Working towards an active collecting
Timed with the milestone of its 40th anniversary in 2019, the MAC LAU has begun an important period of reassessment and collection transformation, joining forces with a new committee of experts dedicated to collection development.
Barbara Clausen : In 2015, over a special two-day event, she met with the MAC LAU team and Board of Directors to share a presentation on international models of museums founded near major metropolitan centres, focusing on institutions with a value system rooted in research. These panels helped shape the evolution of the museum’s central tenets and new mission. Clausen’s profound knowledge of curatorial practices and institutionalism are invaluable, as is an approach based solidly on the values espoused by artists, artistic practices and research. Barbara Clausen is an independent curator and professor of arts studies at UQAM.
Francine Couture : The works of Francine Couture on the conservation of contemporary art in artistic institutions will inform and guide the museum on its new approach, one that fuses showing its collection with considered reflection on its future. Francine Couture is a sociologist of the arts and associate professor in the art history department of UQAM.
Richard Gagnier : His understanding of restoration and conservation, as well as his vast curatorial experience, will play a pivotal role in this transformative exercise. The museum’s goal throughout this process is to re-evaluate its collection policy within the framework of the dematerialization of certain practices. Richard Gagnier is the head of the conservation department at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
David Gour : Trained in cabinetmaking and design, David Gour has developed an expertise in design and management of design projects. His contributions to the committee include the restructuring of the exhibition spaces, as well as the design of custom furniture. David Gour is a designer and exhibition scenographer.
Éric Ladouceur : In addition to sitting on the Museum’s Board of Directors, Éric Ladouceur is an artist. This phase of self-reflection and redefinition would not be complete without the voice of someone so intrinsically knowledgeable and involved. Éric Ladouceur is also a visual arts teacher at the Cégep de Saint-Jérôme.
When all is said and done, there is one simple thread of similarity binding these committee members: each and every contributor, in their own unique way, offers fresh insight and thinking that’s outside the box.
Phillippe Caron Lefebvre
Sceau du Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides
50 cm diameter
Wood and screws
Donation from the artist
Photo: Lucien Lisabelle