Enjoy fascinating talks by leading experts, lunchtime literary learning series, family-friendly activities, intimate musical performances in the bistro, art parties, gala fundraisers and more!
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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 May 5, 2015, 6:30 – 8 PM
The Helen E. Gardiner Memorial Lecture
Hear a fascinating talk by one of Canada’s leading Renaissance experts on Italian Renaissance maiolica and how it functioned as a sign of wealth and intellectual cultivation in the context of the humanist tradition, other genres of art, and elite social ritual.
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Bartlett, Professor of History and Renaissance Studies (Victoria College, University of Toronto)
With support from the Helen E. Gardiner Fund
Presented by Hon. William Graham & Catherine Graham
Friday May 8, 2015, 6:30 pm
Gallery Prelude: Join persucssionist Alejandro Céspedes and a Gardiner Museum Docent to learn about the exhibition Women, Art & Social Change and a parallet story—the history of percussion.
Salon 21: Join Soundstreams to explore various Latin styles and participate in an interactive demonstration of how these vibrant rhythms fit together.
Wednesday May 20, 2015, 6:30 – 8 pm
The Robert and Marian Cumming Lecture
Spanning the years from 1733 to 1833, this talk takes a fresh look at the pioneering roles of Josiah Spode I and Josiah Spode II, invention and innovation, at the beginning of the development of the famous Staffordshire pottery industry.
Speaker: Pam Woolliscroft, Former Curator of the Spode Museum Trust
With support from the Robert and Marian Cumming Fund
Monday June 1, 2015, 6:30 – 8 PM
Join Dr. Peter Kaellgren of the ROM for a presentation on the Revelstoke Collection of early English ceramics, which was dispersed in a series of auctions beginning in 1934. The Gardiner and the ROM both possess pieces from this significant collection.
Speaker: Dr. Peter Kaellgren, ROM
Saturday June 6 & Saturday June 20, 2015, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Ian Symons
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 6 - 8:30 PM
The Diane Wolfe Lecture
The documentary feature film Dance of the Maize God explores the royal life and rich mythology of the Maya, as well as the tangled issues involved in the collection and study of Maya art. The film will be followed by a discussion featuring the film's director and a panel of archaeologists.
Speakers: David Lebrun, Director of Dance of the Maize God; Siobhan Boyd, Gardiner Education Program Manager and Archaeologist; and Maya Archaeologists Drs. Helen Haines and Gyles Iannone
With support from the Diane Wolfe Fund
Wednesday September 16, 2015, 6:30 - 8 PM
The Ann Walker Bell Lecture
Using examples from the collections of the Gardiner Museum, this lecture will examine the stories behind a wide range of decorative motifs and scenes found on blue and white porcelains of the 16th to 18th centuries. It will begin with a history of symbolic motifs in Chinese art and will proceed to examine a range of motifs in detail, explaining their meanings and their origins.
Speaker: Dr. Stacey Pierson, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London
Presented by Gillian and Ron Graham
With support from the Ann Walker Bell Fund