Rehoming Agnes

Join us for a year-long series staged in Etherington House!

In Agnes Reimagined we return Etherington House to a home, creating a live-in artist residency upstairs and a community facing hub downstairs. This year we “rehome” Agnes as a preparatory study.

Beginning with A guest + a host = a ghost, social activities are re-energized, followed by Berlin Reed’s “pairings” in the gastro-experimentation Brown Butter and lastly Fugitive Rituals giving palliative care to old systems that no longer work. Perhaps these artists are reversing guest/host relations as they smooth our transition, grounding Agnes’s re-emergence as a living space in Agnes Reimagined, but as Reed reminds us: “some bites may taste or feel unpleasant; experiences may jar rather than soothe.” We arise from these experiments and experiences as a more resilient art centre poised to meet the challenges to come, which include, in 2023, leaving our home altogether!


A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST
To 8 May 2022

New works by Taymah Armatrading, Hadley Howes and participants in the recent Studios in Solitude micro-residency Mo Horner and Vivian Sheng, study, claim and change space in Etherington House following the summoning of an investigative commons. In the lead-up to Agnes Reimagined, A guest + a host = a ghost explores a method for transitioning the House back into a home that furthers the cause of art in the community, both physically and symbolically. Social activities are re-energized, and collaborative insights conveyed across multiple projects and schedule blocks.

Initiated by Sunny Kerr, Neven Lochhead and Dylan Robinson

Supported by Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario; Canada Council for the Arts; City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council; Archive/Counter-Archive and the Bader Legacy Fund.


BERLIN REED: BROWN BUTTER
3 June–10 July 2022

Conceived by Montreal-based, transdisciplinary practitioner Berlin Reed, Brown Butter is a curated conversation between Black Canadian artists and gastro-artist/chefs in the form of a multi-sensory arts residency and installation in Etherington House.

Brown Butter is an internalization of Black thought and a gavage of Black expression. Over six weeks, Brown Butter’s immersive, succulent environment fills every capacity for human perception. Brown Butter is where gastronomic arts branch away from culinary discipline and where we return to exploring through sense our elemental roots as oral inquisitors. Chefs Rawan Ali, Marissa Leon-John and Bashire Munye are paired with artists Jade Fair, Kama La Mackerel, Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Odeimin Runners Club, Rye, Gloria C. Swain and Syrus Marcus Ware.

Curated by Berlin Reed and produced in collaboration with Emelie Chhangur, Nasrin Himada and Sunny Kerr

Brown Butter is generously supported by the Canada Council of the Arts.


What’s Next in Rehoming Agnes
FUGITIVE RITUALS
30 July–4 December 2022

The artists Nicolas Fleming, Cindy Mochizuki, Lisa Myers, Laura Pitkanen, Camille Turner and Alize Zorlutuna in Fugitive Rituals examine belief systems embedded within institutional architecture and ask how we make changes with care to the systems that we have lived with for a very long time. The exhibition, as a discursive platform for a series of activations, offers intentional rituals to give palliative care to old systems that no longer work; to grieve and mourn what is lost; and to project into a speculative but collective future grounded in care and ecological considerations. Approaching the exhibition as an iterative ritual itself, where repeated acts of building, installing, disseminating, viewing and deinstalling transform the site, we might see the possibilities for escape from old colonial systems and seek sustenance through practicing each artist’s intentional ritual. The work in this exhibition engages with waste produced from previous exhibitions as well as selected objects from Agnes’s significant collection of cultural belongings as ways to consider ecological and relational concerns in art and exhibition-making.

Curated by Myung-Sun Kim

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, David Bain Memorial Fund, Robert Sutherland Visitorship and the Inclusive Community Fund, Queen’s University.


New and Continuing Exhibitions

THE DARK ROOM
9 April–10 July 2022

HIDDEN CURRENTS: KOERNER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PRINTS
9 April–10 July 2022

SHELBY LISK:
SHÉ:KON SE’ONHWENTSYÀ:KE RATINÉKERE TSI NIHÁ:TI NÈ:NE YESANORÓNHKHWA
(THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT LOVE YOU)
To 8 May 2022

CHRIS CURRERI: A SURROGATE, A PROXY, A STAND-IN
To 29 May 2022

TOM THOMSON? THE ART OF AUTHENTICATION
To 29 May 2022

STUDIES IN SOLITUDE: THE ART OF DEPICTING SECLUSION
To 26 June 2022

SANDRA BREWSTER: BLUR
To 4 December 2022


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Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and preserving works of art and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies.

Agnes is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
agnes.queensu.ca
Facebook: @aeartcentre
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Agnes is an accessible venue, details can be found here.

AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.

Images:
1. Hadley Howes, photo from the publication Etherington House: Building a Legacy by Patricia Sullivan.

2. Chef Marissa Leon-John and poet/performance artist Kama La Mackerel serve the first look at Brown Butter. Photo: Zoë Cousineau

3. Alize Zorlutuna, Su Yollunu Bulur: water finds their way, 2022, carpet, multimedia installation. Image courtesy of the artist

For further information, contact Kate Yüksel, Communications Coordinator at kate.yuksel@queensu.ca.