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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.

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