Agnes Etherington Art Centre
“The Agnes” is located on Queen’s Main Campus and is one of Canada’s most respected art museums, with a permanent collection of more than 14,000 pieces.
The collection ranges from the 14th century to the present, with an emphasis on Canadian art. It includes paintings, sculptures, and graphics by major Canadian artists, European old master paintings – including two works by Rembrandt – costumes, quilts, silver and other decorative objects, Inuit art, and one of the largest public collections of African art in Canada.
The centre opened in 1957 in the home of Frederick and Agnes Richardson Etherington (1880-1954). In 1926, Mrs. Etherington was part of the formation of the Kingston Art and Music Club and bequeathed her house to Queen’s “for the furtherance of art and music and for the exhibition of pictures and music.”
In 1962, a large modern addition was built, giving the centre a total of seven exhibition galleries and a studio. The red-brick house, built in Victorian style for the Richardson family in 1879, was remodelled as a Georgian-style building in the 1920s and still contains many of the Etheringtons’ elegant furnishings.
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Make your lunch hour memorable: meet your community docent in the Atrium at 12:15 for this free guided tour of Kent Monkman’s exhibition “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience.” You’ll find out why this extraordinary show was lauded as the 2017 exhibition of the year! For more about this exhibition, go to https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibitions/current/ Free tours are offered monthly. See the winter schedule here: https://agnes.queensu.ca/event/details/thursday-tour/ Image: Kent Monkman, “The Scream,” 2017, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Denver Art Museum,…
Since its first production in London in 1892, Oscar Wilde’s “Salome” has been a source of controversy and intrigue. Join Andrew Bretz, of Queen’s English Department, for an in-gallery conversation about the impact of Wilde’s one-act tragedy. Register online to reserve your space in this limited, free program. You’ll find the link here: https://agnes.queensu.ca/event/details/book-club-oscar-wildes-salome/. This event complements the exhibition “The Powers of Women: Female Fortitude in European Art,” curated by Jacquelyn Coutre and on view 6 January to 8 April…