Installation view, James Carl, jalousie (pink), 2009. Venetian blinds, 82 x 60 x 64 inches. Gift of James Carl, 2019. © James Carl. Image © Art Gallery of Ontario
We’re tickled pink today, in more ways than one! As of today, AGO Annual Pass holders, Members and advance ticket holders can bypass the Welcome desk and enter the AGO through their own dedicated entrance, located on the east side of Granovsky Gluskin Hall, above the ramp. Just have your digital pass, your membership card or your advance ticket ready and a member of the visitor service team will scan you in. It’s never been easier to visit!
But that’s not the only change. After a bustling summer and sunny fall, Michael Snow’s iconic 1967 sculpture Walking Women is taking a well-deserved sit down. In its stead, visitors will now be welcomed into the museum by renowned Toronto artist James Carl’s sculpture jalousie (pink) (2009).
An extraordinary feat of engineering and imagination, jalousie (pink) (2009) is one in a series of large abstract sculptures created by Carl out of multi-coloured Venetian blinds woven together. Gifted by the artist back this year, the sculpture resembles an abstract female torso. Seated atop a low platform, the woven blinds create a hollow form that playfully invites visitors to look at it and through it simultaneously. Paying homage to the work of early modern sculptors like Constantin Brâncuși and Henry Moore and to the history of craft and the handmade, jalousie (pink) one of seven works by Carl in the AGO Collection.