R. HOLLAND MURRAY: Roundtable with curators David Elliott, David Liss and Gaëtane Verna

April 2nd, 2022

As part of the exhibition R. Holland Murray: unpacking / selected works the Guido Molinari Foundation invites you to a round table with David Elliott, David Liss, and Gaëtane Verna all three of whom knew Murray and curated exhibitions of his work. The talk will last for around an hour and will be followed by a question period. Exceptionally, this round table will be held in English in order to facilitate discussions between the guest curators.

The seats are limited. Please reserve by writing to info@fondationguidomolinari.org.

About our guests:

David Elliott
Former Chair of the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University, David Elliott is a Montreal-based artist, writer and teacher.  His large-scale canvases are in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. Recent solo exhibitions include Million Dollar Bash (2017) at Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran and Septième ciel (2019) and Sweet Spot (2021) at Galerie Nicolas Robert. Elliott has also published catalogue essays, reviews and feature articles for a variety of publications. His Grave Nowhere: The Unstoppable Paintings of Philip Guston appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Border Crossings.

David Liss
David Liss is an independent curator, writer and artist living in Toronto, Canada. Most recently he was Director and Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto from December 2000 through 2015, and Adjunct Curator and Advisor until 2020.  From 1995 to 2000 Liss was Director and Curator of the Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in Montreal, and during the early 1990s he contributed art and music reviews to the Montreal Gazette, Vice, Canadian Art, and other publications.  In 1987, David Liss obtained his BFA in painting and printmaking from Concordia University, where his first painting professor was R. Holland Murray. In 1999 Liss organized and curated a solo exhibition of Murray’s work at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal.

Gaëtane Verna
Gaëtane Verna is an art historian and an arts administrator. She is the Director and Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. From 2006 to 2012, she was Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette. For more than seven years, Verna also served as Curator of the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, while also teaching in the Art History department of both Bishop’s University and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Since 1992, Verna has curated and organized exhibitions by emerging, mid-career and established artists, and has edited and contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Canada Council for the Arts, TV5 Québec Canada and the Sobey Art Foundation. In 2017, Verna was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government.

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