Hito Steyerl, The Tower, 2015. Three-channel high-definition video installation, environment and sound. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. Image © Art Gallery of Ontario
The future is calling, and we’ve got some of the quirkiest, most interesting arts and culture news to prove it. Check out what our team at the AGO is consuming this week. Your future self will thank you.
When the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s new 40,000 square feet Inuit Art Centre opens next fall, it will house the world's largest collection of Inuit art. This video tour with architect Michael Maltzan has us excited to see what comes next.
Can we collect forever? A timely new essay by curator and professor Marie Fraser asks what are the implications of acquiring artworks whose very nature resists conservation.
But even nature can be helped along. “With the fervour of a passionate artist”, legendary fruit wizard John Lenart is growing apple trees in the subarctic. His secret? Returning the trees to their natural shape – low and bushy.
Bushes made her famous, and now renowned Vancouver landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is getting a major international prize named after her. In 2021, on her 100th birthday, the first Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize will award US$100,000 “for creative, courageous, and visionary work in the field of landscape architecture.”
It’s not surprising that museums might someday feature humans holding cell phones. But buffalo wings? Writer, director and animator Kirsten Lepore’s new stop motion animation short film Natural History Museum is a hilarious take on museum-going.
Speaking of which, over 7,000 people a day are expected to visit the just-opened da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris. But don’t expect to see Mona Lisa hanging beside The Last Supper. Turns out she’s just too popular.
Finally, if the future is female, the new Vagina Museum in London is likely to be a hit. Aiming to “banish shame”, its first exhibition, Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them, will open on November 16.
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