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January 30th 2017
Educational Program | Winter - Spring 2017

November 9th 2016
Offre d’emploi | Adjoint-e aux communications et aux archives

September 1st 2016
Educational Program | Fall 2016

August 18th 2016
** **Interns Wanted - Fall 2016 - Communication and Archives Assistant** **

January 7th 2016
Educational Program | Winter and Spring 2016

November 21st 2015
Nicolas Lachance among the finalists for the Prix Pierre-Ayot

September 1st 2015
--- OPTICA's Educational Program - Fall 2015 ---

August 20th 2015
** **Intern Wanted - Fall 2015 - Assistant, Conservation and Development of the OPTICA Archives** **

March 25th 2015
Would You Like to Come to Dinner? Participants in Dinner Party Project Needed

February 5th 2015
Looking for an intern

December 16th 2014
Educational Programmation | Winter 2015

October 14th 2014
Cultural Mediation

September 9th 2014
Laurence Garneau doing an intership at OPTICA

August 26th 2014
Job offer : Cultural Mediator

June 20th 2014
Véronique Leblanc is given carte blanche

April 1st 2014
OPTICA is moving!

April 1st 2014
Le pôle de diffusion de Gaspé is the subject of a radio report at the morning show C'est pas trop tôt

March 22nd 2014
OPTICA new location in the Mile End is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

January 16th 2014
OPTICA will be present at the 4@ 7 des travailleurs du quartier St-Viateur Est

January 8th 2014
Juliette Roiné new intern at OPTICA

December 17th 2013
Jayce Salloum's "There was and There was not (Kan ya ma Kan)" is now available online

December 11th 2013
Rodney LaTourelle's Exhibition "Chromakenón" is briefly mentioned in ESPACE sculpture

October 30th 2013
Thérèse Mastroiacovo is one of the 5 finalists for the Contemporary Art Award (MNBAQ)

September 14th 2013
Elina Brotherus "12 ans après" is the focus of a newly published article by Marie-Ève Charron in Le Devoir

September 11th 2013
OPTICA is Looking for an Intern for Digital Archives

September 10th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme Timide" is the focus of a newly published article in Espace Sculpture

June 20th 2013
Un pôle de diffusion majeur s'ajoutera aux ateliers d'artistes dans le quartier Mile-End de Montréal

June 19th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme Timide" is the focus of a published article in C Magazine

June 6th 2013
Stopping mailing OPTICA press releases, starts in September

April 17th 2013
Noémi McComber will be at OPTICA this Saturday, April 20th at 2pm!

April 17th 2013
Interview with Noémi McComber on the No More Radio show (The Belgo Report Podcast)

March 28th 2013
On April 3rd, OPTICA will be part of the Montreal Gallery Tour

March 27th 2013
Catherine Bodmer's new publication is now on sale at OPTICA

March 27th 2013
Noémi McComber's "Mise en échec" is the focus of a newly published article on The Belgo Report

March 7th 2013
Brooklyn / Montreal @ Momenta Art is the focus of a newly published article in The Brooklyn Rail

February 20th 2013
Marjolaine Bourdua's sound sculpture is the focus of an article on Vie des arts webzine

February 19th 2013
Manuela Lalic's interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

February 9th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme timide" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

December 17th 2012
OPTICA laureate at the Visual Art Awards

December 11th 2012
Julie Alary Lavallée - Internship report

December 7th 2012
Montreal / Brooklyn : OPTICA @ Momenta Art

December 5th 2012
Mathieu Latulippe Valence's Residency :: Presentation of his work in progress

November 30th 2012
Anne-Lise Seusse :: "De la Guerre, Mont Royal, fragments" will be screening at Palais de Tokyo

September 29th 2012
Catherine Bodmer's "Casas" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir and mentioned in Canadian Art's "Agenda"

September 21st 2012
"Montreal / Brooklyn" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

September 20th 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" is the focus of a newly published article in ART PAPERS

September 10th 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" is part of the portefolio "Ideals of Painting" published in esse arts + opinions

August 25th 2012
Montreal / Brooklyn :: a not to be missed event this fall

June 21st 2012
Julia Eilers Smith - Internship Report

June 19th 2012
In Conversation with Michel de Broin - Campaign Report

June 5th 2012
Capsule on Julie Trudel on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

June 3rd 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières et Josée Yvon" is the focus of a newly published article in the Le Devoir

March 14th 2012
Lancement de la publication «Résidence de recherche jeune création :: Olivia Boudreau, Anne-Lise Seusse» mercredi 14 mars, 18h à la librairie Ouvrir l'oeil, Lyon

March 8th 2012
Michel de Broin is the focus of a newly published article in Canadian Art

December 31st 2011
New images online this Fall on "Décades"

December 2nd 2011
OPTICA and a few of the centre's closest collaborators nominated & laureates at the Visual Art Awards!

November 12th 2011
"Archi-féministes! : Archiver le corps (1st part)" is the focus of articles in Le Devoir and the Voir

September 15th 2011
Raymonde April : one of the 2011 Mois de la Photo's recommendations in the Voir

September 11th 2011
Anne-Lise Seusse (research residency at OPTICA in 2009) in Rendez-vous 11

September 1st 2011
OPTICA, un projet d'art contemporain (posters no.5 + no.6)

September 1st 2011
Upcoming publication : 2nd cycle of Montreal/Valence residencies

August 27th 2011
Archi-féministes! : a 'not to miss' for next Fall according to Jérôme Delgado and Nicolas Mavrikakis

April 14th 2011
12th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal :: Raymonde April @ OPTICA

April 6th 2011
John Marriott interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

March 31st 2011
Team Macho's "3 out of 5 ain't bad" is the focus of a newly published article in the Voir

March 25th 2011
Anne-Lise Seusse (research residency at OPTICA in 2009) has an exhibition at VU

March 15th 2011
John Marriott + Team Macho recommended in Canadian Art's "Agenda Quebec"

March 4th 2011
John Marriott's "The sum of some" is the focus of a newly published article in The Globe and Mail

February 17th 2011
In memory of Laurie Walker (1962-2011)

February 17th 2011
Mary Sui Yee Wong's "Wanghàng" is part of the dossier "L'art public à Montréal"

February 10th 2011
Nelly-Ève Rajotte interview on the Espace Visuel radio show (CINQ FM 102,3)

February 9th 2011
Olivia Boudreau (2010 laureate of the "Résidence de recherche jeune création, Montréal-Valence (France)") presents her work at NÉON in Lyon

February 4th 2011
"OPTICA : publications in contemporary art" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Library

February 3rd 2011
Archives Internship : Renee Jespersen @ OPTICA

February 1st 2011
Nelly-Ève Rajotte interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

January 21st 2011
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" is the focus of a newly published review in Esse arts + opinions

January 21st 2011
Yan Giguère's "Attractions" is the subject of a newly published interview in CV87

December 23rd 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks at the head of the top 5 best shows by Nicolas Mavrikakis

December 23rd 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks at in Canadian Art's "Top 3: Quebec Quality"

November 30th 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier interview at the Désautels radio show (CBC/Radio-Canada)

November 18th 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" is the focus of a newly published article in le Voir

October 16th 2010
Mallarmé. Le Livre. The Complete Special Edition at Optica

October 16th 2010
Pierre Boogaerts is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

September 21st 2010
Cecile Brass performance cancelled

September 17th 2010
Stéphane Gilot's "Mondes modèles" are the focus of a newly published article in Esse arts + opinions

August 19th 2010
Optica is looking for Volunteers

August 13th 2010
Sylvia Winkler + Stephan Köperl's "Urbang" is the focus of a newly published article in Vie des arts

May 22nd 2010
Gilot, Winkler + Köperl are the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

April 20th 2010
Sylvia Winkler + Stephan Köperl at the Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd 2010

April 6th 2010
Launch of the DVD "Diane Landry, installations & performances 2008-2009" : Thursday, April 8th (5 pm - 7 pm) at le Port de tête

March 20th 2010
Diane Landry's "Knight of Infinite Resignation" is the subject of a newly published article in Le Devoir

March 11th 2010
Yan Giguère's "Attractions" is the subject of a newly published article in CV84

March 11th 2010
Sophie Bélair Clément's "Le son du projecteur" is the subject of a newly published article in Cmagazine

March 10th 2010
Gabor Szilasi won the Governor general's Award in Visual and Media Arts

January 16th 2010
Artist projects freely distributed as posters

December 31st 2009
"La demeure" (2002) : one of last decade's important exhibitions for art critic Jérôme Delgado

October 10th 2009
Mallarmé. Le Livre at the S.M.A.K.

September 15th 2009
Archives internship : Stéphanie Laoun @ OPTICA

September 1st 2009
Résidence de recherche jeune création : Anne-Lise Seusse @ OPTICA

April 23rd 2009
Diane Morin's and David Dupont's artists' books launch : April 23rd in Valence, June 13th in Montreal

January 1st 2009
Reference works available for consultation at the gallery




from January 30th 2017 to June 17th 2017
Educational Program | Winter - Spring 2017

A TRANSLATION WILL BE SOON AVAILABLE

OPTICA s’est donné pour objectif de devenir un lieu de proximité, de découverte et d’expérimentation de l’art contemporain tant pour un public averti que néophyte. Nous offrons des activités éducatives de qualité aux centres de la petite enfance (CPE), aux institutions d’enseignement primaire, collégial et universitaire, ainsi qu’aux familles et aux groupes communautaires.

Pour réserver ou pour obtenir de plus amples informations sur notre programme éducatif, veuillez contactez
Daniel Fiset : mediation@optica.ca

CONSULTEZ NOTRE PROGRAMMATION ANNUELLE COMPLÈTE EN FORMAT PDF (pdf)

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SAMEDIS FAMILLE
Gratuit et ouvert au public
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et +
Atelier ouvert à toute la famille et offert en continu+


-->Atelier autour du travail de Jim Holyoak

Les œuvres de Jim Holyoak fourmillent de bestioles en tout genre constamment refigurées et réinventées par le trait de l’artiste. Lors d’une visite de l’exposition, les enfants découvriront le travail d’Holyoak et participeront à l’élaboration d’un grand cadavre exquis! En utilisant de l’encre de Chine et de la gouache, les jeunes seront conviés à imaginer de nouvelles créatures. Inspirés par le travail de Jim, ils ajouteront leur touche créative à l’élaboration d’une gigantesque créature fantastique en continu.

4 février 2017 - 13h à 16h
25 mars 2017 - 13h à 16h


-->Commissariat de Nicole Burisch

Dans le cadre de l’exposition collective I’ve Only Known My Own, sous le commissariat de Nicole Burisch, les jeunes prendront part à une visite de l’exposition, suivi d’un atelier de performance inspiré des œuvres présentées chez OPTICA.

