Tuesday, May 15, 2007

I take it back, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is an extremely sexist museum.


About two weeks ago, I wrote about sexism in the Quebec art world. Basically writing to try and find some way of pointing out that the museum was not being sexist despite articles written by Isa Tousignant and Nicholas Mavrikakis. The museum made it extremely difficult.

Well now I have discovered that I was wrong, and Ms. Tousignant was right. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal has now published their exhibition schedule through the beginning of 2008, and unless there is something that has not been announced there will be at least 841 days (more than 20,000 hours) without a solo exhibit by a woman. One year can be considered an anomaly, two and a half years is a trend. And not a good trend at that.

The last solo exhibit by a woman at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal

As Loto-Quebec's permanent collection has more women artists than men, unless the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal's permanent collection exhibits a similar ratio (which I strongly doubt) then I can't help but wonder what has happened and why it has become so sexist. Especially since there are more women curating than men [the page is out of date, and two of the three male curators mentioned have retired, and only Marc Lanctot has been hired to replace them].

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