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Art and the Defiance of Viral Circulation
Jason Farago

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6 pm
Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1379-A Sherbrooke Street West

In English
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Presented by ART SPEAKS and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Art Speaks and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts are proud to present an original lecture by one of today’s pre-eminent writers about art and culture, The New York Times’ critic at large, Jason Farago, who will speak about art criticism in the digital age.

The last decade brought with it a wholesale transformation of how we encounter images: on screens and via networks, through shares and in feeds, shorn of context, recaptioned, refashioned, and sent on their way once again. When war, illness, entertainment and personal lives all flow through the same image stream, how (if at all) can art retain its distinction? In this talk, Farago will explore the history of image circulation from the printing press to Instagram, the new methods artists forged in response, and the endurance of art in a world of viral images.

Jason Farago, critic at large for The New York Times, writes about art and culture in the U.S. and abroad. In 2022 he was awarded one of the inaugural Silvers-Dudley Prizes for criticism and journalism. He previously wrote for the Guardian, serving as its first U.S. art critic and as an online opinion columnist. He has also been a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the BBC, NPR, the New York Review of Books and Artforum. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, both in art history.

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The talk will be presented in English and will be followed by a question period in French and English. Face covering required for the duration of the event.

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Catherine Opie & Robin Coste Lewis

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7pm
Cinéma du Musée
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1379-A Sherbrooke Street West

In English
Presented by Art Speaks

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Image : Catherine Opie, Untitled #6, 2012, Pigment print, 40 x 60 inches ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul. | * Robin Coste Lewis, “On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari,” Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2015) 12.


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Art Speaks is delighted to present a fascinating conversation between artist CATHERINE OPIE and poet ROBIN COSTE LEWIS. This candid dialogue will be grounded on ideas that intersect in their work such as feminism, motherhood, identity, representation and the colour blue. Opie and Lewis were both recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships in 2019.

Catherine Opie (b. 1961) is an artist working with photography, film, collage, and ceramics. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, and abroad. In 2008, the Guggenheim Museum in New York opened a mid-career exhibition titled, Catherine Opie: American Photographer. She is a professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Robin Coste Lewis (b.1964) is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. Her poetry debut, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015) was honoured with the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry. Lewis has published her work widely in various journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times, among others. Currently, she is a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Southern California.

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