29 avril 2017 – 13h à 16h
17 juin 2017 – 13h à 16h


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CPE ET ÉCOLES PRIMAIRES
Ateliers de création et visites interactives
Durée : 1h 15 min (visite 30 min + atelier créatif 45 min)
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et plus

 Les lundis
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement




OPTICA offre des visites interactives destinées aux enfants qui leur apprennent à observer et à décoder une œuvre, à discuter en groupe de ce qu’ils voient et à partager leurs observations.

Les ateliers créatifs sont adaptés à l’âge de nos visiteurs et établis en fonction des directives du Programme de formation de l’école québécoise et dans un esprit de conformité aux compétences transversales mises en avant par l'éducation préscolaire et primaire.

-->Dans l’esprit des oeuvres de Jim Holyoak

Après une visite commentée de l’exposition de Jim Holyoak, un atelier de création sera proposé aux jeunes durant lequel ils réaliseront une murale collaborative à l’encre de Chine.

Dates encore disponibles :
13 et 20 février 2017
6 mars 2017




-->Qu’est-ce que la performance?

Après une visite commentée de l’exposition I’ve Only Known My Own, les enfants participeront à un atelier de création insufflé par les liens tissés entre l’art de la performance et le corps.

Dates encore disponibles :
24 avril 2017
1, 22 et 29 mai 2017
5 juin 2017


GROUPES COLLÉGIAUX ET UNIVERSITAIRES
Visites interactives et rencontres
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement 



Des visites commentées des expositions en cours sont offertes aux étudiants des collèges et des universités. Nous pouvons organiser sur demande des discussions ou des tables rondes à propos de thèmes divers comme par exemple la mission d’OPTICA, le mandat des centres d’artistes ou tout autre sujet lié à l'actualité de l'art. Ces rencontres prennent place dans l’espace AGORA d’OPTICA.


Le programme éducatif reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Ville de Montréal dans le cadre de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal ainsi que de la Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal.



Entente sur le développement art3


from November 9th 2016 to November 28th 2016
Offre d’emploi | Adjoint-e aux communications et aux archives

Remplacement de congé de maternité (1 an)

Diffuseur en art contemporain qui participe au rayonnement de Montréal sur la scène nationale et internationale, OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain présente annuellement un programme varié d’expositions, de colloques, de rencontres avec les artistes et s’investit dans la production de commissariats d’expositions. Depuis sa relocalisation dans le Mile End en avril 2014, il compte un lieu multidisciplinaire, l’AGORA, propice aux échanges sur l’actualité de l’art et destiné à la recherche, à la documentation, ainsi qu’à l’interprétation des expositions courantes. OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain est à la recherche d’un-e adjoint-e aux communications et aux archives.

Relevant de la direction générale, cette personne assumera les fonctions suivantes :
• Assurer l’accueil en galerie
• Voir aux relations de presse
• Gérer le site web d’OPTICA, rédiger les infolettres et alimenter les réseaux sociaux
• Planifier et préparer les outils de communications
• Coordonner les placements publicitaires
• Contribuer aux demandes de subvention
• Organiser les appels de dossiers
• Coordonner les vernissages, lancements, 5 à 7 des membres et autres évènements
• Superviser les stagiaires
• Gérer les archives et le centre de documentation
• Coordonner le processus de numérisation des publications d’OPTICA
• Assurer la distribution des publications du centre

Profil recherché :
- Baccalauréat en histoire de l’art. Maîtrise un atout
- Expériences pertinentes en communications
- Connaissance de l’art actuel au Canada
- Connaissance du milieu philanthropique un atout
- Bilingue, maîtrise du français et de l’anglais parlé et écrit
- Connaissance des logiciels : suite Microsoft (Word, Excel) ; suite Adobe (Illustrator, Photoshop et Indesign) ; Dreamweaver
- Rigueur, méthodologie de travail
- Dynamisme, flexibilité, sens de l’humour et facilité d’adaptation
- Entregent et courtoisie
- Capacité à travailler seul-e et en équipe
- Sens de l’initiative et polyvalence

Conditions de travail :
- Date d’entrée en fonction : 3 janvier 2017
- Poste contractuel de 4 jours / 28h/semaine, du mardi au vendredi
- Honoraires : 21,00$ /h
- Être disponible à l’occasion en dehors des heures de travail lors d’événements spéciaux organisés par le centre

Lieu de travail :
OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain
5445, avenue de Gaspé #106
Montréal, Québec
H2T 3B2

Date limite : 28 novembre 2016, 18h

Consignes :

Veuillez svp acheminer par courriel votre curriculum vitae accompagné d’une lettre de motivation en mentionnant le titre du poste dans l'objet. Seules les personnes retenues en entrevue seront convoquées.

Personne contact : Julie Alary Lavallée
Courriel : communications@optica.ca

OFFRE D'EMPLOI (pdf)

from September 1st 2016 to January 14th 2017
Educational Program | Fall 2016

A TRANSLATION WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE

OPTICA s’est donné pour objectif de devenir un lieu de proximité, de découverte et d’expérimentation de l’art contemporain tant pour un public averti que néophyte. Nous offrons des activités éducatives de qualité aux centres de la petite enfance (CPE), aux institutions d’enseignement primaire, collégial et universitaire, ainsi qu’aux familles et aux groupes communautaires.

Pour réserver ou pour obtenir de plus amples informations sur notre programme éducatif, veuillez contactez
Daniel Fiset : mediation@optica.ca

CONSULTEZ NOTRE PROGRAMMATION ANNUELLE COMPLÈTE EN FORMAT PDF (pdf)

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SAMEDIS FAMILLE
Gratuit et ouvert au public
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et +


-->Exposition de Simon Belleau (Chicago) et de Julien Discrit (Paris)

Explorez le mouvement vivant lors d’une visite-atelier des expositions de Simon Belleau et de Julien Discrit. En compagnie du médiateur du centre, vous observerez des éléments en pleine transformation ; des champignons qui poussent et prennent des formes inusitées, ou encore de gigantesques fourmis en balade. Dans une ambiance conviviale et ludique, vous prendrez ensuite part à la création d’une installation collaborative inspirée par le ruban de Möbius et les liens entre les sciences naturelles et l’art.   

Aidez-nous à envahir OPTICA avec votre inventivité!

10 septembre - 13h à 16h
1er octobre - 13h30 à 15h - Dans le cadre des Journées de la culture
9 octobre -13h à 16h


-->Biennale de Montréal

Les lieux de notre quotidien recèlent d’histoires qui ne demandent qu’à être imaginées. En compagnie de l’éducateur du centre, les jeunes participants s'initieront à l’art de la mise en scène en participant à la conception d’un scénarimage (ou storyboard) collaboratif en trois dimensions. Une maquette modulable sera installée au centre OPTICA ; les jeunes seront conviés à transformer ou à ajouter des éléments de décor, à inventer des personnages et à créer des récits.

Venez nous raconter vos histoires!

Tous les samedis du 29 octobre 2016 au 14 janvier 2017
Fermé les 24 et 31 décembre 2016
De 13h à 16h

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CPE ET ÉCOLES PRIMAIRES
Ateliers de création et visites interactives
Durée : 1h 15 min (visite 30 min + atelier créatif 45 min)
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et plus

 Les lundis
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement




OPTICA offre des visites interactives destinées aux enfants qui leur apprennent à observer et à décoder une œuvre, à discuter en groupe de ce qu’ils voient et à partager leurs observations.

Les ateliers créatifs sont adaptés à l’âge de nos visiteurs et établis en fonction des directives du Programme de formation de l’école québécoise et dans un esprit de conformité aux compétences transversales mises en avant par l'éducation préscolaire et primaire.

-->Dans l’esprit des oeuvres de Simon Belleau et de Julien Discrit

Après une visite guidée des expositions de Simon Belleau et de Julien Discrit, les enfants participeront à un atelier de création durant lequel ils prendront part à la réalisation d’une installation collaborative.

12, 19, 26 septembre
3 octobre




-->Biennale de Montréal

Visite guidée de l’exposition et atelier pratique inspiré des oeuvres présentées dans le cadre de l'événement.
Plus d'information à venir sous peu.

24 et 31 octobre
7, 14, 21 et 28 novembre
5 et 12 décembre
9 janvier


GROUPES COLLÉGIAUX ET UNIVERSITAIRES
Visites interactives et rencontres
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement 



Des visites commentées des expositions en cours sont offertes pour les clientèles collégiales et universitaires. Nous pouvons organiser sur demande des discussions ou des tables rondes à propos de thèmes divers comme par exemple la mission d’OPTICA, le mandat des centres d’artistes ou tout autre sujet lié à l'actualité de l'art. Ces rencontres prennent place dans l’espace AGORA d’OPTICA.


Le programme éducatif reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Ville de Montréal dans le cadre de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal ainsi que de la Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal.



Entente sur le développement art3


from August 18th 2016 to September 15th 2016
** **Interns Wanted - Fall 2016 - Communication and Archives Assistant** **

Since its creation in 1972, OPTICA, a centre for contemporary art, has endeavoured to promote contemporary art and has contributed to advancing Montreal’s reputation on the national and international scene. Heavily involved in curatorial research and production, the centre presents a varied, yearly exhibition program, along with conferences and get-togethers with artists and professionals in the art milieu.

OPTICA is looking for interns to work under the supervision of the communications and archives coordinator. The internship is composed of three major projects:
-coordinating the digitization of three books published by the centre;
-updating OPTICA’s art books distribution activities;
-processing the paper archives for the year 2009.

We are looking for people who are conscientious, self-motivated, and fluent in French and English. An interest in archival work is a must.

Skills Wanted:
- Fluency in both written and spoken French
- Competency in English
- Interest in archival work
- Team spirit
- Organizational skills, polyvalence, meticulousness

Nature of the Internship:
- Unpaid
- September to December 2016
- Minimum 5 hours / week (the schedule may be flexible)

Please forward your CV and cover letter by September 15th to Julie Alary Lavallée, communications and archives coordinator: communications@optica.ca.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



stage_2015

January 7th 2016
Educational Program | Winter and Spring 2016

A TRANSLATION WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE

OPTICA s’est donné pour objectif de devenir un lieu de proximité, de découverte et d’expérimentation de l’art contemporain tant pour un public averti que néophyte. Nous offrons des activités éducatives de qualité aux centres de la petite enfance (CPE), aux institutions d’enseignement primaire, collégial et universitaire, ainsi qu’aux familles et aux groupes communautaires du quartier Mile End.

Pour réserver ou pour obtenir de plus amples informations sur notre programme éducatif, veuillez contactez
Marie-Laure Robitaille: mediation@optica.ca

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SAMEDIS FAMILLE
Gratuit et ouvert au public
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et +


-->Exposition de Philippe Caron Lefebvre

Visite guidée de l’exposition de Philippe Caron Lefebvre et atelier de sculpture organique inspiré des œuvres de l’artiste. Les petits comme les grands auront l’occasion de créer des formes qui rappellent la nature à partir de matériaux recyclés.

