Momus Talks:
Charting an Inflection Point in Art Criticism and Publishing

Friday, April 12th, 2024, 6 PM
Plural Art fair
Grand Quay, Port of Montreal
200 de la Commune W. St.

In English
Entrance included with a ticket to the fair, no reservations

Presented by Momus
supported by ART SPEAKS

ART SPEAKS is proud to sponsor the panel discussion Charting an Inflection Point in Art
Criticism and Publishing
presented by Momus at the 2024 Plural Art Fair.
Momus editors and critics Merray Gerges, Jessica Lynne, and Catherine G. Wagley will come
together from their respective coasts to discuss the significant inflection point at which we
find ourselves in art criticism and publishing. The conversation, moderated by Momus’s
founding publisher Sky Goodden, will touch on the new existential threats to art writing
(boycotts, closures, and conglomerations!) but largely focus on the regenerative and
redirecting potential of this moment, especially for independent art publishers and
historically underrepresented art writers.

Moderator: Sky Goodden, Publisher, Momus
Panelists: Merray Gerges, Associate Editor; Jessica Lynne, Associate Editor; and Catherine G.
Wagley, Managing Editor.

About Momus
Momus is an online platform for art writing and criticism. Led by founding publisher Sky
Goodden, Momus is headquartered in Montreal, with an international team based in Brussels,
Los Angeles, New York, Newfoundland, and Dubai. They are committed to a model of
discourse that is plural and rigorous.

Launched in 2014, Momus has published over 750 texts, many of them by emerging critics.
Their editors provide sensitive and in-depth editorial support to writers at every stage of their
career and across all stages of a text. Momus provides above-industry-average writer’s fees,
while ensuring all of their content is available to readers for free. In 2017, they began Momus:
The Podcast
, co-hosted by Director of Programs Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden, in their
effort to bring criticism into a conversational register.

In 2019, Momus established a series of mentorship initiatives for emerging writers, editors,
journalists, and publishers. Momus Programs (including residencies and fellowships) are
designed to support historically underrepresented art writers through professional
development and peer networking, transparently charting new challenges and offering
opportunities in the field.

In all of their activities, Momus strives to build an arts writing infrastructure that is responsive
and collaborative. They’ve developed valued partnerships with other industry leaders
including Forge Project, Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, and Critical Minded, and
continue to grow their network. In both the long and short term, they aim to serve
underrepresented art writers and under-addressed readerships. Momus works with the
conviction that art writing is integral to our cultural ecosystem. They value criticism as
essential, imaginative, and a craft in itself.

Momus Talks is an ongoing series of public events hosted my Momus, often with their
colleagues and collaborators internationally. Ranging in format from artist talks and critics in
conversation events, to book launches and live podcasts recordings, Momus Talks aims to
galvanize communities around a model of art writing and criticism that is plural and rigorous.

David Wallace-Wells & Amitav Ghosh: A Climate Talk

Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 6 PM
Théâtre Outremont
1248, Avenue Bernard West, Outremont

In English
Free admission, no reservations

Presented by ART SPEAKS

David-Wallace Wells photo : Beowulf Sheehan
Amitav Ghosh photo : Ivo van der Bent

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This fall Art Speaks will address the most definitive issue of our times, the climate crisis. Join us on September 27 to listen to two of our most impactful writers on this subject. Following an unprecedented summer during which the most extreme weather events have occurred in the Global North, the authors’ deep knowledge in the field will bring insight into our understanding of the environment and our future within it. As uncontrollable wildfires continue to burn across Canada, this talk could not be more timely.

Amitav Ghosh is the author of many award-winning books including The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and The Ibis Trilogy, consisting of Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke and Flood of Fire. The Great Derangement; Climate Change and the Unthinkable, a work of non-fiction, appeared in 2016. Gun Island, was released in September 2019 and The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis, was released in October, 2021. Amitav Ghosh holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates.

David Wallace-Wells is a writer for New York Times Opinion, a columnist for the New York Times Magazine, and the author of the international best-seller The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming, which the Guardian called “an epoch-defining book” and the Washington Post called “the Silent Spring of our time.” He was previously deputy editor of New York Magazine and, before that, the deputy editor of the Paris Review.

