For the third consecutive year, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is donning its true colours as a partner of the Montréal Pride Festival. The Museum will notably take part in the celebrations by joining the Pride Parade on August 19, hosting a lecture by American trans activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy on the 17th and organizing an exclusive Museum visit for festivalgoers on the 13th.
Montréal Pride Parade – August 19, at noon
The Museum is looking for volunteer walkers!
In collaboration with artist and landscape architect Claude Cormier, the MMFA will be presenting a vibrant living adaptation of the installation Blue Stick Garden for its spot in the parade. Participants will march to rhythm and music of DJ Tatie au Miel, who is sure to get the crowds dancing! To make this project a spectacular sight, the Museum needs 300 allies, members of the LGBTQ+ communities, artists and friends from all cultures.
Created in 2000 for the International Garden Festival at Reford Gardens, Cormier’s Blue Stick Garden is made up of sticks painted on all four sides – three in blue and one in orange –that are arranged in such a way as to create an uncannily simple chromatic effect with constantly shifting views. Rendered into numerous walkers for the Museum, the coloured sticks will form a veritable moving human forest.
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Lecture – August 17, 7 p.m.
Location: Bourgie Hall (Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, MMFA)
The Museum is proud to welcome Miss Major Griffin-Gracy to speak at a lecture organized by the Montréal Pride Festival. An American trans woman activist, Miss Major (as she is commonly known) is a renowned community leader and defender of the rights of transgender people, with a particular focus on visible minority women. She is an iconic figure of the sexual and gender diversity communities.
Exclusive visit of the temporary exhibition for festivalgoers – August 13, from 6 to 9 p.m.
In collaboration with Pride Montréal, the Museum will open its doors to festivalgoers for an exclusive half-price visit ($11.50) of the temporary exhibition From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present.