EducExpo

HYBRID IDENTITIES

From December 9 to February 16, 2019

The Promenade, Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1

Intolerance toward the “other,” whose skin colour, religion or origin differs from that of the majority, is growing and jeopardizing community harmony and social peace. Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom synagogue is collaborating with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on the project Hybrid Identities – Meeting the “Other” in a World in Movement, aimed at fostering dialogue and openness among teens aged 14 to 16 who represent various cultural communities. Also participating in the project were Montreal City Mission, a community organization, Collège de Montréal and Westmount High School.

The project’s title, Hybrid Identities, is inspired by the postcolonial theories on cultural hybridity of Homi K. Bhabba, a renowned scholar and critical theorist, whose notions resonate in the context of our society’s cultural diversity. The project also echoes the exhibition Connections, presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
In small groups made up of members from each participating organization, the teens created collective works of art on the topic of identity. The works needed to reflect each participant’s identity and at the same time explore possible links between these teens from different backgrounds.
The participants created works of art that reflect their respective identities but also emphasize the ties that bind them in spite of their differences. Although they come from different cultural and religious backgrounds, the participants encountered the “other” as they created these works together.

As can be seen in the works in this exhibition, which are entitled Coalescence, Micro Macro, Macro Micro, Layers and In the Moon, the participants’ respective identities transcended boundaries to converge at the heart of pop culture, among other places. Far from being monolithic or hermetic, identities are hybrid and feed on different cultural sources.

AWAKENING TO ART
Les Impatients at the Museum

From December 17, 2019 to March 8, 2020

J.A. DeSève Gallery
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1

The mission of Les Impatients is to help their vulnerable clients through the power of artistic expression. The organization offers creative art workshops as well as exhibition venues that provide a forum for exchange between the community and the participants. Indeed, their name Les Impatients suggests that the participants do not consider themselves to be patients with psychiatric disorders. Rather, they are creators impatient to heal, develop their art and rediscover their roles in society.

Since 2015, Les Impatients have visited the Museum regularly to enjoy our collections and our diverse exhibitions. This year, two hospitals from two different CISSSs (Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux) have participated: CISSS de la Montérégie-Est and the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre. The participants have found inspiration to create their own works, at times referencing specific works, as well as general themes.

Led by the passion of two of our volunteer guides, François Martin and Louise Livernoche, the participants recorded their thoughts and visual impressions in sketchbooks. They then created works under the guidance of artist Dominique Payette, who is director of Espace Création, a private studio where participants meet weekly to paint and draw. Quilters Lina Delisle, Lauretta Gatz and Carla Hehner-Rivard from Maison Desaulniers in Saint-Lambert also provided advice. Working around the topic of identity and self-empowerment and how art awakens new worlds of possibilities, the participants created the works in the exhibition — which are at times whimsical, at times reality-based. Thanks to all our partners who have supported these important educational and beneficial museum projects.

An EducExpo organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Les Impatients and Espace Création.

Fugitives!

June 22 to September 6, 2020

J.A. DeSève Gallery
Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Level S1

An EducExpo organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the rapper and historian Webster.