Thursday, May 4
7 – 11:30 pm
Advance Tickets: $13 Non-Members / $11 AGO Members*
At the Door: $16 Non-Members / $14 AGO Members
First Thursday Admission + exhibition entry to Georgia O’Keeffe
Advance Tickets: $23 / $11 AGO Members
At the Door: $26 / $14 AGO Members
*Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. First Thursdays consistently sell out, and tickets are not held back for at-the-door purchase.
Toronto’s biggest art party celebrates the legacy and influence of Georgia O’Keeffe with Maylee Todd, Catherine MacTavish, Madelyne Beckles and more...
Georgia O’Keeffe once declared “I am not a woman painter!” Demanding that art be considered for its merit, not for the gender of its creator, the May First Thursday brings together artists who play with the connections and contradictions between gender, art and politics. Creating intersectional, multidisciplinary art that at turns celebrates, critiques and rejects the construction of gender and its perception, as O’Keeffe did. Headlining is Toronto’s beloved and fierce Maylee Todd, who brings her multimedia Virtual Womb project to life in Walker Court. Todd’s creativity embraces songwriting, production, video and performance, addressing the poetics of the body in all its dimensions at its root.
The night will also feature artist projects by Catherine MacTavish and Madelyne Beckles. Working across generations, these two artists embody different perspectives on the feminine and feminist art practices. MacTavish worked in Toronto in the 1970s and ‘80s before abandoning the art scene. Her painting Arms Race is featured in the exhibition Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971–1989. Beckles on the other hand, still in her 20s, presents a critical race-based feminist framework through the use of her body and ready-made objects. Beckles is a long-term collaborator with Toronto artist Petra Collins, with whom she most recently presented work at MoMA’s PopRally. Author Julie Cameron Gray, whose recent collection of poems was recommended by Lena Dunham on LennyLetter, and artist and illustratorKendra Yee will present hands-on O’Keeffe-inspired interactive projects. There will also be a series of pop-up talks, including a representative from the Canadian Synesthesia Association, our monthly Out of the Vaults installation, DJs, drinks and dancing. Join us.
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The AGO would like to extend our thanks to the sponsors who partner with us to bring you First Thursdays each month
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