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Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts

Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts. Photo courtesy Dr. Roberts.

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Events Calendar

March 2014

The 2014 Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture
Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts
"New Paradigms in Exhibiting the Arts of Africa: Traditional Arts/Contemporary Relevance"
Ellis Hall Auditorium, 58 University Ave

A leading scholar and innovator in the exhibition of African art, Dr. Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts considers how museums bring the arts of the past to life in the present, posing the question: how are historical arts infused by contemporary relevance? In an illustrated lecture focussing on her inaugural exhibition for the new Arts of Africa galleries at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Dr. Roberts will demonstrate how exhibitions position the past in dialogue with the present. By juxtaposing extraordinary Luba works of art with a riveting contemporary installation by Congolese artist Aim Mpane, the exhibition addresses the dynamics of power, memory, gender and spirituality, as well as the resilience of the human spirit.

Mary (Polly) Nooter Roberts is Professor in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures and Consulting Curator for African Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She holds a PhD in Art History from Columbia University, and served as Senior Curator at the Museum for African Art from 1984-1994 and as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of UCLA's Fowler Museum from 1999-2008. Among her many publications are Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History (1996) and A Saint in the City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal (2003) with Allen F. Roberts, and Inscribing Meaning: Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art (2007) with Christine Kreamer et al.

Saturday, 2 pm.
A reception follows at the Art Centre Atrium.

The annual Rita Friendly Kaufman Lecture is made possible through an endowment from the Kaufman family.

March Break Program
Join Kingston artist Ada Sulcs for one or two art-filled afternoons. On Wednesday, after looking at masks in Protection and Social Harmony in the Art of West and Central Africa, Ada will lead a mask-making workshop in the studio. Suitable for children 6+, with adult accompaniment. Space is limited so please call 613.533.2190 to sign up. Free with admission. Wednesday, 1:30–3:30 pm.

Screening: Dakxinkumar Bajrange's 'Birth 1871'
Dakxinkumar Bajrange's 2014 film 'Birth 1871' (68:00), examines the 1871 decision by the colonial government in India to define 192 ethnic groups as Criminal Tribes. These communities were later reclassified as Denotified Tribes (DNTs) following India's independence in 1952. Human rights violations against DNTs (numbering around 60 million) are one of the most challenging issues in India today, yet their lives are poorly documented. Bajrange's film explores two tribes' experience of India's changing state structures and examines how DNTs combat social stigma through theatre arts as their form of community development.

Bajrange is an award winning filmmaker, playwright, director and an activist from the Chhara De-notified Tribes of Ahmedabad in the western part of India. Currently, he works as a director at Budhan Theatre, a community theatre group of the Chhara De-notified Tribe of Gujarat. Bajrange will introduce 'Birth 1871' and the screening will be followed by a Q&A. Wednesday, 7 pm. Free.

Presented in collaboration with Studies in National and International Development and Four Directions Aboriginal Students Centre.

March Break Program
Join Kingston artist Ada Sulcs for one or two art-filled afternoons. On Thursday, K. M. Graham's colourful approach to landscape in Arctic I: Sovereignty in Pink is the starting point for a painting project. Suitable for children 6+, with adult accompaniment. Space is limited so please call 613.533.2190 to sign up. Free. Thursday, 1:30–3:30 pm.

Painting from the Model
course starts. See Adult Programs for details.

ArtDocs: Native Girl

Jamaican artist Olivia Mc Gilchrist presents her film Native Girl, which investigates three Jamaican mythical and legendary female characters: The Rivermaid, Ol'Higue, and Queen Nanny of the Maroons. Olivia Mc Gilchrist, a Visiting Scholar in Cultural Studies, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She recently won the best new media artist prize at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. Mc Gilchrist will present a talk on her work, show the film and field questions after the screening. Light refreshments will be available.
Thursday, 7–8:30 pm

This screening is presented in cooperation with the Cultural Studies Program, Queen's University, with the support of the Principal's Development Fund.

Thursday Tour

These 45-minute tours cover highlights of our current exhibitions. Thursdays, 12:15 pm. Free.

Student Volunteer Recruitment Session

Students gain a wealth of enriching and useful experience in volunteer positions at the Agnes. See job descriptions here after 1 February. On Thursday, 20 March, interested students can meet Agnes staff and learn more about these opportunities to get involved in our work. Recruitment takes place in two stages: Student Docents 2:30–4 pm; and all other positions 4–5 pm.

Curators in Conversation:
"Private Collection, Public Legacy"

How do private art collections become part of the public legacy? Finessing cultural philanthropy is a key part of curatorial work. Join two curators for a fascinating look at this topic: Alicia Boutilier, Curator of Canadian Historical Art, will introduce the outstanding Soloway gift, and David de Witt, Bader Curator of European Art, will describe the magnificent ongoing donation of Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader. After short illustrated presentations, they will discuss their respective collections and hold a Q&A, facilitated. Thursday, 7–8:30 pm.

Exhibitions for this month