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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 entitledWays of Caringwith 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.
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.
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).