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Stéphane Aquin Invites Ken Grossinger








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Free, reservation required

Wednesday November 22, 2023 at 05:30 pm

To mark the release of the book Art Works: How Organizers and Artists are Creating a Better World Together, Stéphane Aquin will sit down with its author Ken Grossinger to discuss how art contributes to social change and the vital role of museums and philanthropy.

Ken Grossinger, author of Art Works: How Organizers and Artists are Creating a Better World Together
Stéphane Aquin, Director of the MMFA

Public partners: Government of Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal

About the book
Art Works offers an inside look at the role art plays on the front lines of political and social movement, citing examples of justice-seeking artistic initiatives from theatre music, film, visual arts, and poetry. Adding insights from his own experience as a community leader and strategist, author Ken Grossinger demonstrates that art offers a window into understanding our world and therefore changing it.

About the speakers
Ken Grossinger, Director of the Impact Philanthropy and Donor Advising Division of Democracy Partner, has been a leading strategist in movements for social and economic justice for 35 years, in unions and philanthropic and community organizations. Grossinger sits on the Board of Trustees of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and chairs the CrossCurrents Foundation, which invests its funding resources in work in which art is a vehicle for social justice. Among other cultural projects to his credit, Grossinger was co-executive producer of the award-winning Netflix documentaries The Social Dilemma (2020) and The Bleeding Edge (2018). He divides his time between Washington, D.C. and Telluride, Colorado, with his wife and artist, Micheline Klagsbrun.

Stéphane Aquin became Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in November 2020, after having served as Chief Curator of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. from 2015 to 2020. Prior to that, Aquin was Curator of Contemporary art at the MMFA (1998 to 2015), and an art critic for Voir magazine (1992 to 1998). Throughout his career as curator, he has organized numerous exhibitions of Canadian and international artists. As the MMFA’s Director, he is now turning his focus to leading the institution into the next chapter of its long history.


Access: At the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium, 1379-A, Sherbrooke Street West

Please note that unclaimed reserved seats may be given to others present, on a first-come first served basis.

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