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Thursday 14 September 2017
Members’ Preview: 5–6:30 pm
Public Reception: 6:30–8 pm


Celebrate three new exhibitions at the Agnes’s Fall Season Launch on Thursday 14 September: The Golden USB: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens; A form of formlessness: Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio; and At Home: The Interior in Canadian Art. These shows run 26 August through 3 December.


Through spoken-word audio, filmed performances and specimens, contents of the Trade Catalogue of Everything are revealed. Displayed as objects of appropriation and speculation, these are samples from a USB-ready “commercial” list addressed to extraterrestrial beings. With reference to NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Record, The Golden USB captures land, water, air, plants, animals, and fragments of nature, along with human culture, industry and invention. In considering the prospect of interstellar trade, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens raise timely questions about the limits of commodification, including the ownership of the Earth and its life forms.

The collaborative duo Ibghy and Lemmens is the inaugural Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence, hosted in collaboration with Queen’s Film and Media. The artists visited Kingston for research and production phases, beginning in mid-March. They have collected “entries” from a diverse group of artists, technicians, poets and scholars to create this new Canada-focused chapter of their ongoing project. In early September and mid-October, they will return to Kingston to elaborate on the exhibition’s themes.

This project and related events are made possible through generous funding of The Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts Fund and the Queen’s Arts Fund – Visiting Artist-in-Residence.


When aluminum was first refined in the early 1800s, it was considered rare. As it was produced in greater abundance, it was rapidly devalued and used in “single-use” or “throw-away” items. In A form of formlessness, Kingston-based collaborative duo Teresa Carlesimo and Michael DiRisio link this debasement to planetary ecosystem loss. They deform and defamiliarize building materials—rubberized rebar, extruded acrylic rod, aluminum studs—to propose new patterns against social class and empire. In a gesture of aesthetic taxonomy and reckoning, their shelter-like structure in the gallery employs video, mirrors, quotational museum display and strategic removals to weigh the compulsions of development on a finite planet.



To mark the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s 60th anniversary, At Home returns to the gallery’s domestic origins by exploring the interior as a genre in Canadian art. The domestic setting has long been a valued subject in Western visual culture. One only needs to say the names Vermeer or Van Gogh to evoke a quiet tiled floor or vibrant bedroom. In Canadian art history, however, the interior has tended to receive less attention, given the longstanding cultural embrace of landscape as a national form. Drawn from the Agnes collection, At Home showcases over a century of Canadian artistic production, up to the 1990s, demonstrating the multivalent approaches that artists have taken to the types of spaces we most inhabit.

Featured artists include Pitseolak Ashoona, Derek Besant, André Biéler, Franklin Carmichael, Jean Dallaire, June Drutz, Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald, Julius Griffith, Allan Harrison, William Hind, Douglas Kirton, William Kurelek, Ozias Leduc, Thoreau MacDonald, David Milne, Louis de Niverville, Frank Nulf, Kim Ondaatje, Jessie Oonark, Christiane Pflug, Margaret Priest, Lucy Qinnuayuak, George Reid, Ted Rettig, Goodridge Roberts, Pitaloosie Saila, Michael Snow, Tobie Steinhouse, and Joanne Tod.


To 3 December 2017: Alfred Bader Collects: Celebrating Fifty Years of The Bader Collection
To 8 April 2018: Stories to Tell: Africans and the Diaspora Respond to the Lang Collection

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a platform for teaching and learning at Queen's University that also serves as Southeastern Ontario’s public art museum.

For further information, contact Kate Yüksel at (613) 533.2190 or

Agnes Etherington Art Centre
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Image: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, The Golden USB, 2014-ongoing, multi-media installation. From the exhibition The Golden USB: Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens.

Image: George Reid, Andante, 1893, oil on canvas. Gift of Leanora McCarney in memory of her parents Mr and Mrs Frank De Rice, 1996 (39-016). From the exhibition At Home: The Interior in Canadian Art.

THE 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, Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts and Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, along with the Janet Braide Memorial Fund, Celebrate Agnes Fund, George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, Justin and Elisabeth Lang Fund, Bader Legacy Fund, David McTavish Art Study Fund, John L. Russell and Gerald Brenner Fund, and Iva Speers Fund for Art Education at Queen’s University, and our members, and corporate and private donors.






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