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Samantha Chater

Mickalene’s muses

Anyone who has been inside Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires or had a look at the #MickaleneThomas AGO hashtag on Instagram may have recognized some familiar faces. From actress Whoopi Goldberg to singer Eartha Kitt, Thomas fuses high art with popular culture to make something wholly her own. We took a deep dive into key works […]


Remembering William Withrow

It is with great sorrow that the AGO community mourns the loss of William “Bill” Withrow, who passed away January 7, 2018. A beloved member of the AGO community, Bill was Director of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1961 to 1991. During his tenure, Bill led an extraordinary period of growth at the Gallery […]


Now on the AGO menu – Campbell’s Soup I

On November 18, the AGO presented a soup-er successful inaugural Art Bash gala which raised over $1 million for the Gallery’s education and outreach initiatives, as well as future exhibitions. With food, décor, fashion and installations channelling the theme of Pop Art, Art Bash: The Factory was the perfect moment to announce an exciting acquisition—Andy […]


Get to know Florine Stettheimer

Refined and witty, experimental and defiant, Florine Stettheimer is not a household name like her contemporary Georgia O’Keeffe, but she stands out as a unique figure in American art of the early 1900s. In her time she was acclaimed by artists, curators and critics, with Andy Warhol naming her his favourite artist. Opening October 21, […]


Remembering late greats of sci-fi and horror

The final theme in Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is Death and the Afterlife—a fitting end to an exhibition chronicling del Toro’s fascination with the macabre, the horrific and the gothic. But over the past year, thoughts around death and the afterlife have permeated the real-life worlds of sci-fi and horror, as several […]


Spread the Word (On The Street)

Guillermo del Toro famously had to buy a second house to store his collection of art, comics and massive libraries of books – and frankly, we get it. When the temperatures begin to cool in late September, there’s an undeniable urge to put on a sweater, grab a warm drink, and surround yourself with the […]


The perfect urban picnic

We’re halfway through summer, and what makes those dog days more satisfying than savouring delicious flavours of gelato, drinking refreshing chilled juices or picnicking in the park? Luckily you can find all three here at the AGO (not to mention air conditioning!) Take a break during your Gallery visit at our Espresso Bar located in the […]


Get arty outside

We’re halfway through May, so let’s get cracking on those summer plans before the siren call of the patio takes over! The AGO has a huge lineup of summer courses on its roster. Along with perennial favourites, we have a selection of new offerings that are designed to take advantage of the warm weather. City […]


Meet the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program! The scholarship program, which was inaugurated in 2013, recognizes 3 full-time students—Canadian or international—who are entering their final year of study toward a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in photography at one of 15 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada. From a […]


Where to eat during Summerlicious & Lawren Harris

Looking for the perfect summer meal, at a steal? Our restaurant FRANK is serving up two mouth-watering, Northern-inspired menus that will make you want to sing from the mountaintops — or at least talk about singing from the mountaintops on Instagram. Northern Delights: A Lawren Harris prixe-fixe Inspired by The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, this menu features succulent Gaspé […]