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Papier unveils its educational program

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) is thrilled to unveil Papier’s educational program, offering visitors an audacious and inspiring series of panel discussions. These free activities are offered daily throughout the fair and are made possible thanks to the financial support of the Albright-Knox Contemporary and Modern Art Foundation Canada.


Plotting the Future: Paper and the Evolution of Digital Art
In English
1 p.m.

Moderated by: Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Today, digital art is associated with virtual reality and the Internet; but fifty years ago, some of the first artists to use computers created images that they printed on paper. Inspired by these “plotter” prints, this panel will discuss digital artists’ surprising uses of paper in the past, present, and future. Guests include Jean Gagnon, independent curator, art critic and former Director of the Daniel Langlois Foundation, as well as Anne Spalter, a major collector of early computer prints and a digital artist who also works with paper.

Presented by the Albright-Knox Modern and Contemporary Art Foundation Canada

L’art thérapie: de la théorie à l’action
In French
3 p.m.

Moderated by: Thomas Bastien, Director of Education and Well-Being, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Following up on last year’s panel discussion about the field of art therapy, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts discusses a series of completed projects along with its art therapist, as well as experts and community partners. Join us to discover and better understand the implementation and tangible impact of art therapy in Montréal.

Presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Les collections d’entreprises : enjeux et défis
In French
5 p.m.

Moderated by: Pascal Desjardins, collector and co-founder of La petite commission

Artwork collections are growing in popularity among businesses and raise considerable interest. In this vein, the invited panellists will discuss the various issues and challenges corporate art collectors face. With the managers of some of the greatest Quebec corporate collections, we will explore these questions and much more.

Presented by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association

Le collectionnement: passion et implication
In French
7 p.m.

Moderated by: Alexandre Magharaei, Co-President of the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal

What is art collecting? How do you go about it? This simple question opens up the way for an array of possibilities, as there is obviously more than one way to proceed. This panel discussion will explore the various approaches and motivations that bring people to collect, as well as the involvement required to support emerging artists.

Presented by the Brigade Arts Affaires de Montréal

photo: Jean-Michael Seminaro, 2017


Le plafond de verre : la place des femmes dans le milieu de l’art contemporain
In French
11:30 a.m.

Moderated by: Émilie Grandmont Bérubé, owner and Director of the Galerie Trois Points

Nearly half a century after Linda Nochlin’s essay, Why there have been no great women artists?, what place do female artists, gallerists, curators, and art critics hold today? We will cast a glance back on progress made, but also discuss work that remains to be done to identify and address implicit or unconscious gender biases that shape our community.

Presented by the Contemporary Art Galleries Association

Beyond Medium
In English
1 p.m.

Moderated by: Yaniya Lee, associate editor, Canadian Art

How are contemporary artists going beyond the traditional boundaries ascribed to specific mediums? Inspired by Canadian Art’s Spring 2018 issue themed Dirty Words, this discussion brings together artists who challenge the notion of medium by doing what is uncommon and unexpected in a contemporary art setting framed by staid rules and habits. Working in collage, photography, and sculpture, artists Maryse Larivière, Celia Perrin Sidarous, and Chloë Lum share some of the ways they flaunt traditional approaches to medium.

Presented by Canadian Art

Damage Control: Dealing with Controversy in Recent Contemporary Art
In English
3 p.m.

Moderated by: Cheryl Sim, Managing Director/Curator at DHC/ART Foundation for

Contemporary Art is no stranger to controversy. An artist's ability to make works that move us can also fire up intense criticism and anger. Controversy also extends to all players in the ecosystem of the art world, including museum and gallery professionals, collectors, dealers, auction houses and even critics. This panel will present and discuss a selection of recent cases of controversy in contemporary art.

Presented by DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art


Croquer, esquisser
In French
1 p.m.

Moderated by: Sylvie Cotton, artist, author and curator

Sketching is traditionally associated with research and studies rather than with results. Would today’s artists have found a new way to use it? If so, what is this practice? What is its purpose? And what does it result from? The discussion panel will bring together four artists who will talk about their idea and practice of sketching.

Presented by Les éditions esse

Les femmes autochtones dans l’art contemporain
In English
3 p.m.

Moderated by: Nike Little and Becca Taylor, curator of the 4th Contemporary Native Art

Biennial, níchiwamiskwém | nimidet | my sister | ma soeur
Native female artists face multiple prejudices regarding access to recognition from the contemporary art community. On one hand, Native contemporary artists’ work has only recently been displayed outside ethnology museums, and the artists still come up against stereotypes. On the other hand, although female artists form a majority in Canada, the revenues produced from their art is inferior to that of male artists by one-third.Their triple identity is asserted through various strategies ranging from transgression of gender boundaries and appropriation to the use of traditional gender know-how.

Presented by the Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone (BACA)


Arsenal contemporary art Montréal
2020 William Street
Montreal, QC, H3J 1R9

Dates and Times
Friday, April 20    noon – 9pm
Saturday, April 21    11am – 6pm
Sunday, April 22    11am – 6pm


Simone Rochon / Communications Manager  514-798-5010

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