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Director’s Message

Portrait of Jan Allen. Photo: Tim Forbes
Portrait of Jan Allen. Photo: Tim Forbes

THE SEASON LAUNCH on 19 September celebrates four new exhibitions, including Dr Jacquelyn Coutré’s Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges. This not-to-miss show offers a revelatory introduction to the Dutch master’s formative years. We also celebrate a new exhibition space: the Franks Gallery, in Etherington House, features recent painting by Milly Ristvedt. I am grateful to the Franks family for their timely and generous support for the creation of this gallery. Two additional shows—Tracing Self and Other and Split Between the I and the Gaze—draw upon our contemporary collections to consider how we define ourselves, and see and experience others, complementing the continuing shows, Let’s Talk About Sex, bb and Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer. We will also celebrate a dramatic newly commissioned work by Sandra Brewster, gracing the Atrium.

DEVELOPMENTS IN OUTREACH are energizing our work. The learning-through-art programs and Art Hive art-and-wellness sessions have tapped into appetites for innovative material based learning and for safe creative community. In addition, we received new support from the Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation to refresh our elementary-schools program. Lastly, we welcome the first cohort of graduate students in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies, in partnership with Queen’s Department of Film and Media this fall.

IN LANDMARK COLLECTION NEWS, we received with great gratitude the gift of Linda and Daniel Bader, Rembrandt van Rijn’s Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair (1659), donated in honour of the late Dr Alfred Bader. In addition, we acquired striking outdoor installations by leading Indigenous artists Raven Chacon, Camille Georgeson-Usher and Ogimaa Mikana. A generous grant from the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies is providing vital support for conservation of our rare Collection of Canadian Dress.

SINCERE THANKS are extended to departing Advisory Board members Sarindar Dhaliwal, Alan Grant and Rachael Havens for their generous service and passion for our mission. I am delighted to welcome new members Susan Beyette, Madeline Legg, Christina McLachlan, Kristin Moriah and Joan Scaglione. Their counsel will be vital as Agnes enters a leadership transition: I have announced my intention to retire at the end of 2019. I am looking forward to this next phase, while reflecting with gratitude on the support I have received in my work at Agnes.