Friday, April 26

Guided Tours

La vie des choses : un avant-goût thématique de MOMENTA 2019

In French

2 pm and 4 pm

This guided tour of the fair anticipates the 2019 edition of MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image, which will take place next fall under the theme of “The Life of Things.” The tour will explore various relationships between objects, subjects, and images. What kinds of narratives, criticism, states of being, and memories arise from the dialogue between things and their representations?

Moderated by: Maude Johnson, Executive and Curatorial Assistant, MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image

Presented by MOMENTA | Biennale de l’image

Network and Ecologies

In English

6 pm

Projects, collaborations and independent spaces are an important part of the ecology of the art world, and they represent a growing segment of the art fair model. Join Canadian Art’s Managing Editor Jayne Wilkinson for a tour of some of the project spaces and galleries that are exhibiting at Papier for the first time.

Moderated by: Jayne Wilkinson, Canadian Art’s Managing Editor

Presented by Canadian Art

Panel Discussions

Public Art, Public Education

In English

1 pm

Powerful and unique, public art enriches cities, sparks the imagination, and educates by its very nature of being universally accessible. Whether a source of praise, derision, censorship, or celebration, the intention of public art is to elicit reaction and engage all those who pass by it. The panel will explore such questions as: How can public art transform a city? Who commissions it and why? and What is the artist’s responsibility in creating it?

Moderated by : Clarence Epstein, Executive Director, Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation

Panelists : Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute; Shary Boyle, multidisciplinary artist, and Annie Gérin, professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal

Presented by the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation

Market Dynamics: How the Business of Art Is Evolving on Both Sides of the Border

In English

3 pm

As neighbouring countries, Canada and the United States share many activities related to the art market. This geographic proximity leads to various exchanges and collaborations—for example, several Canadian gallerists work with their American counterparts to represent artists. In an era of globalization and a growing online art market, how are Canadian and American galleries operating? As the two countries have different types of markets, what are the challenges on both sides of the border?

Moderated by: Christine Blais, Ph.D. candidate at Université de Montréal

Panelists: Stephen Bronfman, Claridge Executive Chairman, philanthropist, patron of the arts and collector, Melanie Edmunds, Senior Gallery Partnerships Manager at Artsy and Tara Downs, Partner at Downs & Ross, New York.

Presented by AGAC

Diffusion et création à l’ère d’Instagram

In French

5 pm

As a social network platform for disseminating images, Instagram’s influence in the visual arts is growing, particularly for artists, museums, and art galleries. Artists have found ways to appropriate it in order to circulate their work, and some have even integrated it into their practices in subversive ways. Instagram has also had an impact on how works are “curated,” encouraging us to reconsider the possible avenues of digital platforms.

Moderated by: Christelle Proulx, Ph.D. candidate at Université de Montréal

Panelists: Raphaëlle Cormier et Juliette Marzano, Co-founder of Art Contemporary Club; Karine Cossette, Artist, and Sabrina Ratté, Artist

Presented by AGAC

The Presence of Digital Technologies in Contemporary Art

In English

7 pm

Digital technologies have blurred the sometimes-rigid boundaries of the arts. Beyond the idea of the dematerialization of the artwork—which only exists on an intangible platform—some artists reappropriate the codes of digital creation in order to make emancipated spaces in which the viewer performs the immaterial work thanks to the infinite possibilities of “open worlds” and virtual reality (VR), among other things. As such, how do art practices combine the multiple possibilities of digital technologies? How are Montreal artists exploring these creative avenues?

Animation: Bart Simon, Ph.D., director Technoculture, Art and Games Research Centre at Concordia University

Panelists: Skawennati, Artist and co-founder of AbTeC; Aurélie Besson, General Director and Artistic Codirector of Molior and  Raphaël Lacoste, Artistic director at Ubisoft.

Presented by Ubisoft

Saturday, April 27

Guided Tours

Introduction to Collecting Contemporary Art

In French – 1 pm

In English – 3 pm

Art fairs are a unique opportunity to discover various artworks, meet passionate players in the art community and, why not, make a first purchase. But where to start? Véronique Lefebvre offers a condensed and convivial introductory tour to collecting contemporary art.

Moderated by: Véronique Lefebvre, Mediator of contemporary art and coordinator of the SéminArts program at the Musée d’art d’art contemporain

Presented by SéminArts

Panel Discussions

L’appropriation artistique aujourd’hui

In French

Noon

This panel discussion will examine the recent situation of artistic appropriation. Can it still be considered an art movement—as was the case in the 1980s with “appropriation art,” which included artists such as Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons—or does it run through all contemporary art practices? Is artistic appropriation inextricably linked to ethical, legal, and political questions as recent debates around cultural appropriation have shown?

