photo of paul anthony smith, seven women

Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 7 Women, 2019. Unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil, spray paint on museum board, 101.6 x 127 cm. The Hott Collection, New York © Paul Anthony Smith. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Fragments of Epic Memory

September 1, 2021 - February 21, 2022

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EXHIBITION OVERVIEW

Fragments of Epic Memory will invite visitors to experience the multiple ways of encountering the Caribbean and its diaspora, from the period following emancipation through today. 

The first exhibition organized by the AGO’s new Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora, it will blend historical and contemporary narratives, presenting more than 200 photographs from the AGO's Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs alongside paintings, sculpture, and video works by modern and contemporary Caribbean artists that show how the region’s histories are constantly revisited and reimagined through artistic production over time.

Fragments of Epic Memory is curated by Julie Crooks, Curator of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora and will feature a new commission by Sandra Brewster and art works by Ebony Patterson, Frank Bowling, and Manuel Mathieu to name just a few. 


Women’s Carnival Group, Water colour on Rag Paper by Gomo George

Gomo George, Women’s Carnival Group, 1996. Water colour on Rag Paper, 55.9 × 76.2 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Gomo George.

Fragments of Epic Memory artwork
Jamaican Women, Gelatin silver print

Unknown, Jamaican Women, c. 1900. Gelatin silver print. Overall: 17.5 x 23.5 cm. Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs. Purchase, with funds from Dr. Liza & Dr. Frederick Murrell, Bruce Croxon & Debra Thier, Wes Hall & Kingsdale Advisors, Cindy & Shon Barnett, Donette Chin-Loy Chang, Kamala-Jean Gopie, Phil Lind & Ellen Roland, Martin Doc McKinney, Francilla Charles, Ray & Georgina Williams, Thaine & Bianca Carter, Charmaine Crooks, Nathaniel Crooks, Andrew Garrett & Dr. Belinda Longe, Neil L. Le Grand, Michael Lewis, Dr. Kenneth Montague & Sarah Aranha, Lenny & Julia Mortimore, and The Ferrotype Collective, 2019. © Art Gallery of Ontario. 2019/2210.

Fragments of Epic Memory artwork
Montgomery Martinique

Unknown, Martinique Woman, c.1890. Albumen print, 15 x 11cm. Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs. Purchase, with funds from Dr. Liza & Dr. Frederick Murrell, Bruce Croxon & Debra Thier, Wes Hall & Kingsdale Advisors, Cindy & Shon Barnett, Donette Chin-Loy Chang, Kamala-Jean Gopie, Phil Lind & Ellen Roland, Martin Doc McKinney, Francilla Charles, Ray & Georgina Williams, Thaine & Bianca Carter, Charmaine Crooks, Nathaniel Crooks, Andrew Garrett & Dr. Belinda Longe, Neil L. Le Grand, Michael Lewis, Dr. Kenneth Montague & Sarah Aranha, Lenny & Julia Mortimore, and The Ferrotype Collective, 2019.

Fragments of Epic Memory artwork
Ebony G. Patterson. ...three kings weep

Ebony G. Patterson. ...three kings weep..., 2018. Three-channel digital colour video projection with sound, Running Time: 8 Minutes, 34 Seconds. Purchase, with funds from the Photography Curatorial Committee, 2020. 2019/2469 Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. © Ebony G. Patterson.

Fragments of Epic Memory artwork
Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Notebook of No Return

Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Notebook of No Return, 2017. Acrylic painting on paper, 43.2 x 50.8 cm. Private Collection © Kelly Sinnapah Mary.

Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Notebook of No Return
Nadia Huggins. Transformations No. 1

Nadia Huggins. Transformations No. 1, 2014. Digital photographs printed on ChromaLuxe, 76.2 × 118.1 (both panels + 3.8 cm separation). Courtesy of Nadia Huggins, 2021 © Nadia Huggins.

Nadia Huggins. Transformations No. 1
Firelei Baez. Adjusting the Moon

Firelei Baez. Left: Adjusting the Moon (The right to non-imperative clarities): Waning, 2019-2020. Oil and acrylic on panel, 289.6 x 198.1 x 3.8 cm. The Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg Collection. Right: Adjusting the Moon (The right to non-imperative clarities): Waxing, 2019-2020. Oil and acrylic on panel, 289.6 x 198.1 x 3.8 cm. Private Collection, Toronto, Canada. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York. © Firelei Baez.

Firelei Baez. Adjusting the Moon
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