Category Archives: Montréal

John Zeppetelli Interviewed

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John Zeppetelli (image courtesy Un Show de Mot'Arts)

John Zeppetelli (image courtesy Un Show de Mot’Arts)

Last week I was able to interview John Zeppetelli, the newly hired director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

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L’Homme Cirque by David Dimitri at Montréal Complètement Cirque

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L'Homme Cirque by David Dimitri, photo courtesy aude.fr

L’Homme Cirque by David Dimitri, photo courtesy aude.fr

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand’s deep, thoughtful and engaging critique of L’Homme Cirque by David Dimitri

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S By C!RCA at Montréal Complètement Cirque

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S By C!RCA, photo by Richard Mercier

S By C!RCA, photo by Richard Mercier

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand’s incredibly verbose and strangely compelling review of S By C!RCA.

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Smashed and Face Nord at the Montréal Complètement Cirque festival

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A collage of 120 pictures taken during the Linbury shows of Smashed in 2012 by Steve Lunn from smashedjuggling.com

A collage of 120 pictures taken during the Linbury shows of Smashed in 2012 by Steve Lunn from smashedjuggling.com

Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand’s Overly Complicated & Needlessly Detailed Review of Smashed and Face Nord

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Following Up

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Back at the beginning of May I wrote about the trees on Rachel. Well now that it is June, it is obvious that I know absolutely nothing, zero, nada, rien bupkiss about dendrology and should think long and hard before thinking about becoming an arborist. Now that it is summertime, 44 of the 45 trees planted last fall have leaves and appear to be alive. Ooops, sorry.

Back at the end of May I interviewed Alexandre Taillefer about (among other things) who he was going to hire to run the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Last week he hired John Zeppetelli, who was the curator at DHC/Art.

There are a couple of things I figure should be pointed out (In no particular order). Because the announcement came out on the Friday before the biggest three-day weekend here in Quebec, the news got kind of buried, if not ignored entirely. Most outlets, if they chose to run anything, pretty much copy/pasted the press release (which while it was translated, strangely, has not make it to the English side of the museum’s website). Examples here, ici, ici, ici, here (with an additional three sentences), and ici with some context.

Overall I would venture that it is a good hire likely to get the intelligentsia and the nervous Nellies off M. Taillefer’s back for a while. As Mr. Zeppetelli’s art credentials are top notch and beyond reproach. (Hanging out with Thomas Demand, John Currin, Jenny Holzer, Michal Rovner, Christian Marclay and Marc Quinn will have a way of doing that to you.

However, since someone has decided that the museum needs to increase attendance dramatically and either make significantly more money (or conversely, spend significantly less), to me the more important person who has yet to be hired is the person responsible for the Administration/Marketing side of things. The attendance at DHC was insignificant and tiny in comparison to the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. I’d venture a guess that more people went to the Bank of Montreal Museum, Cité historia or the Musée des Hospitalières de l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal than DHC/Art. I somehow doubt that DHC’s source of funding is going to transfer along with Mr. Zeppetelli.

I’d be interested to know (but nobody is likely to tell me) if the museum got a “home town discount” in hiring Mr. Zeppetelli? And how his salary compares to what Paulette Gagnon and Marc Mayer (the two most recent directors) were earning. If the Miami Heat can get a “home town discount” for D-Wade so that they can also sign Lebron and Bosh, thereby enabling them to win two NBA Championships, then it would be sweet if the MACM got a “home town discount” so that they would be able to sign someone like a William A. Moir or more realistically Mario D’Amico.

Interesting Tweet by M. Taillefer

I wonder how long was left on Mr. Zeppetelli’s contract with DHC? And does anyone want to lay odds or place bets on who the new curator will be at DHC?

Mr. Zeppetelli doesn’t start work until August 21, (enjoy the vacation) so we’re going to have to wait until something like 2015 before we will be able to see any concrete results of any changes he makes.

Then finally, I also need to follow up on the Rapport Du Groupe De Travail Sur La Philanthropie Culturelle which came out on the 11th of June. But as it is 106 pages of complex ideas written in French, it just hasn’t quite jumped to the top of my summer reading list just yet. I will get around to it, I promise.

The EZ Montreal Art Podcast, Eve Sussman & Michel de Broin

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In season two, episode nine of the EZ Montreal Art Podcast, Eloi Desjardins and Chris ‘Zeke’ Hand discuss the recent exhibits of Eve Sussman and Michel de Broin at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

The EZ Montreal Art Podcast: Eve Sussman and Michel de Broin

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Eve Sussman, photo courtesy Fort Worth Weekly

Eve Sussman, photo courtesy Fort Worth Weekly

Michel de Broin, photo courtesy Preevada

Michel de Broin, photo courtesy Preevada

To start off, since neither one of us really keeps serious track, we get the numbering completely wrong. Eloi states how he prefers a raw recording and Zeke goes along for the ride. The discussion begins in earnest with a list of shows that are happening during the summer.

After a couple of minutes of banter we finally get around to talking about the exhibits by Eve Sussman & Rufus Corporation and Simon Lee along with that by Michel de Broin. Zeke mentions how he thinks there are some missing pieces, while Eloi raves about Ms. Sussman’s previous work.

Zeke makes a joke. Zeke calls Michel de Broin disposable and is wrong in asserting that the Shared Propulsion Car was powered like the Finstones car. Eloi was right, it uses pedals. Zeke talks about how M. de Broin uses antique materials in Blowback. The two of them enumerate the works. Eloi calls them cute and witty. Then the conversation shifts to Eve Sussman. Eloi gives the back-story of the exhibit. Zeke states that he prefers to view each piece individually. While at the same time Zeke thinks that whiteonwhite is a masterpiece. Zeke reiterates what he likes and dislikes about video art. Eloi calls it complex and dense. Zeke asks a conceptual question.

Zeke realizes that everyone complains about attendance. Eloi brings up marketing. Zeke brings up the catalogues and gets confused. Eloi gets all personal and recounts a story. Zeke recounts a story from his interview with Alexandre Taillefer and explains why the catalogues are the way they are.

Things digress and Eloi tries to get to get some kind of ranking of the shows out of Zeke. Zeke explains how to view objet perdu. Eloi improvises a conclusion and Zeke asks Eloi for his rankings of the shows. The two of them talk about future plans and then finally the Trivia Question is asked.

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