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2016 Press Releases

Explore the mystical universe at the AGO this fall with out-of-this-world talks and programs

Supported by Lead Sponsor RBC, this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opens in Toronto on Oct. 22, 2016 and runs to Jan. 29, 2017. Exclusive members’ previews run from Oct.19 – 21, 2016.

New AGO exhibition explores the experimental energy of the Toronto art scene in the 70s and 80s

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 opens on Sept. 29, 2016 and runs until May 2017, filling the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

AGO First Thursdays gets lit this fall with Mykki Blanco, Kardinal Offishall, Witch Prophet and 88 Days of Fortune

TORONTO – The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) First Thursdays art party series kicks off a new season of performance, live music, talks and interactive installations tomorrow night. Tickets for Septembers First Thursday, featuring musical headliner Mykki Blanco, are on sale now. Tickets for October and November First Thursday will go on sale one week after the previous month’s event, on Sept. 8, 2016, and Oct. 13, 2016, at

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Exhibition Opens at AGO

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aimia are pleased to announce the opening of the internationally recognized Aimia | AGO Photography Prize exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on September 7, 2016. The exhibition will feature the works of four exceptional finalists for the Prize, curated by AGO Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Adelina Vlas. The winner of this unique prize will be chosen entirely by public vote, either in-person at the AGO upon the exhibition’s opening or online at the Prize website from September 14, 2016, to November 27, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. EST. The winner will be announced November 29, 2016.

AGO to be only Canadian stop for highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama exhibition

Following its debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on Feb. 23, 2017, the exhibition will travel to four major museums in the United States and Canada, opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario in March of 2018.

Canadian vocal star Measha Brueggergosman joins dynamic AGO Creative Minds line-up

Four artists, one conversation on this issues of our time and an award-winning soprano make for an unmissable series launch

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2016 Shortlist

Four outstanding international artists have been shortlisted for the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, Canada’s most significant award for photography.

Beat the heat with The Idea of North at the AGO this summer

To celebrate this blockbuster summer exhibition, the Gallery is presenting an immersive series of events as well as two special holiday openings on Civic Holiday (Aug. 1, 2016) and Labour Day (Sept. 5, 2016) from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. To book timed-entry tickets and for more information about the exhibition and summer programming at the AGO, visit

AGO exhibition by Theaster Gates reimagines the house museum as a visionary site for Black freedom

Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum opens in Toronto on July 21, 2016 and runs til Oct. 30, 2016, filling the entire fifth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower.

AGO concludes 2015/2016 fiscal year with solid attendance, remarkable collection growth and a healthy operating position

The Gallery’s fiscal year—which ran from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016—brought to Toronto stunning exhibitions that profiled masterpieces by renowned British artist J.M.W. Turner and celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr.

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