Appointment of Mary-Dailey Desmarais
backed by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Curatorial team
Montreal, July 15, 2020 – The team of professionals that make up the Curatorial Division of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) supports the recent selection of Mary-Dailey Desmarais as Director of the Curatorial Division. In the past several days, her appointment has been the subject of numerous comments, many of which are damaging to her reputation and that of the Museum. These professionals therefore wanted to express their opinion on the matter.
"We feel strongly that Mary-Dailey Desmarais's outstanding educational background – a PhD in Art History from Yale University – coupled with her experience as curator at the Museum, will make her a valued and trustworthy director of the Curatorial team. Her understanding of the complexity of the institution's current operations is an undeniable asset. Mary has won our profound respect through her openness to collaborate, her intelligence, her ability to listen and learn quickly, her discretion, her modesty, her integrity and the quality of her scholarly publications. We look forward to helping the MMFA continue its important mission under the curatorial direction of Mary-Dailey Desmarais," unanimously declared the members of the MMFA's Curatorial team.

Declaration signed by:

Iris Amizlev, Curator of Intercultural Arts
Jacques Des Rochers, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Art (before 1945)
John Fossey, Emeritus Curator, Mediterranean Archaeology
Richard Gagnier, Head of Conservation
Anne Grace, Curator of Modern Art
Hilliard Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections and Curator of Old Masters
Sébastien Hart, Head of Publishing
Erell Hubert, Curator of Pre-Columbian Art
Sylvie Lacerte, Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art
Jennifer Laurent, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts
Laura Vigo, Curator of Asian Art
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About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Drawing over 1 million visitors annually, the MMFA is one of the most visited museums in Canada and North America. Its highly original temporary exhibitions combine various artistic disciplines – fine arts, music, film, fashion and design – and are exported to the four corners of the world. Its rich encyclopedic collection, displayed in its five pavilions, includes international art, arts of One World, decorative arts and design, and Quebec and Canadian art. The Museum has seen exceptional growth in recent years with the addition of two new pavilions and one new wing: the Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion in 2011, the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in 2016, and the Stephan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for the Arts of One World in 2019. The MMFA complex also includes Bourgie Hall, a 460-seat concert hall, as well as an auditorium and a movie theatre. The MMFA is one of Canada's leading publishers of art books in French and English, which are distributed internationally. The Museum also houses the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art Therapy, the largest educational complex in a North American art museum, enabling the MMFA to offer innovative educational, wellness and art therapy programmes. 
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