As We Rise: Photography in the Black Atlantic

Opens at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto on September 7
Featuring selections from the Wedge Collection

Dawit L. Petros, Hadenbes, 2005, chromogenic print. From As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic (Aperture, 2021). Courtesy of the artist/Bradley Ertaskiran.

As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic

September 7–November 19, 2022
University of Toronto Art Centre

Opening: Wednesday, September 7, 6pm–8pm

The ethos of community is at the heart of the collection from which this exhibition is drawn. Established by Dr. Kenneth Montague, the Wedge Collection is Canada’s largest privately owned collection committed to championing Black artists. The title As We Rise is borrowed from a phrase that Dr. Montague’s father would often invoke: “Lifting as we rise.” By this, he emphasized the importance of parlaying one’s personal success into communal good. He believed in investing back in the Black community to which he and his family belonged. As an ethic, “lifting as we rise” suggests an expanded sense of family, one that reaches beyond close relatives. As an exhibition, As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic embraces this expansive sensibility, centering the familial alongside the familiar.

The Wedge Collection was started in 1997 in Toronto by Dr. Kenneth Montague to acquire and exhibit art that explores Black identity. Montague also founded Wedge Curatorial Projects, a nonprofit arts organization that supports emerging Black artists.

Works by Raphael Albert, Henry Clay Anderson, Tayo Yannick Anton, Liz Johnson Artur, James Barnor, Dawoud Bey, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Deanna Bowen, Jody Brand, Kwame Brathwaite, Sandra Brewster, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Vanley Burke, Mohamed Camara, Kennedi Carter, Jorian Charlton, June Clark, Renee Cox, Erika DeFreitas, Jabulani Dhlamini, Stan Douglas, Louis Draper, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Samuel Fosso, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Courtney D. Garvin, Jérôme Havre, Barkley L. Hendricks, Leslie Hewitt, Ayana V. Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Aaron Jones, Anique Jordan, Seydou Keïta, Lebohang Kganye, Luther Konadu, Deana Lawson, Zun Lee, Oumar Ly, João Mendes, Jalani Morgan, Dennis Morris, Aïda Muluneh, Eustáquio Neves, Jamal Nxedlana, Lakin Ogunbanwo, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Bidemi Oloyede, Horace Ové, Gordon Parks, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Dawit L. Petros, Charlie Phillips, Afonso Pimenta, Ruddy Roye, Athi-Patra Ruga, Abdourahmane Sakaly, Jamel Shabazz, Abdo Shanan, Malick Sidibé, Xaviera Simmons, Ming Smith, Paul Anthony Smith, Sanlé Sory, Eve Tagny, Texas Isaiah, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, James Van Der Zee, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Ruby Washington, Ricky Weaver, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley

Exhibition organized by Aperture, New York.

Curated by Elliott Ramsey, curator, The Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver.


ALSO ON VIEW AT THE ART MUSEUM THIS FALL

Morris Lum, Remembering the Forestview, 2011 and 2021. Dibond mounted print, 36 x 28.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The Centre Cannot Hold: Labourious Memories

September 14, 2022–June 30, 2023
The Jackman Humanities Institute

Opening: Wednesday, September 14, 4pm–6pm

The Centre Cannot Hold: Labourious Memories considers artistic labour in relation to community building, activism, and memory. Curated by three Master of Visual Studies graduate students, the exhibition is composed of three sections: Unsettling Sites of War curated by Mikhail Atif Khan, Those Unforgotten curated by Sherry Chunqing Liu, and These Walls Hold Our Wounds curated by Erin Storus.

Presented in conjunction with the Jackman Humanities Institute’s 2022-23 research theme, Labour.


Jol Thoms, Orthomorph (Tunneling), 2020. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist.

Drift: Art and Dark Matter

Until October 8
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

An invisible matter is having a gravitational effect on everything. Without the gravity of this “dark” matter, galaxies would fly apart. Observational data in astroparticle physics indicate that it exists, but so far dark matter hasn’t been detected directly.

Given the contours of such an unknown, artists Nadia Lichtig, Josèfa Ntjam, Anne Riley, and Jol Thoms reflect on the “how” and “why” of physics and art as diverse and interrelating practices of knowledge. Through their transdisciplinary exchanges with scientists, the artists have created artworks—sculpture, installation, textile and video—that emerge as multi-sensory agents in the search for an experience of dark matter.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in partnership with the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB, the Stonecroft Foundation, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council. Curated by Sunny Kerr with assistance from Michelle Bunton.


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