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Bring the whole family to the Gardiner for family-friendly activities, including clay workshops and tile painting.
Free with admission!
Tuesday February 16, 7 pm
James Doyle, Assistant Curator for the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art proposes a new reading of the archaeological and art-historical evidence found at burial sites such as Sitio Conte, El Caño, and Venado Beach, Panama.
Speaker: James Doyle
With support from Brian Wilks
Wednesday February 17, 10 am - 8 pm
Gardiner Friends have exclusive preview access to the special exhibition Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold and Ceramics in Ancient Panama. Bring unlimited guests free of charge, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and get a special 15% Gardiner Friends discount in the Shop.
Thursday February 25
The Gardiner Museum holds the most comprehensive collection of figures from the Commedia dell'Arte in a public institution. On February 25, we're celebrating Commedia dell'Arte Day with a special Gardiner Signature Lecture and a 15% discount for Gardiner Friends in the Shop.
Thursday February 25, 6:30 pm
FREE FOR GARDINER FRIENDS
Throughout its history, the Commedia dell’Arte exercised a powerful form of social criticism. As the political and economic conditions of Europe changed, it adapted to the new circumstances by reversing the direction of its criticism and migrating from the stage to the world of the decorative arts. This lecture by Domenico Pietropaolo, Principal of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto and a professor of Italian Literature, will trace the main lines of that transition, showing how the characters continued to flourish as protagonists of their new domains.
Speaker: Domenico Pietropaolo
In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute | Co-presented by Victoria University in the University of Toronto
Saturday March 12 & Sunday March 13
Now is your chance to disconnect from the digital world as a family and get your hands dirty! Clay activity stations will be set up on all four floors of the Museum to help you with your exploration. All ages welcome! FREE with admission.
Friday March 18, 7 pm
Join us for an immersive gallery experience where a unique live performance exploring minimalism in music and visual art will take over one of the Gardiner’s galleries.
Thursday March 24, 6:30 pm
Like traditional Guna artists, Oswaldo DeLeón Kantule is inspired by his natural, human, and spiritual environment. His process is one of fusion: combining the sacred symbols found in Guna pictographs, traditional rites, and ceremonies with those found in other indigenous cultures, as well as in urban culture, recodifying them to create his own visual language. This talk will focus on the traditional elements of Guna art and how they are fused with contemporary symbols to communicate the artist's message.
Speaker: Oswaldo DeLeón Kantule
With support from Brian Wilks
Mondays April 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:30 pm
Join our curators for a lively 4-week introductory course on ceramic art, focusing on the Ancient Americas (April 4), Chinese (April 11), European (April 18), and Contemporary (April 25) ceramics.
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.