Agnes’s digital roundup
for summer

5 June 2020

A lot has happened since we closed our museum’s doors to the public on 16 March. The Agnes team has been developing enhanced online exhibition content, moving interactive public programs online, and building a school program that can be enjoyed from home. We have extended the run of in-gallery exhibitions in the hopes that we will reopen to the public later this summer. For now, we hope you will enjoy these exciting new offerings.

Enhanced Online Content

The Pathos of Mandy: Walter Scott
Watch The Pathos of Mandy: Walter Scott (2019) from home. In Walter Scott’s new body of work, the central character is Mandy, an artist who has lost all legal ownership of his fictional character. A 6:35 minute film follows Mandy through various vignettes of hubris and desperation as he attempts to piece together who he is, both personally and artistically, now that the central focus of his art practice is gone.

The film is available to screen on our website and on Field Trip: Art Across Canada from 1 June to 9 August 2020.

Installation view of Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations.

Featured in an Audio Tour: Sandra Brewster, Blur, 2019, gel transfer medium on paper, collection of the artist.

Sandra Brewster: Blur
Listen to Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art speak about Sandra Brewster’s installation Blur (2019) in the new audio tour.

B-Side Agnes Etherington: Paul Litherland
Features a short essay commissioned from the artist Paul Litherland as a replacement to in-gallery artist talk and tour.

From Tudor to Hanover: British Portraits, 1590–1800
Walks through the themes of the exhibition with extended text and images.

Face of the Sky: From the Collections
Showcases featured works

Agnes’s signature travelling exhibition Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges opened at the Art Gallery of Alberta on 7 March, but had to close ten days later. The AGA has produced four online videos highlighting the exhibition.

Featured in AGNES Learns: Goodridge Roberts, Still Life on Sideboard with Yellow and White Flowers(detail), 1961, oil on panel. Purchase, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, Wintario matching funds, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, Dr Albert Fell, and the Gallery Association, in memory of Dr Ken Gunn, 1987 (30-107)

Public Programs from Home

Deep Looking (Online Edition)
A virtual contemplation practice facilitated by Program Coordinator Shannon Brown. This program runs once a month from June to August and features a different exhibition each time.

AGNES Learns
A new digital resource for children and families replacing our usual school programs. Artworks from the Agnes collection inspire fun ways to explore, understand and get creative. It includes short videos on collection works and an accompanying lesson plan.

Agnes Art Camp at Home
Agnes art educators and assistants guide small groups of campers in process-based artmaking exercises and interpretation, through short creative bursts in both the morning and afternoon. Virtual field trips to see the museum’s art collection will inspire creativity and learning. Campers finish the week with a virtual art exhibition to celebrate their artistic exploration. Agnes Art Camp at Home provides a welcoming camp experience over four weeks in July.

Featured in a Collection Highlight: Godfrey Kneller, A Scholar in His Study, about 1668, oil on canvas. Gift of Dr and Mrs Alfred Bader, 1978 (22-007)

Featured in AGNES Collects: Jan Victors, Ruth and Naomi, 1653, oil on canvas. Purchase Bader Acquisition Fund, 2015 (58-002)

Digital Agnes

Watch the newly launched AGNES Collects. Dr Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Eleanor Wood Prince Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1750, Art Institute of Chicago brings to light the masterful depiction of Ruth and Naomi (1653) by Jan Victors, highlighting how the artist expanded upon the innovations of the great Dutch Master, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Immerse yourself in the Collection Highlight: Godfrey Kneller – A Scholar in His Study. Gain interdisciplinary insights into the artwork through the eyes of a historian, an art historian and a book conservator. Drawing on experts at Queen’s University, the insights come from Professor and Principal Emeritus Daniel Woolf, Department of History; Professor Stephanie Dickey, Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, Department of Art History and Art Conservation; and Conservator Natasa Krsmanovic, W. D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections and Queen’s University Archives. These voices are augmented by an informative text by Curatorial Assistant, European Art Maxime Valsamas.

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