Before the art gallery of Ontario (AGO) was transformed by Frank Ghery, I had never been. In the past two weeks, I have been to the art gallery three times. They have an incredible Canadian art selection, cool exhibitions (like the Julian Schnabel exhibit that happened last year) and talented artists like Gary Taxali stopping by for meet and greets. Plus, admission is free on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
AGO has also been embracing the world of social media. With the new opening of the Weston Family Learning Centre, they invited 40 Toronto bloggers out to the gallery for some tasty sandwiches, libations and to take a tour of the new centre. This night was extra special because we got to take a peek at their new artist in residence, Paul Butler during his Nuit Blanche exhibition, “The Other Painting Competition,” an art competition for emerging artists.
As stated on the AGO’s site:
“The artwork created that evening will be exhibited in the Learning Centre’s community gallery until January 2012, when the winner will be announced. Chosen by public vote, the winner of the 12-hour painting challenge receives a solo exhibition in The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s retail space.”
Pretty cool stuff. The Weston Family Centre is not only for kids, but for businesses. There are seminar rooms for meetings and presentations. Plus, I think an award for best coat hanger device needs to go to the AGO. Check it:
Thank you to Holly for inviting me to such a fun event. I hope there are many more in the future!