Plural 2024 Panel Discussions

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Plural 2024 announces its panel discussions

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC) reveals the panel discussions of this year’s Plural Forum, with three activities available in English. These captivating talks will be held in the fair’s conference room from April 12 – 14, 2024, at the Grand Quay in Montreal’s Old Port.

The program will feature a variety of relevant perspectives on current issues in the art world. Speakers, including gallerists, scholars, art collectors, curators, authors, artists, and market experts, will lead insightful discussions that critically engage with these contemporary art topics.

Admission to the fair includes access to all activities of the Plural Forum on the day your ticket is valid.

If you can’t make it to the fair, the panels will also be available via the fair’s website following their broadcasting.

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Here’s a preview of this year’s program:

Momus Talks: Charting an Inflection Point in Art Criticism & Publishing
Friday, April 12 | 6 p.m.

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.

Sky Goodden, Publisher, Momus

Merray Gerges, Associate Editor, Momus
Jessica Lynne, Associate Editor, Momus
Catherine G. Wagley, Managing Editor, Momus

Presented by Momus

Today’s Art Fair
Saturday, April 13 | 2 p.m.

Given the significant impact of the pandemic on their growth and their subsequent need for rapid adaptation, art fairs find themselves facing new challenges in 2024. Considering factors such as the evolving economy, changing public expectations, collectors’ needs, and shifting gallery realities, this roundtable aims to explore the role of art fairs, asking the question: how are art fairs shaping up today?

Anie Deslauriers, General Director, AGAC

Gareth Brown-Jowett, Co-owner, Patel Brown
Mia Nielsen, Director, Art Toronto
Anne Roger, Collection Manager, Giverny Capital Inc.

Presented by AGAC

Toward Other Worlds
Sunday, April 14 | 2 p.m.

Inspired by Donna J. Haraway’s plea for more livable futures, which calls for a tentacular approach to thinking, making and storytelling, this conversation will focus on worldbuilding in the virtual and analog works of artists Mara Eagle and Malena Szlam, who are both exhibiting work at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s Place Ville Marie location this spring and summer.

Mojeanne Behzadi, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

Mara Eagle, artist
Malena Szlam, artist and filmmaker

Presented by SéminArts, an educational program of the MAC

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Dates and times
Friday, April 12: noon – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Grand Quay, Port of Montreal
200 de la Commune St. W.
Montreal H2Y 4B2

This venue is accessible. An entrance on the 1st floor (door 1, east side), leading to the galleries, is open at all times for visitors with reduced mobility.

About Plural

Plural celebrates the best of contemporary art in Canada. Created by and for the galleries, the fair presents and brings together the plurality of voices and works in contemporary art from across the country. It elevates art market practices through a rigorous selection of galleries presenting thoughtfully chosen artists and artworks; and through accessible programming that addresses current issues and questions in the field of art. Plural fosters the discovery of new voices and forms of expression in leading contemporary art and cultivates a sense of collectivity within the Canadian art community.

About AGAC

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association is a non-profit organization that actively contributes to the dissemination and promotion of Canadian artists through its different online platforms, projects and events. The Association’s primary mandate is to further develop the recognition and prosperity of the contemporary art market in Canada. The Association also fosters the public’s interest in visual arts and encourages the emergence of new contemporary art collectors.

Contact Information
Contemporary Art Galleries Association / 514-798-5010

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