Look Again: Art Gallery of Windsor Celebrates Art Museum Day 2018 With Free Tours

To celebrate the 9th Annual Art Museum Day the Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW) is offering free docent-led tours of their Look Again Salon Wall exhibit, free admission, and a studio activity on May 18, 2018.

(Photo above: Look Again Salon Wall exhibit at the Art Gallery of Windsor to be featured during Art Museum Day 2018. Photo sourced from the AGW website at http://www.agw.ca/exhibitions/current/412)

“Look Again!” is an ongoing exhibition celebrating the Art Gallery of Windsor’s permanent collection that has been acquired over seventy plus years. It’s an exhibition that pulls together four centuries of art pieces mainly by artists from Canada, but also from Northern Europe, Britain, France, and the United States. Launched in 2015, the reconstructed 19th-century Salon Wall was described as, “possibly the most ambitious collection exhibition the AGW has ever developed,” in the gallery’s annual report of that same year, by AGW Executive Director, Catharine Mastin.

Most, or perhaps all, the art exhibited on the AGW Look Again Salon Wall was created long before people could hyper-connect instantly through the Internet and social media. However, during the 18th century people began connecting through salon-style exhibits. In that century, privately commissioned art that previously could only be found in the homes of the wealthy, began making its way into public galleries. This drew people out to experience original art in public life. The popularity of salon exhibitions grew during the 19th century, becoming a major social transformation that granted the public access to art.

Fittingly, the AGW is encouraging the public to get social by sharing their experiences using hashtag #ArtMuseumDay while touring their Look Again Salon Wall Exhibit. “Museums and galleries enrich our lives every day in powerful ways. The many artists’ whose visions are displayed in this exhibition take the viewer back in time to an era before airwave communications and remind us of core values and experiences such as the beauty and diversity of the landscape, natural wonders, compelling portraits and even themes of loss and grief,” noted Mastin.

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person. Art museums are often anchors for public spaces and neighbourhoods, and they partner with school systems and civic organizations in ways that make their towns, cities, and regions better places for everyone who lives and works there. Hyperconnected Museums also serve as engines for the creative economy, tapping the human creativity embedded in works of art — whether thousands of years old or as recent as 2018 — to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking.

An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities. The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) consists of persons who serve as directors of art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

“I am thrilled that the Art Gallery of Windsor is again participating in Art Museum Day, an opportunity to bring communities together to experience great art and special programs, both in Windsor and across North America,” said Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “Art is vital to our lives, a reflection of both the incredible diversity of humanity and the many common elements that unite us.”

AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, an extension of the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Museum Day. AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18.

On Art Museum Day 2018 the Art Gallery of Windsor will be open from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, for more information please visit http://www.agw.ca or call 519-977-0013. The AGW is located at 401 Riverside Drive West in Windsor, Ontario.