Materiality and engagement at Galerie de l’UQAM

The unifying theme of the rich winter and spring 2018 programming at Galerie de l’UQAM is engagement. Viewed through a variety of lenses – political, performative, material, community, intellectual – the theme of engagement inspires sustained reflection on the roles of art and the artist in current transformations, whether social or aesthetic.


The season kicks off on January 10 with the opening of the greatly anticipated solo exhibition Maria Hupfield. The One Who Keeps On Giving. Organized by The Power Plant in Toronto, the exhibition investigates the role of objects in the performance  works of this artist from the Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, and now based in Brooklyn. Also in January, Galerie de l’UQAM will present the first Montreal edition of La nuit des idées, an international initiative that assembles thinkers from a variety of disciplines and paths for a night of conversation.


In March, Galerie de l’UQAM will host the major project Earthlings from Esker Foundation in Calgary. This exhibition of ceramics and works on paper is the result of years of collaboration among seven contemporary artists from southern and northern Canada, including Shary Boyle, Shuvinai Ashoona and Pierre Aupilardjuk. In mid-May, Galerie de l’UQAM will present the first edition of RADAR, its new initiative for budding curators. Entitled The Reign of Nausea, the exhibition will explore the means employed by today’s artists to highlight our current "nausea", 70 years after the publication of Refus Global.

This season will also feature exhibitions of work by Michelle Bui, Leyla Majeri, and Alexia Laferté-Coutu, arising from their research in the Master's program in Visual and Media Arts. From various angles, all three approach our relationship to the objects and materials that surround us. In April, the annual Passage à découvert event will showcase the work of graduating students in the UQAM Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts program.


In the coming months, Galerie de l’UQAM will also be touring some of its recent exhibition projects: Graham Fagen. The Slave's Lament will be hosted by the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Motion will be presented at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, and Yann Pocreau. Patrimoines will continue its Montreal tour, which began in the fall. Finally, 150 Years / 150 Works: Art in Canada as Historical Act, Galerie de l’UQAM's most recent virtual project, will be launched in winter 2018 joining The Painting Project A Snapshot of Painting in Canada, which will remain online until November 2018.

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