DAVID BOWIE IS Art Exhibition at the AGO

August 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Ontario, Past Events, Toronto, Uncategorized

Get ready TORONTO – this fall at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) for the first time ever you will have a chance to take a journey through the world of a musician, performer, and style icon David Bowie. This exhibition is from the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London, England, where over 300 objects from Bowie’s personal collection has been featured throughout five decades. The show reveals the innovative artist’s collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theater and film.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate an amazing artist who has a massive influence on art, design, and culture. David Bowie is will be on the fourth and fifth floors of the AGO’s modern tower. The show also highlights artists who have collaborated with the culture chameleon over the years. The collection includes:

•more than 50 stage costumes including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (19
72) designed by Freddie Burretti;
•music videos by David Mallet including Boys Keep Swinging (1979) and Let’s Dance (1983);
•set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974);
•Kansai Yamamoto’s flamboyant creations for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973);
•photographs by Helmut Newton, Brian Duffy and John Rowlands;
•album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; and
•excerpts from films and live performances including Top of the Pops (1972), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1979)

To join this extravaganza it will be occurring from September 25, 2013 to November 27, 2013.

For more information visit http://www.ago.net/david-bowie-is-coming-to-the-ago-this-fall

The King of Design Weekends: The King East Design District Exhibition

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Non-Profit Events, Past Events, Toronto

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The first annual King East Design District Exhibition was a masterpiece event! Thanks to all our supporters and participants. Hundreds of passports were sold, and over $2500 was raised for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. KEDD set out to inspire decorators and designers, and do-it-your-selfers, and bring communities together by mutually supporting a great cause. With everyone’s help we were able to reach and surpass these goals.

The weekend of creativity was full of laughter, good eats, and great works of interior art.  KEDD visitors had the chance to venture on “Designer Strolls”, take part in design consultations, view the finest Italian furniture and even get a history lesson by seeing Moroso’s “Behind, After or Beyond” travelling exhibit.  KEDDers also had the opportunity to join the Andrew Richards Design Team to learn how to give their backyards a make-over. And if all that didn’t get your design muses singing then learning how to toss a pizza at Mangi & Bevi, eating delicious treats with Mari Loewen from ANNA Magazine and chatting with celebrity designer Ramsin Khachi at Cambria sure did the trick.

KEDD guests showed much enthusiasm and appreciation for the King East Design District. Several visitors had their KEDD passports in hand and design questions in mind. Many were eager to find out how they could transform their small spaces while others simply wanted a change from traditional spaces to modern designs. Nonetheless, all had one thing in common; they needed inspiration.

The exhibition allowed for individuals to take the opportunity to drop by and enjoy the city’s design district. The event called for those who wanted to take time out of their busy lives and really seize an afternoon for a simple glass of wine, a few nibbles and a scenic endeavour.  Journalist, Rob Campbell even wrote an article about the exhibit in Digital Journal titled, King St East now recognized as Design District of Toronto. Along with Campbell there were many other  industry professionals present who felt the exhibition invigorated the design community making the event worthwhile and something to be repeated for years to come.

So whether you live in a lavish downtown condo, or you’re still dwelling in your mother’s basement, we hope the weekend enlightened those who needed refreshing ideas and gave a little nudge to those hesitating with a design dare. Toronto has a lot to offer and the King East Design District is definitely a must-see destination to fill up on your creative juices.

We hope everyone enjoyed their journey through the district and picked up innovative ideas along the way. We’ll be back next year with more design good times!

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Author:  Habiba Ahmad