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Artful Conversation

Artful Conversation is a volunteer guided gallery experience that takes place on the second Friday of the month. The conversational tour explores the AGO collections in depth. Please meet in Walker Court at 1:30 pm. This program is not offered in the month of August (subject to volunteer availability).

Artful Conversation Tours

Tina Urman
Fact or Fiction: Every Painting Tells a Story
September 8, 2017
1:30 in Walker Court

Carl Beam wrote, "My works are like little puzzles, interesting games. I play a game with humanity and creativity. I ask viewers to play the participatory game of dreaming themselves as each other. In this we find out that we're all basically human." Every painting tells a story and every story is viewed differently depending upon the viewer. This tour offers the opportunity to look more closely at the story told in various works of art while considering what is real , what is the painters intention and what becomes a story of our own. Paintings included will be by John Waterhouse, Fran Snyders, William Kurelek, Carl Beam and Ken Monkman.

Rachelle Shubert
Myth and Mysticism
October 13, 2017
1:30 in Walker Court

Throughout the ages, artists have found inspiration in mythology and mysticism. We will view a nineteenth century depiction of an Arthurian legend, a seventeenth century painting of Icarus, African sculpture, as well as depictions of the ineffable by twentieth century artists.

Artful Conversation cannot accommodate school groups and ELL groups; such groups are strongly encouraged to book a private tour through our Group Sales Department. Please call 416-979-6608, email, or book online at

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