SONG DONG’S ‘WISDOM OF THE POOR: COMMUNAL COURTYARD’ GIVEN TO THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO

This will take up serious storage space. It’s an “immersive” labyrinth of 100 Chinese doors assembled by Beijing avant-garde artist Song Dong (b.1966) – originally for the Venice Biennale – and now in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The armoire doors were rescued from within the Beijing hutongs, a vast network of laneway housing either being demolished or gentrified, in a capital city that’s been expanding and rebuilding at breakneck speed. ‘The Wisdom of the Poor’ addresses the role of traditional architecture in today’s changing urban environment. <PHOTO – Song Dong, Pace Gallery>. <Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West>

MATH IS INVOLVED: 18-YEAR-OLD RYAN DINEEN CREATED THIS MURAL 20 YEARS AGO.

In 2000 Ryan Dineen approached every B.I.A. in Toronto and landed this one on Carlton St. at Parliament on the edge of Cabbagetown. It’s a winner, instantly recognizable, and from the beginning was created by an accomplished artist who, since 2013, has been represented by the Ingram Gallery in fashionable Yorkville. Many people recognize instantly this image, and know exactly where it’s located, having had much exposure on the Internet. Ryan Dineen now says “My focus these days is primarily oil painting on canvas.”<Information – Parliament St. News>

THE NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL OF CANADA, FOUNDED IN 1959, A WORLD LEADER IN BALLET TRAINING

The National Ballet School (NBS) of Canada occupies a number of buildings – some historic, some brand new – on Jarvis and Maitland Streets in downtown Toronto. Since its founding, NBS has been acclaimed for excellence in the training of dance professionals. Graduates perform in major companies worldwide, and include some of the finest choreographers and artistic directors. The School is associated with The National Ballet of Canada, itself founded in 1951.

B-MOVIES IN THE 1930’S & 40’S MIGHT HAVE INSPIRED SOME TO BECOME CAREER WOMEN

<‘She’s A Soldier Too’“sock drama of the gals who wear the pants these days” – Columbia Pictures, 1944, celebrating wartime contributions of working women including Rosie the Riviter & Swing Shift Maisie.><‘Air Hostess’ – “love flies high with the Air Hostess” – Columbia Pictures,1949, thrills, drama, romance.><‘Public Stenographer’> – Showmen’s Pictures, 1934.

JAMES TURRELL, BORN IN PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, IS KNOWN FOR LIGHT TUNNELS & PROJECTS

“My interest is working with light and space.  I have always been fascinated with the range of light at different locations around the world.” – James Turrell . . . . Stop by the Bay/Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, to enjoy Mr. Turrell’s animated sculpture. “Straight Flush”. installed in 2009. It’s in the lobby on the south side.

TORONTO’S PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE IS BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED BOTH INSIDE AND OUT

The 2000-seat theatre, built by David and Ed Mirvish and designed by architect Peter Smith, opened on May 26, 1993 with an interior design by renowned Yabu Pushelberg, and featuring artwork by the brilliant Frank Stella. It was the first privately built, stand-alone theatre in North America in over 50 years. The theatre is named after Diana, Princess of Wales, who was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and mother of Prince William and Prince Harry.