This Week at Agnes

Current exhibitions

Eight exhibitions on view

Since reopening, visitors have been enjoying the eight exhibitions currently on view in the galleries. Seven of them are turning over through out the month of August. This gives you less than two weeks to see Quest for Colour: Five Centuries of Innovation in Printmaking and  The Art of African Ivory, with a little more time for others. Check the schedule to see current and upcoming exhibitions to help plan your visit.


Online Film Screening Celebrates Inuit Women

15-29 July 2020

Through the films and video work of the Arnait Video Productions, the exhibition Inuuqatikka: My Dear Relations brings focus to the kin-centered outlook of Inuit women in the Arctic. The films are the result of women collaborating and creating stories, united in sharing their distinct life experiences. They reveal the process of filmmaking, oral traditions and conversations across families and generations.

From 15 to 29 July 2020, Agnes is pleased to present online the following two films from the exhibition:

Qulliq (Oil Lamp), 1993, video with sound, colour, 10 m 21s, Inuktitut w/English subtitles. Collection of Arnait Video Productions

Marie-Hèlène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, Before Tomorrow, 2008, video with sound, colour, 92m 47s, Inuktitut w/English subtitles. Collection of Arnait Video Productions

Use password: MyDearRelations2020 to watch.

Oana Spinu, Before Tomorrow (production still), copyright Arnait Video Productions, 2009

AGNES Learns

Explore, understand and get creative

AGNES Learns is a digital resource for children and families. In the newly released Ivory and African elephants, the video and accompanying lesson plan look at an ivory figure made by a Lega artist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This figure underlines the need for museums like Agnes to thoughtfully and responsibly preserve, interpret and share works of historical ivory art.

This work is currently on view in The Art of African Ivory.

Lega Artist, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Figure, unknown date, ivory. Gift of Justin and Elisabeth Lang, 1984 (M84-017)

Funding Announcement

2020 City of Kingston Arts Fund Recipient

Agnes has been awarded an Operating Grant of $75,000 from the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF). This fund nurtures the capacity of the arts, artists and the arts sector in Kingston while fostering creativity, encouraging social cohesion, enhancing quality of life and stimulating economic development through direct investment. The annual CKAF grant is crucial to sustainability, for Agnes and for many key organizations and initiatives across the city. To view the full list of recipients, see the the Kingston Whig Standard.

Wassily Kandinsky, Untitled, 1929, lithograph on paper, 21/150. Purchase, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, 1970 (13-110) Photo: Bernard Clark

Looking Ahead

Deep Looking (Online Edition)

Featuring  Quest for Colour: Five Centuries of Innovation in Printmaking
Tuesday 11 August, 1–2 pm
Registration required

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