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2017 Press Releases

AGO presents a celebration of two giants of Modern Art

On February 18, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) presents Mitchell/Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation, a groundbreaking exhibition that examines the artistic dialogue that took place between American painter Joan Mitchell and Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle during their 24-year romantic relationship.

Public Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the AGO’s highly anticipated Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition

Public tickets for the Art Gallery of Ontario’s highly anticipated presentation of Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors go on sale tomorrow, January 16 at 10 am. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, this is the first institutional survey exhibition to explore the evolution of the celebrated Japanese artist’s immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms. The exhibition arrives in Toronto on March 3, 2018 and runs until May 27, 2018, and will be the only Canadian stop after drawing large crowds in Washington, Seattle, and Los Angeles in the United States.

Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada to co-present major exhibitions detailing the impact of humans on Earth

Next fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography, and new experiential technologies. Co-produced with MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy, the exhibition is a component of the multi-disciplinary Anthropocene Project from the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Organized by the artists in partnership with the three organizations, Anthropocene will run at the AGO and NGC simultaneously from September 2018 through early 2019.

Art Gallery of Ontario names Julian Cox its new Chief Curator

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is pleased to announce that Julian Cox has been appointed its new Chief Curator. With 25 years of museum experience, the British-born Cox—who is currently the Chief Curator and Founding Curator of Photography for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF)—begins his tenure in January 2018, pending approval of authorization to work in Canada. In his capacity as Chief Curator, Cox will also become the Gallery’s second Deputy Director, joining Alicia Vandermeer, Deputy Director and Chief Advancement Officer.

2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prizewinner Sandra Meigs opens exhibition at Art Gallery of Ontario

Sandra Meigs, the recipient of the 2015 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO, returns to Toronto this fall with an immersive installation created specifically for the AGO titled Sandra Meigs: Room for Mystics (with Christopher Butterfield). Bringing together paintings, wall hangings, a sculptural mobile and a sound installation by composer Christopher Butterfield, Room for Mystics opens at the AGO on Oct. 19, 2017 and runs to Jan. 14, 2018.

Art Gallery of Ontario launches department of Canadian and Indigenous Art, appoints two new positions

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has appointed Georgiana Uhlyarik its Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, it was announced today. Uhlyarik will oversee a department of Canadian and Indigenous Art that will continue to develop high quality exhibitions of Canadian content that shape cultural conversations locally and globally, engaging new and diverse voices to challenge the traditional idea of Canada and our world. Driving this mandate, Wanda Nanibush has been appointed Curator, Indigenous Art.

The AGO has a monster line-up of programming for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) presents an exciting line-up of programs to accompany the hotly anticipated exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, running Sept. 30, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. Late-night horror screenings, talks, special menus and a wide array of art courses and workshops celebrate the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s tour.

AGO announces ticket on-sale and new details of the highly anticipated exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is home to the only Canadian stop of an exhibition that offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of famed and fascinating filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters opens on Sept. 30, 2017 and runs to Jan. 7, 2018. Timed-entry tickets go on sale to the public on Sept. 15, 2017 and are $16.50 for post-secondary students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors and $25 for adults.

Newly Revitalized Grange Park Opens Today

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.

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood takes over the AGO and Eaton Centre billboards this summer

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.

AGO Board of Trustees Appoints New President

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.

AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize Announces 2017 Shortlist and 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Program

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.

“Canada is a dynamic work in progress.” The AGO questions the country’s past, present and future

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.

Four new curators appointed at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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 and broadcast nationally on CBC Radio One.

The AGO tells stories about Canada all year long in 2017

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.

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