Helen Molesworth in Conversation with Jarrett Earnest

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6 PM
Cinéma du Musée
1379-A Sherbrooke Street West

In English
Free admission, no reservations

Presented by ART SPEAKS

Image credits: Helen Molesworth photographed by Brigitte Lacombe. Jarrett Earnest photographed by Jonathan Grassi.

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Art Speaks is proud to present a conversation between Helen Molesworth and Jarrett Earnest, which will focus on Molesworth’s impressive career and trajectory in the art world as a thinker, writer and curator.

Helen Molesworth is a writer and a curator based in Los Angeles. She recently hosted Death of an Artist a 6-part podcast about the intertwined fates of Carl Andre and Ana Mendieta. She was the originating host of the podcast “Recording Artists” with The Getty. She is also the host of PROGRAM, streamed interviews with artists and writers hosted by the David Zwirner Gallery. Her major museum exhibitions include: One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite ArtLeap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933–1957Dance/Draw; This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980sPart Object Part Sculpture, and Work Ethic. She has organized monographic exhibitions of Ruth Asawa, Moyra Davey, Noah Davis, Louise Lawler, Steve Locke, Anna Maria Maiolino, Josiah McElheny, Kerry James Marshall, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Luc Tuymans. She is the author of numerous catalogue essays and her writing has appeared in ArtforumArt JournalDocuments, and October. The recipient of the 2011 Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence, in 2021 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2022 she was awarded The Clark Art Writing Prize.

Jarrett Earnest is a writer and curator living in New York City. He is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (2018) and editor of The Young and Evil: Queer Modernism in New York, 1930-1955 (2020), Painting is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980-1993 (2021) and Devotion: today’s future becomes tomorrow archive (2022). His criticism has been published in magazines and exhibition catalogs around the world, and appears regularly in the New York Review of Books. His new collection of photographs and writing,Valid Until Sunset, will be out this fall.

Lucas Zwirner in Conversation with Tau Lewis and Woody De Othello

Wednesday April 12, 2023 6 PM
Amphithéâtre GESÙ
1200, rue Bleury

In English
Free admission. No reserved seats

Presented by ART SPEAKS

Left: Lucas Zwirner by Weston Wells; upper right: Tau Lewis, 2022, Courtesy of the artist and 52 Walker, New York. Photo by Hannah Price; lower right: Photo by Woody De Othello

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Join us for a compelling conversation about the realities of contemporary art world success. Tau Lewis and Woody De Othello, two of the most exciting and innovative artists of our time, will share their experiences and insights into the intricate relationship between artistic demands and their creative processes. As a respected leader in the art world and a driving force behind many creative initiatives, Lucas Zwirner, head of content at David Zwirner Gallery, will moderate the discussion and bring his unique perspective to the conversation. As part of a generation that is redefining the boundaries and possibilities of contemporary art, each will offer their perspectives on the complexities of the post-pandemic art world. Don’t miss out on this thought-provoking dialogue that will inspire, challenge, and elevate your understanding of contemporary art.

Art Speaks is dedicated to presenting a platform of international artists and thinkers to provoke and stimulate thought.

Lucas Zwirner is Head of Content at David Zwirner where he oversees all aspects of gallery publishing through books, web, film, and podcasts. In addition to spearheading the ekphrasis series, short texts on visual culture by artists and writers rarely available in English, and the award-winning podcast Dialogues, Lucas also helps lead select digital initiatives, including Platform, a standalone company founded in 2021. He is also a writer and translator, whose work has appeared in The Drift,The Paris Review, and An Elias Canetti Reader, edited by Josh Cohen and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is a graduate of Yale College where he studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy.

Tau Lewis (b. 1993, Toronto Canada) was most recently on exhibition at The 59th Venice Biennale and at 52 Walker, New York, NY. She has exhibited in several museums and institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; New Museum, New York, NY; Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK; College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, SK; and elsewhere. Lewis’s work has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library Collection, New York, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, Miami, FL; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec; among others. Lewis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

Woody De Othello (b. 1991, Miami) holds an MFA from the California College of Arts, San Francisco and BFA from Florida Atlantic University. His work is in the permanent collections of ICA, Miami; SFMOMA, San Francisco; Seattle Art Museum; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, Italy, and many more. Othello has exhibited widely in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia; the first FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial; the 33rd Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia; and the Center for Craft in Asheville, NC, among others. He is represented by Jessica Silverman, San Francisco and Karma, New York. Othello lives and works in Oakland, CA. 

