Friday, April 20

Panel Discussions

Plotting the Future : Paper and the Evolution of Digital Art

In English

1 p.m.

Moderated by Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Guests : Jean Gagnon, independent curator, art critic and former Director of the Daniel Langlois Foundation; Anne Spalter, a collector of early computer prints & a digital artist.

Today, digital art is associated with virtual reality and the internet; but fifty years ago, some of the first artists to use computers created images that they printed on paper. Inspired by these “plotter” prints, this panel will discuss digital artists’ surprising uses of paper in the past, present, and future. Guests include Jean Gagnon, independent curator, art critic and former Director of the Daniel Langlois Foundation, as well as Anne Spalter, a major collector of early computer prints and a digital artist who also works with paper.

Presented by the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada

L’art thérapie : de la théorie à l’action

In French

3 p.m.

Following up on last year’s panel discussion about the field of art therapy, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts discusses a series of completed projects along with its art therapist, as well as experts and community partners. Join us to discover and better understand the implementation and tangible impact of art therapy in Montréal.

Presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Les collections d’entreprises : enjeux et défis

In French

5 p.m.

Moderated by Pascal Desjardins, collector and co-founder of La petite commission

Guests : Anne Claude Bacon, Corporate Curator, Hydro-Québec; Jo-Ann Kane, Curator, Art collection, Banque Nationale; Marie-Justine Snider, Corporate Curator at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Artwork collections are growing in popularity among businesses and raise considerable interest. In this vein, the invited panellists will discuss the various issues and challenges corporate art collectors face. How are the works integrated in the workspace? What art mediation services are offered to employees? With the managers of some of the greatest Quebec corporate collections, we will explore these questions and much more.

Presented by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association

Le collectionnement : passion et implication

In French

7 p.m.

Moderated by Alexandre Mogharaei, Co-President of the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal

What is art collecting? How do you go about it? This simple question opens up the way for an array of possibilities, as there is obviously more than one way to proceed. This panel discussion will explore the various approaches and motivations that bring people to collect, as well as the involvement required to support emerging artists.

Presented by the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal

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Guided Tour

Le travail invisible de l’art

In French

2 p.m.

A guided tour of the fair with Marie-Ève Charron, critic at Le Devoir and art historian; Thérèse St-Gelais, Professor of Art History at UQAM.

Presented by Les éditions esse

Saturday, April 21

Panel discussions

Le plafond de verre : la place des femmes dans le milieu de l’art contemporain

In French

11:30 a.m.

Moderated by Émilie Grandmont Bérubé, owner and Director of the Galerie Trois Points

Guests : Olivia Boudreau, artist; Esther Trépanier, Professor of Art History at UQAM;Marie-Ève Beaupré, curator of the collection, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Nearly half a century after Linda Nochlin’s essay,Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?, what place do female artists, gallerists, curators, and art critics hold today? We will cast a glance back on progress made, but also discuss work that remains to be done to identify and address implicit or unconscious gender biases that shape our community.

Presented by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association

Beyond Medium

In English

1 p.m.

Moderated by Yaniya Lee, associate editor, Canadian Art

Guests : Maryse Larivière, artist; Chloë Lum, artist; Celia Perrin Sidarous, artist.

How are contemporary artists going beyond the traditional boundaries ascribed to specific mediums? Inspired by Canadian Art’s Spring 2018 issue themed Dirty Words, this discussion brings together artists who challenge the notion of medium by doing what is uncommon, unexpected, and entirely unsettling in a contemporary art setting framed by staid rules and habits. Working in collage, photography, and sculpture, artists Maryse Larivière, Celia Perrin Sidarous, and Chloë Lum share some of the ways they flaunt traditional approaches to medium.

Presented by Canadian Art

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Damage Control : Dealing with Controversy in Recent Contemporary Art

In English

3 p.m.

Moderated by Cheryl Sim, Managing Director/Curator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art

Guests : Daniel Fiset, Art Historian and Educator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art; Nasrin Himada, Independent Commissioner and writer; Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Art historian.

Art is no stranger to controversy. An artist’s ability to make works that move us can also fire up intense criticism and anger. Controversy also extends to all players in the ecosystem of the art world, including museum and gallery professionals, collectors, dealers, auction houses and even critics. What causes controversy today and how is it being dealt with? In the form of a conversation, this panel will present and discuss a selection of recent cases of controversy in contemporary art.

Presented by DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art

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Guided Tour

À la rencontre des sens : le regard tactile

In French

2 p.m.

A guided tour of the fair with Aseman Sabet, independent curator author and lecturer in art history.

Presented by Les éditions esse

Sunday, April 22

Panel discussions

Croquer, esquisser

In French

1 p.m.

 

Moderated by Sylvie Cotton, artist, author and curator

Guests : Andréanne Godin, artist; Massimo Guerrera, artist; arkadi lavoie lachapelle, artist.

Sketching is traditionally associated with research and studies rather than with results. Would today’s artists have found a new way to use it? If so, what is this practice? What is its purpose? And what does it result from? Spontaneity? Trust? Audacity? The discussion panel will bring together four artists who will talk about their idea and practice of sketching.

Presented by Les éditions esse

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Indigenous Women in Contemporary Art

In English

3 p.m.

Moderated by Niki Little and Becca Taylor, curator of the 4th Contemporary Native Art Biennial, níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur

Guests : Camille Larivée, independent curator and Coordinator of Aboriginal Curatorial Collective (ACC/CCA); Caroline Monnet, artist.

Native female artists face multiple prejudices regarding access to recognition from the contemporary art community. On one hand, Native contemporary artists’ work has only recently been displayed outside ethnology museums, and the artists still come up against stereotypes. On the other hand, although female artists form a majority in Canada, the revenues produced from their art is inferior to that of male artists by one-third. What artistic practices have Native female artists developed in this context? Their triple identity is asserted through various strategies ranging from transgression of gender boundaries and appropriation to the use of traditional gender know-how.

Presented by the Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone

Guided Tour

Materiality, Mediation, Mutability

In English

2 p.m.

 

A guided tour of the fair with Felicity Tayler, author of the Grey Guide to Artist-Run Publishing and Circulation (2017).

Presented by Les éditions esse

The entrance fee grants access to all activities.

This educational program was made possible thanks to the financial support of Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada.