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AGO Hosts an Electrifying 1st Thursday Inspired by Frida & Diego

1st Thursdays returns to the Art Gallery of Ontario on Dec. 6, 2012, with a night of art, music and drinks inspired by the AGO’s hot fall exhibition, Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for this interactive late night fiesta, and party-goers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance as they regularly sell out.

Ring in the New Year with the AGO on January 3 with 1st Thursday Art Party

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) revs up 2013 with an irresistible Canadian-inspired 1st Thursday party on Jan. 3, 2013. Event-goers will enjoy art-making experiences, live music, art talks and rare out-of-the-vault sights from the Gallery’s collection of Canadian art. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, and revellers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance as they consistently sell out each month.

AGO Extends Weekend Hours to give Visitors Last Chance to Spend Time With Frida & Diego

Only two weeks remain to see Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics & Painting in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) before it wraps up its only Canadian appearance on Jan. 20, 2013.

AGO Offers Art Day for Elementary Students in Case of School Closures on January 11

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites GTA students affected by possible school closures to spend a day with art. The AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre will be offering an Art Day for grades JK to 6 in the event that Toronto District School Board elementary schools are closed as a result of a one-day public elementary teachers’ day of protest on Jan. 11, 2013.

Legendary Artist Patti Smith to Perform at the AGO in March 2013

In conjunction with its upcoming photography exhibition Patti Smith: Camera Solo, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is delighted to present two live performances by legendary artist Patti Smith on March 7, 2013. An Evening of Words and Song with Patti Smith will be part of the March lineup for the AGO’s popular 1st Thursdays program, with two separate performances at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

AGO takes it to the street with February’s 1st Thursday art party

On Feb. 7, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will hand over its keys to OCAD University curatorial graduate students to throw a 1st Thursday party featuring street-inspired art, music and food. This month’s programming includes street art workshops, pop-up installations and talks with local Toronto street artists, as well as a headlining performance by First Nations DJ collective A Tribe Called Red. Doors open to adults 19+ at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are now sold out, continuing a monthly trend that began when the series launched in October 2012.

AGO presents renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Internationally celebrated artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller make their highly anticipated return to Toronto this spring with Lost in the Memory Palace, a selection of seven installations incorporating complex soundtracks, videos, objects and images that have never before been shown together in Canada. The exhibition, opening on April 6, 2013, and running to Aug. 18, 2013, will include the debut of a new as-yet-untitled work specially created by the duo for the AGO, as yet untitled.

AGO Exhibition Celebrates Internationally Renowned Toronto Artist Sorel Etrog

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates Toronto-based artist Sorel Etrog (b. 1933) with a career-spanning exhibition opening April 27, 2013. Internationally renowned for his public sculptures—more than a dozen of which can be seen in Toronto’s streetscape—this is the first comprehensive exhibition of Etrog’s work organized by a Canadian museum, offering visitors an opportunity to connect familiar works of civic art with the rich history of the artist. The exhibition runs to Sept. 29, 2013.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo opens this weekend at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Feb. 9, 2013, Patti Smith: Camera Solo marks the first showing of artist, musician and poet Patti Smith’s visual art in Canada. The exhibition, which features more than 75 works of photography, in addition to objects and film, will run to July 14, 2013.

AGO’s new artists-in-residence Life of a Craphead present retrospective of “all the work they will ever create”

Artist collective Life of a Craphead has joined the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) to shake things up as its newest artist-in-residence. Based in the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre, the 12-week residency will include a live evening of performance on Feb. 10, 2013 and a satirical exhibition — showcasing works from both the collective’s past and future — opening on March 27, 2013.

AGO transforms into KGO (Kids Gallery of Ontario) for Family Day 2013

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) celebrates Family Day 2013 by transforming for one special day into the Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO). On Monday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Gallery will be bursting with family-friendly art activities. Exploring the theme of “art explosion,” the day’s programming will offer families plenty of hands-on opportunities to “blow up” and break down art.

AGO hires Andrew Hunter to lead its Canadian Art department

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has hired Andrew Hunter as its new Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art. With over 20 years experience, Hunter, an accomplished curator, artist, writer and educator, joins the AGO’s curatorial team on May 1, 2013.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo comes into focus for March edition of AGO 1st Thursdays

On March 7, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will draw inspiration from its newest photography exhibition, Patti Smith: Camera Solo, to throw a Patti Smith-inspired AGO 1st Thursday featuring two live performances by the legendary musician, poet and artist. A range of talks, activities and installations will nod to Smith, including a special showing of vintage rock artifacts from the Gallery’s prints and drawings vault.

Tickets for the AGO’s Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art go on sale March 2

The splendour and riches of the Early Renaissance come to life at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) from March 16 to June 16, 2013, in a large-scale exhibition of rare Florentine masterpieces that have never before been shown in Canada.

AGO to bring modern masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum to Toronto in November 2013

This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will display a magnificent exhibition of avant-garde masterpieces from one of the world’s most prominent collections. The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918 features nearly 70 works from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s collection in New York, including paintings and sculptures. The exhibition will be on view at the AGO from Nov. 30, 2013, to March 2, 2014.

Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens this weekend at the AGO

Presenting rare Florentine masterpieces that have never before been shown in Canada, Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this weekend, on March 16, 2013. Tickets are now on sale at ago.net for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

AGO extends Patti Smith: Camera Solo to July 14 due to popular demand

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is thrilled to announce that it will extend Patti Smith: Camera Solo, the first exhibition of legendary musician and artist Patti Smith’s visual art in Canada, to July 14, 2013, due to an overwhelming response from visitors.

AGO Massive Party 2013 sets gold standard for Toronto art parties

On April 18, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will go for gold as it hosts 1,800 art lovers at its ninth annual Massive Party fundraiser.

AGO 1st Thursdays parties like it's 1329 with exhibition-inspired bash

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s popular 1st Thursdays series returns on May 2, 2013, with a lineup inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition Revealing the Early Renaissance: Stories and Secrets in Florentine Art.

AGO’s latest First Thursday explodes with art, sound and technology

On July 4, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday art party returns with an electric explosion of art, sound and technology. Taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed exhibition Lost in the Memory Palace: Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller, the evening features new-media art projects, sounds from the electro-indie underground and a fresh round of art talks that will fill the Gallery from 7 to 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.

Live large in a world of miniatures at AGO’s August First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) invites Toronto to party in a sea of miniatures at this month’s First Thursday art party. Celebrate the small things in life at the AGO with miniature art-making, curator talks, little artist creations and petite edibles. The party continues with Cadence Weapon as he flips the switch, delivering his blend of colossal hip hop as this month’s musical headliner.

AGO presents legendary photographers Irving Penn, Arnaud Maggs and Richard Avedon for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) shines new light on its own treasures this May with two new photography exhibitions co-presented with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Art Gallery of Ontario invites community to help honour over 5,000 child victims five years after deadly Sichuan earthquake

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will honour the youngest victims of the devastating 2008 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province by holding a live tribute on the opening weekend of its summer exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What?

AGO appoints new executive chef Jeff Dueck

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Jeff Dueck to the role of executive chef, effective June 15, 2013.

The Grange Prize transforms into the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize

The Grange Prize for contemporary photography will now be known as the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize with a greater international focus and a new national scholarship program fostering the development of photographers across the country.

AGO heats up with a fiery, late-night First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) throws another epic First Thursdays bash on June 6, 2013, kicking off the long, hot days of summer with late-night hours (8 p.m. to 12 a.m.), sizzling performances, sweltering music and blazing art talks. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net/FirstThursdays.

David Bowie is coming to the AGO this fall

This fall the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) offers North America its first chance to take an exciting odyssey through the world of pioneering artist David Bowie—musician, performer and style icon—in the acclaimed exhibition David Bowie is, direct from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England.

AGO unveils monumental bronze sculpture series by artist Ai Weiwei in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) unveiled Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s monumental sculpture series Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze in the reflecting pool of Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square today

AGO makes owning original artwork easy and affordable

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art Rental & Sales operation will reopen on July 11, 2013 in its new location on the concourse level of the AGO, adjacent to shopAGOkids.

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 long list

Today the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading contemporary photography award, announced the highly anticipated long list of 14 finalists from around the world, submitted by a group of international nominators.

Tickets for Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the AGO go on sale Saturday, July 27

Ai Weiwei: According to What? blends the artist’s activism with traditional Chinese materials and symbols to present a compelling vision of the artists everyday world. Tickets for the exhibition, which runs to Oct. 27, 2013, go on sale on July 27, 2013.

Ai Weiwei joins AGO visitors for rare live video chat on Sept. 5

One of the world’s most provocative contemporary artists, Ai Weiwei, will join Art Gallery of Ontario visitors for a live video chat with the AGO’s director and CEO, Matthew Teitelbaum, during the Gallery’s popular First Thursdays art party on Sept. 5, 2013.

Single tickets for the AGO’s must-see exhibition David Bowie is go on sale Aug. 23

Pop culture influencer, musical pioneer and style icon David Bowie will make his North American exhibition debut this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in the acclaimed retrospective David Bowie is, direct from its record-breaking run at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, England. Single tickets for the AGO’s run of the multimedia show, which was London’s hottest ticket of the year, go on sale Aug. 23, 2013.

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize announces 2013 short list

Aimia, a global leader in loyalty management, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announce the four artists who have been shortlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s leading international contemporary photography award. The winner of the $50,000 Prize is chosen entirely by public vote, and online voting opens today at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com and, for the first time, on the Prize’s Facebook page. .

Freedom of expression and Fucked Up take centre stage at AGO First Thursdays

On Sept. 5, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) throws a party fuelled by freedom of expression as it presents Polaris Prize–winning band Fucked Up, installations by Toronto artists and a live video chat with artist/activist Ai Weiwei. A range of talks, activities and installations salute Ai, including a special performance piece by local artist Sean Martindale.

AGO First Thursdays sneaks a peek at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013

On Oct. 3, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will be immersed in art, drinks, music and talks in anticipation of Toronto’s all-night art festival, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, which takes place the following weekend on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. This month’s AGO First Thursdays features exclusive previews of select festival art projects. Canadian pop-folk darlings Sandro Perri and Jennifer Castle headline the night’s musical portion with performances in Walker Court. Advance tickets for the 19+ event are now on sale for $12 (general public) and $10 (AGO members) at ago.net.

David Bowie is in demand! AGO extends hours on select Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 19

Due to popular demand, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is staying open late six evenings this fall to ensure that all Torontonians get to see the glittering exhibition David Bowie is during its only Canadian stop. The exhibition will close on Nov. 27

AGO open all night long for a buzz-worthy Scotiabank Nuit Blanche project

On Oct. 5, 2013, the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) current artist-in-residence, Diane Borsato, will host 100 beekeepers, dressed in full beekeeper suits, in a collective act of meditation for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013.

AGO presents acclaimed film by Brian Jungen and 2013 Sobey Art Award winner Duane Linklater

Celebrated Canadian artists Brian Jungen and 2013 Sobey Art Prize winner Duane Linklater present the Ontario debut of their silent film Modest Livelihood at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on Oct. 26, 2013.

AGO invites families to embark on art-filled treasure hunt with new Time Tremors mobile app and game

This fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) introduces Time Tremors AGO, a mobile app that transforms a trip to the Gallery into a real-time interactive treasure hunt.

AGO to bring giants of British art Francis Bacon and Henry Moore together for major exhibition this spring

This spring, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) brings two giants of 20th-century British art together in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s historic Ashmolean Museum, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. The exhibition runs from April 5 to July 20, 2014.

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize winner to be announced at AGO First Thursdays on Nov. 7

It’s a night full of awards and award-winners on Nov. 7, 2013, as the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announces the winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize during the November 2013 edition of Toronto’s most popular art party, AGO First Thursdays.

Canadian photographer Erin Shirreff wins the 2013 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize has been awarded to Erin Shirreff of Canada, it was announced at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this evening.

AGO presents The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910–1918 nearly a century after the outbreak of the First World War

Nearly 100 years after the First World War began, the artistic frenzy that swept Europe in the years leading up to the conflict comes alive at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection, 1910-1918.

AGO to explore the ongoing influence of Alex Colville in major exhibition this summer

Nearly 100 works by Canadian icon Alex Colville (1920-2013) will be presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) this summer, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date.

AGO acquires acclaimed Malcolmson Collection of photography

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has acquired the renowned Malcolmson Collection, a grouping of 268 vintage photographic works by 110 significant 19th- and 20th-century artists.

AGO launches ongoing exhibition series for kids

For the first time ever, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is launching a special ongoing exhibition series, The Kids’ Gallery, geared towards children and their families. Just Like Me: Explore, Imagine, Create is the first installation in the series, and opens on Dec. 21, 2013.

AGO’s First Thursdays and Long Winter turn up the heat in a blaze of unforgettable art and music

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Long Winter, the monthly wintertime underground event series, will set this January’s AGO First Thursday ablaze with music, art and drinks. With over 25 participating artists, the galleries will be bursting at the seams with pop-up performances, art installations, musical guests, art talks and much more. Advance tickets are $12 for members and $15 for the general public, on sale now at ago.net/FirstThursdays. The 19+ event runs from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

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