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Thursday Tour:
History Is Rarely Black or White

In-Person at Agnes
Thursday 17 March 2022
12:15–1 pm

A free docent-led tour

*Note the date change from February to March.

Gain a new perspective and understanding of current exhibition History Is Rarely Black or White.  Join us for this free, in-person, lunch-hour tour led by our friendly Community Docents.

The exhibition interrogates cotton garments in the Queen’s Collection of Canadian Dress through archival research and scientific analysis that connects these materials to resource extraction, Indigenous displacement, enslaved labour, and the Underground Railroad. This history is also shown through tintypes and artifacts.

History Is Rarely Black or White engages contemporary art and fashion to examine colonial history and envision a radically positive future. Artists Karin Jones, Gordon Shadrach, and Damian Joel demonstrate the manner in which the burden of colonial history entwines itself in research, making and cultural heritage. Jones and Shadrach discuss the ongoing legacies of oppression that created the global cotton industry. Joel mines the history of enslavement, migration and making in his fashion story, Songs of the Gullah. The inclusion of his work brings the exhibition full circle by juxtaposing the collections at Agnes with contemporary pieces based on similar networks of relation.

The Community Docent training program is supported by the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.

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Online Exhibition
History Is Rarely Black or White

Examine cotton garments in the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress at Agnes and their connection to the global cotton industry through archival research, artistic intervention, and scientific enquiry.

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