After several misfires I managed to get down to Toronto for a followup eye test and got finished early enough to get over to the Art Gallery of Ontario. My first visit since it has been reconstructed.
I was lucky enough to get a tip to grab a 20% off coupon for admission and chose to go whole hog and see the special exhibition, Drama and Desire about the cross pollination of art and theatre in the period 1789 – 1910. I enjoyed that.
I also went looking for the photography section and had to ask a security guard if I was in the right neck of the woods. I was right, but it was closed and empty. He remarked that they were not sure it was going to come back, that photography would not be re-exhibited. I found that surprising. I have over the years made an effort to get down to see some of their special photography exhibits.
I pored over my multipage guide to the AGO and noticed something called the Thomson Collection of Ship Models. I went down to see what that might be. There are some 130 large ship models. Thomson’s personal collection. He donated a lot of other art. In fact, in a sense it is no longer the Art Gallery of Ontario but the Thomson Gallery of Art and Ship Models. If Toronto was a maritime city, I might be able to buy this central display of stuff, but it is not Halifax of Vancouver. I looked at a lot of the models and few seemed to have any connection to Canada. I had to puzzle over the loss of the photographic art display and the gain of the ship models. I am still trying to figure that out.
One thing is real clear. I won’t be rushing back to Thomson’s hobby shop any time soon.