Illustration students met with Andrew Hunter, the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday. He spoke to them about the exhibit, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989,curated by Wanda Nanibush and opening that evening. He showed some of the artwork, provided the students some background information about how the show came to be and told some of the stories in putting it together. He also spoke about some of the important changes coming to the AGO, specifically in terms of exhibiting indigenous work, and being more inclusive and diverse in the exhibits and collections. He ended the conversation showing students an archival project in progress restoring John Scott’s Trans Am Apocalypse No. 3.
The visit to the AGO is part of the student’s final term where, as part of the course ILU400, they put together an exhibit of their own work in a gallery downtown. Visiting galleries around the city aids in understanding how to put together a successful art exhibit.