30 janvier
19 mars
13h à 16h

-->Exposition Loin des yeux de Claire Moeder

Visite guidée de l’exposition de la commissaire Claire Moeder et atelier pratique inspiré des oeuvres présentées dans le cadre de l'événement.

23 avril
11 juin
13h à 16h

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CPE ET ÉCOLES PRIMAIRES
Ateliers de création et visites interactives
Durée : 1h 15 min (visite 30 min + atelier créatif 45 min)
Enfants âgés de 4 ans et plus

 Les lundis
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement




OPTICA offre des visites interactives destinées aux enfants qui leur apprennent à observer et à décoder une œuvre, à discuter en groupe de ce qu’ils voient et à partager leurs observations.

Les ateliers créatifs sont adaptés à l’âge de nos visiteurs et établis en fonction des directives du Programme de formation de l’école québécoise et dans un esprit de conformité aux compétences transversales mises en avant par l'éducation préscolaire et primaire.

-->Dans l’esprit des oeuvres de Philippe Caron Lefebvre

Après une visite guidée de l’exposition de Philippe Caron Lefebvre, les enfants participeront à un atelier de sculptures organiques à partir des œuvres de l’artiste. Ils confectionneront des formes qui rappellent la nature à partir de matériaux recyclés.

25 janvier
1er, 8, 15, 22 et 29 février
7 et 14 mars 



-->Loin des yeux de Claire Moeder

Dans le cadre de cette activité, les enfants visiteront l’exposition de la commissaire Claire Moeder et prendront part à un atelier pratique en lien avec les œuvres d’un des artistes de l’exposition. Détails à venir.

18, 25 avril
2, 9, 16, 23 et 30 mai
6 et 12 juin


GROUPES COLLÉGIAUX ET UNIVERSITAIRES
Visites interactives et rencontres
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement 



Des visites commentées des expositions en cours sont offertes pour les clientèles collégiales et universitaires. Nous pouvons organiser sur demande des discussions ou des tables rondes à propos de thèmes divers comme par exemple la mission d’OPTICA, le mandat des centres d’artistes ou tout autre sujet lié à l'actualité de l'art. Ces rencontres prennent place dans l’espace AGORA d’OPTICA.


Le programme éducatif reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Ville de Montréal dans le cadre de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal



Entente sur le développement


November 21st 2015
Nicolas Lachance among the finalists for the Prix Pierre-Ayot

OPTICA wish the best of luck to Nicolas Lachance, artist among the finalists for the Prix Pierre-Ayot!
His works are currently exhibited at OPTICA until December 19th.

September 1st 2015
--- OPTICA's Educational Program - Fall 2015 ---

A TRANSLATION WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE

Avec la mise en place de services éducatifs offerts depuis l’an dernier, OPTICA s’est donné pour objectif de devenir un lieu de proximité, de découverte et d’expérimentation de l’art contemporain tant pour un public averti que néophyte. OPTICA s’engage encore cette année à offrir des activités éducatives de qualité aux centres de la petite enfance (CPE), aux institutions d’enseignement primaire, collégial et universitaire, ainsi qu’aux familles et aux groupes communautaires du quartier Mile End.
Pour toutes informations sur notre programme éducatif, contactez-nous à l’adresse suivante : mediation@optica.ca


Samedis famille
19 septembre et 17 octobre 2015 de 13h à 16h
Gratuit

Découvrez en famille l’exposition The World as Will and Representation de Roy Arden.

Dans un climat de convivialité, les enfants tout comme les parents se familiariseront avec la démarche de Roy Arden et seront appelés à partager leurs observations en compagnie de notre médiatrice lors d’une visite de l'exposition. En s’inspirant des oeuvres de l’artiste, les enfants seront ensuite invités à associer des images en fonction d’un thème de leur choix et à fabriquer un livre d’artiste afin de mettre en valeur leur collection d’images.


Atelier de création pour les CPE et écoles primaires
Inspirés des oeuvres de Roy Arden
Tous les lundis
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement



14, 21 et 28 septembre 



Nous proposons des visites interactives réalisées chez OPTICA dans un climat de convivialité où les enfants apprendront à observer et à décoder une œuvre, à discuter en groupe de ce qu’ils voient et à partager leurs observations. À la suite de la visite, ils seront invités à se transformer en artiste lors de la création d'une œuvre en lien avec les expositions observées pendant leur parcours en galerie. Ils pourront ainsi mieux comprendre et s’approprier le processus créatif des artistes.
Tout comme lors des Samedis famille, les enfants fabriqueront un livre d’artiste inspiré des œuvres de Roy Arden.

Il est important de noter que les ateliers créatifs sont adaptés à l’âge de nos visiteurs et établis en fonction des directives du Programme de formation de l’école québécoise. Ils visent à être conformes aux compétences transversales reliées à l’éducation préscolaire et primaire.

Informations pratiques


Les ateliers sont d'une durée de 1h 15 min et se composent d'une visite de 30 minutes et d’un atelier création de 45 minutes.

 Ils ont lieu tous les lundis et s'adressent aux enfants âgés de 4 ans et plus.




Collégial et universitaire
Visites commentées et rencontres
Gratuit et sur réservation uniquement 



Des visites commentées des expositions en cours sont offertes pour les clientèles collégiales et universitaires. Nous pouvons organiser sur demande des discussions ou des tables rondes à propos de thèmes divers comme par exemple la mission d’OPTICA, le mandat des centres d’artistes ou tout autre sujet lié à l'actualité de l'art. Ces rencontres prennent place dans l’espace AGORA d’OPTICA.


Pour réserver ou pour obtenir de plus amples informations, veuillez contactez Marie-Laure Robitaille à mediation@optica.ca

Le programme éducatif reçoit le soutien du ministère de la Culture et des Communications et de la Ville de Montréal dans le cadre de l'Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.



Entente sur le développement


from August 20th 2015 to September 15th 2015
** **Intern Wanted - Fall 2015 - Assistant, Conservation and Development of the OPTICA Archives** **

Since its creation in 1972, OPTICA, a centre for contemporary art, has endeavoured to promote contemporary art and has contributed to advancing Montreal’s reputation on the national and international scene. Heavily involved in curatorial research and production, the centre presents a varied, yearly exhibition program, along with conferences and get-togethers with artists and professionals in the art milieu.

OPTICA is looking for an intern to work under the supervision of the communications and archives coordinator. The internship is composed of three parts. In the first, the intern will coordinate the digitization of La demeure, which the centre published in 2008, to make it available for viewing online. In addition, the selected person will help process OPTICA’s paper archives for 2008, as well as participate in developing its documentation centre, which will encompass numerous books on both Canadian and international art. Specifically, the task involves helping to organize the process of indexing the books in the collection.

On completing the internship, the candidate will have gained valuable working experience in information conservation and digitization as well as in project coordination. He or she will also have developed an awareness of the importance of archival preservation for an artist centre and of copyright release procedures. In addition to having examined many artist and exhibition files while processing the OPTICA Archives, he or she will have acquired insight into the organization of exhibitions and the art-book publishing fields in Québec and abroad.

Skills Wanted: - Fluency in both written and spoken French
- Competency in English
- Interest in archival work
- Team spirit
- Organizational skills, polyvalence, meticulousness

Nature of the Internship:
- Unpaid
- September to December 1015
- Minimum 5 hours / week (the schedule may be flexible)

Please forward your CV and cover letter by September 15th to Julie Alary Lavallée, communications and archives coordinator: communications@optica.ca.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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from March 25th 2015 to April 15th 2015
Would You Like to Come to Dinner? Participants in Dinner Party Project Needed
David Ball - Oliver Walker


OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain is organizing six dinner parties on April 15,16,17,20,21 and 22 as part of British artists Dave Ball and Oliver Walker's Dinner Party project. It is a participatory live art project, which is part of the exhibition Polyphonies presented at OPTICA this spring.

We are looking for individuals from cultural, professional, community backgrounds and different generational groups that are not necessarily related to the art world. If this appeals to you, contact us!

It works like this: eight guests are invited to a dinner party; four sit at the dinner table and four sit in separate rooms. Each person sitting at the table wears an earphone, into which speaks one of the 'booth guests', sitting alone in another room. Each of the four 'booth guests' can see what happens at the dinner table through a video link. In effect, the four 'booth guests' talk to each other through the four 'table guests', who speak their words for them.

What's important about the evening is that no-one has ever seen each other before, so you can't bring a friend. You can however invite a friend to another one at a later date. There is no audience, just the 8 guests and the artists, and it takes place in a small private apartment. The event is not recorded on camera. In order to participate, you need to be available in the evening from 6 PM.

Apart from the unusual setting, the evening will be like any other at a friends for dinner: you'll eat and drink, and hopefully have a nice conversation with someone new. The idea is to find out what happens when people meet for the first time, and how people start to get to know each other.

Dinners schedule
In French: April 15, 17, 20 and 22
In English: April 16 and 21

If you would like to come to one of the upcoming dinner parties, please let us know by April 10 at the latest. There are just 8 places per evening, so get in touch soon! It is essential that you book in advance.

Please, call the gallery (514-874-1666) or write to info@optica.ca for more information or to reserve a place.

OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain for Dave and Oliver

http://daveballartist.co.uk
http://oliverwalker.org
www.optica.ca

The reactivation of Dinner Party by Dave Ball and Oliver Walker was made possible through the support of the British Council.
British Council

February 5th 2015
Looking for an intern

OPTICA is currently looking for an intern to contribute to two main projects: the treatment of visual documentation of OPTICA's archives and the preparation of copyright licenses for online books published by OPTICA.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual with social skills and familiarity with computers. Bilingualism is an asset.

This is an unpaid internship. The schedule is flexible.

The internship would start in February 2015

Entrée en fonction : dès que possible Please send us a letter describing your interests, your areas of competence, and your availability (max. one page) along with your resumé (max. two pages) by email at communications@optica.ca

December 16th 2014
Educational Programmation | Winter 2015

In view of fostering connections with the community and stimulating new artistic discoveries, OPTICA is in the process of implementing its educational program, which is addressed to CPEs (childcare centres), elementary schools, colleges, and universities, as well as to families and community groups in the Mile End district.


Family Saturdays
January 31 - March 21 2015 from 1 PM to 4 PM
Free

On Family Saturdays, you and your children can discover Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf's new exhibition entitled Études préparatoires. Dessins d'explosions 2012-2015.

During the visit, children will learn about the artist’s creative process while sharing their thoughts with our mediator in a friendly atmosphere. Afterward, you’ll be invited to rumage through books and magazines, find images and directly modify them, using drawing to accentuate their graphical composition or narrative potential. Discover a new way of making images speak by creating your own story! Start the workshop anytime you want, and take all the time you need to finish your work.


