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Lunch and Chat with a Designer: Laura Wee Lay Laq








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Friday March 24, 2023 at 12:00 am

The MMFA invites you to a series of online discussions with designers featured in the exhibition Parall(elles): A History of Women in Design. Held on Zoom over the lunch hour, these relaxed get-togethers are a chance to engage with these creators from the comfort of your home.

Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator of the MMFA

Guest speaker:
Laura Wee Lay Laq, Artist


Major Benefactor: Terra Foundation for American Art
Public partners: Government of Quebec, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts de Montréal


About the lecture
By presenting diverse points of view, the Lunch and Chats with a Designer aim to illustrate the plurality of perspectives and voices inherent to the field of design, and to stimulate a deeper reflection on this topic.

About the guest speaker
Laura Wee Lay Laq has been working with clay for 50 years. She specializes in handbuilding and primitive firing techniques. Her handbuilt, burnished pieces are sawdust fired. Her work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally and is collected by private, public and corporate entities.

About the host
Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts since 2020, Mary-Dailey Desmarais oversees a multidisciplinary team dedicated to enriching, promulgating and preserving a collection of over 45,000 art works and objects dating from antiquity to the present. She joined the Museum in 2014. Notable among the exhibitions she has curated are Seeing Loud: Basquiat and Music (2022), How Long Does It Take for One Voice to Reach Another (2021); Adam Pendleton: These Things We’ve Done Together (2021) and Once Upon a Time... The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film (2017), whose accompanying catalogue won two awards. She has published widely in scholarly journals, exhibition catalogues, and art magazines on subjects ranging from Impressionism to Global Modern and Contemporary Art. Originally from New York, she holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale, an M.A. from Williams College and a B.A. from Stanford.

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