Journées de la culture at the MAC
Marie Chouinard exhibition and public reading, Festival international de la littérature and Art Workshop
Montreal, September 18, 2019 – The Journées de la culture (Sept. 27-29) will be another great opportunity to visit the MAC and discover its exhibitions. On September 28 and 29, the museum will offer two free activities: free entry to the ZÉRO DOUZE exhibition by dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard, who will be on-site September 28 to give a reading from the book of the same name, and a free art workshop for all ages. In addition, on September 27, as part of the Festival international de la littérature, three Indigenous artists, writers and poets will give a reading of their new works inspired by a piece from Rebecca Belmore’s Facing the Monumental exhibition. (Entry is included in the MAC admission fee)
MARIE CHOUINARD: ZÉRO DOUZE
Exhibition held September 17-29, 2019
Public readings on Saturday, September 21 and 28, at 2 p.m., in the MAC Rotunda
Free entry for the Journées de la culture, September 28-29
The ZÉRO DOUZE exhibition consists of a selection of drawings and short texts by Marie Chouinard. As a whole, it creates a lively, humorous free narrative, through which she shares stories from her early years, aged zero to twelve. Her identity takes shape throughout the anecdotes, which are odd, yet touching; unique, yet universal.
Held September 17-29 at the MAC as part of the Festival international de la littérature, the exhibition will coincide with the launch of the book ZÉRO DOUZE, published by les éditions du passage.
Marie Chouinard, dancer and choreographer, is the founding Chair of the Prix de la danse de Montréal and Director of Dance at the Venice Biennale. In 1990, the soloist formed the now world-renowned COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD. As an author, visual artist, scenographer and producer, she has a body of work that also includes installations, performances, movies, drawings, poems, stories and applications. A true cultural ambassador for Quebec, Marie Chouinard has received several awards and distinctions in recognition of her contribution to the arts, including a Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal, a Governor General’s Award, a Positano Award and a Bessie Award. She holds the titles of Officer of the Order of Canada, Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), and Companion of the Ordre national des arts et des lettres du Québec. The name of Marie Chouinard became a dictionary entry in Le Petit Larousse illustré in 2010 and in Le Robert in 2011.
Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Free entry as part of the Journées de la culture
Inspired by Rebecca Belmore’s works entitled Wave Sound, 2017, participants will be invited to create sculptures that, during a later outing in a forest or beside a body of water, will become sound amplifiers. Listening to ambient sounds will heighten their awareness of the fate of our planet and of their relationship with nature.
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA LITTÉRATURE
Literary look at Rebecca Belmore’s work
Friday, September 27, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Entry included in the MAC general admission
Free for MACarte holders
Rebecca Belmore’s work, which includes performance art, installations, photography and film, focuses on the policies of representation. Her images of provocation, subtle intervention and resistance are rooted in the tragic history of Indigenous cultures in North America. Armed with a conviction that art can lead to social change, she tackles challenging issues such as the injustice, racism, violence and distress experienced by those who have been stripped of their rights and excluded from our society. A range of recurring themes or elements runs through her work: the questioning of official discourse; the body, at work, struggling, or disappeared; repetitive gestures; and the use of natural materials.
Joséphine Bacon (Innu), Émilie Monnet (Anishinabe) and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu) were invited to write texts inspired by a piece by Rebecca Belmore, which they will read as part of the exhibition at the MAC. The three women, from three different generations, are major figures in the Indigenous arts and literature scene, as well as important Quebec authors. All three share a pride in being Indigenous and a drive to promote their language and their culture.
The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned corporation funded by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Government of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever-growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The MAC presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive collection. These may feature any and every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the MAC organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.
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