Agnes Gets Hysterical, featuring Definition of Knowledge

Agnes Gets Hysterical is a collaboration between Agnes and Kingston’s Hysterics Collective. Aligned with the Collective’s mission, this initiative seeks to disrupt the mainstream comedic narrative with diverse voices and punch-up comedy that raises feminist consciousness and strengthens community. Getting hysterical also ensures Agnes doesn’t take herself too seriously either! This series of video performances “riff-off” artworks in Agnes’s exhibitions and permanent collections.

Definition Of Knowledge is a Toronto-based comedy duo who has performed at festivals like Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival and Toronto’s JFL42. Their comedy uses spoken word to satirize topics like race, gender, identity and 90s rap. In 2020, they released their album “Gentrify This” with the female-centric comedy record label Howl And Roar.



Works from Agnes’s collection:
William Hogarth, The Sleeping Congregation, State IV, 1762, engraving on paper. Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen’s University Art Foundation, 1944

Honoré Daumier, -Monsieur le Baron…, j’ai l’honneur de vous présenter monsieur Mérouet, un de nos plus gros banquiers!, 1858, lithograph on paper, state 2 of 3. Gift of Ross H. Branston 1994

Honoré Daumier, -Oh ciel, Madeleine!… je suis sûr que vous avez laissé cet enfant-là crier dans la rue vive la République!, 1850, lithograph on paper, state 2 of 2. Gift of Meredith Fleming 1984

Thomas Rowlandson, after Samuel Collings, Scottifying the Palate, (Print 10 of 20 of Picturesque Beauties of Boswell series)
1786, etching on wove paper, 1/1. Gift from the estate of Mabel E. Segsworth, through the Queen’s University Art Foundation, 1944

This program is made possible through the generous support of George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund and the Bader Legacy Fund.

Videography and Editing by Steven Griffin

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