Art Gallery Ontario Toronto

Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario is one of Canada's premier art galleries and a worldwide destination for art fans visiting Toronto. With architecture by Frank Gehry visible from many angles around the neighbourhood and several permanent collections as well as rotating exhibits of masterpieces by the greats (such as Andy Warhol or J. M. W. Turner), it's one of the city's biggest cultural centres.

The gallery houses over 80,000 works from the first century up to the present day. They can host all sorts of events, from musical performances to interactive performance art. Purchase a membership to dine in the Norma Ridley members' lounge, or nosh at Frank, cafeAGO, or an espresso bar. Their gigantic gift shop has tons of art-themed merchandise.


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  • February 28

    Join New York-based photographer and filmmaker Hobbes Ginsberg for a conversation exploring contemporary photography, portraiture, and the subversive potential of the selfie.

    Hobbes Ginsberg is a lesbian photographer and filmmaker based in New York city making vulnerable, hyper-saturated work about the evolution of self. Once called a "shabby, self-taught formalist", Hobbes’s photos are cand...

  • March 4-6

    Responding to the dramatic setting of AGO’s European Masters galleries, Slow Death is an installation performance engaging the idea of perpetual transformation. Juxtaposing found objects, electronic music and colourful fabrics against the 16th century artworks, Montreal artist Marie Lambin-Gagnon creates an eclectic tableau of art on art. The performance, consisting of a duo and a solo performe...

  • March 4

    Join Toronto-based fashion and editorial photographer Othello Grey for a conversation exploring his work and creative process. The program will explore Grey’s work and how it is influenced by portraiture in the context of contemporary photography.

    Othello Grey is a self-taught photographer who weaves ephemeral moments together to create engaging dialogues through fashion editorials. Grey hop...

  • March 7

    Solve the legend of da Vinci's hidden trove in this artful mystery scavenger hunt by Urban Capers, inside the AGO.

    When an arts journalist digs into the suspicious death of a prominent artist from over 100 years ago, she uncovers a dangerous secret. Follow her trail of clues to crack the code she left behind, and prove yourself worthy of the art world's most shocking and coveted secret.

    O...

  • March 11

    Julie Eng was literally born into the world of magic. Her father, Tony Eng, a famed magician on the West Coast, also had a magic shop for many years in Victoria, BC, called Tony’s Trick and Joke Shop. Julie grew up learning and performing magic side-by-side with her father, behind the counter of the shop, and emerged from this family apprenticeship an accomplished magician in her own right. “I ...

  • March 13

    Join Toronto artist Margaret Priest for an illustrated talk on her drawings, sculptures, paintings and prints to coincide with the exhibition of The Monument to Construction Workers, and a selection of related drawings and sculptures from the late 1980s to mid-2000s.

    Margaret Priest was born in Tyringham, Buckinghamshire, England in 1944, and received her MFA from the Royal College of Art in...

  • March 20

    Join writer Hilton Als for a talk on the life and work of legendary photographer Diane Arbus. In numerous reviews and essays, Als has explored Arbus’s work and motivations, applauding her uncanny ability to embrace and capture difference.

    Presented as part of Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971.

    A book signing will follow the talk. Book sales by Another Story Book Shop.

    Hilton Als is a...

  • March 25

    Join us in the centre of the AGO to celebrate the launch of four new landmark collections of poetry: What Hurts Going Down by Nancy Lee, The Dyzgraphxst by Canisia Lubrin, Noor Naga’s Washes, Prays and Burning Province by Michael Prior. All four poets will read from their new work.

    Nancy Lee, acclaimed author of the novel The Age and the short story collection Dead Girls, returns with What H...

  • March 28

    Solve the legend of da Vinci's hidden trove in this artful mystery scavenger hunt by Urban Capers, inside the AGO.

    When an arts journalist digs into the suspicious death of a prominent artist from over 100 years ago, she uncovers a dangerous secret. Follow her trail of clues to crack the code she left behind, and prove yourself worthy of the art world's most shocking and coveted secret.

    O...

  • April 4

    Be teleported into the Golden Age of Magic with an evening of mentalism, magic, illusion and song. The Sentimentalists will take a journey into your mind, you will experience spirit communication with Nicolas Wallace as well as witness the impossible from world-renowned magician Richard Forget. Crooner Richard Herfeld will set the stage with songs of the era, with live piano accompaniment.

    F...

  • April 8

    Join AGO Curator of Photography, Sophie Hackett for an illustrated talk about Diane Arbus in light of the museum's latest exhibition, Diane Arbus: Photographs, 1956–1971.

    Sophie Hackett is the Curator, Photography, at the AGO and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s master’s program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management. Hackett’s curatorial projects during her t...

  • April 16

    To the photographer, exposure speaks to the amount of light reaching the film or sensor. It can be determined by shutter speed, lens aperture and scene luminance. Photographs are created by light. It’s what we measure, record, process, and display.

    But on a more personal level, exposure is about experiencing something, leaving yourself open to the elements, being impacted by them, being vuln...

  • April 17

    Join AGO Deputy Director & Chief Curator Julian Cox for an illustrated talk about the colourful and stylized posters from the Golden Age of Magic featured in Illusions: The Art of Magic, the AGO's enchanting new exhibit.

    Julian Cox is AGO Deputy Director & Chief Curator. Before joining the AGO, Cox was Chief Curator of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), working across two museum...

  • June 27 - September 20

    This summer the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will present a major exhibition on Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period (1901-1904).

    Co-organized by the AGO and The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., Picasso: Painting the Blue Period runs from June 27 to Sept. 20, 2020.

    Picasso’s Blue Period is one of the most celebrated episodes of the artist’s career and of 20th-century modernism. Absorbing t...

  • March 21

    The Andy Warhol exhibition in Toronto coming in 2021 is a blockbuster retrospective charts the artist’s unique take on popular culture and his rise to fame.

    Organized by Tate Modern, London, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, and Dallas Museum of Art, Andy Warhol spans four decades of his career, including his early drawings, iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, experimen...

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