Moderated by: Jean-Philippe Uzel, Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal

Panelists: Johanne Lamoureux, Professor in the Department of Art History and Film Studies at Université de Montréal; Stéphane Martelly, Research & creation Professor and Main Coordinator for the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University and Caroline Monnet, multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker

Presented by Les éditions esse

Reproduction de l’image : quand l’imprimé crée de nouveaux contextes

In French

2 pm

Once in print, the photographic image—whose purpose is to document the artwork—can also create new dissemination contexts for it, increasing its visibility and impact. What role does documentation play in legitimizing the artwork, and what is its influence on art history? How do professional photographers and the public contribute to contexts such as the auctioning of artworks and transient or public art practices?

Moderated by: Daniel Fiset, educator, Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain et Victoria Carrasco, Head Gallery Management and Event Coordination

Panelists: Hélène Brousseau, Librairian at Artexte;  Karla McManus, Art historian, and Richard-Max Tremblay, Artist

Presented by Fondation Phi pour l’art contemporain

Art numérique : les problématiques du terrain juridique

In French

4 pm

While the Internet and new technologies foster artistic creation, its promotion and circulation, these tools also raise many legal and economic questions for artists, as well as for art professionals and buyers. Our presenters will attempt to offer an initial response to the legislative issues the various players (artists, gallerists, buyers, etc.) face in the process of taking an artwork from initial concept to international dissemination.

Moderated by: Bernard Guérin, Director, Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV)

Panelists: Alexandre Castonguay, Artist ; Christine Redfern, Director at ELLEPHANT, and Normand Tamaro, Lawyer specialized in intellectual property 

Presented by Chromatic

Sunday, April 28

Guided Tours

Looking Forward: Culture and Values

In English

1 pm

Join multidisciplinary artist and curator Michael Patten for a special guided tour of Indigenous art featured at Papier. Patten has participated in a large number of group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and he is a guest curator and current board member of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA). Based in Montreal, BACA is a non-profit organization with a mandate to recognize and support contemporary Indigenous art and artists through programmed exhibitions every two years.

Moderated by : Michael Patten, Operations Coordinator, The Contemporary Native Art Biennial

Presented by BACA

Regard vers l’avenir : entre culture et valeurs

In French

3 pm

Multidisciplinary artist and curator Michael Patten has carefully selected a series of works made by contemporary Indigenous artists from among the art presented at Papier. This guided tour is made possible thanks to the generous participation of the Contemporary Native Art Biennial (BACA). Based in Montreal, BACA is a non-profit organization with a mandate to recognize and support contemporary Indigenous art and artists through programmed exhibitions every two years.

Moderated by : Véronique Gagnon, professor of art history at Collège Montmorency

Presented by BACA

Panel Discussions

Regard vers l’avenir : entre culture et valeurs

In French

3 pm

The practice of collecting has evolved a great deal over the years. Since the 1990s, many studies have examined the ethical questions surrounding the repatriation of sacred and culturally important objects of Indigenous populations, the underrepresentation of women artists and non-binary individuals in museum collections, as well as income inequality. This panel discussion will consider the impact of ethical collecting on the careers of artists who have been “marginalized” by the art field, as much in museums as in private collections.

Moderated by: Ève Lamoureux, Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal

Panelist : Léuli Eshrāghi, PhD. Post Doctoral Candidate at Concordia University; Elyse Jacobson, Feheley Fine Arts and Joanie Lapalme, lawyer and collector

Presented by AGAC

La redéfinition de la notion « d’importance nationale »

In French

2 pm

Last summer, a ruling by the Federal Court of Canada shook the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCEEBC) by narrowing theidea of national importance attributed to an artwork. This decision has a major impact on museum collections since the restrictive redefinition of an artwork’s status affects the benefits offered to major donors. Museums risk losing works by renowned international artists to large auction houses with which the Canadian market cannot compete.

Moderated by : Johanne Tremblay, Ph.D., Art and cultural heritage consultant

Panelists: Stéphan Laroche, Director of the Musée de la civilisation à Québec ; Paul Maréchal, Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and Pierre-François Ouellette, Gallerist and Member of CCEEBC

Presented by AGAC

Alternatives Spaces in Burgeoning Communities

In English

4 pm

Alternative exhibition spaces are on the rise in major cities. A product of counterculture movements—sometimes created through new forms of philanthropy and sometimes run by artist collectives—these spaces feature emerging as well as established artists. Integrated into the community and functioning outside traditional institutions, such spaces have not only carved out a place in the gallery ecosystem but have also gained legitimacy over the years.

Moderated by: Saelan Twerdy, Art critic, editor and Ph.D. candidate at McGill University

Panelists : Kevin Boothe, Director of Towards ; Julie Côté, Director of Projet Pangée ; Aryen Hoekstra, Director of Franz Kaka, and Marx Ruiz-Wilson, Director of TAP Art Space

Presented by AGAC

The entrance fee grants access to all activities.

This educational program was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.