|EUNICE BÉLIDOR NAMED
CURATOR OF QUEBEC AND CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS|
April 7, 2021 – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is pleased to announce
the appointment of Eunice Bélidor as the Gail and Stephen A.
Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art (1945 to Today).
Bélidor's multidisciplinary background in art and research will greatly benefit
the Museum, its programming and its collection of Quebec and Canadian
contemporary art. |
Bélidor has distinguished herself as a curator and a thought leader in her field,
and I could not be happier to welcome her to the curatorial team of the MMFA. Her
experience coupled with her interest in stimulating dialogue and in focusing on
themes and discourses that are too often marginalized make her a tremendous
asset for the MMFA. Her work will enrich our understanding of Quebec and
Canadian art, and we are eager to discover the programming she will develop,"
noted Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Chief Curator, MMFA.
"I'm delighted to be joining the Museum,
a great institution of my native city of Montreal. This opportunity will allow
me to pursue my work of supporting artists and promoting Quebec and Canadian
contemporary art in Montreal, Canada and abroad. Becoming a curator at the MMFA
marks an important step in my career, and I'm eager to dive into this new role.
I have already been met with open arms by Mary-Dailey Desmarais and the entire Museum
team, who share my sensibilities" added Eunice Bélidor, the Gail
and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator of Quebec and Canadian Contemporary Art
(1945 to Today), MMFA.
native Eunice Bélidor has made her mark on the art world as an independent
curator, art critic, author and researcher. From 2019 until most recently, she was
Director of the FOFA Gallery at Concordia University. Prior to that, she worked
at the artists' run centre articule in Montreal, The Power Plant Contemporary Art
Gallery and the Black Artists' Networks In Dialogue (BAND) gallery in Toronto,
and the Journal of Curatorial Studies. Her curatorial practice, in which she champions the
voices of artists from diverse backgrounds, is rooted in a spirit of questioning and focuses, among other things, on
feminism, design and letter-writing.
of the 2018 Hnatsyshyn Foundation's Emerging Curator Award, Bélidor has, over
the course of her career, developed several exhibitions and projects in
Montreal, Toronto and Berlin: the newsletter series Isolate in Style (2020),
which disseminates the words of FOFA Gallery artists; the exhibition IGNITION
16 (with Michèle Tériault, 2020) at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery;
the Over My Black Body exhibitions (2019), co-curated with Anaïs Castro at the
Galerie de l'UQAM; and Future Memories and Code: Body presented as part of the HTMlles Festival (2016
and 2018, respectively).
curator and author holds a Bachelor's in Art History from Concordia University,
Montreal, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Curatorial Studies and a Master's in
Art History and Visual Culture from York University, Toronto. Her writings and
essays have appeared in various publications, including Espace Art Actuel,
Hyperallergic, Canadian Art and Inuit Art Quarterly.
active in the Canadian art community, Bélidor sits on the President's Task
Force on Anti-Black Racism at Concordia University, the MNBAQ acquisition
committee – actual and contemporary art, and the MMFA's Acquisition Committee – International
Art After 1900. Previously, she was a member of the Visual Arts Evaluation
Committee of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, from 2015 to 2018.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts wishes to thank Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky,
as well as the members of the Chair's committee: Stéphane Aquin, Christine
Bernier, Mary-Dailey Desmarais, André Dufour and Stephen A. Jarislowsky.
|Eunice Bélidor. Photo Charlène Daguin ©|
|Maude N. Béland|
Media Relations Officer | MMFA
T. 514-285-1600, ext. 205
Media Relations Officer | MMFA
T. 514-285-1600, ext. 315
|About the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts|
in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is the oldest art museum in
Canada and a leading museum in North America. Its collection showcases Quebec
and Canadian heritage and international art from a critical and intercultural
perspective, and comprises over 45,000 paintings, sculptures, graphic art
works, photographs, multimedia installations and decorative art objects dating
from antiquity to the present. The MMFA's exhibitions span every discipline
from archaeology to fine arts, to contemporary practices. Laid out over five
interconnecting pavilions, the Museum complex includes over 80 exhibition
galleries, the Bourgie concert hall, an auditorium and movie theatre, the Boutique
and Bookstore, an in-house publishing department, a public sculpture garden and
the Michel de la Chenelière International Atelier for Education and Art
Therapy. A pioneering museum in the provision of art therapy, the MMFA works with
the community, education, health and technology sectors to give all people exposure
to art through inclusive and enriching experiences. |
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