AGO Creates New Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora

Christ Pantocrator No13, 2020. Acrylic and gold leaf on wood, 15 3/4 × 11 3/4 × 1 in.

Photo courtesy of Galerie Hugues Charbonneau.

Our neighbors to the north are making some changes. The Art Gallery of Ontario has established a new Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora under the leadership of Julie Crooks, AGO’s former associate curator of photography. This new department serves as the culmination of several years of work by staff of AGO to create a fuller engagement with art and artists from around the world.

Read the full press release here.

“Engaging with the art of Global Africa must be central to any program that presents a global view of visual culture, because its multiple histories and influences intersect, deepen, and complicate in so many ways our understanding of Western and Contemporary Art. This new department brings together curators and educators from inside and outside the building, supported by the community, to help us tell these stories.” - Michael Jost