Creative workshop for childcare centres and primary schools
Inspired by works by Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf
Free of charge, reservation required 


From January 26 to March 16, 2015 



OPTICA is offering creative workshops in which students merge the seeing with the doing. Through an interactive visit in a friendly atmosphere, they will familiarize themselves with contemporary art and learn to observe and decode an artwork, to discuss what they see in a group, to share their observations and develop critical thinking.

After the visit, as they tour the gallery, children will be invited to become artists themselves, combining theory and practice to arrive at a better understanding of the creative process. It is important to mention that the creative workshops are adapted to our visitors’ age groups and are established according to the guidelines of the Québec Education Program. They aim to comply with cross-curricular competencies associated with preschool and elementary school education.

Inspired by the works of Marc-Antoine K. Phaneuf presented as part of his exhibition at OPTICA, children will learn to combine visual elements with images to enhance their narrative power. The images made available to them will be culled from books and various media sources.

Practical Informations
The workshops last 1h15 and consist of a 30 minute visit and a 45 minute workshop. They are held every Monday from January 26 to March 16 and are suited for children aged 4 and older.


Colleges and universities
Guided tours and talks
Free of charge, reservation required 



Guided tours of current exhibitions are offered for a collegiate and university clientèle. Upon request, we may also organize discussions and roundtables on such themes as our mission, artist-run centres, or any topic connected with current artistic issues. These encounters are organized in the AGORA space.


For more information on our educational program: mediation@optica.ca

The educational program is supported by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the City of Montreal (as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal), and the Caisse Desjardins du Mont-Royal, Caisse Desjardins de l'Est du Plateau, and Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal.


Entente sur le développement art3


October 14th 2014
Cultural Mediation

We have the great pleasure of announcing that Marie-Laure Robitaille will be joining OPTICA as the centre’s cultural mediator. Marie-Laure has extensive experience in the field, having served several museums in Montreal, and will be responsible for developing mediation services for the centre’s audiences by organizing guided tours and various activities at the AGORA.

The young audiences mediation program is supported bu the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the City of Montreal (as part of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal), and the Caisse Desjardins du Mont-Royal, Caisse Desjardins de l'Est du Plateau, and Caisse Desjardins des Versants du mont Royal.

For information on guided tours or any other request regarding mediation activity, please get in touch with us at the following address: mediation@optica.ca


Entente sur le développement art3


from September 9th 2014 to December 31st 2014
Laurence Garneau doing an intership at OPTICA

OPTICA is proud to welcome Laurence Garneau, a third year undergraduate student in Art History at UQAM, who joined the team as an archives intern.

She will complete a variety of tasks that will familiarize herself with OPTICA's mandate and enable her to see the distinctions between artists-run centres and other forms of art dissemination. She will contribute to three main projects: treatment of visual documentation of OPTICA's archives; preparation of copyright licenses for online books published by OPTICA; conceptualization of the research and documentation centre.

from August 26th 2014 to September 15th 2014
Job offer : Cultural Mediator

Would you like to join our team? OPTICA is looking for a cultural mediator. You have until September 15 to apply. For more detail, click on this link.


Entente sur le développement art3


June 20th 2014
Véronique Leblanc is given carte blanche

From April 18 to June 13 2015, OPTICA gives carte blanche to the curator Véronique Leblanc for an exhibition project shown in the two gallery spaces. Exploring artistic practices based on participatory and performative process, this exhibition will feature works based on polyphonic structures that integrate gathered information following anthropological methods. Between polyphony and cacophony, these works explore the relationship between individuality and community, and the tension between self-assertion and integration of normative discourse. In addition to problematize identity and ideological constructions, they draw new relationships between individual stories and history.

April 1st 2014
OPTICA is moving!
OPTICA déménage!
As soon as next spring, 2014, OPTICA will join five other centres—Centre d’art et de diffusion Clark; l’Atelier circulaire; Diagonale, Centre des arts et des fibres du Québec; Dazibao, Centre d’animation et d’exposition photo; and Occurrence, Espace d’art et d’essai contemporain—to form a new hub of dissemination for the arts in Montreal’s Mille-End district. OPTICA is leaving the 5th floor of the Belgo building in the Quartier des Spectacles for the ground floor at 5445 De Gaspé, a new, more versatile space that will enable the centre to fulfil its mandate while allowing it to better distribute the functions of research, mediation, and exhibition in its programming. The space, the AGORA, which provides greater capacity for groups and the public at large, is dedicated to showcasing and optimizing the OPTICA archives and the interpretation of current shows and any public presentations related to current artistic production.

The project is supported by an agreement in principle of $1.8 M between the Ministère de la Culture et des communications du Québec and the Ville de Montréal.

Note that in view of the move, OPTICA’s programming will end temporarily in mid October, 2013, but is set to start up again with a brand new program in May 2014. More information will be available in the coming months.

OPTICA new location is the focus of few published articles by Frédérique Doyon, Lancement du chantier des ateliers culturelles du Mile-End (June 18 2013), Nicolas Mavrikakis, Pleins feux sur la pépinières du Pôle de Gaspé (January 11 2014) and Jérôme Delagado L'art actuel diffusé à la puissance 6 (March 22 2014). It is also the subject of the radio report by Stephane Leclerc Culture : Pi2 de Gaspé : prochain lieu incontournable pour l'art actuel for the Marie-France Bazzo' morning show C'est pas trop tôt! (Radio-Canada, April 1st 2014).

April 1st 2014
Le pôle de diffusion de Gaspé is the subject of a radio report at the morning show C'est pas trop tôt

Le pôle de diffusion de Gaspé is the subject of the radio report by Stephane Leclerc Culture : Pi2 de Gaspé : prochain lieu incontournable pour l'art actuel for the Marie-France Bazzo' morning show C'est pas trop tôt! (Radio-Canada, April 1st 2014).

March 22nd 2014
OPTICA new location in the Mile End is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

OPTICA new location is the focus of a newly published article by Jérôme Delagado L'art actuel diffusé à la puissance 6 ( Le Devoir, March 22 2014).

January 16th 2014
OPTICA will be present at the 4@ 7 des travailleurs du quartier St-Viateur Est

OPTICA will be present at the 4 @ 7 des travailleurs on Wednesday, January 29 to introduce our organization in the new hub of art dissemination De Gaspé.

Register online HERE to confirm your attendance and meet us! Hope to see you there! The OPTICA team

January 8th 2014
Juliette Roiné new intern at OPTICA
Archives numériques | Digital Archives
OPTICA is proud to welcome Juliette Roiné, third-year BFA student majoring in art history at UQAM, who joined the team as an archives trainee. Since her arrival last October, she has helped process digital archives covering a period from 2002 to 2008, indexing more that 250 CDs and DVDs worth of visual documentation. As a result of this applied research, in February 2014, OPTICA will make its first ever digital deposit in the OPTICA Archives. Created in 1992 and located at Concordia University, Records Management and Archives Department, OPTICA’s archival fonds contains the centre’s programming since its foundation in 1972.

The constantly evolving fonds is made public thanks to the diligent work of young interns. Any person wanting to consult the archives may do so without charge; one only has to make an appointment with the Department librarian. To consult more recent years (from 2009 to 2013), please contact the gallery.

December 17th 2013
Jayce Salloum's "There was and There was not (Kan ya ma Kan)" is now available online

Jayce Salloum' There Was and There Was Not (Kan ya ma Kan) is now freely available online (pdf).

There was and There was not (Kan ya ma Kan)
Artist: Jayce Salloum.

Authors: François Dion, Walid Ra'ad.
Optica, Montreal, 1996.
Texts in French and English

Ra'ad shows how Salloum's installation multiplies formal, political, and social relationships within objects collected during a sojourn in Lebanon in 1992-1993. In an interview with Dion, the artist comments on his working process and the importance of the “conceptualization of the perceived political and social exigency.”

See publications catalogue

December 11th 2013
Rodney LaTourelle's Exhibition "Chromakenón" is briefly mentioned in ESPACE sculpture

Rodney LaTourelle's exhibition "Chromakenón", presented at OPTICA from May 11, 2013 to June 15, 2013, is briefly mentioned in Serge Fisette editorial The Adventure Continues... ( ESPACE sculpture, #106, winter 2013-2014).

October 30th 2013
Thérèse Mastroiacovo is one of the 5 finalists for the Contemporary Art Award (MNBAQ)

OPTICA congratulates Theresa Mastroiacovo, member of OPTICA's Board since 2003, who is part of the five finalists in the Contemporary Art Award of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)! Good luck to the five finalists: Jean-Robert Drouillard, Valerie Kolakis, Emmanuelle Léonard, Diane Morin, and Therese Mastroiacovo.

Press release (in french only)

September 14th 2013
Elina Brotherus "12 ans après" is the focus of a newly published article by Marie-Ève Charron in Le Devoir

Elina Brotherus "12 ans après" is the focus of a newly published article by Marie-Ève Charron, Celle qui est vue, celle qui regarde (Le Devoir, September 14-15 2013, p. E10).

September 11th 2013
OPTICA is Looking for an Intern for Digital Archives

Only available in French
OPTICA, un centre d’art contemporain est à la recherche d’un(e) stagiaire qui travaillera sous la supervision de la coordonnatrice aux communications et aux archives. Le stage consistera d’abord au traitement des archives visuelles du centre et à l’indexation des informations sur support numérique. La personne choisie contribuera à la sélection de nouvelles images devant illustrer les archives électroniques pour 2014, en extraire les meilleures épreuves disponibles des archives, rédiger des contrats pour les droits électroniques, retracer l’adresse des artistes sélectionnés et faire la mise à jour des adresses dans notre liste d’envoi, puis faire le suivi des réponses. Le ou la stagiaire sera également responsable d’établir l’inventaire des publications éditées par OPTICA ainsi que le recensement de la bibliothèque en vue de la relocalisation du centre.

À la fin de son stage, le /la candidat(e) sera sensibilisée à la précarité des différents supports d’images et aura obtenu des notions de base concernant l’archivage numérique. La valorisation du fonds familiarisa le /la stagiaire à la nécessité de rendre accessibles les archives au public et l’importance de reconnaître les droits d’auteur.

Compétences recherchées :

- Excellente maîtrise du français parlé et écrit
- Bonne connaissance de l’anglais
- Intérêt pour le travail d’archives
- Bon esprit d’équipe
- Sens de l’organisation, polyvalence et minutie
- Connaissance du logiciel photoshop, un atout


Type de stage :
- Non rémunéré
- de septembre à décembre 2013
- minimum 5 heures / semaine (l’horaire peut être flexible)


Veuillez faire parvenir votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation à Josianne Monette, coordinatrice aux communications et aux archives : communications@optica.ca
Seules les personnes convoquées en entrevue seront contactées.


