Friday, October 28, 2005

Congrats and Good Luck


Lots of news about museum administrators this week. First off: Bernard Lamarche just got named curator of contemporary art at the Musée régional de Rimouski. They got a stellar reputation, and due to some machinations in the back room, seem likely to add 40,000 square feet along with a buying spree to fill it up.

While the possibility of a humongous budget and space to exhibit would be enticing to anyone, 333 miles north east of Montreal is not exactly a killer location.

I had initially thought that M. Lamarche had been hired by the Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, because their director just got canned. But, I was mistaken. Knowing the difference between Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski is not something blokes like myself are accustomed to doing.

And while I wish M. Lamarche the best, and expect him to do some amazing things there, I can't help but wondering if it is indeed the best move he could have done. The last art critic to become curator went from Voir to the Musée des Beaux Arts here in Montreal. From the seat of my pants I would think that somewhere outside of Quebec, and more metropolitan would have been better.

Some jobs that might have been better:
Assistant Curator for Architecture and Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Curator of American Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Curator, The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis.
Curator, Georgia Museum of Art.

But then again, maybe his mom lives in Rimouski, in which case it has got to qualify as the absolute best job ever for him.

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