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.