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Sandra Alfoldy

Remembering Sandra Alfoldy

Remembering Sandra Alfoldy, a historian and curator who helped position Canadian crafts and scholarship on the world stage.

3 months ago
Hand sculpted from clay

Liberating narratives: A look back at the first AWW Free School workshop

On a Tuesday night, a group of strangers came together and unpacked their fears, joys, triumphs, and memories using words and clay during AWW Free School: Embodied Narratives, the first in a series of four interdisciplinary workshops inspired by the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Unbroken.

4 months ago
Ai Weiwei, Blue and White Moonflask, 1996. Courtesy of a private collection, USA

Real or fake? How to spot authentic Chinese blue-and-white porcelain

Dr. Maris Gillette, author of “China’s Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen,” gives us tips on distinguishing real antique Chinese porcelain from forgeries.

4 months ago
Porcelain dog with floral markings

Best in Show with curator Natalie Hume

The lobby display Best in Show spotlights a diverse range of canine-centric ceramics dating from 300 BCE to the 21st century, and reveals how artists have used clay throughout history to convey the varied relationships between dogs and people. We asked curator Natalie Hume to share with us her five favourite dogs from the display, and which one she would ultimately crown “Best in Show.”

4 months ago

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.

6 months 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.

7 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.

7 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.

8 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.

8 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.

8 months ago