Home Furnishings from the Museum

Home Furnishings from the Museum

I am (still) in the midst of furnishing my new Montréal apartment. I have spent hours searching for fun and functional furniture and decorations to make this nest feel like home.  After spending a recent morning assembling furniture, I decided to treat myself with a visit to the Montreal Museum of [...]

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Love in a Garden

Love in a Garden

This painting, this fête galante, full of lovers in a garden, is a celebration of flirtation and love. While the young lovers are the focal point of the painting, a full half of the painting is dedicated to the landscape, to the architecture, to the physicality of the scene. As I looked at this painting by Nicolas Lancret, newly [...]

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Visions of Christmas in the Louvre

Visions of Christmas in the Louvre

Merry Christmas! One December, when I was living in Paris, I got the idea into my head to make a Christmas-themed audio tour of the Louvre. I recorded commentaries on artworks in the Richelieu wing that featured scenes of the Nativity, the Visitation of the Magi, etc. While the final product was less than [...]

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Museum-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

Museum-Inspired Christmas Ornaments

This month's Creativity Theme is CELEBRATION. So, with Christmas approaching, I gave myself a challenge for my visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts: find a way to celebrate Christmas inspired by artwork seen in the museum. I figured the most literal way to be inspired would be by [...]

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The (Snowy) Colours of Jazz

The (Snowy) Colours of Jazz

I assumed that my first winter in Montreal would be covered in snow. Prior to my move here this October, I obsessed with preparations for winter: I stocked up on puffy coats, heavy-duty boots, strap-on cleats for icy days... Friends, it is now December and this is the weather. Rain?! Perhaps this explains [...]

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Birds, Guitars, Cacophony: from here to ear v.19

Birds, Guitars, Cacophony: from here to ear v.19

There is a ridiculously cool exhibition now on in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Seventy songbirds fill a room littered with electric guitars on stands. As the birds perch on the strings of the guitars, they create a cacophonous song of pre-recorded rock, punk and heavy-metal chords. The installation [...]

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Art in the Science Centre

Art in the Science Centre

I had been waiting all morning for the Creativity Factory to open. I was visiting the Montreal Science Centre with two of my favorite kiddos (and their mom and dad), and we had spent the morning learning about the human body. But I was anxious to get to an exhibit called Fabrik - Creativity Factory. "What [...]

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Haiku hollandais

Haiku hollandais

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a great collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings, from Gerard ter Borch’s satiny skirts to Rembrandt’s moody lighting. On a recent visit of these galleries, as this month's creativity theme is CELEBRATION, I considered how best to celebrate these marvels. I [...]

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Shell-ebration at the Redpath Museum

Shell-ebration at the Redpath Museum

This month's creativity theme is CELEBRATION. For my first December museum visit, I went to the Redpath Museum, McGill University's natural history museum. The museum feels very old school: temple-like stone façade, lots of carved wood, the occasional hand-written label... The museum also [...]

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Creative December: Celebration!

Creative December: Celebration!

It's December! And, for reasons that I imagine do not need an explanation, this month's creativity theme will be CELEBRATION! All month, I will be visiting museums with this lens. I am having a lot of fun coming up with different ideas, and they are all joyful! Not only will I be looking at depictions of [...]

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Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection at the McCord Museum

Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection at the McCord Museum

Wearing Our Identity: The First Peoples Collection, the permanent exhibition at the Musée McCord, is fascinating on many levels. It elegantly explores the role of clothing in the "development, preservation and communication of the social, cultural, political and spiritual identities of First Nations, Inuit [...]

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First Impressions of the McCord Museum

First Impressions of the McCord Museum

I just visited the McCord Museum for the first time, and I am utterly delighted. The McCord is a "public research and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, study, diffusion and appreciation of Canada’s, Quebec’s and Montreal’s history". Having just moved to Montreal, I was excited to [...]

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Eyes in the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

Eyes in the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts

I was really excited about the butt tour. Let me explain. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) website promoted a guided tour called "Delightful Derrières", all about the nudes in the collection. It sounded wonderfully ridiculous; I mean, come on, this was the promotional image [...]

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How Can Museums Promote Peace?

How Can Museums Promote Peace?

From the attacks in Paris and Beirut, to the Syrian refugee crisis, to other horrific acts of violence and hatred across the globe, I have been at a loss for how to work for peace as a museum professional. I have been greatly encouraged by the work of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts [...]

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First Impressions of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

First Impressions of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

With much trepidation, I climbed the stone steps that led to the front doors of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (MBAM) for the first time. Why was I so nervous? I moved to Montréal without knowing much about the museums. And how could I make a city my home if I didn’t like [...]

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Une Brève Histoire de l’Avenir: Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre

Une Brève Histoire de l’Avenir: Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre

A Brief History of the Future is unlike any exhibition I’ve ever seen in the Louvre. Based on Jacques Attali’s book of the same name, this musée imaginaire faces off ancient objects with contemporary commissions, creating a commentary on the nature of society and a reflection on the [...]

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