A spectacular summer at the MAC



    MONTREAL, April 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Set right in the heart of Montréal's
Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d'art contemporain is joining in the
celebrations for this summer's opening of Place des Festivals, with no fewer
than four new exhibitions: a presentation of Robert Polidori's striking
photographs, a vibrant tribute to the late Betty Goodwin, a show of the
latest, evanescent works by Christine Davis and a deeply moving installation
by Spring Hurlbut. The Projections series dives into the realm of the
fantastic with a piece by Kelly Richardson, and the world of rhythm with the
fourth edition of Music Video.

    Exhibitions

    Robert Polidori
    May 22 to September 7, 2009

    Considered one of the leading photographers of our time, Robert Polidori
transcends the limits of photography and captures in various, usually
derelict, places the traces of a human tragedy. This survey of the artist's
work, comprising around sixty large colour photographs, includes some of his
most important series, such as Versailles, Havana, Zones of Exclusion: Prypiat
and Chernobyl, and After the Flood. Each attests to the remarkable
contribution he has made to the history of contemporary photography. Born in
Montréal in 1951, Polidori lives and works in New York. He started out making
avant-garde films in the 1970s, then turned to photography, producing work for
The New Yorker, among others. He was the subject of an exhibition at New
York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2006.

    Christine Davis
    May 22 to September 7, 2009

    Christine Davis's works, weaving together the interconnected histories of
dance, science and cinema, offer us encounters that are surprising, to say the
least, with the poet Mallarmé, dancers Loie Fuller and Nijinsky, and the
mathematician Euclid. This exhibition presents a new group of works by the
Toronto artist, who is known for her slide projections on uncommon, sensual
materials. Featured here are three multimedia installations: Did I Love a
Dream?, 2008-2009; Euclid/Orchid, 2008-2009; and Satellite Ballet (for Loie
Fuller), 2008-2009; and a series of collages (Euclid/Mallarmé, 2009). Also on
view is Not I/Pas moi, a 2006-2007 work by Davis shown as part of the
exhibition The Collection: Some Installations until October 4, 2009.

    Spring Hurlbut
    May 22 to September 7, 2009

    An entire gallery is given over to the presentation of a magnificent
installation, recently acquired by the Musée, by Canadian artist Spring
Hurlbut. Le Jardin du sommeil (1998) consists of 140 antique, found, metal
cribs and cradles, simply and solemnly laid out in rows. Le Jardin du sommeil
evokes both childhood and the loss of childhood.

    Betty Goodwin - A Critical Survey through the Prism of the Collection
    May 22 to October 4, 2009

    In a vibrant tribute to Betty Goodwin, the grande dame of contemporary
Canadian art who passed away in 2008, the Musée presents an exhibition of
about forty of her works from the Permanent Collection. This survey includes
the major series that punctuated the artist's career-Vest, Note, Nest,
Tarpaulin, Swimmer and Beyond Chaos-and illustrate her heartrending vision of
the human condition.

    Projections Series

    Kelly Richardson
    May 6 to June 20, 2009

    In Exiles of the Shattered Star (2006), a nearly 30-minute video loop,
Kelly Richardson creates an unusual picture by superimposing a rain of
fireballs on a view of a country landscape at dawn. The public will no doubt
recognize the visual that graced the cover of Monique Proulx's novel
Champagne. Born in Ontario, Richardson lives and works in England.

    Music Video IV
    July 8 to October 4, 2009

    This is the fourth edition of Music Video, a program dedicated to the art
of the video clip, and to the directors who have reinvented the art of
filmmaking and expanded the scope of the visual arts. The museum's goal in
presenting Music Video is to highlight the creative vitality of the video clip
industry, introduce these ingenious artists to a wider audience and showcase
their works in a contemporary art setting.

    Friday Nocturnes

    The first Friday of every month, the museum stays open till 9 p.m. for an
evening where you can expect the unexpected, with visits to all the exhibition
galleries, live music and bar service. Coming Nocturnes: May 1, Plants and
Animals; June 5, Miracle Fortress; July 3, a Nocturne in sync with the Jazz
Festival. The Nocturnes take a break in August. No reservation necessary.
Admission with regular Musée ticket or our $10 Wired card.

    Montréal Museums Day
    May 31, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The twenty-third edition of Montréal Museums Day will revolve around the
theme Museums without Boundaries. The MAC - a boundary-free zone par
excellence - is the ideal place to push the envelope, open up to new
approaches and play tourist in your own city. Everything is absolutely free,
including the ice cream bar in the Sculpture Garden.

    
    Source and information            Visual material available
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    Danielle Legentil, MACM           www.macm.org
    Public Relations Coordinator      Newsroom
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, MACM, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available: www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: presse,
Password: gtrcmedias


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