The New AGO
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The New AGO

Several slides are shown during this speech. An acknowledgement of donors and others in the audience that helped to make the new AGO possible. Difficult times to lead a cultural institution and how that is so. Looking at the future of the AGO with optimism. The times we live in – looking for ways to speak to one another. Frank Gehry’s vision, with images. Challenges met. Some history of Frank Gehry and the project. Balancing the notion of the institution and the notion of home. More images. Reaching out to visitors. Creating points of access. Wanting people to come back. More images. The AGO as the largest public project in North American to use wood. Some anecdotes about the collection and the building, with images. Some numbers to illustrate the site of the collection and the building, with images. The changing face of Toronto. The notion of change. The Art Gallery of Ontario as one of the great civic institutions in Canada. Giving us confidence about thinking in new ways about the future. Some concluding remarks and reiterated thank yous.