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
Free. Reservations required (service charge applies)

Presented by ART SPEAKS and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Photo Credit : Photo Charles Aubin

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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.


Art Speaks is dedicated to presenting a platform of international artists and thinkers to provoke and stimulate thought.

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.

flow / form conversations
Manuel Mathieu and Curtis Talwst Santiago in Conversation

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 8 PM on IGTV
@artspeaksmtl |

Image credits:
(left) Manuel Mathieu, The Prophetess 2, 2020, acrylic, chalk, and tape on canvas, 110 x 90 1 1/2 in.
(right) Curtis Talwst Santiago,Saint Monix Mumala to the Lost and in Need, 2020, paint, spray paint, and charcoal on canvas, 32 x 32 in.

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Art Speaks is delighted to present flow / form, a new online conversation platform launching on the @artspeaksmtl IGTV channel on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 8pm with a conversation between multidisciplinary artists Manuel Mathieu and Curtis Talwst Santiago. In this program, the two artists share the foundations of their artistic practices, what drives them to create and the spiritual convictions that shape their lives and work. The dialogue offers a unique window into the artists’ worlds and reveals a moment of genuine connection.

Manuel Mathieu (b. 1986, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) holds a graduate degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2020, both the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and The Power Plant, Toronto presented solo exhibitions by the artist. Mathieu was one of the artists recognized by the 2020 Sobey Art Award. His work is part of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada; the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Curtis Talwst Santiago (b. 1979, Edmonton, Canada) studied as an apprentice of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The artist recently presented the solo exhibition Can’t I Alter at The Drawing Center in New York, NY (2020) curated by Claire Gilman and is currently presenting the site-specific installation LIMING as part of the multi-location art exhibition THE GATE presented in Hamburg’s district of HafenCity. His work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, NY.

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

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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Video credit Ralitsa Doncheva
Photo credit Vivardy Boursiquot

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.


(Samoa ni tsuite no uta)
A song about Sāmoa

A keynote lecture with interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara

Thursday, June 13, 2019
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine W
Room EV.1-615

In English
Free Admission, No reserved seats
Presented by GAX 2019

‘サモアについてのうた (Samoa ni tsuite no uta) | A song about Sāmoa’(2019–) detail by Yuki Kihara.
Funding received from Creative New Zealand – the national arts development agency of the Government of New Zealand. Courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.

ART SPEAKS is a proud sponsoring partner for the keynote lecture of the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX 2019) in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) on the theme of Asian indigenous Relations in Contemporary Art.

In this keynote presentation, Yuki Kihara discusses her new body of work, whose title is adapted from a popular Japanese song entitled ‘サモア島の歌 (Samoatou no uta)’ meaning ‘A song from Samoa.’ Music textbooks for elementary school students in Japan feature the song. The lyrics describe the Samoan archipelago situated in the Moana — an Indigenous pan-Polynesian name for the Pacific continent — as a paradise on earth settled by ‘noble savages’ — a typically romantic, Orientalist imagining of neighbouring Island nations held by Japan dating back since the Edo period in the 17th century.

The work serves to subvert the colonial gaze by shedding light on the lived experience in the Moana while reframing the relationship between Japan and the Moana, specifically Sāmoa. The work takes an Indigenous interpretation of trans-Moana identity, gender and history, while referencing the interracial Samoan and Japanese heritage as a point of conceptual departure.
This lecture explores the conceptual threads behind the work’s first five of 20 ‘Indigenized’ kimono presented across five iterations — from 2019 until 2023 — and created by the artist with the Indigenous audience in mind.
A launch of her book, Samoan Queer Lives (Little Island Press, NZ) co-edited by Kihara and Dan Taulapapa McMullin, will follow the keynote lecture.

About Yuki Kihara

A native of Sāmoa, Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance and curatorial practice, engaging with postcolonial history and representation and how they intersect with race, gender, spirituality and sexual politics. Kihara lives and works in Sāmoa. The Metropolitan Museum of Art featured Kihara solo exhibition, Living Photographs, in 2008, and subsequently acquired her works for their permanent collection.

Kihara’s works are also in other major collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the British Museum and Giorgio Armani, as well as in numerous exhibitions including the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 and 2015), Auckland Triennial (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013), Daegu Photo Biennale (2014), Honolulu Biennial (2017) and Bangkok Art Biennale (2018). Kihara is a research fellow at the National Museums of World Cultures in The Netherlands.

This Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) event is co-presented as part of the international 2019 Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange, entitled “GAX 2019 Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal: Asian Indigenous Relations in Contemporary Art,” from June 11-15.

The CISSC is working in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU GAX Network; NYU Global Research Initiatives; the Office of the Provost; the Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories; Art Speaks; and the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute of Studies in Canadian Art.
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Art First; All Else Follows
A Talk by Jerry Saltz

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 7pm
Théâtre Outremont
1248 avenue Bernard West

In English
Free Admission, No Reserved Seats
Presented by Art Speaks

photo credit Celeste Sloman

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photo credit Eve Tagny

“Art tells you things you didn’t know you needed to know.” – Jerry Saltz

Art Speaks is pleased to present leading art critic, JERRY SALTZ for its upcoming talk.

Jerry Saltz’s witty, provocative writing portrays art and the shifting art market with sharp insight. He has been dubbed the “people’s critic” for his ability to bring art to a broader audience, and for his notable role in stimulating energetic debates on art and politics through social media.

Since 2007, Saltz has been the senior art critic at New York magazine, and has formerly held the same position at the Village Voice from 1998 to 2007. He is the recipient of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, as well as the 2015 National Magazine Award for Columns & Commentary. He has taught at Columbia University, Yale University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has written for Frieze, Parkett and Art in America, among many other publications.

What does art have to do with the price of fish?
A Talk by Zita Cobb

Monday, November 12, 2018, 7 PM
DB Clarke Theater
Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West

In English
Free Admission, No Reserved Seats
Presented by Art Speaks

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photo credit Eve Tagny

As a dynamic thinker and successful social entrepreneur, ZITA COBB has inspired many around the world with her visionary approach to creating meaningful change in her home of Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Zita’s initiatives have helped build a new leg on the Island’s economy that had been left bereft by the collapse of the cod fishing industry. Her first project, Fogo Island Arts, is a world-class artist-in-residence program that brings Canadian and international artists, curators, writers and thinkers to live among the island’s communities and work in architect-designed studios placed on bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Alumni of the program include artists Jumana Manna, Abbas Akhavan, Brian Jungen and Janice Kerbel. 

Through Shorefast, the charity she founded with two of her brothers, Cobb has added numerous initiatives that admirably accomplish her goal of creating resilience for her community. Her powerful story and her commitment to philosopher Dr. Gill Chin Li’s belief in “creating a global network of intensely local places,” will be at the heart of her talk in Montreal. Zita Cobb’s exemplary approach to rural renewal has earned her global praise, an honorary doctorate from Mcgill University as well as the 2016 Order of Canada. 

The talk will be followed by a conversation with Nicolaus Schafhausen (Strategic Director) and Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions) of Fogo Island Arts. 

ART SPEAKS is dedicated to presenting a platform of international artists and thinkers to provoke and stimulate thought.


Tuesday March 20, 2018, 6:30 pm
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
1379A Sherbrooke Street West

In English
Presented by Art Speaks and DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art

Theaster Gates, photo by Sarah Pooley, courtesy of the artist and White Cube.

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Art Speaks and DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art  are proud to present The Black Madonna, a talk by the artist Theaster Gates.

Theaster Gates is internationally renowned for his interdisciplinary practice that spans sculpture, installation, painting, sound, performance and urban interventions. Known for his recirculation of art-world capital, Gates’ work focuses on the possibility of the “life within things.” Gates smartly upturns art values, land values, and human values. In all aspects of his work, he contends with the notion of Black space as a formal exercise – one defined by collective desire, artistic agency, and the tactics of a pragmatist.

For this special event, Gates will discuss his latest research for The Black Madonna, a multi-part project that comprises a series of exhibitions and performances which draw on a range of sources, from influential depictions of the Madonna in European churches and museums, to the extensive print archive of the Johnson Publishing Corporation, the Chicago-based publisher of Jet and Ebony magazines. This exploration of the history of the black female and her image will manifest in exhibitions in four institutions in 2018.

The Black Madonna will be presented at Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland (June 9–October 21, 2018); Sprengel Museum, Kurt Schwitters Prize Exhibition, Hannover, Germany (from June 22, 2018); Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (September 2018–January 2019); and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (from October 2018).

