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Kent Monkman presents during the Season Launch. Photo: Tim Forbes
Jacquelyn N. Coutré presents Rembrandt van Rijn's, "Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair," 1659, oil on panel. Gift of Linda and Daniel Bader, 2019 (62-002). Photo: Tim Forbes
Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art with Prof Dr Sybille Ebert-Schifferer. Photo: Tim Forbes

Rembrandt's Leiden: Yesterday and Today

A short documentary about contemporary Leiden animate the city’s history as part of the exhibition Leiden circa 1630: Rembrandt Emerges, on view at Agnes Etherington Art Centre 24 August–1 December 2019.

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A new Rembrandt arrives at Queen's
Spring 2019

In April 2019, Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University welcomed Rembrandt van Rijn’s Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair (1659) into its collections.

Read more about the gift.

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Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art
20 March 2019

“The Research Database ArsRoma: Another Way to Look at Roman Early Baroque Painting”

Prof Dr Sybille Ebert-Schifferer
Director Emerita, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome

Painting in the capital of papal power underwent a transformation around 1600. Fueled by profound social and political change, diverse stylistic approaches arose. Not all artists, however, thrived in this competitive environment. On what factors did a “successful style” depend? Drawing upon the ArsRoma database and the rich and complex data in it, Prof Dr Sybille Ebert-Schifferer will consider this innovative research vehicle and its contributions to our current understanding of early Baroque painting in Rome.

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Distinguished Lecturer: Eric Jan Sluijter
19 October 2017

“Rembrandt, Value and the Market for Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam”

In honour of the 50th anniversary of The Bader Collection, the Agnes welcomed Eric Jan Sluijter, Professor Emeritus, Art History of the Renaissance and Early Modern Period, University of Amsterdam. Between 1630 and 1670, when Rembrandt was active in Amsterdam, the art market grew with breathtaking speed. In this extremely varied and constantly changing field, artists strategically positioned themselves through their selection of subject matter and painterly manner, their cultivation of customers and patrons, and their methods of determining the value of their paintings. As competition grew fierce, painters like Rembrandt developed reputations that allowed them to set extraordinary prices. This was the moment when the discrepancy in value between paintings by celebrated masters and those by artists working for the lowest tiers of the market swelled. Dr Sluijter’s lecture to address this complex intersection between monetary worth, painting, reputation and the art market. Rembrandt takes centre stage, as his position was exceptional in many respects, but other artists represented in The Bader Collection are also highlighted.

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Who was Agnes Etherington?
Fall 2017

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Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Fall 2017

Sharing Agnes with you.

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Rembrandt in Canada: New Thoughts on an Old Master
5 November 2016

Rembrandt in Canada: New Thoughts on an Old Master

The recent gift of Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo by Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader offers an opportunity to consider the enduring legacy of the artist in Canada as a subject of scholarly study and aesthetic enrichment. These talks by scholars, artists, and art world professionals position the artist and his work in Canadian collections in new light. As the Agnes is the home of three authenticated paintings by Rembrandt, the day is a celebration of the recent Bader gift, the study of Dutch art across the country, and the Canadian-Dutch relationship.

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Kingston Art Scenes Summit
5 June 2016

Kingston Art Summit from Agnes Etherington Art Centre on Vimeo.

Kingston has arrived at an auspicious cultural moment, with new arts facilities, new leadership and new civic programs. This summit takes stock of the visual arts, past and present, through a multi-voiced dialogue. In conjunction with Dig and Art Scenes Kingston, the program features eight short talks on Kingston’s art scenes from the 1970s to now by artists, curators and cultural leaders. “Time” and “Space” are the broad organizing themes, with such topics as the controversy around Kosso Eloul’s 1973 sculpture, Time, and the contingencies of studio and exhibition space in the city today. There will be a break for light refreshments at the mid-point, and a half-hour moderated discussion after the presentations.


