Craving something a little different for lunch? The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) is offering a serving of art and culture every Tuesday at noon when it leads guided tours of the University’s outdoor sculpture collection.
Until Oct. 28, the AGYU will take interested patrons on walking tours around Keele campus for a lesson on the history of modern sculpture and the evolution of York’s collection.
Tours meet in front of the AGYU, at 116 Accolade East Building, and last about an hour. Tours can also be arranged for another time through firstname.lastname@example.org, or they can be self-guided using the AGYU Summer Outdoor Sculpture Tour printout as a reference.
In the early 1970s York acquired, through purchases and donations, a number of large-scale works of modern art by prominent sculptors such as Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Hugh LeRoy, Mark di Suvero and George Rickey.
These works were permanently installed on the campus grounds, and they established the foundation of the collection. Today, the University works to build on this foundation, and has commissioned works by Jocelyne Alloucherie, Enzo Cucchi, Rodney Graham, Brian Groombridge, Susan Schelle and Liz Magor for the campus.
“Creating public spaces that are transformative, that can stimulate the imagination by speaking to many diverse uses and users, is a guiding principle for the development of the York University sculpture collection,” says the AGYU website.
For more information or to book a sculpture tour, visit the gallery’s website at theagyuisoutthere.org.