Marie J. Jean

Biography

Marie J. Jean is the executive and artistic director of VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine. She is also an exhibition curator, and teaches at Université du Québec à Montréal. For the past fifteen years, she has dedicated herself to research focusing on theory and practices around contemporary art and exhibitions. Her McGill University PhD thesis traced an alternative history of artist exhibitions, positing them as a reflective practice. Since the mid-1990s, she has organized more than a hundred exhibitions, and in 2013 received the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award in recognition of the excellence of her curatorial practice. In the course of these achievements, she has collaborated with numerous artists and institutions in Canada as well as abroad, orchestrating the first solo shows in Montreal of Yael Bartana, James Benning, Maria Eichhorn, Omer Fast, David Maljković, Ján Mančuška, N.E. Thing Co. and VALIE EXPORT; presenting landmark works by John Baldessari, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Duchamp and Jan Švankmajer; and highlighting the works of established Quebec artists including Raymond Gervais, Angela Grauerholz, Serge Tousignant, and Irene F. Whittome. She has also staged exhibitions for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Germany, and Villa Arson – Centre national d’art contemporain in Nice, France.

Exhibition

Sorel Cohen: Conceptual Metaphors
2021.11.18 - 2022.02.19

This retrospective engages in a rereading of Sorel Cohen’s œuvre through emblematic photographic works as well as a previously unseen series of sculpture pieces. 

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The Musical Years: 1920–2020
2020.08.18 - 2020.10.31

This exhibition will examine a fundamental cultural phenomenon of the last century: the relationship between images and music. Contemporary artists and directors will be featured alongside artists and filmmakers of the avant-garde in a circuit including a silent film with added sound, experimental and animation films, music videos, as well as performances…

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Period rooms. 8 art experimentations, 24 historic interiors
2019.06.12 - 10.20

Curated by Marie J. Jean, this event presents experimentations by seven contemporary artists—Steve Bates, Thomas Bégin, Pierre Dorion, Frédérick Gravel, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn, Jocelyn Robert, and Claire Savoie—in the period interiors of the Château Dufresne, the Château Ramezay, Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, the Sir George-Étienne Cartier residence, and the Guido Molinari Foundation. Concurrently, at VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine, Klaus Scherübel has produced an art intervention that employs the period room format to reconstitute two exhibitions organized in 1947 by the Automatist artists.

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“Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of 03 23 03
2019.02.15 - 04.27

Continuing its research into the practice, history and future of exhibitions and their documentation, VOX presents the fifth in its series of documentary exhibitions, dedicated this time to the event 03 23 03 – First International Encounter on Contemporary Art in Montreal, 1977. Organized by France Morin, Chantal Pontbriand and Normand Thériault and presented in a disused post office, this major event included an exhibition, a series of performances, and debates.

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The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract
2018.09.13 - 12.15

The group exhibition The Radical Imaginary: The Social Contract is the first project in a series of exhibitions about the Institution and its history, seeking to understand how artists have either associated themselves with or been opposed to it, gradually inflecting its positions. The judicial system is the institution studied in this initial component.

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“Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of Chambres avec vues
2018.02.14 - 03.31

As part of its far-reaching research project on the history and future of exhibitions in Quebec, VOX presents a third documentary exhibition, this one dedicated to Chambres avec vues (1999) by Pierre Dorion…

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“Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of Périphéries
2017.04.13 - 06.23

As part of its far-reaching research project on the history and future of exhibitions in Quebec, VOX presents a second documentary exhibition, this one dedicated to Périphéries.

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Event

Discussion with Serge Tousignant, Marie J. Jean and Claudine Roger

VOX invites you to a guided tour of the exhibition Exposés de recherche hosted by the artist, Serge Tousignant, and co-curators Marie J. Jean and Claudine Roger.

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Serge Tousignant. Exposés de recherche
2017.04.13 - 06.23

VOX is organizing a retrospective of Serge Tousignant’s work, including his sculptural, pictorial, photographic and installation pratices. In the aim of anchoring an indepth study of Tousignant’s output in the context of a historiography of exhibitions in Québec, this restrospective features works from landmark exhibtions since the 1960s to which the artist participated…

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“Créer à rebours vers l’exposition”: The case of Aurora Borealis
2016.11.18 -2017.03.18

This first-ever documentary exhibition dedicated to Aurora Borealis (1985) is the first step in a far-reaching research project by VOX on the history and the future of exhibitions in Quebec, which we plan to conduct until 2020.

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David Maljković
2016.01.14 - 04.16

For his first major show in Canada, David Maljković has developed a specific exhibition that unfolds as a complex array of forms and references

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Irene F. Whittome. Room 901
2013.01.25 - 09.03

Room 901 is a vast undertaking that led Irene F. Whittome to work in her studio for two consecutive years, creating a work and systematically…

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Event

Something to say, something to do
2012.12.12 - 12.15

Cycle of events—lectures, performances, screenings and conversations—investigating the status of artistic authorship and knowledge production in relation to the institutional politics of art and the historiography of exhibitions…

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Discussion with Irene F. Whittome
2013.03.06

Discussion between Irene F. Whittome, Vincent Bonin and Marie J. Jean on the issues surrounding the repeated re-exhibitions and remediations of Room 901 since its conception in 1980.

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Colonization of thought: art, economy and politics
2012.12.10 - 20.10

Mindful of contributing to the advancement of discourse on current issues, VOX is organizing two series of gatherings this fall developed by Vincent Bonin, Barbara Clausen and Marie J. Jean.

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Art Histories
2012.03.16 - 05.19

Of the countless artists who have engaged in institutional critiques, few have paid much heed to art history. And yet the history of art imposes, far less…

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