This Week at Agnes

In the Galleries

Agnes reopens her doors on Tuesday 8 February!

Save the date

History Is Rarely Black or White, Studies in Solitude, Sandra Brewster’s Blur and the newly installed A guest + a host = a ghost will be on view.  Chris Curreri: A Surrogate, A Proxy, A Stand-In and Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication open on 26 February!

Check out how we are keeping you safe during your visit.

Michael Sweerts, Self-portrait with Skull, around 1661, oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2004 on view in Studies in Solitude.

What Is…Art Conservation? with Emy Kim

Online, Saturday 5 February, 1–2:30 pm (ET)

Join Emy Kim, Queen’s Assistant Professor, Artifacts Conservation, as she leads a talk on art conservation. She’ll touch upon the role of a conservator in a museum, conservation training, ethics and some of the techniques used.

Sign up (Registration is free. Agnes will email you a Zoom link closer to the event date.)

This program is supported by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Photo: Garrett Elliott

History Is Rarely Black or White Speaker Series

Style as Armour: Identity, Clothing, and Self-Fashioning in History Is Rarely Black or White with Julie Crooks and Nigel Lezama

Online, 11 February, 1–2:30 (ET)

Julie Crooks and Nigel Lezama join Jason Cyrus to explore the use of style to both affirm one’s personhood and challenge oppression. Together they examine archival tintypes, contemporary portraiture, and Victorian cotton clothing to shine a light on clothing’s important role in constructing Black identity.

Sign up (Registration is free. Agnes will email you a Zoom link closer to the event date.)The first two talks are now available online at Digital AgnesVimeo and YouTube.

This program is supported by the David and Patti Bain Memorial Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Portraits of Julie Crooks and Nigel Lezama

Art and Wellness

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes

Online, Thursdays through 17 March, 4­–5:30 pm

Since our first Virtual Art Hive @Agnes in April 2020, the program has grown to become an online community of care for folks looking to connect and make art together. Find inspiration through weekly themes (3 February, Resilience; 10 February, Nourishment) and conversations. All levels of artistic experience are welcome. Sign up

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Birks Family Foundation.

Read about how Agnes’s Art Hive has extended into the Queen’s U-flourish program as a new wellness resource for students.

Virtual Art Hive @Agnes, 2021

With Opened Mouths Podcast

Bantering toward radically liberated futures

Episode 7

Jason Cyrus, Ezi Odozor and Qanita Lilla talk together about the creative processes of curating, researching and writing in the Canadian arts sphere. Sharing the enriching journeys around Agnes’s exhibitions Spirit Banter, History Is Rarely Black or White and With Opened Mouths, this episode is about the urgency to have our voices heard, the joy of community and the pain of blood memory. If you’ve ever been confronted with White institutional ‘quick-sand’, struggled with intergenerational trauma, and wondered how to work joyfully in a hostile creative field this one is for you!

Listen now.

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

Portraits of Jason Cyrus and Ezi Odozor

Staff News

Many thanks to Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown has left her role as Program Coordinator to forge a new and exciting path. In her three and a half years with us, she shaped the Art and Wellness Program, which gained national and international attention, and led innovative programs for adults, youth and kids. We wish Shannon well!

A screenshot of Shannon Brown talking about the Art Hive program in Agnes’s studio.

Virtual Open House

Advocacy Coalition Mural

Online, 2 February, 6–7:30 pm

The Office of the Principal is working with the student-led Queen’s Advocacy Coalition to commission a mural on campus to illustrate a future that is focused on celebration, healing, resilience, cultural diversity and optimism. Three artists on the shortlist include Charmaine Lurch, Anna Jane McIntyre and Nuff. The artists are invited to present initial concepts at the Virtual Open House.  Sign up.

Portrait of Emily Joyce

Looking Ahead

Making Art Work: Professional Development Series

Preparing Portfolios
Online, 15 February, 6–7:30 pm
Sign up

The Painter’s Survival Guide with Emily Joyce

5–6 March, 10–1 pm and 2–5 pm daily
Register ($175, $160 for members)

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