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How to conserve Tom Thomson’s “The West Wind” (1917)

by Katharine Whitman (Conservator), Maria Sullivan (Manager, Conservation), and Andrew Hunter (Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art) Tom Thomson first painted in Algonquin Park in May 1912 and returned there every spring, summer and fall until his death in 1917.  Thomson had a small paintbox containing his paints and brushes, and created numerous small sketches […]

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Making more room for art

The Henry Moore Sculpture Centre and Irina Moore East Gallery have re-opened, following their closures in March when the AGO began transforming an adjacent space into a new, 1,200 square foot gallery. Stay tuned for more details on the opening of the new gallery space this Fall!

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When Steve Met Lawren

By now, you’re probably more than familiar with comedian, actor, musician, author, art collector, curator, and inexhaustible multi-hyphenate Steve Martin, who helped bring to life The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris (on now til September 18). But you may be less familiar with why and how this charismatic fellow became involved with the Group of Seven painter. Martin tells […]

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Under the Light: Preserving Tess Boudreau’s negatives and contact sheets

Curatorial intern Cat Lachowskyj shares her recent findings made during her work in the AGO Photography Collection. A graduate student at Ryerson University in the Film and Photographic Preservation and Collections Management program (FPPCM), Cat is currently writing her thesis on colonial photographs taken during the Younghusband Mission in Tibet (1903–1904). What project are you currently working on at […]

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AGOxInstagram: June 2016

We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots. This past June, we were floored by views of our current exhibitions The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris and Hurvin Anderson: Backdrop; studies of the […]

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Watch Cynthia Burlingham on the Drawings of Lawren Harris — live at 6pm

A founding member of the Group of Seven, Lawren Harris is best known for his majestic and modern painted landscapes of Canada’s north that seem to have sprung, fully formed, from the artist’s mind. But behind every painting was a sketch — or in some cases, hundreds of sketches. To celebrate the opening of The […]

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AGOxInstagram: May 2016

We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots. May 2016 saw more striking architecture photography, snaps from our current exhibition Thomas Ruff: Object Relations (including our favourite #ArtSelfie spot: Sterne (Stars), in the middle), and quiet […]

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Hive Mind

Sherry Phillips, Conservator, Contemporary Art, shares her insights on preparing Pierre Huyghe’s “Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt)” — a statue that contains live beehive — for display during Luminato Festival 2016. When Kitty Scott, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art at the AGO first mentioned we would be acquiring Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) by Pierre Huyghe, I was intrigued. […]

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Conservation Stories: From Vault to Wall

Sherry Phillips, Conservator, Contemporary Art, reveals the behind-the-scenes process of getting artwork out of the vaults and into the gallery. How does it all begin? It usually starts with a wish list. A curator will develop an idea for an exhibition and choose artwork or documents they think best explore and explain their concept. That list […]

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Bruce LaBruce’s Pride Party Playlist

On June 2, we’re kicking off Toronto’s first ever Pride Month with a special AGO First Thursday curated by Toronto-based artist, filmmaker, writer, photographer Bruce LaBruce. (Tickets are going fast, so if you haven’t got yours yet, click here!) To get you in the mood to Ride with Pride, the legendary provocateur has compiled a top […]

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Singing Softly When No One’s Around

They are some of the first people you see when you visit the Gallery. They spend their days surrounded by centuries of art, in rooms that can fill with swarms of visitors and empty at a moment’s notice. They offer insight, directions, warnings, and anecdotes — with warmth, wit and knowledge. But just how much do you […]

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AGOxInstagram: April 2016

April slipped right by us, but we’ve finally caught up with our incredible visitor submissions and compiled another edition of AGOxInstagram. We’re lucky: Our visitors are some of the best photographers in the city, and we are constantly marveling at your views of the AGO. Inspired by you, we’ve created a monthly round-up of favourite AGOxInstagram shots. Want […]

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You’re invited to our first #emptyAGO tour

Before the crowds Ever dream of visiting the gallery without the crowds? Our first #emptyAGO tour is your chance to experience the AGO before we open to the public. On Thursday, May 26, 9am–10:30am, we’re inviting 20 guests — art fans, Instagram photographers, social media influencers — to roam the empty gallery, snap photos, and […]

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Family Activities at the AGO

We’re renovating to serve you better! While the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands On Centre is closed for improvements til mid-May, we’re offering facilitated Hands-On Centre activities and materials throughout the Gallery spaces. Check out what’s happening today! Hands-On Centre On Wheels Hands-On Fun on the Move! Check in with our Family Program Facilitators in the galleries today. […]

