The AGO is one of my favourite places in Toronto, and Adam and I paid it a visit a few weeks ago for one of their newest exhibitions. Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has an exhibition called “How to Build A House Museum”, and it’s dedicated to spaces of black legacy, creativity, and freedom. Through different mediums of art, Gates shows ways of honouring and remembering black experiences.
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The neon sign is the sole reason why I wanted to check this exhibition out – I saw it on the AGO’s Instagram and was sold right away. The public opening night was on July 20th at 8:00 PM, and it was completely packed by 8:13. The elevators going up to the exhibition were packed as soon as the clock struck 8.
There was music blasting out of this large wooden machine as well as in another room you’ll see below. There was also a DJ spinning on the main floor of the AGO, so it was a pretty live Wednesday night. Wednesday nights at the AGO are also free, in case you didn’t know.
This is Gates’ “Progress Palace” – it’s an in-gallery club dedicated to 80s house music legend, Frankie Knuckles. The silver shrine rotates and it looks stunning in person. The screen is massive and the whole installation is just super immersive.
If you get the chance to, I definitely recommend checking “How to Build A House Museum” out. It’s on the 5th floor of the AGO, and it’s on from now until October 30th (my and Adam’s one year anniversary, hehe). You can see it for free every Wednesday night.
The AGO also has a bunch of cool works from Hurvin Anderson on the 4th floor, which will be leaving August 21st. Be sure to follow the AGO on Instagram to find out about their latest (and sometimes free) events.