Cette conversation a eu lieu au MAC le 1er mars 2016, dans le cadre de l'exposition Make every show like it’s your last (3 mars au 22 mai 2016). Commissaire de l'exposition : Mark Lanctôt
Make every show like it’s your last est une exposition qui a été organisée par le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal et produite en collaboration avec le FRAC Île-de-France – le Plateau, Paris ; la Manchester Art Gallery, Royaume-Uni ; le Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, Irlande du Nord ; la OK Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich (Maison ouverte de la culture Haute-Autriche), Linz, Autriche ; la Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique ; et l’Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.
This conversation was held at the MAC on March 1, 2016, in connexion with the exhibition Make every show like it’s your last (March 3 - May 22, 2016). Curator of the exhibition: Mark Lanctôt
Make every show like it’s your last is an exhibition organised by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and produced in collaboration with Frac Île de France — Le Plateau, Paris; Manchester Art Gallery, UK; Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland; OK Offenes Kulturhaus / Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, British-Columbia and Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado.
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal - Max and Iris Stern International Symposium 10
SANS BLAGUE / NO JOKE : THE MATTER OF HUMOUR IN CONTEMPORARY ART
Humour is a form that has always found a particular echo in art and that resonates even more strongly in contemporary art. Comedy–whether it involves mockery or parody–gives us permission to laugh, but our laughter can make us uncomfortable and uneasy. Indeed, artists use humour in such an ambivalent way that, with some works, we often do not know whether we are laughing at ourselves or at others, whether to laugh out loud or chuckle quietly to ourselves. They test our limits, but they also assert their solidarity by making fun of certain political subjects.
In this symposium on the matter of humour, the Musée probes the ways it is manifested and how it is handled by artists, since demonstrating a sense of humour in today’s world has without a doubt become a necessary attitude. Its omnipresence in the sphere of contemporary art is the focus of the symposium Sans blague / No Joke. We closely examine artistic practices that mobilize the mechanisms of humour, and shed light on new forms that have emerged recently, including experimental comedy, which falls somewhere between performance art and stand-up. We will also discuss what is happening in the social sciences, and in art history in particular, since humour has been established as a research topic and become a subject of interest shared by numerous curators, generating a host of group exhibitions over the past two decades.
Text courtesy of Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal: http://www.macm.org/en/activites/max-et-iris-stern-international-symposium-10/
Dans le cadre de l’exposition David Altmejd – Flux, une rencontre a eu lieu avec l’artiste et la commissaire de l’exposition Josée Bélisle le jeudi 18 juin 2015 au Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.