ArtSlant - Museums en-us 40 Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street, West Toronto, Ontario M5T 1G4 , Canada <p>Founded in 1900 by a group of private citizens as the Art Museum of Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a physical facility of 583,000 square feet. The AGO expanded it facility in 2008 with an innovative architectural design by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.</p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 05:12:15 +0000 Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. , Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 , Canada <div id="post-1063" class="hentry p1 page publish author-admin category-uncategorized y2009 m08 d26 h12"> <h2 style="text-align: justify;" class="entry-title"><span style="font-size: small;">AGYU Vision</span></h2> <div class="entry-content"> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The AGYU moves fluidly between two artistic policies that inflect each other in an ever more integrative process. The first reflects our prime mandate of producing quality exhibitions and innovative scholarly publications and artist books at the forefront of contemporary art and its discourses, operating equally on a national/local and international level with the same commitments to each-but always from our point of view. The second reflects our “out there” vision of creatively transforming the institution by responding to artistic practices beyond the “routine” of exhibition schedules.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">While the AGYU has been changing itself into a major contemporary art gallery, it has been transforming itself more radically otherwise without compromising this first, more visible commitment. We have done so by working differently with artists. Beyond our exhibitions, our <em>out there</em> vision transforms every aspect and function of an art institution into an intellectual endeavor and artist project. It may start with our performance bus or artist residencies, with our vitrines or web projects, but soon this ethos of working with artists and learning from them infiltrates all institutional activities. By working collaboratively with artists in an ongoing organic process, the institution becomes increasingly creative and integrative in all its activities. Every institutional function is treated as equally artistic and pedagogic, most of all the functions that we take to be least pedagogic and artistic, such as, for instance, marketing, audience development, or patron cultivation. We integrate programming, outreach, audience development, education, and marketing, conceiving them pedagogically as intertwined vehicles of artistic practice and modeling them on artists’ strategies. We learn from artists and then commission them, for instance, to do our marketing.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Integration of all activities means breaking all preconceived, traditional boundaries and social relations, especially those between artists and their audiences in order to bring them more intimately together. Learning from artists, we teach the public in all we do. Since we relate all we do to artists, everything we do is pedagogical, advocating for artists and interpreting their work innovatively and freshly. Throughout, the public is invited to share this creative process. Transforming itself, the AGYU teaches as it goes, performing in public, but only on the basis of what it learns from artists. Perhaps the AGYU is the first institution to take this transformation on as a constant creative process.</span></p> </div> </div> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 07:25:06 +0000 CAMPBELL HOUSE MUSEUM, 160 queen street west , Toronto, Ontario M5H 3H3, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #000000;">The Sir William Campbell Foundation is a non-profit organization charged with the preservation and interpretation of Campbell House and related histories. Campbell House, built in 1822, is the oldest remaining building from the original town of York. It is a classical example of Georgian architecture, a rare find in Toronto. The Foundation maintains the house and operates a museum within the building for the purposes of educating the local and tourist community, including thousands of school children annually. The museum endeavours to make history come alive through the use of innovative hands-on approaches to history while still preserving important artefacts from Toronto's early heritage.</span></p> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 01:37:29 +0000 Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 , Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Gardiner Museum is an inviting destination that inspires and connects people, art and ideas through clay, one of the world’s oldest art forms. Year‐round the Museum mounts special exhibitions, events, lectures and clay classes to complement its permanent collection.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">The Museum also features a café that serves delicious local fare prepared by Jamie Kennedy Kitchens as its executive chef, and the Gardiner Shop, which specializes in artist‐designed, artist‐made merchandise.</span></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:36:47 +0000 McMaster Museum of Art, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6 , Canada <p><span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">The Museum is located at the centre of the University campus at the corner of Sterling Street and University Avenue with the entrance facing west. It is easily reached by public transport with buses stopping at the door. Paid parking is nearby.</span></p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 15:15:21 +0000 Museum London, 421 Ridout Street , North London, Ontario N6A 5H4, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Museum London is Southwestern Ontario's leading establishment for the collection and presentation of visual art and material culture. Through public and educational programming, special events and exhibitions, Museum London strives to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of regional art, culture and history.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">At the heart of a great museum is its collection and Museum London is proud to have one of Canada's most important art collections, and one of the most significant historical artifact collections in Ontario. Our art collection has more than 5,000 regional and Canadian works and our 25,000 artifacts reflect the history of the City of London as an important regional urban centre in Southwestern Ontario.