impressionist history with the popular exhibition Impressionism in the Age of Industry. There were so many amazing works in the exhibition, but one in particular stood out as a visitor favourite – Maximilien Luce’s The Pile Drivers–The Yard. Because it received such a great response, it is once again on view after a full reinstallation of the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery (Gallery 125) on Level 1, making it this week’s Art Pick.

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Another night to (re)Member

August 30th, 2019

Image by the AGO.

Calling all AGO Members! On September 10, the AGO will be open exclusively to Members from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy the benefits of your AGO Membership and so much more during this special evening. If you’re not currently a Member, become one before September 5 to access this exclusive night, when the museum will be closed to the public.

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Art Pick of the week: African Appeal

August 23rd, 2019

Violet Keene Perinchief, African Appeal, around 1935. Gelatin silver print, Overall (sheet): 64.45 x 50.80 cm. Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery © The Estate of Violet Keene Perinchief

A portrait of a Toronto jazz singer taken by a Toronto photographer; this week’s art pick may not be part of the AGO Collection, but its connection to the city is undeniable. And it’s currently on view as part of the exhibition Photography, 1920s–1940s: Women in Focus. 

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Exciting news about the Dundas/McCaul corner

August 23rd, 2019

Brian Jungen. Photo by Tyler Hagan

Back in 2017, when we announced that Large Two Forms by Henry Moore was moving to the newly revitalized Grange Park, anticipation was high to find out what would go in its place at the southwest corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. The wait is over! The AGO has commissioned artist Brian Jungen to create a large-scale work of public art for the highly visible location. To be unveiled in the fall of 2020, it’s the first public artwork commissioned by the AGO in our history.

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Ways of caring

August 23rd, 2019

Image of a polaroid picture with three adults gathered looking at polaroid pictures
Unknown photographer, [Looking at Polaroids], around 1970s. Colour instant print (Polaroid SX-70), 10.8 x 8.8 cm. Purchase, with funds donated by Martha LA McCain, 2018. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2018/1113

In 2018, the AGO acquired the Fade Resistance collection, an extraordinary group of Polaroids documenting African American family life from the 1970s to the early 2000s, assembled by award-winning Canadian photographer, physician and educator Zun Lee.

As a lead up to the 2021 opening of the exhibition Fade Resistance, Lee will lead a roundtable conversation in Baillie Court this December entitled Ways of Caring with Dr. Fred Moten and Dr. Stefano Harney, among others. This will be the first of three events in a multi-year initiative to activate the Fade Resistance collection and give the community more insight into its photographs.

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The spirit of whalebone

August 23rd, 2019

Karoo Ashevak, Mother and Child with Pulled Tooth, c. 1972. Whalebone, antler, grey stone, ivory, sinew, 50.9 × 40.7 × 33.6 cm. Gift of Samuel and Esther Sarick, 1996. © Public Trustee for Nunavut, Estate of Karoo Ashevak 96/745.

Have you ever seen the bones of the Earth’s largest mammal, used to tell ancient tales of the spirit realm? Newly installed view on Level 2 in the Samuel & Esther Sarick Gallery (Gallery 239) are the striking and severe whalebone figures of famed Inuit sculptor Karoo Ashevak.

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Step inside Caillebotte’s garden

August 23rd, 2019

Depiction of flowers in painting by Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte. Iris bleus, jardin du Petit Gennevilliers, c. 1892. Oil on canvas, Overall: 55.2 × 46.4 cm. Purchase, with funds by exchange from the R. Fraser Elliott Estate and the Bequest of F.W.G. Fitzgerald. Purchased with the assistance of a Moveable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act; Acheté avec l’aide d’un subvention des biens culturels mobiliers accordée par le Ministère du Patrimoine canadien en vertu de la Loi sur l’exportation et l’importation des biens culturels, 2019. © Art Gallery of Ontario 2019/2268

Last week, the AGO announced an exciting addition to the Gallery’s collection of European art: Gustave Caillebotte’s masterpiece Blue Irises, Garden at Petit Gennevilliers. Painted in 1892, this exquisite garden scene is now on view on Level 1 in the Richard Barry Fudger Memorial Gallery (Gallery 125).

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