Lectures & Presentations

Information about upcoming lectures, artist or curator tours and talks, and other presentations.

Upcoming Lectures and Presentations

Curator Crunch: Borduas and Riopelle Against the World
13 november, 2019

Free lunchtime presentations at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery

Join Manager of Collections and Exhibitions John Leroux each month for an exciting, intimate, and fast-paced look at artworks on display, designed to comfortably fit in your lunch break. See what these artworks say, and how they connect us with the world – how’s that for “food for thought”?

In November: In the late 1940s, Quebec witnessed an intense social and cultural revolution started by a group of artists who called themselves the "Automatistes." With their freshly-printed book Refus Global (Global Refusal) as their philosophical mantra, they used their art and their words to change what they saw as a tired, cautious, and conservative French-Canadian society. Their abstract art was at the avant-garde of Canadian painting, and leading the way were the palette knife paintings of Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean-Paul Riopelle. The pair's thickly-painted works speak to the political energy and artistic changes of the era, as well as evocations of Canadian landscape and a world going full colour.

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Time: 12:15 PM

pARTage: Luc A. Charette
17 november, 2019

This free program brings artists and guests together in French-language conversations about art and creativity. Presentations may include everything from lectures and readings to musical and dance performances, and more!

In November: Luc A. Charette will discuss his current painting practice and his return to a more tactile process. He’ll speak about how his more abstract paintings liberate him from the subject to concentrate more fully on a practice of pure expression. In an engaging atmosphere, Charette’s presentation will take us through his work where floating forms, superimposed patterns, movement and lightness are at the heart of his desire to pay closer attention to his processes, while considering the materiality of the medium.

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Time: 3:00 PM

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