Seasons go with the changes at Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2021

Reopening 7 August 2021 


7 August 2021–30 January 2022 

In this realm of energy and spirit, interrelationships between all entities are of paramount importance, and space is a more important referent than time.  - Leroy Little Bear 

Lii Zoot Tayr is the third in a series of exhibitions organized by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short that explores the work of Métis artists. In this iteration, the artists—Malbeuf, Suzanne Morrissette, Tannis Nielsen, Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, and Short—ground themselves within and move beyond the earth and solar system to ruminate on outer, inner and deep space. With a particular focus on the ethereality of science and technology, the artists examine their relationships to unseen forces and concepts of spirit and in/visibility. The resulting artworks are charged with ancestral and personal dreams, memories, and stories that push and pull on the limitations of human perceptions and raise questions about how knowledge comes into being.  

Curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Ray Short 

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts: Creating, Knowing and Sharing: the Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples Program. Research was undertaken with residency and development support from the AGYU, Toronto (2018–2019). Jessie Ray Short would like to acknowledge support received for the development of this project from Calgary Arts Development. 


7 August 2021–30 January 2022 

Traditional masks from West Africa were used in masquerade rituals. These community-based, collective events take place outside and throb with other-worldly energy.  – Qanita Lilla 

With Opened Mouths is an exhibition of traditional West African masks, face coverings, hoods, helmets and crests of the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection. Remixed with contemporary works by Oluseye and staged along-side Agnes’s 2021 acquisition of Zina Saro-Wiwa’s path-breaking Worrying the Mask: The Politics of Authenticity and Contemporaneity in the Worlds of African Art (2020), With Opened Mouths interrogates the authority of the museum and its outmoded colonial practices by creating vital and embodied ways of working with/in collections. The exhibition space is poetic and sensory, one that enables fluid and opaque dialogues between West African masks, contemporary art pieces, visitors and the other exhibitions at Agnes.  

Curated by Dr Qanita Lilla, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa 

Supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund. 


In this six-part podcast series, conversations between curator Qanita Lilla, artists, curators and spoken word poets speak truth to power, deepening kinships across Agnes’s year-long program. The podcast series features original music by Jameel3DN, produced by Elroy “EC3” Cox III and commissioned by Agnes, 2021. 

Produced in partnership with CFRC 101.9fm and supported by the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.   


7 August 2021–7 November 2021 

An outgrowth of the Dark Matter Playgroup micro-residency beginning in 2020, Superradiance is a group exhibition featuring new work by Andy Berg, GHY Cheung, Bicky Marquez, Chrissy Poitras, Noah Scheinman and Kyle Topping. Affiliated with Drift: Art and Dark Matter, the micro-residency takes up a conceptual notion of dark matter as an invisible and undetectable “mattering” that might pull together Playgroup participants. Superradiance is a refraction of this group’s shared and ongoing trajectory.   

Curated by Michelle Bunton, Curatorial Assistant–Artist Residencies and Sunny Kerr, Curator of Contemporary Art 

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts; City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. 


7 August 2021–30 January 2022 

Humour Me traces the development of caricature, across cultures and centuries, as a tool in dismantling power structures. While recognizing that caricature could be harmful in the reinforcement of stereotypes, this exhibition focusses on caricature that turns hierarchy on its head. The show draws from Agnes’s Canadian and European collections and highlights works from William Hogarth, Honoré Daumier and Elmer Boyd Smith. It also features self-reflective caricatures by Emily Carr, Pablo Picasso and John Young Johnstone.  

Curated by Dr Maxime Valsamas, Curatorial Assistant, European Art 

Supported by the Bader Legacy Fund at Queen's University. 

Continuing Exhibitions 


To 15 August 2021

To 22 August 2021 


To 6 September 2021