Spring/Summer Exhibitions Launch

Friday 3 May 2019
Members’ Preview: 5–6 pm
Public Reception: 6–7:30 pm

The Season Launch Reception on Friday 3 May celebrates four beautiful new exhibitions: the raw, open and playfully discursive Let’s Talk About Sex, bb; the imaginatively staged Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer; the immersive media world of Kingston artist Emily Pelstring’s Any Saint and the research-rich Puvirnituq Graphic Arts in the 1960s. These open on 27 April. To top off this celebratory occasion, we anticipate a memorable art-unveiling in The Bader Gallery.


We want to talk about sex.
We want to talk about touch.
We want to talk about relationality.
We want to talk about sexual health and taking care of our bodies.
We want to talk about how we learned to talk about sex. About how we talk to our parents, our children, our friends, our kin, our lovers, our partners, our therapists about sex. About love, sensuality, cruising, futurisms, utopias and kinship, and all of their resurgent possibilities. We want to talk about all of these things with you.

This group exhibition, curated by Carina Magazzeni and Erin Sutherland, features new works, collaborative installations, performances, workshops, poetry and film-based explorations that combine to create a narrative that expands the possibilities of sexual sociality. Let’s Talk About Sex, bb brings sex to the table to encourage open and raw conversations about our relationships to our own and each other’s bodies.

Artists featured in this show include G H Y Cheung, Thirza Cuthand, Dayna Danger, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Gesig Isaac, Anique Jordan, Kablusiak, Ness Lee, Dan Cardinal McCartney, Grace Rosario Perkins, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge and Arielle Twist.


Gallery going emerged as a public pleasure in Canada in the late nineteenth century and continues (as we strongly believe at the Agnes!) to be an engaging cultural activity. Stepping Out proposes outfits and accessories that one might wear to an art museum—perhaps to an exhibition opening, at a children’s event, for a study session, or on a Sunday afternoon. Drawing upon the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress, the exhibition features clothing, from the 1860s to 1970s, stepping through gallery spaces and intermingling with contemporaneous works of art. Talented unknown dressmakers are highlighted alongside Canadian and international designers such as El Jamon, Elsie Densem, Jonathan Logan and Zandra Rhodes. From walking sticks and moody landscapes to mod dresses and video art, many objects are on view for the first time. Come and imagine yourself in a different pair of shoes.

Curated by Alicia Boutilier, with Carolyn Dowdell, Deirdre Macdonald, Elaine MacKay and Sophia Zweifel

Stepping Out will be accompanied by a digital publication, launching in fall 2019, with feature texts on select garments by writers, curators and historians who have a history of working with the Queen’s University Collection of Canadian Dress.


Summoned from slow shimmering animations, mystic beings emerge amid other barely-restrained spirits. Curated by Sunny Kerr, this solo exhibition by Emily Pelstring is a space for immersive, transformative viewing made with outmoded imaging technologies and simple special effects. With Any Saint, Pelstring refines her approach to DIY aesthetics, performance experimentation and humour to evoke mythic narratives, dispersing them across installation, animation and hologram.

Emily Pelstring is a Kingston-based media artist whose work has been shown internationally in galleries, film festivals and music festivals, including Transmediale Berlin, Seoul International New Media Festival and L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival Barcelona. She teaches in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University.


Bold and immediate, Inuit prints captivated the 1960s art world. The second community to initiate a print program in the Eastern Arctic was Puvirnituq, Nunavik. Featuring works on paper donated by Margaret McGowan (Artsci’78), Puvirnituq Graphic Arts in the 1960s shows the early years of printmaking in the community, including rare experimental prints made before its inaugural annual collection of 1962. Although printmaking in the community was discontinued in 1989, the images by Juanisialuk Irqumia, Leah Qumaluk, and other artists (eight in the exhibition) left an indelible mark.

Curated by Alysha Strongman under the supervision of Dr Norman Vorano as part of the Research Studentship in Indigenous Art.


To 5 August 2019: Rome, Capital of Painting

To 12 April 2020: The Art of African Ivory

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a globally networked art museum situated in the heart of Queen’s University’s historic campus at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, Ontario Arts Foundation, Government of Canada, Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies and Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, along with funds held at Queen’s University, including: The Bader Legacy Fund, David and Patti Bain Memorial Fund, Janet Braide Memorial Fund, Celebrating Agnes Fund, Collection of Canadian Dress Fund, Franks Fund, Rita Friendly Kaufman Fund, Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, David McTavish Art Study Fund, Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, John L. Russell and Gerald Brenner Fund, Iva Speers Fund for Art Education, and Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts Fund. We are grateful for the crucial ongoing support of our members, and corporate and private donors.

Image: Anique Jordan, Darkie, 2018, monochromatic photograph on paper, from the exhibition Let’s Talk About Sex, bb. Courtesy of the artist

Image: Zandra Rhodes, Dress, 1973–1976, silk. Gift of Sylvia Gillespie-Keyl, 1999 (C99-001.01), from the exhibition, Stepping Out: Clothes for a Gallery Goer. Photo: Bernard Clark

For further information, contact Kate Yüksel, Communications Coordinator at (343) 333.5478 or kate.yuksel@queensu.ca.