Theaster Gates (b. 1973, Chicago, USA) lives and works in Chicago. Gates has exhibited and performed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA (2017); Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada (2016); Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2013); Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy (2013) and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012). He was the winner of the Artes Mundi 6 prize in 2013 and the Nasher Prize for Sculpture 2018 and is the recent recipient of the Légion d’Honneur, awarded 2017.

Art Speaks
Art Speaks hopes to create dynamic conversations and further our understanding of the world through the lens of contemporary art. The organization is dedicated to presenting a platform of international artists and thinkers to provoke and stimulate thought. All events are free and open to the public.

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art
Established in 2007, DHC/ART is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Housed in two heritage buildings located in the heart of Old Montreal, DHC/ART’s programming has met with critical acclaim both at home and around the world. Each year we offer two to three major exhibitions, a series of public events, special collaborative projects and a forward thinking education program. International in scope while responsive to the context of the city of Montreal, all of DHC/ART’s programming is offered free of charge as a way to reinforce its commitment to accessibility while fostering a discussion on how contemporary art is invested with the topics and ideas that reflect and touch our everyday lives.

Thelma Golden
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 7 pm
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

In English
presented by ART SPEAKS

photo credit Julie Skaratt

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Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, has profoundly influenced the way we look at art. Since the early 1990s, her visionary exhibitions have instigated relevant dialogues surrounding race and culture in the U.S. With the conviction that art is a catalyst for political and social change, her work challenges the viewer to confront the world anew.

Golden was one of the curators of the thought-provoking 1993 Whitney Biennial, which prompted her to work on her landmark exhibition Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1994. Her exhibitions at the Studio Museum, including Freestyle (2001), Frequency (2005) and Flow (2011), aim to define and reveal the experiences of a new generation of black artists from around the world.

Hajra Waheed
Intimate Conversations
October 4, 2017

In English
presented by ART SPEAKS

photo credit Kaveh Nabatian


Hajra Waheed’s multidisciplinary practice ranges from interactive installations to collage, video, sound and sculpture. Prompted by news accounts and extensive research, Waheed uses complex narrative structures to explore issues surrounding covert power, mass surveillance, cultural distortion and the traumas and alienation of displaced subjects via mass migration. Over the last decade, Waheed has participated in exhibitions worldwide, most recently including the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, VIVA ARTE VIVA, Venice (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016); The Cyphers, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK (2016); Still Against the Sky, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015); L’avenir (Looking Forward), La Biennale de Montréal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC (2014).

She received the prestigious 2014 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for outstanding achievement as a Canadian mid-career visual artist and was shortlisted for the 2016 Sobey ArtAward, Canada’s preeminent contemporary art prize. Waheed’s works can be found in permanent collections including MOMA, New York; British Museum, London; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Burger Collection, Zurich/Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi.

Hajra Waheed (b. 1980, Canada) lives and works in Montréal.

Frances Stark
Thursday November 17, 2016
Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium
1379A Sherbrooke street West
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

In English
Presented by ART SPEAKS

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Frances Stark is a mid-career, interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Using text, images and literary sources, she mines the complexities of everyday life for her provocative subject matter. Celebrated for her unabashed approach, she reveals herself in her work — utilizing the personal to speak to complex concerns related to the broader public, in the manner of literature.

Osservate, leggete con me, currently on view at La Biennale de Montréal will be a jumping off point for Stark’s discussion on the important role dialogue has played in her work.

Stark’s most recent solo exhibitions include Intimism at the Art Institute of Chicago (2015) and Uh-Oh: Frances Stark 1991-2015, a traveling survey exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She was the 2015 recipient of the Absolut Art Award.

Du modernisme au contemporain:
la place du papier dans le musée d’art contemporain

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Presented at Papier16

In French
Presented by ART SPEAKS

The historical transition from modern to contemporary art has lead to a change in the way artists use the support of paper and, often, a change in the manner of displaying these works in museum spaces. Museums dedicated to contemporary art are currently confronted with a choice regarding the consolidation of these historical periods in the conservation of works on paper. A panel of invited curators will discuss their various approaches and the place of historical works in their collections.

Moderator: Jean Gagnon,director of preservation and access to collections,Cinémathèque québécoise

Guests: Stéphane Aquin, chief curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
John Zeppetelli, director and chief curator, MAC Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal