AGO’s Big Week To Be Marred By Protest

“Visitors to this week’s unveiling of Frank Gehry’s much-anticipated redesign of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario will find themselves on the receiving end of a protest against the planned $190-million renovation and expansion.” The same community activists who railed against the AGO’s last expansion, in the early 1990s, are claiming that the AGO’s process has ignored community concerns, and will “likely will be in violation of a 1989 agreement and bylaw brokered by the Ontario Municipal Board that… commits the AGO to holding its expansion at what transpired in 1993.” Not surprisingly, the AGO disagrees with that interpretation.