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2014 Press Releases

AGO First Thursdays dishes a dose of Art as Therapy

First Thursdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will harness the healing power of art on May 1, 2014. Inspired by philosopher Alain de Botton’s upcoming AGO exhibition Art as Therapy, the party will leave guests feeling renewed for the spring with special performances, interactive activities, art making and music. Advance tickets for this 19+ event are $12 for members and $15 for the general public. Advanced purchase is recommended, as this popular event regularly sells out. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the party continues until 11:30 p.m

AGO First Thursdays gets queered with a World Pride–worthy bash

Guest-curated by Toronto fashion designer Jeremy Laing, the unofficial WorldPride 2014 after-party features musical performances, pop-up art projects and artist talks.

Ame Henderson’s experimental choreography keeps AGO on its toes for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014

The Art Gallery of Ontario’s latest artist-in-residence, Ame Henderson, digs deep into the AGO archives this fall to present a new work entitled rehearsal/performance in collaboration with Public Recordings for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2014. A celebration of past performances held at the Gallery, this 12-hour performative rehearsal will feature 12 artists simultaneously rehearsing and performing throughout the AGO’s Weston Family Learning Centre (WFLC) on Oct. 4, 2014, starting at 6:53 p.m., and running through to sunrise (7 a.m.) on Oct. 5.

Art Gallery of Ontario presents acclaimed American artist Bruce Nauman in his own words

Opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on March 1 and running until May 4, 2014, Bruce Nauman’s Words on Paper invites visitors to consider these word images alongside quotes and commentary by the artist.

Kids Gallery of Ontario (KGO) takes over the AGO with fun and games for Family Day 2014

The popular KGO returns this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a special day of family art-making and life-sized games. Offering a full day of drop-in programs spread out across the entire Gallery, the KGO invites families to experience a variety of exciting hands-on activities.

New AGO artist-in-residence Jim Munroe animates artful videogame design with pop-up arcade

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is re-opening its David and Vivian Campbell Centre for Contemporary Art this month with an exciting showcase of works spanning the 1970s to today and a visible conservation project.

AGO transforms into an art playground for February First Thursday

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) transforms into an art playground complete with table tennis, video games and modern jungle gyms on Feb. 6, 2014, with the next edition of AGO First Thursdays. Designed by graduate students from OCAD University, the event is aptly titled The Duel: Competition at the Heart of Play, and features large-scale interactive installations, playful performances and inspired musical performances. 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.

AGO to celebrate WorldPride 2014 Toronto with exhibition of queer photography

WorldPride 2014 takes Toronto by storm this June, and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) plans to celebrate with a special exhibition. Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography will examine the play of gender in photography and video and is set to open on June 18, 2014, days before the official start to the festival.

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.

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.

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