McIntosh Gallery


Karin Jones: Worn

Opening reception: Thursday, January 21 at 8PM

McIntosh presents Worn, an installation by Vancouver-based artist Karin Jones. Worn explores the theme of African identity and Canadian history. The work consists of a Victorian mourning dress made of braided synthetic hair extensions, surrounded by a bed of natural cotton bolls, some of which are altered to contain tufts of the artist’s hair. It examines issues of African identity, imperial rule, slavery and alienation. According to Jones, the dress is “a mythic figure born of the cross-cultural forces of colonialism, commerce, and slavery. I wear my African-Canadian identity much as a Victorian woman would have worn this type of dress: proudly, but also uncomfortably, shaped but also constrained by it.”

Join us for a free artist talk organized in collaboration with the Department of Visual Arts’ ArtNow speaker series on Thursday, January 21 at 7PM in North Campus Building room 113.

Join us for a free artist-led exhibition tour on Friday, January 22 at 12:30PM.

The John and Suzanne Kaufmann Collection of African Art

Opening reception: Thursday, January 21 at 8PM

To complement Worn, McIntosh presents The John and Suzanne Kaufmann Collection of African Art. Selected from an array of over 200 nineteenth and twentieth century works of art, this remarkable exhibition includes tribal masks, ancestral figures, basketry, sculpture and textiles made by artists from over thirty ethnic groups including the Dan, Mossi, Asante, Luluwa and Dogon peoples.

Since the mid-twentieth century, the late John and Suzanne Kaufmann of London, Ontario, maintained a keen interest in collecting fine examples of art that celebrated the diversity of African visual culture, an interest handed down from Suzanne’s family who began collecting in the early part of the 20th century.

Join artist Karin Jones and Michele Kaufmann, daughter of Suzanne and John, on Thursday, January 21st at 8:00 P.M. for the opening reception. Free admission, everyone is welcome.