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Choir! Choir! Choir! is returning to the AGO!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:29:52 +0000

Please note that this event is now sold out Remember that spine-tingling rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity performed at the AGO last January that made headlines around the world?  Well, great news: C!C!C! is bookending 2016 by returning to the Gallery to create another unmatchable moment. On Sunday, December 11 at 7 pm, C!C!C! invites […]

And the winner is…

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:24:20 +0000

German artist Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is the winner of the 2016 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, the internationally renowned award for contemporary photography that recognizes Canadian and international artists. Chosen by public vote, she receives $50,000. Other artists on this year’s shortlist included Talia Chetrit (USA), Jimmy Robert (France) and Elizabeth Zvonar (Canada). Ursula’s work consists […]

Ready, set, SKETCH!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:57:25 +0000

‘Tis the season for giving! AGO staff and volunteers are collecting art supplies in support of SKETCH, just in time for the organization’s 20th anniversary. What better way to help a local organization celebrate its 20th anniversary than with an art supply drive? For the third year in a row, AGO staff and volunteers are […]

Art! Camera! Action!

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:56:54 +0000

Ready to be amazed?  The AGO is using new, state-of-the-art technology designed to show great art in a new light. When the AGO decided to host Belgian-Mexican artist Francis Alÿs’ solo exhibition, A Story of Negotiation, we knew our decade-old audio/visual technology wouldn’t do his acclaimed video works justice. So, we turned to Panasonic Canada for […]

A timely reminder

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:55:26 +0000

Toronto is home to several world-class arts organizations, and the newest kid on the block is the Aga Khan Museum, which opened its doors in 2014. We asked our friends there to tell us about their current exhibition, Syria: A Living History. This world premiere exhibition explores the many arts and cultures of Syria from […]

“He was always Tony to us”

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:55:09 +0000

A former studio assistant shares behind-the-scenes stories from the workshop of British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro In 1968, Patrick Cunningham was an Irish engineer, living and working in London for a small firm. That is, until the day Anthony Caro walked into his office carrying a sculpture. Six months later Patrick was working full time […]

Go inside an artist’s brain

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:30:35 +0000

  Artist projects and performances are a highlight of every AGO First Thursday, giving local artists the chance to experiment and engage with our visitors – and December’s edition (this Thursday, December 1) is no exception. Beginning at 9 pm, Toronto artist Lisa Smolkin will be performing Interior Lyfe, a unique tour through the collection […]

Not Fassbender. Fassbinder!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:47:24 +0000

A central figure in the New German Cinema—a fertile period in filmmaking from the late 1960s to the 1980s, which includes greats such as Werner Herzog—Rainer Werner Fassbinder has become an enormous influence on today’s artists and filmmakers. His films are considered iconic and have only grown in their political and thematic relevance in the […]

Look up!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:44:07 +0000

The night sky has inspired humans for millennia, and you can see its effect on some of Western art’s most famous painters in our current exhibition, Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more. This holiday season, the AGO invites families to explore the landscapes above us in our unique Pop-Up Planetarium. Designed for […]

Welcome! Bienvenue! Ahlan!

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:23:19 +0000

Imagine the joy of exploring an art museum following a harrowing move to a new country. This year we said welcome, bienvenue, and ahlan to nearly 100 Syrian newcomers who took part in two special afternoons at the AGO, discovering Canadian art and learning about the country they now call home. AGO Education Officers led […]