Director of National Gallery of Canada to Give Talk at WAG

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is pleased to announce that the Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Marc Mayer, will speak on the topic of Tax Payer’s Money discussing who and what art is for. The talk will be held Thursday, November 17, at 7pm in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium. This talk is free to the public.

“As the distinguished leader of our country’s largest and finest art gallery, and a friend and partner to the WAG, I am delighted to welcome Marc Mayer back to Winnipeg,” says Stephen Borys, WAG Director. WAG collaborations with the NGC have resulted in several significant national exhibitions, including Wanda Koop in 2010 and Joe Fafard in 2009. There are also some bigger plans for a historic NGC and WAG partnership as part of the WAG’s centennial year, Borys notes.

About Marc Mayer
Marc Mayer is the Director of the National Gallery of Canada. Previously, Mayer was Director of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Deputy Director for Art of the Brooklyn Museum, in Brooklyn, New York; Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; and Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in Buffalo, New York. Before embarking on his museum career, Mayer was Head of Visual Arts at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and the Paris correspondent for The Journal of Art, a monthly newspaper published by Rizzoli International. He has published widely on the subject of art and arts policy.

About the National Gallery of Canada
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art, including the extensive collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st century, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. To do so, it maintains the largest touring art exhibition program in the world. For more information:

Approaching its centenary in 2012, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and Manitoba’s leading visual arts institution. With a collection of over 24,000 objects spanning many centuries and cultures—including the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art—the WAG is constantly moving between the historical and the contemporary in an effort to engage a growing public with the power of art in our lives.

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For information, please contact:
Debra Fehr
Manager, Communications and Marketing



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