Tina Barnes, Mixed Media Artist

Alicia Boutilier, Curator of Canadian Historical Art at the Agnes and curator of Art Scenes Kingston: 1840s / 1940s / 1970s

Chaka Chikodzi, Artist

Michael DiRisio, Artistic Director, and Taylor Norris, Operations Director, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes and curator of Dig: Chaka Chikodzi, Ben Darrah, Pat McDermott, Joan Scaglione, Su Sheedy, Sharon Thompson

Erin Sutherland, Doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, and curator of the performance art series “Talkin’ back to Johnny Mac,” 2015

Otis Tamasauskas, Artist and Professor, Fine Art (Visual Art) Program, Queen’s University

Colin Wiginton, Cultural Director, Cultural Services Department, City of Kingston

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Frances K. Smith Public Talks in Canadian Art – Dr Christine Boyanoski and Sarah Milroy
4 October 2015

“Iconic Canadian Art Today: Curating the Hart House Collection and Emily Carr”

What new approaches can we bring to the much-loved iconic Canadian art of the inter-war period? Two curators offered their perspectives through short presentations and a discussion. The speakers were Dr. Christine Boyanoski, curator of A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection, and Sarah Milroy, art critic and co-curator of From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia.

The talks were presented in conjunction with the exhibition A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection, on view at the Agnes from 29 August–6 December, 2015.

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Panel - From Curatorial Eyes: Exhibiting and Collecting Canadian Women Artists, Then and Now
8 May 2015

On the fortieth anniversary of the groundbreaking exhibit From Women’s Eyes: Women Painters in Canada, this panel reflects on its legacy by examining curatorial work—then and now—involving the exhibition and collection of Canadian women artists. Dorothy Farr and Linda Jansma join Alicia Boutilier and Tobi Bruce, curators of The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists, and Sarah E. K. Smith, curator of I’m Not Myself At All: Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell for an illuminating exchange.

Presented in conjunction with the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative national conference.

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The 2015 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture – Lee-Ann Martin
22 March 2015

“Public Art in Context: Commissioned Works by Rebecca Belmore and Alex Janvier”

In 1993, Denesuline artist, Alex Janvier completed his commissioned mural, Morning Star, on a dome at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History) in Gatineau, Quebec. Twenty years later, in 2013, Anishinabe artist, Rebecca Belmore, was awarded a commission to create the installation, trace, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, unveiled upon the museum’s opening in September 2014. These masterworks—one in paint, one in clay—reveal each artist’s unique intertwining of the past, the present and the future. Lee-Ann Martin, a leading independent curator, discussed the artists’ intentions for their works of public art within the discourses of these two national museums.

The Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture is made possible through an endowment from the Kaufman family.

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Philosopher's Café – Larry Scanlan and Kate Johnson
23 November 2014

“Confronting the New Realities inside Canada’s Prisons”

Kingston writer Lawrence Scanlan conversed with Queen’s chaplain Kate Johnson on life inside our prisons and the nature of rehabilitation, followed by discussion with the audience.

Lawrence Scanlan is a veteran journalist and the author or co-author of twenty books. Kate Johnson, Chaplain at Queen’s since 2013, holds a Master of Divinity degree in Restorative Justice.

The program was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Geoffrey James: Inside Kingston Penitentiary, on view at the Agnes from 30 August– 7 December 2014.

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Frances K. Smith Public Talks in Canadian Art and Queen's University Archives Annual Lecture: Dr Sandra Campbell
30 October 2014

“Time’s Judgements Are Best”? :  Lorne Pierce and The Queen’s University Art Foundation

Starting in the 1930s, publisher Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press and other Toronto alumni—organized as the Queen’s University Art Foundation—gifted Queen’s University with works of art, some by famous Canadian and European artists. Over the decades of giving, issues of taste, of modernism versus traditionalism, of rivalries for power and prestige unfolded along with the best intentions of both Foundation and University. Dr. Campbell’s talk unpacked this lively history, including the involvement of figures like André Biéler and A.Y. Jackson.

Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press (2013), Dr. Sandra Campbell’s biography of Canada’s leading mid-20th century Canadian publisher, was a finalist for the Ontario Historical Society’s Creighton Prize.

This lecture was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mind, Heart and Spirit: The Queen’s University Art Foundation, on view at the Agnes, 10 May — 9 November, 2014.

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Collaborative Talk – Patricia Ewer and Carolyn Dowdell
2 October 2014

“Two Perspectives on Agnes Etherington’s Fashion”

Patricia Ewer, the principal of Textile Objects Conservation and 2013 Isabel Bader Research Fellow in Textile Conservation spoke on the care of historic clothing. Carolyn Dowdell, a doctoral student in Art History at Queen’s and curator of Artful Dressing: The Fashion of Agnes Etherington, discussed the exhibition.

