« Calendar

June 6, 2013

Category: Multicultural Attractions

Olive Oils from Tuscany: A Conversation and Tasting with Gaia Massai and Matteo Brogi

Join us for some conversation and olive oil tasting with Gaia Massai and Matteo Brogi.
Gaia Massai has had a long history with food. Managing the olive oil and wine production on her family’s farm in Tuscany for many years, Gaia who is now based in Toronto, returns to Italy several times each year. She is the Founder of Gaia’s Plate, a company that specializes in events, tastings and products from the Italian countryside.
Matteo Brogi is a Tuscan photographer who photographed the Bata Shoe Museum’s current photo exhibit Unconventional Portraits.

Gaia and Matteo will offer interesting anecdotes about olive oils from the Tuscan region while guests sample them. A short conversation will take place every 30 minutes as a drop in. Visitors can also view the photo exhibit which officially opens to the public that evening.

Thursday, June 6, 2013; 6 – 8 pm; drop in.

COST: Included in pay-what-you-can Thursday. Limited quantities.

Bata Shoe Museum — 327 Bloor Street West (at St. George)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 416.979.7799 or www.batashoemuseum.ca

Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911)

The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park