Wedge Curatorial Projects is taking over the Gladstone this February with photography show a love ethic, and exciting adjacent events. The show’s artists are already getting lots of much deserved love. NOW MAGAZINE just published an article on one of the exhibition’s featured artists Jah Gray, and author Alexia Arthur’s How to Love a Jamaican was just featured on Oprah’s fall reading list!
“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 cites bell hooks’ model for a ‘love ethic’ – a love-based activism that seeks equality and progress through care, dialogue, and solidarity.”
Founder and art-collector Kenneth Montague has been building Wedge as a non-profit organization with a focus on Black identity in contemporary art since 1997 (their first show at the Gladstone happening back in 2011).
This year, Wedge’s upcoming month long project—running from February 1 – 24 2019 at the Gladstone Hotel’s 2nd floor gallery—promises to again create a powerful community dialogue spanning art, books, panel discussions and more! The exhibition itself features video and photography work by seven local and international artists who individually and collectively converse with hooks’ concept through their practices, and is presented alongside a whole other compliment of exciting programming. All of Wedge’s events are free to attend—check out these not to miss events as part of a love ethic!
a love ethic:
February 1 – 24 2019
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Artists include Jah Grey, Jamila Noritz Reyes, Jeremy Rodney-Hall, Jorian Charlton, Justin Aranha, Nadia Huggins, William Ukoh. Curated by Emilie Croning.
Opening Reception + Launch Party
Friday, February 1, 7pm onwards
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
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 author Alexia Arthurs about her book on Oprah’s book list!
Wednesday, February 13, 7–9pm
An engaging discussion about how we love, featuring Jamaican-born author Alexia Arthurs (her celebrated collection of short stories, How to Love a Jamaican, was published in 2018) 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). Film introduction by Wedge director, Kenneth Montague. 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. Co-presented with Paradise Theatre. Free tickets available through Eventbrite.
Presented with the sponsorship of TD Bank Group and Gladstone Hotel.