William Ukoh,  Untitled  from the  Okobo  series, 2018

William Ukoh, Untitled from the Okobo series, 2018

a love ethic
Curated by Emilie Croning

February 1 – 24, 2019

The Gladstone Hotel, 2nd floor gallery
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

a love ethic explores and celebrates contemporary ideas around Black love in all its forms, including love of community, family, partners, places and of oneself. The exhibition presents the work of local and International artists Jah Grey, Jamila Noritz Reyes, Jeremy Rodney-Hall, Jorian Charlton, Justin Aranha, Nadia Huggins and William Ukoh.

Opening Reception + Launch Party
Friday, February 1, 7pm onwards
The Gladstone Hotel
Opening DJ set by Karim Olen Ash. 10pm launch party hosted by DJs Jordan Sowunmi and James Rathbone of Boosie Fade.

Artists Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 6, 7–9pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom
Participating artists from a love ethic discuss their work in a round table discussion. Moderated by exhibition curator Emilie Croning.

How to Love a Jamaican: A Conversation with the Author
Wednesday, February 13, 7–9pm
The Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom
An engaging discussion about how we love, featuring Jamaican-born author Alexia Arthurs (How to Love a Jamaican) in conversation with Toronto-based cultural commentator Sharine Taylor. Co-presented with BASHY Magazine.

Black Love Movie Night: Barry Jenkins’ Medicine for Melancholy
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm
Art Gallery of Ontario, Jackman Hall
Medicine for Melancholy is the powerful debut feature from Oscar award winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk). Medicine for Melancholy chronicles the one-day romance of Micah (Wyatt Cenac) and Jo (Tracey Heggins), two black twenty-somethings who have a one-night stand and end up spending a full day and night together. Film introduction by Wedge director, Kenneth Montague. Co-presented with Paradise Theatre. Free tickets available through Eventbrite.

All events are free admission. Presented with the sponsorship of TD Bank Group and The Gladstone Hotel.

Emilie Croning is a Toronto based artist and emerging curator. She received her BFA in Art History & Studio Art from Concordia University (Montreal) and is currently completing her MA at York University.

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The Gladstone Hotel is Toronto’s oldest continually operating hotel. Identifying as an art hotel and LGBT hub since 2005, when local artists came together to transform the original 19th century hotel rooms into 37 unique rooms/functional art installation spaces. Inspired by the building’s history and longstanding neighbourhood connections to Toronto’s arts and culture scene, The Gladstone Hotel created an internationally recognized art venue that defies traditional expectations and fosters design and creativity. For further information, visit gladstonehotel.com.

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