Gardiner Ceramic Art Museum and Exhibition ReviewLast week I visited the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, downtown Toronto, to take in the Museum and their latest exhibit Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque, a World Pride themed ceramic art exhibition. I have never been to the Gardiner Museum, as ceramic art brings to mind Royal Doulton figurines, but I was mildly surprised at its collection of very interesting ceramic art and of course the bold Camp Fires exhibit.
The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art opened in 1984 by George and Helen Gardiner to house their ceramic art collection. It was managed by The Royal Ontario Museum but after 1996, it gained its independence. Today it boasts three levels of ceramic art galleries, both permanent collections and special exhibitions, a cafe and bistro, and offers a variety of clay classes for all ages and experience levels.
|Pieces from the Italian Renaissance Gallery|
|Deity Effigy Funerary Urn, 500-700AD, from Mexico|
|Ancient Americas Gallery|
|Youth, 1990-1 by Akio Takamori|
|Torso of a Young Man, 1993 by Gertraud Mohwald and Mith, 1994 by Doug Jeck|
|White Fright, 2008 by Shary Boyle|
|Lovers, 1957 by Marc Chagall|
|Guasparre by Richard Milette|
|Waiting for Master and Hydria with Gold Marilyn Monroe by Richard Milette|
P.s!: The Gardiner Museum offers free guided tours at 2pm every day with admission and Friday after 4pm is also half price night!