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Museum London was established in 1940, operating from the London Public Library until 1980 when architect Raymond Moriyama was commissioned to design its current home at the forks of the Thames River in downtown London, Ontario. In 1989, the then London Regional Art Gallery amalgamated with the London Historical Museum and the historic Eldon House and Gardens creating what is known today as Museum London.</span></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:22:14 +0000 Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), 952 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G8, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;">The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) was officially founded from the former Art Gallery of North York in 1999 with a mandate to exhibit, research, collect, and promote innovative art by Canadian artists whose works engage and reflect the relevant stories of our times. MOCCA currently exists as a not-for-profit, arms-length agency of the City of Toronto's Cultural Services Section.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">MOCCA's relocation to downtown Toronto in January 2005 is central to achieving a bold vision. In the heart of one of North America's most dynamic arts communities, our facility is modest in scale, impressive in design, and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for the production and exchange of creativity, ideas and innovation.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:02:17 +0000 Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;" class="bodyText"><span style="font-size: small;">The Royal Ontario Museum is among the world’s leading museums of natural history, and of world cultures. Indeed, in combining a universal museum of cultures with that of natural history, the ROM offers an unusual breadth of experience to visitors and scholars from around the world. We realize more acutely now that nature and humanity are intertwined, and the ROM offers many examples in its collections and programs of these fundamental relationships.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">It is the ROM’s mission to engage the public in exploration of cultural change and to serve as an advocate for science in the study of nature. Our collections and research serve as the basis for programs ranging from formal student education courses to public debates, lectures, symposia, films, tours, publications, travel and family activities. The museum aims to host and produce programs of intellectual depth and social relevance on both sides of its mandate, including unique ROM exhibitions and works of a collaborative nature. Through the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture, the museum also explores current issues through works of art and programs in many media.</span></p> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:27:30 +0000 Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2H5, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The <strong>Textile Museum of Canada</strong> is one of Toronto's most engaging visual arts organizations.  With more than 12,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions, the TMC's permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics, garments, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry.  The Museum offers a broad variety of exhibitions including themed shows based on our permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions of the work of Canadian and international artists.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Incorporated in 1975 as the <strong>Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles</strong>, the TMC first presented its collection in a very modest room in Toronto's Mirvish Village. In 1989 we celebrated the opening of our new facility at 55 Centre Avenue. Now known as the <strong>Textile Museum of Canada</strong>, the TMC has gained international recognition for the quality and importance of its collection, the excellence of its exhibitions and programming. Visitors to the galleries can experience the traditions, skills and creative processes that make textile arts so engaging.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Visit <em>fibrespace</em></strong><strong>, our permanent hands-on gallery</strong> where guests are introduced, in both physical and tactile ways, to the many ways textiles influence their lives.  Touch and explore the properties of cloth and see the endless possibilities of pattern and decoration.  In <em>fibrespace</em> visitors will - <em>discover fibre, discover colour, discover textiles </em>and<em> discover meaning</em>.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Open seven days a week</strong>, the TMC is in the heart of downtown Toronto steps from the St. Patrick subway station and several blocks from the Eaton Centre, Toronto City Hall, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:15:11 +0000 University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King's College Circle , Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7, Canada <p style="text-align: justify;">The University of Toronto Art Centre opened to the public in November of 1996. It was created by a collective effort of many University of Toronto staff and volunteers. An initial gift from the Delta Gamma Women's Fraternity made the conversion of the 1961 north wing of University College possible. The purpose of the Art Centre was to provide a home for three permanent collections of art belonging to the University: the Lillian Malcove Collection (which came to us by bequest in 1981), the University College Collection (Canadian art), and the large and eclectic University of Toronto Art Collection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Initially each of these collections was given permanent exhibition space in the Art Centre. The curators mounted a small changing program of exhibitions drawn from the three permanent collections. In 1998 the Centre was the recipient of an anonymous gift that was used to fund a year-long expansion renovation. The Art Centre reopened in April 2000 with two special exhibitions, as well as selections from the permanent collections, installed in an expanded 7000-square-foot exhibition space. With our new space and the inclusion of climate control technology our mandate was expanded to include a program of changing exhibitions throughout the gallery spaces.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The collections continue to grow, with a special focus on study collections, areas of intense focus that lend themselves to scholarly study by University of Toronto students and faculty, or by those from elsewhere. The exhibition mandate supports the academic mission of the University by mounting curatorially driven, thematic, long-running, museum-style exhibitions.</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:43:51 +0000