Add Brooklyn / Montreal to the list of exhibitions I’m looking forward to in the New Year. The exhibition series will take place at eight Brooklyn Galleries this Winter and aims to highlight artistic difference and similarities between the two cities. I’m sure there are plenty of both. Of the obvious connections, that Brooklyn and Montreal are both centers for art making and foodies tops our similarity list. Montreal, however, has a much more robust cultural exchange with France thanks in no small part to their shared first language; French. Brooklyn has no such equivalent.
We’ll be visiting the participating galleries this January, which include Parker’s Box, Front Room, A.I.R. Gallery, Interstate Projects, Causey Contemporary, Smack Mellon, Pierogi and Momenta Art. (Hyperallergic took a look at the Montreal contingent in November.) A.I.R. Gallery will receive special attention from this author Saturday January 12th, as I’ll be moderating a discussion panel examining how these cultural exchanges can impact artists, curators and cultural institutions. Yvan Gauthier, chairman and managing director of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, will offer some opening remarks before we open the discussion up to panelist Véronique Ducharme, up-and-coming Montreal artist (Les Terri), Janet Biggs, established New York artist (Smack Melon) and Alun William, curator, artist and Director at Parker’s Box.
I’m excited about this talk for a number of reasons, perhaps the largest being that it gives me a chance to talk about my home country, Canada. Canadians are great creative folk in my totally biased opinion, so I can’t wait to talk about what’s being made there and here a little more.