Christina Sharpe: Ordinary Notes

image of cover of Ordinary Notes. Black text on a background of an out of focus images of a sky at dusk, lavender at the top moving to soft orange at the bottom.

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Christina Sharpe: Ordinary Notes

Wednesday, April 5, 7 pm
Baillie Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join Christina Sharpe, Kevin Adonis Browne, Canisia Lubrin, Marcelle-Anne Fletcher, Courtnay McFarlane and Michelle Molubi-Johnson to celebrate the launch of Ordinary Notes, her much anticipated book that explores with immense care profound questions about regard, loss, language, and the shapes of Black life that emerge in the wake.

With new visuals by BLKNWS in collaboration with Ordinary Notes and Christina Sharpe. 

In a series of 248 brief and urgent notes that gather meaning as we read them, Sharpe skillfully weaves artifacts from the past—public ones alongside others that are poignantly personal—with present-day realities and possible futures, intricately constructing an immersive portrait of everyday Black existence. Through the striking images and words in these pages, themes and tones echo: sometimes about life, art, language, beauty, memory; sometimes about history, photography, and literature—but always attending, with exquisite care, to the ordinary-extraordinary dimensions of Black life. 

Christina Sharpe is a writer, Professor, and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black Studies in the Humanities at York University in Toronto. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Race, Gender & Class (RGC), at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, 2016) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke University Press, 2010). She is currently working on three books: Black. Still. Life. (Duke University Press, 2025), What Could a Vessel Be? (FSG & Knopf, 2025) and To Have Been to the End of the World: 25 Essays on Art

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