Activities & Events

Position As Desired: A Symposium on Artistic Practice and African Diasporic Communities in Canada
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
March 5, 2011

Wedge Curatorial Projects hosted an all-day academic symposium, concurrent to the presentation of Position As Desired at the Royal Ontario Museum, which invited 19 participants to discuss the artistic presence of African diasporic communities in Canada.

Activities included four moderated panels exploring history, memory, identity and community within black Canadian artistic communities.

The first panel addressed the history and representation of African Canadian artists and communities. Panelists include Deanna Bowen, Dominique Fontaine and David Zapparoli, moderated by Peter James Hudson. Participants on the second panel addressed black artists’ acceptance from the art community. Panelists included Sandra Brewster, Andrea Fatona, Charmaine Nelson and Karina Vernon, moderated by Julie Crooks. The third panel was a moderated discussion with the exhibition’s four featured contemporary photographers – Christina Leslie, Megan Morgan, Dawit L. Petros and Stacey Tyrell, moderated by Elizabeth Harney. The final panel discussed the social, cultural and institutional priorities required to support artists’ work in International Canadian art communities. Panelists included Ngaire Blakenberg, Warren Crichlow, Gaëtane Verna and Deborah Willis. Moderated by Rinaldo Walcott.

Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects, with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and the Government of Canada.


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Witness As Desired: A Celebration of African Canadian Film
TIFF Bell LightBox, Toronto
February 20, 2011

A presentation of ten short films by emerging and contemporary filmmakers. Filmmakers included Deanna Bowen, Powys Dewhurst, Alison Duke, Jason Ebanks, Sylvia Hamilton, Chantal James, Sharon Lewis, Colina Phillips, Peter Dean Rickards and Dawn Wilkinson. The films were followed by a panel discussion hosted by Cameron Bailey.

Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects and TD Bank Group, as part of THEN & NOW, a series of cultural events and celebration of Black History Month.


Listen As Desired / A Premiere Performance by the Andrew Craig Trio & Conversation with Kenneth Montague
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto
February 5, 2011

A musical performance which featured Andrew Craig debuting his new suite titled My Family Album. The performance was followed by a conversation with Andrew and Kenneth Montague.

The Fine Art of Collecting
Studio Museum Harlem
January, 2011

In January 2011, Wedge Director Kenneth Montague spoke at the Studio Museum Harlem as part of their ongoing series, The Fine Art of Collecting.

Designed to educate a new generation of art connoisseurs and provide them with access to curators, conservators, appraisers, galleries and collections, this seminar presented Montague, artist Dawit L. Petros and collector Alvin Hall in a lively discussion about their private collections, their influences and the ever-evolving art market.

Always Moving Forward, Panel Discussion with Dawit L. Petros
Gallery 44, Toronto
May 2, 2010

Wedge presented a panel to discuss the effects of urbanization and global advertising on contemporary African identity.

Panelists included New York based artist Dawit L. Petros, Associate Professor at UofT, Elizabeth Harney, curator Kenneth Montague. Moderated by Sally Frater.

The Urban Field Speakers Series, Jackie Sumell with Betty Julian
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto
February 9, 2010

New Orleans-based artist and activist Jackie Sumell discusses The House that Herman Built, her longtime collaborative project with former Black Panther and current Louisiana Penitentiary inmate, Herman Wallace.

Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects and Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art.