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Enjoy fascinating talks by leading experts, family-friendly activities, art parties, gala fundraisers and more!

 

For information and tickets, click on the event links below or call 416.586.8080.

If you are interested in our clay classes, please click here.

 

Tickets to lectures, programs, and special events are final sale and non-refundable. For more information please review our ticketing policy.


Salon 21: Clapping Music

Salon 21: Clapping Music

Friday April 8, 7 pm

Learn a popular piece of minimalist music and make musical history! You’re invited to join Soundstreams to perform Steve Reich’s Clapping Music in an 80-person ensemble in celebration of his 80th birthday. All you need is curiosity and the ability to clap your hands.

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Gardiner Friends Excursion: Scott Barnim's Studio & Art Gallery of Hamilton

Gardiner Friends Excursion: Scott Barnim's Studio & Art Gallery of Hamilton

Saturday April 16, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Gardiner Friends are invited to join us for a special trip to meet ceramic artist Scott Barnim and take a tour of his studio in Dundas, Ontario, followed by lunch and special tour of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

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Beyond Indiana Jones: Archaeologies of the Past, Present, and Future

Beyond Indiana Jones: Archaeologies of the Past, Present, and Future

Thursday April 21, 6:30 pm

Dr. Andy Roddick will discuss his work as an archaeologist in the altiplano, or high Andean planes of Bolivia and Peru. This is a region that evokes many of the myths of archaeology—myths which continue to haunt practicing archaeologists in the region today. In this talk, Roddick will break down some of these misconceptions, presenting the realities of contemporary archaeological practice.

Speaker: Andy Roddick
With support from Brian Wilks

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Dark Arts: Chocolate & Coffee Tasting

Dark Arts: Chocolate & Coffee Tasting

Thursday May 12, 7 pm

Explore the tastes and smells of cacao and coffee as you learn about the importance of these two products and their significance in Latin American culture with our partners at ChocoSol, who focus on artisanal, equitably sourced cacao. Toast, peel, grind, drink, smell, and taste your way through the process of turning raw cacao into chocolate.

In partnership with ChocoSol
With support from Brian Wilks

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The Spectrum of Power: Colour Symbolism and the Ancient Maya

The Spectrum of Power: Colour Symbolism and the Ancient Maya

Wednesday May 18, 6:30 pm

Employing objects from the ROM and other excavations, this talk will explore the colourful world of the Maya and the meanings embodied in many elements of the ancient society’s hugely rich material culture. 

Speaker: David Pendergast

The Diane Wolfe Lecture
With support from Brian Wilks and the Diane Wolfe Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Versailles: The Porcelain Palace

Versailles: The Porcelain Palace

Wednesday June 8, 6:30 pm

Bertrand Rondot, Cheif Curator of Furniture and Works of Art at the château de Versailles, will discuss the little-known history of porcelain at the famed French palace, which reached its height at the wedding of Louis-Auguste and Marie-Antoinette.

Speaker: Bertrand Rondot

In partnership with Alliance Française
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Life, Love, and Plenty to Drink: English Pottery, 1625-1740

Life, Love, and Plenty to Drink: English Pottery, 1625-1740

Wednesday September 14, 6:30 pm

The slip-decorated and tin-glazed earthenware vessels that will be explored in this talk made their homes both in the elegant residences of the wealthy as well as the more modest dwellings and taverns.

Speaker: Leslie Grigsby

The Helen E. Gardiner Memorial Lecture
With support from the Helen E. Gardiner Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

 

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Made in China: 500 Years of Chinese Export Ceramics

Made in China: 500 Years of Chinese Export Ceramics

Wednesday October 26, 6:30 pm

The desire for the luxury goods of China (tea, silk, and porcelain) was the motivating factor for a global competition to establish and maintain trading networks to Asia. For five hundred years, since the founding of the sea trade, Chinese porcelain and stoneware have been collected by traders from around the world.

Speaker: William R. Sargent

The Ann Walker Bell Lecture
With support from the Ann Walker Bell Fund
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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Minton and Japonisme: the Victorian Obsession with Japan

Minton and Japonisme: the Victorian Obsession with Japan

Tuesday November 8, 6:30 pm

From the late 1860s to the late 1880s, Japanese forms and motifs were key factors in fashionable Western design. This lecture will explore how the Minton factories used this source material, and what role it may have played in their overall marketing strategies.

Speaker: Jeffrey Ruda

The Robert and Marian Cumming Lecture
With support from Robert & Marian Cumming
Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto

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