This Week at Agnes

New Acquisition

Zina Saro-Wiwa

On view through 21 November 2021

In Zina Saro-Wiwa’s video-performance Worrying the Mask: The Politics of Authenticity and Contemporaneity in the Worlds of African Art (2020), she questions the authority of the museum and its outmoded colonial practices and shifts the restitution debate into genuinely radical new territory.

Zina Saro-Wiwa, Worrying the Mask: The Politics of Authenticity and Contemporaneity in the Worlds of African Art (detail), 2020, video. The Gallery Association Purchase Fund, 2021

With Opened Mouths: The Podcast

The Art of Black

Speakers: Qanita Lilla and Jameel3DN

In the second episode, Qanita Lilla speaks with rapper and social activist, Jameel3DN. Jameel is the artist behind the incredible song, “The art of Black,” composed for With Opened Mouths: The Podcast. They speak about his life journey, of overcoming intergenerational obstacles, of developing his voice as a Griot (storyteller) and of reaching an understanding of the collective good.

Listen now.

Portrait of Jameel3DN. Courtesy of the artist. The podcast is supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Digital Agnes

Elmer Kolfin’s “Out of the shadow and into the light: Black figures in the art of Rembrandt’s time”

Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art

Elmer Kolfin’s Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art is now available on Digital Agnes, Vimeo and YouTube. Kolfin teaches art history at the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on Dutch art of the seventeenth century and has a special interest in images of Black figures. The live virtual event had over 500 people register from 25 countries around the world!

Watch now.

Reyer Jacobsz. van Blommendael, The Baptism of the Ethiopian Chamberlain, around 1665, oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013. This program is made possible through the generous support of Bader Philanthropies, Inc

Volunteers Opportunity

Are you interested in joining
the team of Community Docents?

Agnes is looking for enthusiastic folks who would like to join our Community Docent team! Community Docents volunteer for tours and programs that take place on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Agnes supports Community Docent learning and mentorship at monthly two-hour meetings that focus on skills and techniques for being an effective docent, with an emphasis on accessibility, equity and inclusion.

Learn more.

Agnes docents lead non-visual tours for sighted, low vision and blind visitors.

Michael Sweerts, Self-portrait with Skull (detail), around 1661, oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2004

Looking Ahead

Thursday Tour: Humour Me

In-Person at Agnes
Thursday 9 September 2021
12:15–1 pm
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Curator-led tour of Studies in Solitude

In-Person at Agnes
Friday 17 September 2021
1–2 pm
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