September 10th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme Timide" is the focus of a newly published article in Espace Sculpture

Manuela Lalic's «Activisme Timide», presented at OPTICA from January 19th to February 23th 2013, is the focus of a newly published article by Cynthia Girard, Patate indécise dans l'atelier de Manuela Lalic (Espace Sculpture, No 105, Fall 2013).

June 20th 2013
Un pôle de diffusion majeur s'ajoutera aux ateliers d'artistes dans le quartier Mile-End de Montréal

(This text is only available in french.)

MONTRÉAL, le 17 juin 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - À l'occasion du lancement du chantier des ateliers d'artistes pour la réalisation du projet De Gaspé, qui regroupera des artistes sur plus de 180 000 pi2 au cœur du quartier Mile-End de Montréal, le ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Maka Kotto, et le ministre des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur et ministre responsable de la région de Montréal, Jean-François Lisée, ont annoncé une entente de principe pour la réalisation d'un pôle de diffusion majeur qui regroupera six organismes de diffusion artistique. Cette annonce a eu lieu en présence de la responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et du design au comité exécutif de la Ville de Montréal, Élaine Ayotte, ainsi que du maire de l'arrondissement du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Luc Ferrandez.

« Lors du Rendez-vous 2012 - Montréal métropole culturelle, en novembre, la première ministre a pu annoncer que le gouvernement soutiendrait financièrement l'entente conclue entre le regroupement Pied Carré et le propriétaire, Allied Properties. Aujourd'hui, j'annonce que le projet est bonifié puisque nous avons conclu une entente de principe qui permettra l'aménagement d'un pôle de diffusion majeur au rez-de-chaussée de l'immeuble », a déclaré le ministre de la Culture et des Communications.

L'accord de principe de près de 1,8 M$ permettra à six organismes en arts visuels (le Centre d'art et de diffusion Clark, l'Atelier circulaire, Diagonale - Centre des arts et des fibres du Québec, Dazibao - Centre d'animation et d'exposition photo, Occurrence - Espace d'art et d'essai contemporains et Optica) de procéder à la concrétisation d'un projet d'aménagement d'un pôle de diffusion au rez-de-chaussée du bâtiment.

« Rappelons que le Mile-End est l'endroit au Québec où s'inscrit la plus forte concentration d'acteurs culturels. Nous avons pris l'engagement d'y aller d'actions tangibles, afin de répondre adéquatement aux demandes des artistes, des artisans et des organismes culturels aux prises avec un manque d'espace. L'accord de principe annoncé aujourd'hui permettra à six organismes en arts visuels de bénéficier d'un lieu accessible au public et propice à la création », a précisé Maka Kotto.

« Par leur talent créatif, nos artistes contribuent à la reconnaissance et au rayonnement de notre métropole sur la scène mondiale, d'où l'importance de leur donner des conditions favorables à la création. Les artistes ont leur place dans la ville. Ils créent une synergie, maintiennent l'emploi et la mixité, et participent au renouvellement urbain des quartiers », a ajouté le ministre Jean-François Lisée.

Le 5445-5455 De Gaspé est le premier projet à bénéficier d'un soutien financier dans le cadre d'une entente de partenariat entre le ministère de la Culture et des Communications et la Ville de Montréal pour la sauvegarde des ateliers d'artistes à Montréal. Le projet De Gaspé est piloté par le regroupement Pied Carré, un organisme à but non lucratif regroupant des artistes, des artisans, des travailleurs et des organismes culturels. Par ce projet, l'organisme participe à la consolidation d'un quartier phare, d'un quartier laboratoire au cœur du Mile-End, où la création est à l'honneur. Le regroupement Pied Carré travaille de concert avec Les Ateliers créatifs Montréal, dont la mission est de consolider, de développer et de soutenir les lieux créatifs montréalais.

Les contributions financières
Les ateliers d'artistes du projet De Gaspé bénéficient d'un financement dans le cadre de différents programmes et ententes : l'entente de partenariat entre le ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) et la Ville de Montréal (2,65 M$), l'entente « Imaginer-Réaliser Montréal 2025 » conclue entre la Ville de Montréal et le Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine (3,125 M$) et le Fonds d'initiative et de rayonnement de la métropole du Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine (2 M$). À ces montants s'ajoute cet accord de principe (1,8 M$) accordé par le MCC pour le pôle de diffusion au rez-de-chaussée du bâtiment.

June 19th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme Timide" is the focus of a published article in C Magazine

Manuela Lalic's «Activisme Timide», presented at OPTICA from January 19th to February 23th 2013, is the focus of a published article by Daniella E. Sanader, Manuela Lalic : Activisme timide (C Magazine, No 118, Summer 2013).

June 6th 2013
Stopping mailing OPTICA press releases, starts in September

Starting in September, OPTICA will stop mailing its press releases to go forward with the electronic media in our communications. To stay informed of our programming and our activities, please send your email address to info@optica.ca and indicate "add to mailing list" in the subject line.


April 17th 2013
Noémi McComber will be at OPTICA this Saturday, April 20th at 2pm!

On the last day of the exhibition, Noémi McComber will be at OPTICA at 2pm to meet the public and to talk about her work. Come visit us!

April 17th 2013
Interview with Noémi McComber on the No More Radio show (The Belgo Report Podcast)

Noémi McComber was one of the guests of Bettina Forget for the show No More Radio aired on The Belgo Report podcast. Interview with Noémi McComber, The Belgo Report #2 : A Female Perspective (No More Radio, April 14th 2013).

March 28th 2013
On April 3rd, OPTICA will be part of the Montreal Gallery Tour

On April 3rd, OPTICA will be part of the fourth edition of the Montreal Gallery Tour organized by artscène Montreal. Noémi McComber will be present in the gallery to meet all the guests. Rallye des galeries 2013: du centre PHI à l'Arsenal (Éric Clément, La Presse, 27 mars 2013).

March 27th 2013
Catherine Bodmer's new publication is now on sale at OPTICA

Catherine Bodmer MEXICO DF (DÉTAILS)

Catherine Bodmer's new publication MEXICO DF (DÉTAILS) is now available at OPTICA.

The following text is only available in french
La critique d’art Marie-Ève Charron offre un premier regard sur la plus récente production photographique de l’artiste Catherine Bodmer, découlant de deux résidences de création dans la ville de Mexico en 2010 et 2011.

De son expérience réelle du territoire, Bodmer a décidé d’en partager une forme décantée, produite par la patiente transformation des images devenues le creuset de retouches sédimentées, un matériau joué en symétrie, discontinu et reconfiguré.Ce travail de manipulation donne une impulsion toute particulière à des échappées imaginaires et fictionnelles dans la spatiotemporalité des images, qui ont pour effet de reconsidérer l’urbanisme et les espaces de vie à Mexico. (- extrait du texte)

Catherine Bodmer MEXICO DF (DÉTAILS) Monograph
Author : Marie-Ève Charron
Artist : Catherine Bodmer
Tranlated into English and Spanish
92 pages, color
ISBN: 978-2-923612-36-2
Sagamie éditions d’art, 2012
Price: 30$

March 27th 2013
Noémi McComber's "Mise en échec" is the focus of a newly published article on The Belgo Report

Noémi McComber's "Mise en échec" is the focus of a short article by Maude Lefebvre, Mise en échec de Noémi McComber à OPTICA (The Belgo Report, March 2013).

March 7th 2013
Brooklyn / Montreal @ Momenta Art is the focus of a newly published article in The Brooklyn Rail

Sylvie Cotton, Sébastien Cliche, Chelsea Knight + Mark Tribe are the focus of an article by Gail Victoria Braddock Quagliata, Sébastien Cliche, Sylvie Cotton, Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe, Brooklyn / Montreal Exchange (The Brooklyn Rail, March 2013).

February 20th 2013
Marjolaine Bourdua's sound sculpture is the focus of an article on Vie des arts webzine

Marjolaine Bourdua's sound sculpture, presented at OPTICA from January 19 to February 23, is the focus of a short article by Karine Bouchard, L'inquiétante étrangeté d'une présence sonore (Webzine, Vie des arts, Wednesday, February 20 2013).

February 19th 2013
Manuela Lalic's interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

Manuela Lalic's interview with Chantal l'Heureux about "Activisme timide" exhibition, presented at OPTICA until February 23, broadcasted during the In situ radio show, aired on CIBL last sunday, February 17th.

Listen to Manuela Lalic's interview (In situ, February 17th 2013)

February 9th 2013
Manuela Lalic's "Activisme timide" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

Manuela Lalic's "Activisme timide" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from January 19th to February 23th, is the focus of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado, Fragiles monuments de petits riens (Le Devoir, Saturday, February 9 2013).

December 17th 2012
OPTICA laureate at the Visual Art Awards

The second Visual Art Awards took place last Wednesday, December 12th took place the second. OPTICA received the "Best exhibition" award in the Artist-run Centre category for "Archi-féministes! : Archiver le corps". Congratulations to the curators Marie-Ève Charron, Marie-Josée Lafortune and Thérèse Saint-Gelais as well as the artists: Olivia Boudreau, Sorel Cohen, Raphaëlle de Groot, Suzy Lake, Claire Savoie and Jana Sterbak.

OPTICA also congratulates Marie-Ève Charron, a member of the Board, winner of "Best review article - Author of the year" for her article «Le monde foisonnant de Patrice Duhamel» published in Le Devoir, March 24th 2012.

December 11th 2012
Julie Alary Lavallée - Internship report

OPTICA had the great pleasure of welcoming Julie Alary Lavallée—a doctorand in art history at Université de Montréal—from September to December 2012. Following her graduate studies in heritage conservation at UQAM, she volunteered her services to help process the centre’s documentary and visual archives (2002-2008) in view of depositing them in the Fonds at Concordia University Archives in 2013. One only has to make an appointment to consult the archives, which are constantly evolving thanks to the invaluable contributions of volunteers such as Julie: “Looking over nearly five years of cultural events organization is a huge inspiration and a rich learning experience for anyone aspiring to develop the skills needed for a career in the curatorship field.” Our warmest thanks!


December 7th 2012
Montreal / Brooklyn : OPTICA @ Momenta Art

After its Montreal segment presented in the fall, “Montreal / Brooklyn” is going to New York this winter for the second stage in this major event, which involves sixteen organizations and almost forty artists. Momenta Art —partnered with OPTICA, which hosted the project October 20 to December 1, 2012—is taking over! Another opportunity to discover the work of Sébastien Cliche, Sylvie Cotton, Chelsea Knight, and Mark Tribe. January 13 to February 17, 2013.


December 5th 2012
Mathieu Latulippe Valence's Residency :: Presentation of his work in progress

Public presentation of the work being done by Mathieu Latulippe during his residency in Valence, Wednesday December 12th at 6:30 pm at art3.

art3, 8 Sabaterie street, 26000 Valence, FRANCE - www.art3.org

November 30th 2012
Anne-Lise Seusse :: "De la Guerre, Mont Royal, fragments" will be screening at Palais de Tokyo

Anne-Lise Seusse's video "De la Guerre, Mont Royal, fragments", resulting from her research during her residency in Montreal at OPTICA will be shown on December 8th at the Rencontres Internationales Paris / Berlin / Madrid.

