Archive for November, 2007

Kingston Views: The Penal Presence

November 4, 2007

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is currently running an exhibition titled Kingston Views: The Penal Presence, which ties in nicely with the upcoming class led by David St Onge on the Penal System of Kingston on November 26th.

From the exhibition description:

Kingston is strongly linked to the history of incarceration. Kingston Penitentiary, opened in 1835, is the oldest prison still in use in Canada, and one of several area prisons. With its elegant Neoclassical fa├žade detailing, it is also one of the city’s architectural landmarks. This exhibition explores the response by several artists to this legacy and to the evolving ideologies behind penal practices, beginning with an 18th century print from the Carceri (Prison) series by the Italian etcher and designer Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Closer to home, a series of sketches of Kingston Penitentiary published in 1875, and 20th century drawings and watercolours by Carl Schaefer and Caven Atkins, reveal a fascination for both the building and life inside and outside its forbidding walls. Both Schaefer and Atkins came to Kingston to teach art in the Queen’s University summer school. As visitors to the city, their work provides a unique perspective on the Penitentiary, a subject that seems to have been of little interest to local artists.

The exhibition runs until Feburary 17, 2008 and more information can be found on the Anges Etherington Art Centre web site.