2017 Press Releases
Grange Park, a two-hectare urban park located behind the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), re-opens to the public today following a community-led, $15 million revitalization project. This stunning transformation of an inner city green space is the result of an unprecedented partnership and shared vision between the AGO, the City of Toronto, the local community. The project was made possible by the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the City of Toronto. The involvement of other supporting donors has ensured the project’s successful and timely completion, and generated the creation of a special endowment fund that will sustain the park’s maintenance for years to come.
Opening on June 29, 2017, with a free sneak peek on June 28 at 6 p.m., Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a multimedia exhibition that will feature over 35 new and recent artist projects by established and emerging artists from across the country, including Xiong Gu and Yu Gu, Robert Houle, Meryl McMaster, Seth, Esmaa Mohamoud, Ed Pien and Shuvinai Ashoona, and many others. Addressing the mistakes and omissions of the past, redress and reclaim history, the exhibition will take over the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, but will also break out of those walls within the AGO—and onto the streets of Toronto.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting, Robert Harding was appointed President of the AGO Board of Trustees. Mr. Harding succeeds Maxine Granovsky Gluskin, who held the position for four years and remains a Trustee.
Jury selects four international finalists; public vote for C$50,000 prize begins on September 6.
80 Works. Six Decades. One Icon. The AGO presents the first major Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in Canada
Next month, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present the final and only North American stop for a major retrospective of one of the most significant painters of our time, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986). Following the blockbuster success of this exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, England and Bank Austria Kunstforum in Vienna, Austria, it lands in Toronto to offer new perspective on the trailblazing figure.
Opening on June 29, 2017 and taking over the entire fourth floor of the AGO’s Contemporary Tower, Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood is a dynamic exhibition that aims to address the mistakes of the past, rewrite and reclaim history, and move into the future with new insight.
New curators for Canadian and Indigenous Art, European Art, Photography, and Prints & Drawings are part of the AGO’s investment in exhibition and scholarship
Sir David Adjaye, Christi Belcourt, Junot Díaz and Paul Gross unite for AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall
After a sold-out launch last fall, AGO Creative Minds at Massey Hall returns to address Art and Nationhood through the eyes of four acclaimed artists. Architect Sir David Adjaye, visual artist Christi Belcourt, author Junot Díaz and filmmaker Paul Gross join moderator Matt Galloway, host of CBC Toronto’s Metro Morning, for an evening of inspired conversation on the nation-state and its impacts. The discussion will address current global politics and how art shapes our understanding of place, history and progress. The event, taking place on April 21, 2017 at 8 p.m., kicks off with a performance by JUNO Award-winning Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and will be live-streamed at cbc.ca/arts and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio One.
It’s the year of Canada, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is not shying away from taking a close look at what this country is – and isn’t. A wide variety of programs and exhibitions boldly tell stories about Canada with both a critical lens and an eye for the extraordinary. They’re the stories we know, ones that have been hidden, and ones about where we’re going. With five exhibitions, two innovative digital projects and one marquee live event, the AGO’s sesquicentennial line-up has something for everyone.