September 29th 2012
Catherine Bodmer's "Casas" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir and mentioned in Canadian Art's "Agenda"

Catherine Bodmer's "Casas"exhibition, presented at OPTICA from September 8th to October 13th, is the focus of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado, Mexico, du septième ciel (Le Devoir, Saturday, September 29th 2012, p.E9).

The exhibition is also mentioned in the fall issue of Canadian Art, "Agenda" section. Canadian Art, fall 2012, p. 33.

September 21st 2012
"Montreal / Brooklyn" is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

"Montreal / Brooklyn" will be presented at OPTICA from October 20th to December 1st, is the subject of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado, Montréal / Brooklyn : un échange entre deux villes férues d'art contemporain (Le Devoir, Friday, September 21 2012, B2).

September 20th 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" is the focus of a newly published article in ART PAPERS

Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from May 12th to June 16th, is the subject of a newly published article by Kevin Rodgers, Cynthia Girard (ART PAPERS, September / October 2012).


September 10th 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" is part of the portefolio "Ideals of Painting" published in esse arts + opinions

Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières + Josée Yvon" is part of the portefolio "Ideals of Painting" by Anne-Marie Ninacs, esse arts + opinions, no.76, fall 2012, p.71.

August 25th 2012
Montreal / Brooklyn :: a not to be missed event this fall

"Montreal / Brooklyn" is briefly mentioned and recommended in an article by Marie-Ève Charron Galeries et centres d'artistes - Portés par l'engagement et les échanges (Le Devoir, August 25th 2012).

June 21st 2012
Julia Eilers Smith - Internship Report

From September 2011 to April 2012, OPTICA had the pleasure of welcoming UQAM art history student Julia Eilers Smith. Among other responsibilities during her internship, she assisted the team in organizing the fund-raising campaign, “In Conversation with Michel de Broin”, and helped produce the online section of the exhibition “Archi-féministes!”. “My experience proved enriching and fulfilling, both professionally and personally. It afforded me complete immersion in one of the first artist-run centres in Quebec; I was able to contribute to general operations and management of the gallery, to its administration and communications, and all of this with a highly engaging team.” Your diligence and enthusiasm have made a lasting impression! Thank you Julia.

June 19th 2012
In Conversation with Michel de Broin - Campaign Report

On April 18 2012, during OPTICA’s exhibition and art sale at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Michel de Broin spoke about his artistic development with members of the business and art communities. In that enjoyable evening, the centre raised $6,000 through the Placements Culture sponsorship program. We are deeply grateful to all those who contributed to this campaign, marking OPTICA’s 40th anniversary! These funds represent an invaluable support for the centre’s activities and the William A. Ewing grant.


June 5th 2012
Capsule on Julie Trudel on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

Radio capsule on Julie Trudel and her exhibition "Projet CMYK - phase 2", presented at OPTICA until June 16th, will be broadcast during the In situ radio show, airing on CIBL this tuesday, June 5th, at 7pm.

Capsule : Julie Trudel (In situ, June 5th 2012)

June 3rd 2012
Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières et Josée Yvon" is the focus of a newly published article in the Le Devoir

Cynthia Girard's "Pierre Vallières et Josée Yvon" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from May 12th to June 16th, is the subject of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado, f(r)rictions politiques (Le Devoir, June 2nd-3rd 2012).

March 14th 2012
Lancement de la publication «Résidence de recherche jeune création :: Olivia Boudreau, Anne-Lise Seusse» mercredi 14 mars, 18h à la librairie Ouvrir l'oeil, Lyon

The following document is only available in French : Cette publication, une coédition d’OPTICA et art3, a paru à la suite du séjour de Anne-Lise Seusse (2009) à Montréal et de Olivia Boudreau (2010) à Valence et à Sablons (Moly-Sabata) dans le cadre du programme croisé de résidence de recherche, initié par les deux structures partenaires. Sous la forme d’un journal illustré, de courts extraits retracent le parcours des artistes et les œuvres réalisées à l’échelle des deux régions.

Librairie Ouvrir l'oeil, 18 rue des Capucins 69001 Lyon, FRANCE

March 8th 2012
Michel de Broin is the focus of a newly published article in Canadian Art

Michel de Broin's latest exhibition, presented at Jessica Bradley ARTS + PROJECTS (Toronto) from February 18th to March 17th, is the subject of a newly published article by Sarah Milroy, Michel de Broin : Bright Matter (Canadian Art, March 8th 2012).

December 31st 2011
New images online this Fall on "Décades"

From September 2010 to April 2011, OPTICA had the pleasure of welcoming Renée Jespersen, second-year student in art history and member of the Institute for Co-operative education at Concordia University: “It was simply the most incredible experience an art history student could ever ask for. My work in the archives really opened my eyes to the prolific nature of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada as thriving artistic environments. I was invited to collaborate with four of the most caring and knowledgeable individuals, who also taught me a lot about the administrative duties of an artist-run centre.” Joining our ambitious project of processing and highlighting our archives, Renée first completed the transfer of previously selected documents to our virtual database (1980-1997), and helped select works from our archives for illustrating decades in 2011-2012. She was then in charge of the whole process up to putting them online. OPTICA is proud to present new images of works by the following artists : Pierre Boogaerts, Sorel Cohen, Cozic (Yvon et Monic), John Francis, Suzy Lake, Victor Landweber, Michel Saulnier, Cheryl Sourkes, Jana Sterbak, Serge Tousignant, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Carol Wainio et Laurie Walker. Check them out this Fall!

December 2nd 2011
OPTICA and a few of the centre's closest collaborators nominated & laureates at the Visual Art Awards!

The winners were unveiled at the first Visual Art Awards, hosted by actor Emmanuel Bilodeau on December 13th at the newly renovated Rialto Theatre : : Marie-Claude Bouthillier couronnée au premier gala de l'AGAC (Mario Cloutier, La Presse, December 14th, 2011).

Best exhibition – Artist-Run Center
→ "Barda", Dazibao - Frédéric Lavoie
→ "Bunk Bed City", Centre Clark - Dean Baldwin
"Dans le ventre de la baleine", OPTICA, un centre d'art contemporain - Marie-Claude Bouthillier

Young Curator of the Year
Marie-Eve Beaupré *executive member of OPTICA's board of directors*
→ Meredith Carruthers
→ Sébastien Hudon

Art Critique of the Year - Specialized Media
→ Sylvain Campeau
Anne-Marie Ninacs *curator of the exhibition "My Glance is Clear Like a Sunflower" by Raymonde April, hosted by OPTICA from September 9th to October 15th, 2011 in collaboration with the Mois de la Photo*
André-Louis Paré *author for "Résidence de recherche jeune création : David Dupont, Diane Morin", published by art3 and OPTICA in 2009*

Art Critique/Journalist of the Year - Mass Media
Marie-Ève Charron, Le Devoir *executive member of OPTICA's board of directors*
→ Jérôme Delgado, Le Devoir
→ Nicolas Mavrikakis, Voir

Pierre-Ayot Award
→ Sarah Bertrand-Hamel
→ Patrick Bérubé
Olivia Boudreau *selected candidate for the 2010 edition of the résidence de recherche jeune création Montréal-Valence, a combined residency and grant program initiated by art3 and OPTICA*

Louis-Comtois Award
→ David Armstrong-Six
Marie-Claude Bouthillier *her project "Dans le ventre de la baleine"— showed at OPTICA from November 6th to December 11th 2010— is nominated as "Best exhibition – Artist-Run Center"*
→ Stéphane La Rue

To know more about all categories, please see the complete press release published by l'Association des galeries d'art contemporains (AGAC). Congratulations to all finalists!

November 12th 2011
"Archi-féministes! : Archiver le corps (1st part)" is the focus of articles in Le Devoir and the Voir

The "Archi-féministes! : Archiver le corps (1st part)" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from November 12th to December 17th, is the subject of newly published articles by Jérôme Delgado (Les archi-féministes s'exposent chez Optica, Le Devoir, November 12th, 2011) and Nicolas Mavrikakis (Matantisation, Germaines et Cie!, Voir, December 7th, 2011).

September 15th 2011
Raymonde April : one of the 2011 Mois de la Photo's recommendations in the Voir

Raymonde April's "My Glance Is Clear Like a Sunflower" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from September 9th to October 15th, is briefly mentioned and recommended in a newly published article by Nicolas Mavrikakis, Mois de la Photo 2011 : L'image ouverte? (Voir, September 15th, 2011).

September 11th 2011
Anne-Lise Seusse (research residency at OPTICA in 2009) in Rendez-vous 11

Anne-Lise Seusse (Lyon) -- having carried out a two-month residency in Montreal in the Fall of 2009, thanks to the «Résidence de recherche jeune création, Montréal-Valence (France)» program instated by OPTICA and art3 -- is one of the 20 artists selected for Rendez-vous 11 (September 15th - November 13th, 2011) :

The following document is only available in French :
«Créée en 2002, Rendez-vous, plateforme internationale dédiée à la jeune création, associe, de façon inédite en France, trois institutions : le Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, l’Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes et l’Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon. En associant des commissaires et directeurs de Biennales, Rendez-vous est un projet unique qui donne lieu, une année, à une exposition en Rhône-Alpes en parallèle de la Biennale de Lyon et l’année suivante, à une manifestation à l’étranger sous la forme d’expositions et de résidences.
[...]
En 2011, Rendez-vous se déroule, comme en 2009, à l’Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhône-Alpes, en parallèle à la 11e Biennale de Lyon. Plateforme internationale, Rendez-vous 11 se construit avec la collaboration de dix commissaires de neuf Biennales (Istanbul, São Paulo, Nouvelle-Orléans, Dakar, Liverpool, Sydney, Gwangju, Kochi Muziris, Moscou) et d’une Triennale (Yokohama). Cette édition rassemble vingt artistes des cinq continents dont dix résidant en France, avec des projets inédits en peinture, sculpture, vidéo, installation...»
Source : http://www.rendezvous11.fr/

September 1st 2011
OPTICA, un projet d'art contemporain (posters no.5 + no.6)

As of January 2010, original artist projects highlighting current programming and the OPTICA Archives have been made freely available in the form of limited edition posters. Following upon Gabor Szilasi (no.1), Anne-Lise Seusse (no.2), Stéphane Gilot (no.3), and Suzy Lake (no.4), the next duo will be comprised of Raphaëlle de Groot (no. 5) and Rebecca Belmore (no. 6)—both of whom are among the array of renowned artists orbiting around the “Archi-féministes!” project. These exclusive documents are sure to contribute to the symbolic importance of the exhibition. Be on the look-out for them at the gallery!

