Enjoy fascinating talks by leading experts, family-friendly activities, 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 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
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 10 AM
The Gardiner Volunteer Committee invites you to our annual fundraising luncheon The Joy of Ceramics.
Speaker: Janice Stein is an internationally-known Canadian political scientist, worldwide relations expert and author of over 80 books.
Friday September 11, 11 am to 3 pm
Join us on the Gardiner Plaza on select Fridays throughout the summer for the new Park/Avenue Pop Up lunch series.
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
Saturday October 3, 1:30 - 3:30 pm (building), and Sunday October 18, 10:30 am - 12 pm (glazing)
Have a Spooktacular time at the Museums studios and learn how to make a pumpkin or skull out of clay.
Instructor: Audrey Mah
Wednesday October 7, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
In the early 1960s, David Waterhouse was an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at the British Museum. He will recall his experiences of working under Basil Gray, Soame Jenyns, William Watson and other luminaries of a bygone era.
Speaker: Prof. David Waterhouse
Thursday, October 15, 5 - 7:30 pm
Empty Bowls is a North American-wide project to aid the homeless. More than 400 bowls are donated by potters, potter’s guilds and students at schools teaching pottery, and delicious soups are prepared and ladled out by Ontario's most eminent chefs.
Thursday November 19, 6:30 to 8 pm
Professor Ethan Matt Kavaler, Director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Professor of the History of Art at the University of Toronto, discusses the highly developed art of clay sculpture in The Netherlands in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Speaker: Professor Ethan Matt Kavaler, University of Toronto