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06 2012

June #ArtHour: Join the AGO and the COC for a chat about cross-disciplinary collaboration

Syndicated from: AGO Art Matters

On Thursday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with the Canadian Opera Company and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about cross-disciplinary collaboration . We hope you’ll take part! Jane Archibald as Semele (foreground) and William Burden as Jupiter (background) in the Canadian Opera Company production of Semele, 2012. Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of the Canadian Opera Company. This spring, artist Zhang Huan — who has worked primarily in the visual arts — came to Toronto for the launch of three projects: the unveiling of his large sculpture Rising, in front of Shangri-La Toronto; the North American premiere of his production of Semele by the COC; and an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ash Paintings and Memory Doors. His foray into the opera world with Semele is a prime example of the cross-disciplinary collaboration that tweeters will discuss during this #ArtHour. Have other good examples to share? Leave a comment below and add it to the conversation on June 13. During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion with you and other art-loving tweeters: Q1 Which art forms are most likely to benefit from involvement by people outside the discipline? The least likely? Q2 Is there any kind of artistic expertise that does not translate to other mediums? Q3 Can you think of a cross-disciplinary collaboration that you thought worked particularly well? Q4 What is the biggest challenge facing artists collaborating with people in other disciplines? Q5 Does above-average ability in one discipline make someone more like to succeed in any creative endeavour? Q6 Do you think critics are kinder to artists working outside their usual discipline or harsher? The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win a pair of tickets for general admission to the Art Gallery of Ontario and another pair to see an upcoming Canadian Opera Company production. HOW TO TAKE PART What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you. When Thursday, June 13, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month). Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @canadianopera for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag. Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans. How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @canadianopera will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour. We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email

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