Her Story Today
Six Painters from Quebec and Canada
Marie-Claude Bouthillier ㅡ Wanda Koop ㅡ Christine Major ㅡ Angèle Verret ㅡ Carol Wainio ㅡ Janet Werner
From October 8, 2015 to August 7, 2016
Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion
1379 Sherbrooke Street West
Nearly one hundred years after the existence of the Beaver Hall Group (1920–1923), a seminal moment in the assertion of women as professional painters in Montreal, where do woman artists working with the paint medium stand today? This year’s Beaver Hall Group exhibition at the Museum offered the pretext for a reflection on the place assumed by women artists in Quebec and Canada’s art milieus.
This exhibition brings together and celebrates the work of six artists who have dedicated their careers to painting and the medium’s current stage of evolution.
SHE invites us to think about the medium beyond the strict opposition of abstraction/figuration on which a large part of twentieth-century art history has been built, in particular the history of painting. Her works, sometimes of a hybrid nature, suggest new ways of inscribing the real in painting, question and confront stereotypes, disclose the culmination of an observational and analytical endeavour exploring surrounding space, all the while being imbued with an emotive, affective or melancholic charge.
SHE teaches at school and contributes to the renewal of pedagogical approaches as well as creating parallel establishments, such as self-administered and community-based artist centres that form part of our cultural ecosystem.
SHE shares some recently completed works, superb pieces of painting that for the most part come from the studio.
SHE is a painter and ranks among those who have brought new life to pictorial matters with finesse and intelligence. This exhibition offers an overview of current explorations by contemporary women artists.
THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS’
WOMEN OF INFLUENCE CIRCLE
In honour of the women of the Beaver Hall Group, we are pleased to present this exhibition featuring the work of contemporary women painters from Quebec and Canada. This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of the MMFA’s Women of Influence Circle.
We are grateful to the Circle’s founding members:
Sandra Abitan, Alix d’Anglejan-Chatillon, Christiane Bergevin, Sylvie Boileau, Johanne Champoux, Hélène Couture, Viviane Croux, France Denis Royer, Giovanna Francavilla, Carolina Gallo, Diane Giard, Anne- Marie Hubert, Isabelle Hudon, Suzanne Legge Orr, Constance Lemieux, Johanne Lépine, Mary Leslie, Isabelle Marcoux, Monique Parent, Miriam Pozza, Gurjinder P. Sall, Michelle R. Savoy, Marie Senécal-Tremblay and Martine Turcotte, under the leadership of Françoise E. Lyon.