HISTORY & MANDATE
Wedge Curatorial Projects is a non-profit organization with a focus on Black identity in contemporary art. Under the directorship of founder Kenneth Montague, Wedge organizes exhibitions and lectures that explore Diasporic narratives, identity and issues of representation. Exhibiting both local and international artists, Wedge is fueled by collaboration, creativity and accessibility in the arts.
Wedge was established in 1997, by Kenneth Montague, and evolved from a commercial gallery into a curatorial organization. Originally conceived to be both a private and public art experience, the original gallery was located in Montague’s home in Toronto, literally ‘wedged’ inside the hallway of his loft. Wedge Curatorial Projects quickly became a well-respected initiative that "wedged" black artists into a mainstream market and filled a gap in Toronto’s art community.
For over 20 years WCP has worked with local and international organizations to create original exhibitions, collaborate with guest curators and artists, host lectures and educational programs, publish books, and programming that speak to youth about shaping their own identity.
dr. kenneth montague
Kenneth Montague is a Toronto-based art collector, and the founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects. Montague has been exhibiting photo-based work with a strong focus on work that explores black identity and the African diaspora since 1997.
Montague grew up in a Jamaican-Canadian family on the border of Canada and America; his family was one of the first Jamaican immigrants in the community and closely immersed in issues of race and representation.
Montague has served on the Africa Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Modern, London (2012-2015), the Advisory Board of the Ryerson Image Centre (2012-2014) and the Photography Curatorial Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2009-2012). He is currently an AGO Trustee and Chair of the Education and Community Engagement Committee. He served as a juror for the 2015 Bamako Encounters Biennale in Mali, and continues to speak on numerous panels internationally. This year, Montague was awarded an honorary doctorate from OCAD University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Warren Crichlow, PhD, is a professor at York University in Toronto. He teaches graduate courses in Cultural Studies, Globalization and Migration, Museums and Culture, Urban Education, Educational Theory, and Research Methodology, as well as undergraduate courses in Foundations of Education and Popular Culture. Crichlow has published widely on topics related to race and education, arts and education, and film, and visual culture. Current research initiatives include the development of a transnational, collaborative project on media arts practices in schools and communities in Canada, Argentina and the U.S. and a collaborative project with the University of the Arts in Zurich developing an international network for research and cultural analysis of art education. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and is active in the Gallery’s innovative contemporary art and education outreach initiatives with local school-communities.
Owen Gordon, CA has over 20 years of experience within the life science industry. Prior to joining Axela in June of 2003, he was Director of Business Development at a venture-backed software company focused on managing unstructured data in drug discovery. In addition to being actively involved in the company’s successful sale to Open Text Corporation, he was instrumental in the formation of Open Text’s first vertical industry-focused SBU for life sciences. Prior to this, he was responsible for Business Development at Eli Lilly Canada where he engaged in transactions including negotiation of in-licensing and out-licensing deals plus working on the company’s successful ultrageneric strategy for Prozac. Prior to this Mr. Gordon worked in financial capacities of increasing levels of responsibility at Bayer (Miles) Canada and Amgen Canada respectively. In addition to his professional career, Owen has been a life long supporter and advocate of the arts. He was Treasurer of the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) for 4 years where he successfully negotiated with and secured CBC as TV broadcaster for their annual awards event “Urban Xposure” in 2003.
Sophie Hackett is the Curator, Photography, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s master’s program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management. Hackett joined the AGO in 2006 as Assistant Curator, Photography. Among many accomplishments, Hackett has played a key role in acquiring major bodies of work, including the Garry Winogrand, Malcolmson and Casa Susanna collections, and developed a powerful series of exhibitions that have increased the reach of the AGO’s photography program, including What It Means To Be Seen: Photography and Queer Visibility and Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography in 2014; and Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s-1980s in 2016. Hackett’s other curatorial projects during her tenure at the AGO include Barbara Kruger: Untitled (It) (2010); Songs of the Future: Canadian Industrial Photographs, 1858 to Today(2011); Max Dean: Album, A Public Project (2012); and Introducing Suzy Lake (2014). In 2017, Hackett was the lead juror for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, a role she also held in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She launched the AGO’s new galleries for the Photography Collection in April 2017. Hackett was a recent 2017 Fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership, completing a residency at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley. She continues to write for art magazines, international journals and artist monographs. Her recent publications include “Queer Looking: Joan E. Biren’s Slide Shows” in Aperture (Spring 2015) and “Encounters in the Museum: The Experience of Photographic Objects” in the edited volume The “Public” Life of Photographs (Ryerson Image Centre and MIT Press, 2016). Hackett is the co-curator of the exhibition Anthropocene, the latest project by collaborators Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, opening at the AGO and the National Gallery of Canada in September 2018.