Launch of the Winter Season at the MAC



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - To usher in the winter season, the MAC
has organized no less than three new exhibitions of artists from Quebec and
across Canada, a new Projection series, Nocturnes on the first Friday of every
month, a symposium on the art market, plus a Montréal All-Nighter with a
lounge theme.
    Director Marc Mayer is enthusiastic about the exhibitions featuring
Canadian artists: "Geoffrey Farmer is the artist's largest exhibition to date.
Nothing we know about the Vancouver scene could have predicted this work. At
age 80, Arnaud Maggs has been foremost among photo-based conceptualists
working in Canada for over four decades. We are also proud to present Yannick
Pouliot's first solo exhibition in Montréal, his most spectacular so far."

    Exhibitions

    Geoffrey Farmer
    February 8 to April 20, 2008

    Geoffrey Farmer is without doubt one of the most individual and
disconcerting voices in Vancouver's artistic community today. Drawing
inspiration from both conceptual and installation art, his work is grounded in
an accumulative aesthetic, recombining sculpture, video, performance, drawing
and found objects. From a perspective that allies poetry with social
commentary, Farmer examines such subjects as history, popular culture and art
history, exploring the fictional power and ever changing nature of exhibiting.
The exhibition is comprised of some 20 works created over the past 15 years,
several of which were conceived specifically to debut in Montréal. Geoffrey
Farmer lives and works in Vancouver.

    Yannick Pouliot
    February 8 to April 20, 2008

    Experimenting with various media, including photography, video and sound,
Yannick Pouliot is known for his spectacular, insightful and poetic pieces
such as Le Courtisan, which is on view in the Museum's Atrium. Pouliot's
series of prints, sculptures and a major architectural installation are
expressions of his fascination with the concept of domesticity. Transforming
Regency-style furniture to reflect a very contemporary psychological focus,
Pouliot produces an astonishing fusion of the body, furnishings and
architecture.

    Arnaud Maggs: Nomenclature
    February 8 to April 20, 2008

    Nomenclature presents two recent series of photographs by Arnaud Maggs:
Cercles chromatiques de M. E. Chevreul and Werner's Nomenclature of Colours,
both seminal studies in the language of colour. In what is essentially a
photographic essay on the human desire to list and categorize all natural
phenomena. Maggs examines our subjective notions of nature and the limits of
science. A native of Montréal, Arnaud Maggs now lives and works in Toronto.

    Arnaud Maggs: Nomenclature was organized by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery
in Oshawa, Ontario.


    Projections

    Artur Zmijewski: The Singing Lesson I and II
    February 6 to March 2, 2008

    The works of Polish artist Artur Zmijewski tend to defy social taboos,
affirming his view of art as a battle for the conscience. In his video
recordings The Singing Lesson I (2001, 14 min) and The Singing Lesson II
(2002, 16 min 30 sec), Zmijewski films singing lessons with deaf children who
form an unlikely choir, first in Warsaw and then in Bach's own church in
Leipzig.

    Max and Iris Stern International Symposium III

    The Contemporary Art Market
    March 8, 2008

    The third Max and Iris Stern symposium will be devoted to the
international contemporary art market. Guest speakers (gallery owners,
artists, collectors, sociologists, economists, journalists, directors of fairs
and biennials) are expected from Montréal, Toronto, the United States and
Europe. Lectures will be in French and English.

    Nocturnes

    The Musée's doors are open until 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month.
From 5 to 9, you are invited to enjoy an evening of the unexpected. On the
agenda: entry to all the exhibitions, live music and bar service. Upcoming
Nocturnes will be on February 1 and March 7. No reservation is required.
Admission with either the general Musée ticket or the new $10 Wired card.

    Nuit blanche/All-Nighter
    Night of March 1 to 2, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

    As part of the Montréal High Lights Festival, the Musée invites festival
goers to experience the rhythm of creation, performance and music. Night owls
will be able to take in exhibition "clips" (speed tours of selected works),
live music and a DJ performance. Also available is a bar service with drinks
concocted by Mixoart, including the brand new "Nuit blanche." You've got carte
blanche to create your own program among the nine exhibition galleries on the
Musée's three floors. And apart from the drinks, it's all absolutely free of
charge!
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org


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