Dr. Kenneth Montague

Photo: Wade Hudson

As We Rise: in conversation with Dr. Kenneth Montague

Thursday, September 29, 2022
6:00 pm EDT
National Gallery of Canada Lecture Hall
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Join Dr. Kenneth Montague — art collector, curator, and the founder and director of Wedge Curatorial Projects — for an inspiring presentation on the Wedge Collection and contemporary Black photography. Dr. Montague will discuss how the desire to give back and raise up people from the community have been driving forces behind his establishment of one of Canada’s largest private art collections exploring African diasporic culture and contemporary Black visual culture.

The presentation will be followed by a conversation with National Gallery of Canada Interim Director and CEO Angela Cassie.

The conversation will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience.

Following the talk, Dr. Montague will be signing copies of his most recent publication, As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic.

In English with French simultaneous interpretation.
To ensure your place, please confirm your attendance by registering in advance. Given that onsite capacity is limited, those who have not pre-registered will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.


If you miss the live event, a recording will be posted on the Gallery’s YouTube channel a few days after the session.


The Wedge Collection


Dr. Kenneth Montague is a Toronto-based dentist and art collector, as well as the founding director of the non-profit arts organization, Wedge Curatorial Projects. Since 1997, Montague has promoted both emerging and established artists through exhibitions, lectures and workshops. His focus is African-Canadian and Diasporic photography, which he showcases in his Wedge Collection.

Montague has served on the African Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern, as well as the Photography Curatorial Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is currently an AGO Trustee, and an advisor to their Department of Arts of Global Africa and the Diaspora, and sits on the jury of the Scotiabank Photography Award. He is a frequent panelist at international art symposiums, including the Bamako Encounters/Biennial of Contemporary African Photography and Black Visualities in Lisbon, and has lectured on contemporary art at The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other institutions.

His curatorial projects include Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection, and Position As Desired: Exploring African Canadian Identity. In 2021, the Aperture Foundation published As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic, a celebration of works from the Wedge Collection; an associated exhibition is currently touring North America.

For his efforts in supporting the arts and mentorship of emerging creatives, Montague received an Honorary Doctorate from OCAD University, Toronto (2016).

Angela Cassie joined the Gallery in January 2021 as Vice-President of Strategic Transformation and Inclusion. Seen as a bold and inclusive leader, Angela was one of the key architects of a new vision for the Gallery, embodied in its strategic plan, Transform Together. As Interim Director and CEO, Angela will oversee the plan’s full implementation, while continuing to strengthen the Gallery's connections with communities across the country. She looks forward to working towards a future in which art has the power to build bridges, deepen relations, and advance a more equitable society.

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 pm
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