The talk was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Artful Dressing: The Fashion of Agnes Etherington, on view at the Agnes from 21 June–9 November 2014.

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Curators in Conversation: Private Collection, Public Legacy
Alicia Boutilier and David de Witt
27 March 2014

How do private art collections become part of the public legacy? Finessing cultural philanthropy is a key part of curatorial work. Join two curators for a fascinating look at this topic: Alicia Boutilier, Curator of Canadian Historical Art, will introduce the outstanding Soloway gift, and David de Witt, Bader Curator of European Art, will describe the magnificent ongoing donation of Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. After short illustrated presentations, they will discuss their respective collections and hold a Q&A, facilitated by Pat Sullivan, Public Programs Officer.

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The 2014 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture – Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts
8 March 2014

A leading scholar and innovator in the exhibition of African art, Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts considers how museums bring the arts of the past to life in the present, posing the question: how can historical arts be infused with contemporary relevance?

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Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture – Akram Zaatari
11 February 2014

Akram Zaatari Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture
“Addressed, Folded, Opened, Performed, and Buried: Letters as a Form of Art”

Acclaimed Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari guides us through various samples of his work, borrowing the letter format to engage in writing a complex disputed history. In one of the works presented here, Zaatari conducts both an investigation and a stirring tribute to an act of resistance that marked his childhood memories: the refusal of an Israeli pilot to bomb a boys’ high school in south Lebanon in 1982.

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S(cr)eening Berlin, as Tourist – Lynne Marsh and Jennifer Hosek
7 November 2013

Lynne Marsh is an internationally acclaimed artist whose practice lies at the intersection of moving image, performance and installation. The final in a series of three public discussions, this conversation examines the city of Berlin in relation to Marsh’s body of work through a dialogue between Marsh and Jennifer Hosek, an Associate Professor of German Studies in Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University.

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Camerawork: Framing Labour – Lynne Marsh and Susan Lord
24 October 2013

Lynne Marsh was in residence at the Agnes from 1 October–15 November 2013. This is the second in a series of three public discussions. It examines the representation of labour in Marsh’s work through a dialogue between the artist and Susan Lord, Head of the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.

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Artist Talk – FASTWÜRMS: Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse
9 October 2013

Presented in celebration of the exhibition Knot Knox: Decoy Signs and Occult Operatives, 3 August–12 January 2014.

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Studio, Stage, Screen: Performance and the Camera – Lynne Marsh and Sylvie Fortin
3 October 2013

In the first of a series of three public conversations during her residency at the Agnes, Canadian artist Lynne Marsh speaks with Sylvie Fortin, Curator of Contemporary Art, on the subject of performance and the camera.

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Pilgrimages Redux: A Mouthy Event – Michael Davidge and Vincent Perez
28 September 2013

Michael Davidge and Vincent Perez present an illustrated tour of their respective pilgrimages to Mount Rushmore and Santiago de Compostela, followed by an open-mic session in which invited speakers and audience members speak briefly and personally on the theme of the journey.

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Frances K. Smith Public Talks in Canadian Art: The Canadian Group of Painters Up Close
11 May 2013

In conjunction with the exhibition A Vital Force: The Canadian Group of Painters, four speakers―Anna Hudson, Laura Brandon, Agnes Ladon and Alicia Boutilier―discuss ground-breaking artworks by CGP artists, interspersed with dramatic readings by Queen’s University Drama students to convey the dynamic artistic scene in Canada of the 1930s and 1940s.

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The 2013 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture – Anthony E. Elms
23 March 2013

“Moments to remember are just like other moments”
Anthony Elms is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the editor of WhiteWalls, an independent publisher distributed through the University of Chicago Press. The annual Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture is made possible through an endowment from the Kaufman family.

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Diversified: The Art Bank and Canadian Culture
14 March 2013

In conjunction with the exhibition The Art Bank in the 21st Century, three distinguished panelists discuss issues of diversity and policy in contemporary art practices: Ashok Mathur, Brendan Fernandes, Andrea Fatona, with Barbara Meneley moderating.

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