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Guillermo del Toro at the Art Gallery of Ontario – talks, screenings and more!

Film still from Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006 ©Picturehouse

Fall is here and with it comes a host of exciting programs at the AGO inspired by the upcoming exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, opening September 30th.

Here’s what’s happening:


Inspiration is a Monster: Conversations with Legends of the Dark Arts
In this marquee series of talks, legendary creators share the sources of their inspiration, their relationship to the monstrous and the macabre.

Peaches | Oct. 3, 8 pm
Join the outré electropop artist in a conversation with Sook-Yin Lee about her punk image and provocative work.

Diamanda Galás | Nov. 27, 7 pm
A conversation with one of the most startling artists of our time. Galás creates haunting gospels of despair, desolation and redemption.

R.L. Stine | Nov. 29, 7 pm
R.L. Stine has been scaring people all around the world for years. Highly prolific, Stine has written hundreds of books and his Goosebumps and Fear Street series have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide.

The Prints of Francisco Goya: Etching Enlightenment’s Demise
Nov. 15, 7 pm
Francisco Goya produced some of the most compelling images of social unrest and personal anguish. Join Goya scholar Janis Tomlinson for an illustrated talk that explores his life and work.
This talk is generously supported by the Master Print and Drawing Society of Ontario.


Book Signing
Sept. 27, 4 – 9 pm
Purchase a Guillermo del Toro-themed item from shopAGO and meet the legend himself.

AGO First Thursdays
Enter Darkness: Oct. 5, 7 – 11:30 pm
Celebrating the 5th anniversary of AGO First Thursdays, with a headlining performance by avant-pop icon Peaches.

Museum of the Macabre: Nov. 2, 7 – 11:30 pm
A night guest-curated by Toronto-born, New York City-based artist, nightlife personality and party producer Ladyfag. Tickets on sale October 12th.

Halloween Family Monster Bash
Oct. 29, 1 – 4 pm
Come in costume and enjoy ghoulish artmaking, Gallery tours led by monsters, a dance party complete with a live local kids’ band and so much more!

Family Sundays
Nov. 5 – Dec. 17, 1 – 4 pm
November: Create your very own Cabinet of Curiosities inspired by del Toro’s passion for collecting.
December: Create fictional superhero costumes – capes, masks, wands, shields and more!
Plus, for families with little ones, visit the Dr. Mariano Elia Hands-On Centre for more family friendly art making activities. To help kick off Family Sundays, for the month November create your own miniature Cabinet of Curiosities. Fun for the whole family!
Family Sundays are generously supported by Janis Rotman.


Del Toro has created a distinctive cinematic style mixing monster movies, comic books and exuberant visuals from his imagination, redefining the role of fantasy and magic in film. Join us for frightful screenings this season in Jackman Hall with friends, food, drinks and cosplay!

Nightmare on Dundas Street Movie Nights
Fridays, Oct. 6 – Dec. 8, 10 pm
Late-night screenings of del Toro’s personal list of the 10 most terrifying films of all time, including Psycho, Carrie, The Exorcist, The Silence of the Lambs and many more.

The Films of Guillermo del Toro
Wednesdays & Fridays, Oct. – Nov., 7 pm
Whether you’ve seen them before, or this is your first time, enjoy this series of incredible, legendary films – The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak.


Artists of all ages and stages can express their creativity in courses and workshops with themes inspired by the exhibition. Choose from these and so many more. Register today.

Special FX
Saturdays, Oct. 14 – Nov. 11, 1 – 3 pm (8 – 13 yrs)
Delve into the art of alchemy and magic, exploring things that change and transform, like face painting and zombie zaniness.

Saturdays, Oct. 14 – Nov. 11, 10 am – 12 pm (8 – 10 yrs)
Saturdays, Nov. 18 – Dec. 16, 10 am – 12 pm (6 – 7 yrs)
Explore the AGO collections and create your own Cabinet of Curiosities, full of precious, odd and artful things.

Mask Making Fun!
Sundays, Oct. 15, 22 & 29, 1 – 3 pm
Ages 3+ welcome
This one day workshop invites you to use inspiration from masks found in the galleries to create your very own! Whether it’s frightful, spooky, scary or sweet, your family and friends surely won’t recognize you!

Screaming in Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters
Mondays, Oct. 16 – Nov. 20, 6 – 7 pm
A one-hour experience of movement and observation in the exhibition, as you are led through a series of exercises culminating in a screaming chorus.

Film and Video Explorations: B-Movies
Fridays, Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, 6 – 9 pm
Revelling in the cheesy, low-budget, aesthetics of B-movies, students will learn the basics of moviemaking.

Drawing Explorations: Fantastical Landscapes
Fridays, Nov. 10 – Dec. 8, 6 – 9 pm
Listen to horror film scores and draw inspiration from nightmares to mash your stories into monstrous masterpieces.

Photography Explorations: Fantastical Images
Mondays, Nov. 13 – Dec. 11, 2 – 5 pm
Building on lighting and staging techniques, students will compose photographs with settings and themes reminiscent of imaginary worlds.

Sculpture Explorations: Egos and Alter Egos
Mondays, Nov. 13 – Dec. 11, 2 – 5 pm
Learn techniques in sculpting the human face and watch how a self-portrait takes on a range of emotions and expressions.

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Toronto, Ontario
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