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On Being “Difficult”: Performing Criticality as an Art Critic of Colour

Merray Gerges writes about Amy Wong and Amy Lam’s Institutional Critique Teach-In, a public program held as part of the exhibition Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics, and reflects on her own emotional and intellectual labour as an art critic.

1 month ago
Obsession: Sir William Van Horne's Japanese Ceramics (installation view), 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Five objects with curator Akiko Takesue

To learn more about some of the ceramics from Sir William Van Horne’s extraordinary collection, we asked Dr. Akiko Takesue, guest-curator of the exhibition Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics, to tell us about five of her favourite objects on display.

2 months ago

December 2018 Director’s Message

2018 has been a year to remember for the Gardiner. From our beautiful plaza reconstruction to the launch of New + Now, here’s a look back at some of the highlights from this exciting year.

2 months ago
Leo - David R Harper - Zodiac

December Horoscopes inspired by David. R Harper: Zodiac

Inspired by David. R Harper: Zodiac, a spectacular twelve-part installation on display until January 6, we invited author and astrologer Liz Worth to reveal what the stars hold in store for you this December.

3 months ago
George Eliot’s Middlemarch

Quickfire: Six Questions with Dr. Rachel Gotlieb

A conversation with Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, Adjunct Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Gardiner Museum.

3 months ago
Aitken & Hyde ornament

Holiday Gift Guide: Adeline’s Picks

In anticipation of the holiday season—which seems to be approaching at a faster rate this year—we asked Gardiner Shop Manager, Adeline La, to curate a selection of gifts guaranteed to please both the creative soul and dedicated connoisseur on your list.

3 months ago
David R Harper in his studio

A conversation with David R. Harper

We chat with David about his relationship with astrology, the ways individual zodiac traits inform their respective installations, and where he sources the unique materials found in his works.

3 months ago
Chinese, Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Ginger Jar with Plum-Blossom Decoration (Two of a Set of Four), 1662-1722 porcelain, blue and white 10 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (25.7 x 21.6 cm) Henry Clay Frick Bequest Accession number: 1915.8.01

Inside the Frick’s collection of ceramics

We chatted with Dr. Ian Wardropper, Director at the Frick Collection, about Henry Clay Frick’s original ceramics collection, how these pieces are displayed in their galleries, and how their major 2020 expansion will change the way their galleries are currently laid out.

4 months ago
Chicha beer

The Art of Fermentation: Chicha and Ceramics

Commonly known as a corn beer, the word Chicha is actually used to describe any kind of fermented beverage made from grains, maize, or fruit.

5 months ago

Community in Clay: Celebrating 20 Years of the Toronto Potters Biennial Exhibition

Toronto Potters was established in 1979 to provide the local clay community with an organization that would showcase their work and the opportunity to learn from their fellow potters.

5 months ago