Fall Cultural Preview: Art of the season

Art of the season

Art Spiegelman will give a lecture at Concordia on September 24
Photo: Nadja Spiegelman

Montreal museums and galleries will showcase local and international artists this fall

Beginning next week is the 12th Mois de la Photo à Montréal. This year’s theme, proposed by guest curator Anne-Marie Ninacs: Lucidity-Inward Views (various venues, Sept. 8 to Oct. 9). In the same vein, the 2011 World Press Photo exhibit is also about to open (Marché Bonsecours, Sept. 8 to Oct. 2).

Later this month, SBC, Pop Montreal and Drawn & Quarterly will join forces to present What the %&*! Happened to Comics?, a lecture by Art Spiegelman, who deservedly won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for his graphic novel masterpiece Maus, a Holocaust tale featuring mice and cats (Concordia University, Sept. 24).

Over at the Musée d’Art Contemporain, the second edition of the Quebec Triennial will feature works by "some 50 young artists who are sure to leave their mark on the development of art in Quebec" (Oct.7 to Jan. 3, 2012). Already showing at the MAC since Wednesday is RealTime UnReal, a new-media installation by collective Workspace Unlimited (to Oct. 2).

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which is having a hell of a year thanks to its Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit (to Oct. 2) and which is set to inaugurate a new wing dedicated to Quebec and Canadian art, will showcase the paintings of Michael Merrill (Oct. 14 to Jan. 15, 2012) and Dorothea Rockburne (Nov. 4 to April 8, 2012). Also on the schedule: Big Bang, a multidisciplinary collective show bringing together the likes of filmmaker Denys Arcand, musician Melissa Auf der Maur, novelist Nancy Huston, playwright Wajdi Mouawad and choreographer Marie Chouinard, among others (Nov. 6 to Jan. 22, 2012).

Plus, catch up on the exhibitions currently being presented by the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, featuring creations by sculptor Berlinde de Bruyckere and painter John Currin (to Nov. 13) as well as conceptual artist Jenny Holzer (to Nov. 14).

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