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(Frank) Stella Ela Ola

Today marks Frank Stella’s 80th birthday, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with our very own tribute! Stella Ella Ola is the AGO Youth Council‘s playful response to the Frank Stella painting York Factory (Sketch) VI, in our collection and on display in Room 126. (Due to copyright restrictions, we’re unable to share […]

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Chasing silence: Hammershøi Instagram Challenge

Sunbeams falling in through paned windows, women in quiet rooms, and empty streets with façades executed in melancholy greys. The great Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi is often described as “the painter of quiet rooms”—a name that aptly describes his unique, poetic style. Can you capture a sense of Hammershøian serenity on your smartphone?     […]

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Plan an AGO outing this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is coming up soon (May 8 — just putting that out there) and we’ve got some thoughtful suggestions on how to spoil her this weekend: Take the Mother’s Day Tour May 8, 2016, 11am–5:30pm Artful discussion and themed tours of the AGO’s collection — what’s not to like? In the company of a knowledgeable and engaging AGO Gallery Guide, you’ll visit masterworks […]

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Bruce LaBruce curates Pride month launch party x AGO First Thursday – June 2

This June, we’re kicking off Pride Month with a special First Thursday art party guest curated by legendary Toronto-based artist, filmmaker, writer and photographer Bruce LaBruce! Pride Month, which runs from June 1 to July 3, is Toronto’s first-ever month-long celebration that unites and empowers people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expression. Presented […]

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#AGOMassive 2016 — Social Media Round-up

Last night, April 21, close to 1,900 guests helped us raise $313,000 at “Midnight Massive Party,” a magic-and-masquerade-themed fundraiser. Now in its 12th year, Massive Party featured works from Toronto’s top artists and musicians, with Artistic Directors the Broadbent Sisters providing the magic. Guests explored three unique spaces themed after natural elements and transformation: Concourse […]

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Northern dining: Lawren Harris meets Terroir Symposium

Our very own FRANK Restaurant is thrilled to announce a partnership with Terroir Symposium, one of the largest gatherings of the Canadian hospitality and culinary community, to create an inspirational dining experience featuring 16 internationally renowned chefs from across Canada and beyond. These culinary masterminds will work collaboratively with sustainable suppliers to prepare a six-course menu inspired by […]

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Acquiring a masterpiece: The AGO’s very first Hammershøi painting

As we open our newest exhibition Painting Tranquility: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi, we have something huge to celebrate. In 2015, the AGO acquired the first painting by the Danish master to enter a Canadian museum. Interior with Four Etchings, a characteristic work created at the height of the artist’s career, was for many decades in […]

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Hands-On Centre on hiatus: April 26 to mid-May

Good news! Your friendly, neighbourhood Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre is undergoing a bit of a makeover to make room for new improvements, including a new sliding glass door to allow us to open up the space, new non-slip flooring, and new finishes and play materials — all to make learning even more exciting for our littlest […]

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#OutsidersAGO Twitter Q&A with curators Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden

We want to hear from you! Join us on Thursday, April 7, 11am for a livestream tour and livetweet about Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s. Co-curators Sophie Hackett and Jim Shedden will lead a quick livestream tour of the exhibition at 11am, and we want you to tweet your questions during and after the tour! HOW TO TAKE PART Watch […]

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Mark Lewis: Canada

News! The AGO is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the recently re-launched Museum of Contemporary Art_Toronto_Canada (formerly the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art). From May to August, 2017, the AGO will host Mark Lewis: Canada, as part of Demo-Graphics, MOCA’s new, international art biennial. Co-curated by MOCA’s CEO and Director Chantal Pontbriand and […]

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Twitter’s #MuseumWeek (March 28–April 3) lands at the AGO

7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags From March 28–April 3, we’re inviting you to join us and more than 2,000 other cultural organizations on Twitter for #MuseumWeek, a global social media campaign that encourages discussion on why museums matter, how they inspire us and what we can all do to keep them vital. Each day of #MuseumWeek 2016 focuses on […]

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By the numbers: 2016’s Art+Feminism Wiki Edit-A-Thon

Art+Feminism’s Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship. To kick off International Women’s Month, we hosted a free Edit-A-Thon on March 5 at the AGO — one of over 100 satellite venues (worldwide!) of the Art+Feminism event, which is headquartered at MoMA in New York. Numbers are […]

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