September 1st 2011
Upcoming publication : 2nd cycle of Montreal/Valence residencies

As we are about to welcome Laurent Pernel (Lyon)—2011 award winner of the joint program between OPTICA and art3 (Valence)—the two hosting organizations are preparing a publication to conclude the second cycle of residencies. After the first publication, following Grenoble artist David Dupont’s stay in Montreal in 2006 and Montreal’s Diane Morin’s in Valence in 2007, this new document concerns the work of Anne-Lise Seusse (Lyon, winner 2009) and Olivia Boudreau (Montreal, winner 2010). In addition, just as Boudreau exhibited the results of her research at NÉON (Lyon) last February, Seusse will present photographs related to her stay in Montreal during the “Rendez-Vous 11”, an event to be held at the Institut d’art contemporain (Villeurbanne) this fall, in tandem with the Biennale de Lyon.

August 27th 2011
Archi-féministes! : a 'not to miss' for next Fall according to Jérôme Delgado and Nicolas Mavrikakis

The "Archi-féministes!" exhibition project, the first part of which will be presented at OPTICA from November 12th to December 17th ("Archiver le corps (Archiving the Body)"), is mentioned in a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado («Galeries et centres d'artistes - Photos et déclics historiques», Le Devoir, August 27th, 2011) and Nicolas Mavrikakis («Rentrée 2011 | arts visuels : Faits au Québec», Voir, 1er septembre 2011).

April 14th 2011
12th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal :: Raymonde April @ OPTICA

"Lucidity. Inward Views" is the theme proposed by Anne-Marie Ninacs for the 12th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, which will be held from September 8th to October 9th, 2011. For the occasion, 25 solo exhibitions will be spread throughout Montreal transforming the city into a vast and coherent group show.

Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal in collaboration with OPTICA, a centre for contemporary art will feature the work of Canadian photographer Raymonde April. Through a selection of previously unpresented images, the artist opens a window into her own private universe – one to which she constantly returns to, subjecting her life and identity to her singular gaze.

Since the late 1970’s, Raymonde April has been recognized for skillfully balancing her photographic practice at the confluence of documentary, autobiography, and fiction. An insatiable lover of people, landscapes, stories, objects, and other apparently ordinary things that form identity, she constantly returns to the same sites, and the same subjects, in order to fully understand and revisit herself. For more than fifteen years, her work has led her to regularly reinterpret her own photographic archives. And this is exactly what she has done here by examining these archives in the light of the notion of self-representation, upon the request of Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal. The result is a composite self-portrait made of a number of previously unseen prints and brand-new images.

Raymonde April was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 1953. She lives in Montreal, where she has taught photography at Concordia University for more than twenty-five years. Her work has circulated widely in Canada and Europe. She has obtained numerous prestigious awards and honours, including the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas (2003) and the Order of Canada (2010).

Source : Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal's newsletter (April 14th, 2011)

April 6th 2011
John Marriott interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

An interview John Marriott gave during the opening of his exhibition "The sum of some" on Saturday, March 12th will be broadcast during the In situ radio show, airing on CIBL this Wednesday, April 6th, at 1pm.

March 31st 2011
Team Macho's "3 out of 5 ain't bad" is the focus of a newly published article in the Voir

Team Macho's "3 out of 5 ain't bad" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from March 12th to April 16th, is the subject of a newly published article by Nicolas Mavrikakis, Kent Monkman et Team Macho / Identité sexuelle (Voir, March 31rst, 2011).

from March 25th 2011 to April 24th 2011
Anne-Lise Seusse (research residency at OPTICA in 2009) has an exhibition at VU

Anne-Lise Seusse -- having carried out a two-month residency in Montreal in the Fall of 2009, thanks to the «Résidence de recherche jeune création, Montréal-Valence (France)» program instated by OPTICA and art3 -- is back on canadian soil for the opening of her exhibition «Le mont analogue» at VU, in Québec City, showing until April 24th.

March 15th 2011
John Marriott + Team Macho recommended in Canadian Art's "Agenda Quebec"

John Marriott's "The sum of some" and Team Macho's "3 out of 5 ain't bad", exhibitions shown at OPTICA until April 16th, are briefly mentioned and recommended in Canadian Art's "Agenda Quebec" section :

"Sidestepping post-conceptualism's usual one-line pitfall, Marriott makes smartly parodic works that outlast the initial chuckle. His multidisciplinary pieces merge disparate objects and narratives to upturn modernist ideals and invite visceral responses. The lively collective Team Macho shows concurrently."
("A national and international roundup of the season's best exhibitions / Agenda Quebec", Canadian Art, Spring 2011, p. 29.)

March 4th 2011
John Marriott's "The sum of some" is the focus of a newly published article in The Globe and Mail

John Marriott's "The sum of some" exhibition, presented at OPTICA from March 12th to April 16th, is the subject of a newly published article by R.M. Vaughan, John Marriott mashes cultural tropes in Montreal (The Globe and Mail, March 4th, 2011).

February 17th 2011
In memory of Laurie Walker (1962-2011)

"Laurie Ann Walker passed away February 11, 2011 after a lengthy illness.[...] She was a brilliant artist, a talented painter and prominent member of the Quebec contemporary art community. Her works and installations were shown, and remain, in museums and galleries across Canada and overseas. Some rest in private collections. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University, and a Masters in Sculpture from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design.[...]"

Deaths: Laurie Ann Walker 1962-2011 ( Globe and Mail, 16 février 2011).

Laurie Walker, exposition solo, From February 27th 1999 to April 3rd 1999 at Optica.

February 17th 2011
Mary Sui Yee Wong's "Wanghàng" is part of the dossier "L'art public à Montréal"

Mary Sui Yee Wong "Wanghàng", presented during the exhibition "La Demeure" (2002), is part of special issue on public art in Montreal published by the website art-public.com.

Public Art in Montreal ( www.art-public.com, february 2011).

February 10th 2011
Nelly-Ève Rajotte interview on the Espace Visuel radio show (CINQ FM 102,3)

Nelly-Ève Rajotte was one of the guests of the Espace Visuel radio show aired on CINQ FM 102,3, Thursday, February 10th. Nelly-Ève Rajotte's Interview (Espace visuel, February 10th 2011)

February 9th 2011
Olivia Boudreau (2010 laureate of the "Résidence de recherche jeune création, Montréal-Valence (France)") presents her work at NÉON in Lyon

Olivia Boudreau :: 2010 Laureate of the "résidence de recherche jeune création Montréal-Valence" will presents her work at Néon in Lyon (France) from February 12th to March 19th, 2011. The exhibition is in collaboration with art3.

Olivia Boudreau has benefited from The "résidence de recherche jeune création", initiated by art3, Valence and Optica, Montreal, a centre for contemporary art, the exchange programme receives the support from la Région Rhones-Alpes, the Ministère des relations internationales du Québec and the Consulat général de France. It's a partnership with Moly-Sabata artistic residency and Albert Gleizes Foundation.

This exhibition receives the support of the CALQ and FIXART.

More informations::
Olivia Boudreau at Néon
Olivia Boudreau:: Research Residency art 3
OPTICA ::Olivia Boudreau, Résidence de recherche jeune création Montréal-Valence from October 1st to December 31st, 2010

February 4th 2011
"OPTICA : publications in contemporary art" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Library

This fall, a selection of OPTICA’s critical publications have joined the roughly 700,000 tomes that make up the famous Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (http://libmma.org/portal/). After being approached by chief librarian Kenneth Soehner, the centre has graciously accepted to donate thirteen works, including “Sur l’expérience de la ville: Interventions en mileu urbain” (1999), “Creative Confusions : Interdisciplinary Practices in Contemporary” (2001), and “La Demeure” (2008). See our online catalogue for more information on these publications and for other essential reading in contemporary art.

February 3rd 2011
Archives Internship : Renee Jespersen @ OPTICA

For the second consecutive year, it gives OPTICA great pleasure to welcome a student from Concordia University’s Institute for Co-operative Education. From September 2010 to April 2011, second year art history student Renée Jespersen joins the ambitious effort to process and promote our archival fonds. This fall, she was given the mandate to complete the online publication of data previously collated in our archives for the 1980-1997 period, in French and in English. The fruits of her labour are available for all to see in our electronic index, Decades, on our website. Our online database is now complete!


February 1st 2011
Nelly-Ève Rajotte interview on the In situ radio show (CIBL)

Nelly-Ève Rajotte will be one of the guests of the In situ radio show aired on CIBL, Wednesday, February 2th at 1 pm. Nelly-Ève Rajotte's Interview (In situ, Februray 2th 2011)

January 21st 2011
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" is the focus of a newly published review in Esse arts + opinions

Marie-Claude Bouthilliers' exhibition "Dans le ventre de la baleine", was presented at Optica in the fall of 2010, is the subject of a newly published review by Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre Marie-Claude Bouthillier - Dans le ventre de la baleine (Esse arts + opinions, no.71, Winter 2011.)

January 21st 2011
Yan Giguère's "Attractions" is the subject of a newly published interview in CV87

Yan Giguère's exhibition "Attractions", presented at Optica in the fall of 2009, is the subject of a newly published interview between the artist and Sylvain Campeau Gravity and Tropism (CV87, Winter 2011).


December 23rd 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks at the head of the top 5 best shows by Nicolas Mavrikakis

Marie-Claude Bouthillier "Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks at the head of the top 5 2010 best shows by Nicolas Mavrikakis Revue 2010 / Arts visuels - Une année radicale? (Voir, December 23rd 2010).


December 23rd 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks at in Canadian Art's "Top 3: Quebec Quality"

"Dans le ventre de la baleine" ranks in Marie-Eve Beaupré’s Top 3: Quebec Quality / various locations jan to dec 2010 (Canadian Art, 23 décembre 2010).

November 30th 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier interview at the Désautels radio show (CBC/Radio-Canada)

Marie-Claude Bouthilliers' exhibition "Dans le ventre de la baleine", presented at Optica until December 11th, is the subject of a radio interview on The Désautels Show Marie-Claude Bouthillier's interview ( Désautels, November 29th 2010)

November 18th 2010
Marie-Claude Bouthillier's "Dans le ventre de la baleine" is the focus of a newly published article in le Voir

Marie-Claude Bouthilliers' exhibition "Dans le ventre de la baleine", presented at Optica until December 11th, is the subject of a newly published article by Nicolas Mavrikakis Marie-Claude Bouthillier - Naviguer sur la toile ( Voir, 18 novembre 2010)

October 16th 2010
Mallarmé. Le Livre. The Complete Special Edition at Optica

Optica has received a few of the 24 limited edition copies comprising all existing versions of Klaus Scherübel’s «Mallarmé. Le Livre» ; each set is offered with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Collectors, take note!

