Over the past two years, we have been thinking about our programming as interconnected lines of inquiry, learning how exhibitions and programs—not just artworks—can be curated into reciprocal conversation. It is in-between these exhibitions and programs—at their vibrating edges—where new connections are ignited across Agnes’s collections and commissions.
Published in honour of The Bader Collection’s valued presence at Agnes and in recognition of Alfred Bader and the Bader Family’s enduring contributions to the museum, this digital publication brings together essays reflecting on the legacy of the collection at Agnes, its exhibition history and its future as a part of Agnes Reimagined.
Bringing collections, artists and communities together. From collection highlights to asynchronous children’s programs and more, find interdisciplinary perspectives and activities that reflect on themes inspired by Agnes’s collection.
Agnes highlights queer, trans and intersex hirstories in the collection. This highlight looks at an architectural wooden relief from the Migratory Collection, providing a marginalized example of gender fluidity within devotional art and a window beyond otherwise suppressed politically religious opinions.
This exhibition is nominated for a Galleries Ontario award for “Innovation in a Collections-Based Exhibition.” With Collection Count + Care, we bring stewardship forward from back of house and mark a moment in Agnes’s transformation. As we pack, we take stock, and consider what it means to care for and be accountable to a public collection.
Enjoy selected playlists with music inspired by Agnes’s rich programming.
The Vulindlela procession honoured the Lang Collection of African Art through music, poetry and dance. Here we celebrate the richness of contemporary African music, from Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The tracks emphasize migration or movement, overcoming difficulty and celebrating life.