More details are emerging about the events scheduled for the major city-wide celebration known as “Montreal, City of Glass 2010.” This year, glass will be the theme of many Montreal museum exhibitions and activities from April through December.
The participating museums currently include; the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Quebec, the Biosphère d’Environnement Canada, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Cite Historia, the Musee d’Histoire du Sault-au-Recollet, the Ecomusee du Fier Monde, Espace VERRE, the Maison Saint-Gabriel, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musee des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montreal, Musee du Château Dufresne, Château Ramezay Museum, Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum, McCord Museum, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, Montreal Science Centre, and the Stewart Museum.
Not surprisingly, the recently renovated glass art nonprofit Espace VERRE will be ground zero for many events, most notably the Glass Art Association of Canada Conference from May 26th – 30th. The conference is organized around six major themes for contemporary glass artists:
- environmental studios and new technologies
- architectural glass
- design in glass
- farming out work
- new directions for educational institutions and graduates
- Canadian glass art as seen by museums.
More than 20 lectures and 15 demonstrations will take place during the four days of the conference. Most of the activities will take place at Cegep du Vieux Montreal, and most demonstrations will take place at Espace VERRE. International artists sich as Lucio Bubacco (Italy), Sylvia Levenson (Italy), Anthony Schafermeyer (USA), and internationally-known Canadian glass artists such as Susan Edgerley, Sarah Hall, Peter Powning, Tyler Rock, and Donald Robertson, are participating. The Corning Museum’s curator of modern glass Tina Oldknow (USA) will also be speaking.
The GAAC Conference will also include public lectures in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) which will allow the organisation to reach a broader audience. Peter Powning, the keynote speaker for the conference, will present his lecture at the MMFA. Clifford Rainey will also give a lecture at the MMFA in conjunction with the exhibition of one of his pieces, which was donated to the museum by the Joe and Anna Mendel Collection.
Laura Donefer, Canada’s international glass fashion show diva, in collaboration with Montreal’s internationally renown, cutting-edge fashion designer, Philippe Dubuc, are creating, in collaboration with fashion designers and glass artists, a fabulous Fashion Show which will end the conference. Hosted by Donefer and Dubuc, it will take place on Saturday May 29th at the Belvedere of Montreal Science Centre.
What follows is a list of additional dates and events.February 19th –April 9th, 2010 Elisabeth Marier solo exhibition Espace VERRE, Montreal, Canada —————————— February 27th – 8 pm- 2am Montreal Allnighter —————————— April 22nd-June 4th, 2010 Donald Robertson solo exhibition Espace VERRE, Montreal, Canada —————————— May 26-30th, 2010 Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC) conference Espace VERRE, Montreal, Canada With Lucio Bubacco, Susan Edgerley, Silvia Levenson, Tina Oldknow, Peter Powning, Clifford Rainey, Tyler Rock, Anthony Schafermeyer, Denise Stillwaggon Leone, etc. —————————— May 27-29th 2010 Glass Art Association of Canada member exhibition Agora Cegep du Vieux Montreal —————————— May 29th, 2010
Glass fashion Show Artistic director : Laura Donefer, Philippe Dubuc (Fashion designer) At Montreal Science Center —————————— June 17th – September 9th, 2010 Graduates exhibition with Myrianne Duquette-Giguere, Mélanie Pageau, Sophie-Kimberley Seguin-Lalonde Espace VERRE, Montreal, Canada —————————— September 23rd- January 14th, 2010 Montreal – The city Espace VERRE, Montreal, Canada —————————— September 9 –December 12th, 2010 Verre aujourd’hui, Espace VERRE’s teacher exhibition Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, Montreal —————————— September 28th- December 5th, 2010 Kaleidoscope Espace Creation Loto-Quebec ——————————