Specifications
- Each book measures 24 x 15,8 x 3,6 cm
- Printed cover
- Polystyrene block and plastic film

Production
Limited edition of 24 copies

Price
€200 / $300

Produced and published by
Das Buch (Walther König Verlag, 2001) – German
The Book (Printed Matter Inc., 2004) – English
Le Livre (Optica & Mudam, 2005) – French
Het Boek (mfc-michèle didier, 2009) – Dutch

All rights reserved. No part of this edition may be reproduced in any form or by any means.

Go to publications catalogue.

October 16th 2010
Pierre Boogaerts is the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

Pierre Boogaerts' exhibition "Voitures bleues et ciel au-dessus de chacune d’elles (1976-1979) |Coins de rues (Pyramides) N.Y. 1978-79, Partie I (1978-1979)", presented at Optica until October 16th, is the subject of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado Constructions et visions diverses (Le Devoir, October 16th-17th 2010)

September 21st 2010
Cecile Brass performance cancelled

Cecile Brass's performance, who was suppose to take place during the conference of Res Artis, will be deferred during the exhibition "Optica invites Tribe" from May 7th to June 11th, 2011.


September 17th 2010
Stéphane Gilot's "Mondes modèles" are the focus of a newly published article in Esse arts + opinions

As part of its issue on miniatures, Esse magazine presents "Mondes modèles" de Stéphane Gilot.
Portfolio:: Stéphane Gilot (Esse, fall 2010, p.55)

August 19th 2010
Optica is looking for Volunteers

Become a volunteer and gain experience at a renowned art centre!

How you can help?
There are various things you can do, depending on your skills and interests. We are looking for self-motivated individuals with social skills and some familiarity with computers. Being bilingual is also an asset. Hours are flexible and can adapt to your schedule. Students looking for internship are welcome.

How to become a volunteer
Please send us a letter describing your interests, your areas of competence, and your availability (max. one page) along with your resumé (max. two pages) by mail or email :
communications [at] optica.ca

August 13th 2010
Sylvia Winkler + Stephan Köperl's "Urbang" is the focus of a newly published article in Vie des arts

The exhibition "Urbang", presented at Optica in the spring of 2010, is the subject of a newly published article by Christian Roy Interventions locales à l'échelle mondiale: Des quartiers chinois au Griffintown (Vie des arts, summer 2010)

May 22nd 2010
Gilot, Winkler + Köperl are the focus of a newly published article in Le Devoir

The exhibitions "The Performative City" and "Urbang", presented at Optica until June 12th, are the subject of a newly published article by Jérôme Delgado Cités de demain, cités d'aujourd'hui (Le Devoir, May 22th-23th 2010)

April 20th 2010
Sylvia Winkler + Stephan Köperl at the Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd 2010

PPR: Passenger Propelled Rickshaw / Earth Day 2010
Sylvia Winkler & Stephan Köperl
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Square Saint-Louis:: 12pm - 2pm
Goethe-Institut, 418 Sherbrooke E.:: 3pm - 5:30pm


THE PPR* EXPERIENCE
Discover a new means of transportation developed by Sylvia Winkler, Stephan Köperl and artists from India

With their PPR, the passenger propelled rickshaw, Sylvia Winkler and Stephan Köperl encourage people from all walks of life to use this healthy and eco-friendly means of transport. In this vehicle the hierarchy of passenger/puller is transformed into a collaborative unit in which physical power and logistical knowledge are shared to bring things forward. Please take a breathtaking ride on our PPR to fuel the dream of a post-oil society!

April 6th 2010
Launch of the DVD "Diane Landry, installations & performances 2008-2009" : Thursday, April 8th (5 pm - 7 pm) at le Port de tête

The DVD "Diane Landry, installations & performances 2008-2009" is a compilation of 5 installations and 3 performances presented throughout 2008-2009. It also includes a booklet with an essay by Alison Syme entitled Knight of Infinte Resignation & What Comes Out in the Wash which accompanies the exhibition Knight of Infinite Resignation, a project created by Diane Landry, and commissioned by l´Œil de Poisson with funding from the Canada Council for Arts. The exhibition was presented for the first time in Québec City from September 11 to October 18, 2009. It is currently being shown at Optica until April, 17th 2010.

Diane Landry, installations & performances 2008-2009
28 pages booklet with color photos
DVD
Video ntsc ~ 45 min
5 installations & 3 performances 2008-2009
extra : 2 interviews and technical documentation of the performance l’Imperméable.
ISBN 978-2-9803525-9-1

Le Port de tête
262, Mont-Royal E., Montreal

March 20th 2010
Diane Landry's "Knight of Infinite Resignation" is the subject of a newly published article in Le Devoir

Diane Landry's exhibition "Knight of Infinite Resignation", presented at Optica until April 17th, is the subject of a newly published article by Marie-Ève Charron Roues égrenant le temps (Le Devoir, 20-21 mars 2010)

March 11th 2010
Yan Giguère's "Attractions" is the subject of a newly published article in CV84

Yan Giguère's exhibition "Attractions", presented at Optica in the fall of 2009, is the subject of a newly published article by Sylvain Campeau Yan Giguère (CV84, spring 2010)

March 11th 2010
Sophie Bélair Clément's "Le son du projecteur" is the subject of a newly published article in Cmagazine

Sophie Bélair Clément's exhibition "Le son du projecteur", presented at Optica in the fall of 2009, is the subject of a newly published article by Jesse Mckee Sophie Bélair Clément : Le son du projecteur (Cmagazine, spring 2010)

March 10th 2010
Gabor Szilasi won the Governor general's Award in Visual and Media Arts

«Forcier, Tousignant et Szilasi remportent les Prix du Gouverneur général»
Le Devoir et La Presse canadienne

Original document (in French) :
«[...] Quant au photographe Gabor Szilasi, on écrit qu'il perçoit, depuis plus de 50 ans, «le présent avec acuité et saisit, en 1/125 de seconde, l'urgence de témoigner de l'éphémère expression de la nature humaine». Toujours actif malgré ses 81 ans, Szilasi s'est beaucoup intéressé à la nature humaine et à l'architecture. Son travail a fait l'objet d'une rétrospective à l'été 2009 au Musée d'art de Joliette.» Forcier, Tousignant et Szilasi remportent les Prix du Gouverneur général (Le Devoir, édition du 10 mars 2010)

January 16th 2010
Artist projects freely distributed as posters

As of January 2010, original artist projects related to OPTICA’s programming and archives are freely distributed as posters at the gallery, as well as in different libraries, artist run centres, and museums. The first posters highlight the work of Anne-Lise Seusse, Gabor Szilasi, and, soon, Stéphane Gilot. A list of points of distribution is available on our website. OPTICA invites you then on a contemporary art circuit throughout the city : keep an eye out, look around, and start a collection!


December 31st 2009
"La demeure" (2002) : one of last decade's important exhibitions for art critic Jérôme Delgado

"La demeure" is part of Jerôme Delgado's personal chronology of a first decade spent as a critic :

Original document (in French) :
"Septembre 2002, la thématique. La demeure, Optica, un centre d'art contemporain. Dix-huit artistes sont éparpillés à travers la ville, dans des lieux autant publics que privés. Le thème — l'habitat, une réalité nomade et précaire — rassemble des oeuvres coup-de-poing, telles que Trou, une roulotte transformée par Michel de Broin, les ballons en latex encombrants d'Ana Rewakowicz ou les murales en sucre de Shelley Miller. La commissaire: Marie Fraser, désormais conservatrice en chef au MACM."
(De Visu - Couvrir depuis 2000, Le Devoir, édition du 31 décembre 2009.)

October 10th 2009
Mallarmé. Le Livre at the S.M.A.K.

As part of Klaus Scherüber’s exhibition at the S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, in Ghent) next October 10 to January 31, the publishers mfc-michèle didier will bring out the Dutch version of Malllarmé, The Book. A special edition comprising the four existing versions - Das Buch (Walther Koenig Verlag, 2001), The Book (Printed Matter Inc., 2004), Le Livre (Optica and Mudam Luxembourg, 2005), and Het Boek (mfc-michèle didier, 2009) — will also be presented. This box set will be issued in only 24 copies and reserved for museums and collectors... if you’re one, don’t miss your chance!

from September 15th 2009 to December 18th 2009
Archives internship : Stéphanie Laoun @ OPTICA

From September to December 2009, OPTICA has had the pleasure welcoming Stéphanie Laoun, third-year art history student and member of Concordia University’s Institute for Co-operative Education. After her internships at the McCord Museum and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, she joined the ambitious project of processing and promoting our archives: "This has been a very enriching experience for me, not only due to the variety of archival material I got to work with, but also because of the support I received from the gallery staff. I consider myself privileged to have participated in the Décades project." The results of her research—covering the years 1980-1997—have already been included in our printed educational material and will be put online throughout the year.


from September 1st 2009 to November 30th 2009
Résidence de recherche jeune création : Anne-Lise Seusse @ OPTICA

Originally from Lyon, France, Anne-Lise Seusse produces photographic work that broaches issues of territory, especially the micro phenomena of the ritualization of particular spaces through leisure activities. The creation of these singular communities - skeet-shooting retirees, or free riders traversing a military zone - gnerates situations that sometimes run counter to the location's "political" organization. Seusse's journalistic forays seek out such areas of slippage and confrontation. She pursues her research in Montreal, making portraits of young roleplayers taking part in medieval fantasy live action games at the Mont-Royal.

April 23rd 2009
Diane Morin's and David Dupont's artists' books launch : April 23rd in Valence, June 13th in Montreal

This publication follows up on research residencies undertaken by David Dupont (Grenoble) in Montreal and Diane Morin (Montreal) in Valence. This project was made possible with the support of the ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Région Rhône-Alpes. It includes a booklet with an exchange between Optica director Marie-Josée Lafortune and Sylvie Vojik of art3, a text by author André-Louis Paré, and the artist's books of David Dupont (link currently available in French only) and Diane Morin (link currently available in French only).

Book launches on April 23rd at l'École des beaux-arts de Valence and on June 13th at OPTICA.

See our publications' catalogue. (link currently available in French only)

Available at the following editors and distributors :

OPTICA, a centre for contemporary art
372 Ste-Catherine Ouest, room 508
Montreal, Quebec H3B 1A2 Canada
T + 514 874 1666
F + 514 874 1682
www.optica.ca

art3
8, rue Sabaterie
F-26000 Valence
France
T +33 (0)4 75 55 31 24
F + 33 (0)4 75 55 01 42
www.art-3.org

r-diffusion
6 Rue Saint Guillaume
67000 STRASBOURG France
T +33 (0)6 61 83 59 00
F +33 (0)3 88 55 93 31
www.rdiffusion.free.fr


January 1st 2009
Reference works available for consultation at the gallery

OPTICA houses an important library of monographic publications and exhibition catalogues, from Canada, the United States, and abroad. The public may visit the gallery to consult titles in the collection. A database has been set up to assist research. For enquiries, please call the gallery.